One of the best ways to really see the Grand Canyon is to take a Grand Canyon bus tour. That way, you can leave the driving to someone else, while you get to enjoy all the stupendous views and vistas around you.
A Choice of Tours
Many tours originate in Las Vegas, and are day tours, so you can visit the Grand Canyon for a few hours, then return to the glitz of the big city. Many have overnight options so you can experience the Grand Canyon at sunrise or sunset, some of the most dramatic times to view the canyon. Other tours combine a visit to the canyon with a boat or helicopter ride, something the entire family will remember for years to come.
Another great reason to enjoy a Grand Canyon bus tour is the guides are quite knowledgeable about the canyon and its surroundings, and you'll learn a lot about the area when you take a bus tour. You may learn about the history of the canyon, early settlers, and how the national park came into being. Whatever you discover, you'll find out more more information with an experienced tour guide on your tour.
The West Rim
Many Grand Canyon bus tours now go to the West Rim, where the new Skybridge is located. This area is closer to Las Vegas than the South Rim, and the Skybridge has become one of the most popular destinations in the area. The Skybridge is on Native American tribal land, so make sure your tour includes access and admission to the Skybridge, or you may not get to experience this new engineering miracle.
The South Rim
The South Rim is the most visited area of the Grand Canyon, and it's where almost all of the lodging, restaurants, and beautiful vistas are located. If you choose a South Rim bus tour, make sure to give yourself some time to explore historic Grand Canyon Village. Many of the lodges are historic and gorgeous, and there are some great dining options, like the historic El Tovar restaurant. Try to take a Grand Canyon bus tour that allows you some time in the Village to sightsee, shop, and sip a relaxing refresh along the rim trail.
The North Rim
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is the least visited because it is more remote, but you can get bus tours from Utah cities. The North Rim is about 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim, so the vegetation and surroundings are far different. If you want to really see a different side of the canyon, a visit to the North Rim is a must, and it's much less crowded, even in summertime, too!
See if you can combine your bus tour with an overnight stay at the Grand Canyon to ensure you do not miss anything. Even if you drive your own car to the canyon, you can take guided tours from the South Rim to areas like Desert View and Hermit's Rest, so you save on gas and still get to see all the sights.