WHY YOU SHOULD GO
Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon South Rim on a motor coach tour from Las Vegas. Ride aboard a luxury motor coach equipped with video monitors, restrooms & air conditioning
Grand Canyon South Rim Tour Highlights
- Visit the widest and deepest point at Grand Canyon's South rim (over 8400 ft. deep and 21 miles across)
- Ride aboard a luxury motor coach equipped with video monitors, restrooms & air conditioning
- Professional driver/guide will provide expert narration throughout the tour
- Exclusive stop at National Geographic Visitors center and IMAX theater complex
- See the extinct volcano 'Fortification Hill'
- Children 0 - 23 Months Ride Free
Grand Canyon South Rim Tour Inclusions
- Hotel Pick-Up And Drop-Off Service For Most Major Hotels On The Strip And Downtown
- Lunch Served At The National Geographic Visitor's Center And IMAX Theater
- Grand Canyon And Visitor’s Center Admission
- Gray Line Las Vegas Exclusive Tour
- Rest Stops Included In Kingman AZ
- Free Hoover Dam Tour
- If a motorcoach with a lift is required, we must have a 72-hour prior notification to the date of travel all buses with lift equipment are subject to availability
- All motorcoaches are DOT certified and are able to kneel to curb height
- Service dogs are allowed to travel with the correct and current paperwork, small oxygen tanks are allowed
- The following items are prohibited on our motorcoach tours due to security: luggage, large backpacks, suitcases, briefcases, coolers, and alcohol. If an item has not been listed, please verify with your reservations agent prior to booking
Spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas to experience the raw and natural beauty of the Grand Canyon South Rim. Words and even pictures cannot fully describe this stunning gift of nature. First photographed by Timothy O’Sullivan in 1871, we continue trying to capture the beauty of this geological wonder, but nothing compares to seeing the Grand Canyon in person. Gray Line has been providing Grand Canyonsightseeing excursions since 1947, so it’s fair to say that we've mastered the amazing tour experience to ensure you have the best possible touring experience.
Your day will start by departing from the Gray Line Tour Center in Las Vegas located just minutes from the famous Las Vegas Strip. En route to the Grand Canyon, your tour guide will provide you with expert narration of the area’s most historical and interesting facts about the Spanish explorers, numerous native cultures, and the early Western Settlers of northern Arizona. A delicious lunch is provided at the exclusive National Geographic Visitors Center, where you can enjoy lunch and do some souvenir shopping before heading in to the Grand Canyon National Park. Upon arrival, you’ll have free time at Mather Point to explore the trails lining the canyon’s edge or to simply take in the amazing sights of the Grand Canyon. Prepare for a spectacular experience that you and your family will not soon forget! Heading deeper into the National Park, we will stop for more sightseeing time at Bright Angel Lodge, one of the original hotel destinations at the Grand Canyon South Rim located directly on the edge of the Grand Canyon itself.
Get ready for a nice relaxing ride back to Las Vegas in comfort aboard our luxury motorcoaches.
After completing your Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour, contact reservations to set up your complimentary afternoon Hoover DamExpress tour.
About Grand Canyon South Rim
Considered by many to be the “true Grand Canyon,” Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim features the vast, expansive views most often seen in magazines, websites, Facebook and on TV.
From the South Rim, you can experience the Grand Canyon from close to two dozen viewpoints, each with their own unique attributes, and many that allow you to peer all the way down into the heart of the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River. Approximately 5 hours from either Phoenix or Las Vegas, the South Rim is the most easily accessible from most major Western cities. Commuter flights are also offered into nearby Flagstaff, Arizona or Page-Lake Powell, Arizona.
Grand Canyon South Rim is most frequently chosen by first-time visitors to the area not only for its beautiful views, but for its abundance of visitor services and family-oriented activities. The South Rim is open year-round. At 7,000’ above sea level, the South Rim has four distinct seasons. Summertime is predictably warm and dry, with afternoon monsoon storms occurring during the months of July and August. Daytime highs run in the 80’s and 90’s during the day, with nighttime lows in the 40’s and ‘50’s. Spring and fall are the by far the best times of year weather-wise, with afternoon highs usually a picture perfect 65-75 degrees. Nights can by chilly, with lows in the 20’s reported during times usually considered to be summer, so a coat is best carried no matter what time of year you visit. March and April are prone to late season snowstorms; similarly, September typically gets those last few “gully-washers” of monsoon season. In wintertime, Grand Canyon National Park almost becomes a different world. Daytime highs run in the 30’s and 40’s, with subzero nights not unheard of. Snow is possible year-round at the Grand Canyon, but the heaviest amounts typically fall between December and February. While the Grand Canyon looks spectacular by itself, the sight of the great gorge draped in a mantle of white has been known to move people to tears.
The South Rim has been hosting visitors since the 1850’s, when the journey to the park (which wasn’t a park at the time) entailed a bone-jarring stagecoach ride taking anywhere from 1 to 2 days. Development of the area as a tourist destination began in earnest in 1905, when the Santa Fe Railroad commissioned the construction of the El Tovar Hotel. The stately lodge, designed by Charles Whittlesey, is reminiscent of a Swiss ski chalet with overtones of an upscale hunting lodge. It would be the first of six hotels built inside the park and administered by the Fred Harvey company, whose reputation for fine lodging and dining was established with the advent of the railroad. The Bright Angel Lodge, designed by premiere woman architect Mary Jane Elizabeth Colter, opened in the 1930’s, offering quaint rimside cabins and economical European style rooms. 3 other Grand Canyon hotels were constructed in the 1960’s: Maswik Lodge, originally known as Motor Lodge, ¼ mile South of the Canyon Rim, and the Kachina and Thunderbird Lodges located right on the canyon rim. Yavapai Lodge was built in 1972 and is the largest of the South Rim’s in-park hotels. This group of Grand Canyon hotels, along with several restaurants, gift shops, museums and other visitor services, would become collectively known as “Grand Canyon Village.”
By the 1950’s, Grand Canyon South Rim’s popularity had grown to the point where more lodging was needed. The town of Tusayan, 7 miles outside the park, began to fill that void with the construction of the Red Feather Lodge in 1963. The Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn and the Quality Inn Canyon Plaza opened in the 1970’s, and the Holiday Inn Express and the Grand Hotel arrived in the mid-1990’s. Each hotel (except for the Holiday Inn Express) has its own on-site restaurant and gift shop, plus you’ll find a wide variety of chain and independent restaurants as well as an internet café and General Store in Tusayan.
Tusayan is also the site of the Arizona’s second busiest airport – Grand Canyon National Park Airport – and the world-famous IMAX Theatre. Many Grand Canyon area tours, such as jeep tours, airplane and helicopter tours, and rafting tours originate from Tusayan. Grand Canyon South Rim is also recommended for those traveling with young children, as there is more for them to do – and more that they can do – at the South Rim than at the North Rim or West Rim. Day tours to Grand Canyon South Rim are available from Las Vegas, Flagstaff, Phoenix/Deer Valley and Sedona. Hotel reservations should be made 6 to 9 months in advance during peak travel season.
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