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Grand Canyon - Bus Trips During Spring Break 2013
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By: Susan Bissonnette Email Article
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Spring is in the air and it is time for a Spring Break getaway to the spectacular Grand Canyon. That's why travelers in the know have already started making their plans for Spring Break Grand Canyon bus tours. Motor coach tours are incredibly popular among vacationers so if you don't reserve your seats early, you may have difficulty getting tickets.

You will find plenty of daily tours to choose from that go to either the South Rim of the West Rim. You can begin your trip in Las Vegas, Nevada or Phoenix, Arizona. If you leave from Phoenix, you have to take a bus tour to the South Rim, but if you leave from Vegas, you can take a bus to the South or West Rim. No bus tour goes from one rim to the other. Overnight coach tours are available, but they're becoming harder to find.

As I mentioned above, Las Vegas tours go to the South Rim or the West Rim. The South Rim trip is the most popular, and it's not only affordable, but packed with value because it's all-inclusive. By ?all-inclusive? I mean the price includes a light breakfast, lunch, all applicable National Park fees, and pickup and drop-off service at most Strip hotels. The driver of your bus doubles as an entertaining tour guide during your trip.

It's a glorious all-day experience. You'll drive by Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Grand Canyon West before arriving at the National Park. When you get to the rim, you will have a three hour break when you can explore nature up close. That should be plenty of time to see the sights before you begin the trip back to your hotel.

You can choose different packages for your South Rim motor coach excursion and one in particular is quite exciting. After arriving at the Rim, you'll board a chopper for an exhilarating rim-to-rim flight. Although this add-on is an added expense, you get the rare opportunity to see Dragoon Corridor from the air which is the deepest and widest part of the Grand Canyon. I think this experience alone is well worth the extra cost!

Other full-day, all-inclusive Las Vegas tours visit the West Rim, but it's a shorter drive than the tours that go to the South Rim. These tours give you plenty of time to explore the canyon, plus they pick you up and drop you off at your hotel on the Strip. The West Rim has a lot of fun points of interest such as:

- The lookout at Guano Point

- Eagle Point

- The interesting Indian Cultural Center

- The famous Hualapai Ranch

You could also add one of these popular extra-cost tour add-ons to make the experience even more exciting:

- Passes to walk on the glass bridge Skywalk

- A helicopter descent to the floor of the canyon

- A meandering float trip on the mighty Colorado River

The Hualapai tribe, which owns and operates Grand Canyon West, has plans to add a VIP lounge with scenic views, a hotel and additional gift shops in the future.

Because Spring Break Grand Canyon coach tours are so popular, I urge you to book yours well in advance. I recommend booking at least a week before the tour date you prefer ? especially if you're traveling with a group. If you wait too long, you may get disappointed. All the good tours could be sold out.

I also urge you to book your tour online. You'll find the best deals and discounts on the tour companies? own websites. They're in the best position to offer the lowest prices. You could get as much as 35% off the price of your tour!

To get the steep Internet discount though, you have to conduct your entire transaction online. Otherwise, you have to pay the full retail price and that takes more money out of your vacation budget.

In regards to Grand Canyon bus trips, travel editor Susan B. goes here for the best prices on the best tours:

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