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Pine Hill, New Jersey
July 6, 2006
The first thing I noticed, much to my delight, was that our bus was primarily filled with Japanese tourists. There was also a couple from Germany and two college age girls from Ireland. My husband and I were the only Americans. The bus was very comfortable and our driver, Louie, would speak into his intercom every so often to tell us interesting facts. Then the Japanese translator would translate. We made a brief stop at the overlook for Hoover Dam for some pictures. Since we had already seen the Hoover Dam the day before, we just used the opportunity to stretch our legs. Back on the bus, Louie put in some documentary type movies about the Grand Canyon. This seemed to pass the time until we reached Max and Thelma’s, where we were to have lunch. The restaurant, which was built as a tour bus stop, was huge, crowded and noisy. The food is served buffet style and was fairly tasty. Due to the massive amounts of people who come in and out, you are seated in groups. We were politely rushed through lunch, and ushered back on the tour bus to reach our destination, the Grand Canyon.
I was talking to someone recently who also visited the Grand Canyon, and I quote, "it was soooo boring, all it is, is a big hole in the ground." I had to bite my tongue very hard. Everyone should see the Grand Canyon in person. A mere picture does not do it justice. It is an awe-inspiring experience. So vast, it emanates such a silent beauty. My only regret was the lack of time. There was so much to see and explore and yet we were ushered quickly from point to point on the bus tour. It was like getting only a bite of a really delicious dessert that you would just love to finish. After only about 2 hours, we were ushered back on the bus and made the long five-hour ride back to Las Vegas. Movies kept us entertained, but I couldn’t help feeling like I missed out on something.
Grand Canyon Tours did an excellent job. They were organized and inexpensive ($99 per person). Louie was great and I learned a lot due to his knowledge. If I were to go again, I would do the drive myself, and stay at one of the Grand Canyon lodges for a few days. Beauty such as that needs more then two hours to be admired and explored.
From journal Las Vegas- A Different WILD
Orchard Park, New York
June 10, 2004
When a tour book says it is windy here, believe it. During our visit, the wind was very annoying. As you might expect, Grand Canyon is a big hole. The view is impressive but since you must have seen many pictures, it may not be so breathtaking. As the newspaper explained, the air is polluted a lot and since the canyon is so large, you are looking very far and therefore through a lot of polluted air. The views are not so clear then and a photographer may be disappointed unless you happen to be there on one of the clear days -- a 5% chance.
If you are not going to take a hike all the way down and up, one day is enough for this destination, but I would not recommend less. Even if you don't go all the way down, go at least a little bit, as it provides better perspective.
If you need to choose among hiking around Sedona, visiting Monument Valley, or visiting Grand Canyon, pick one of the first two.
From journal Hiking in Sedona and Around
by Chris & Carinne
July 24, 2010
From journal National Parks Tour
May 7, 2005
From journal First Trip to Sedona
April 2, 2005
We stopped twice in the park. First, we stopped at Grand Canyon Village, and then again at Yavapai Point. We had about 45 minutes at each stop, which was enough to get many photos and see the canyon from a couple of perspectives. If you like walking, this is not the tour for you. I plan to stay and hike next time to see more of the canyon. The squirrels are very aggressive; too many people feed them, so they expect you to do the same. According to the tour guide, they will bite you if you put your hand out. As you can see from the squirrel shot I go, this one likes getting his close-up!
The views were spectacular, and the tour guide was very informative. It was well worth the price! See my photos for some of the lovely views!
From journal Las Vegas Area
Virginia Beach, Virginia
March 10, 2005
From journal Las Vegas in March
September 10, 2004
From journal Las Vegas..The city of lights
November 1, 2003
Dress comfortably (in August we wore jeans just to protect our skin from dust and sun) and don't wear open-toe/heel shoes. Sturdy tennis shoes would be the best choice. Bring sunscreen, bug spray and SUNGLASSES ON A CORD! Helmets are provided in the cost of the package.
There are dozens of both on and off-strip pickup/drop-off points in various hotel/resort lobbies. The tour will be cancelled if the minimum number of participants aren't signed up, but they refund your fees and contact you in plenty of time with more choices for other trips. There are two trips per day, usually, and we chose the morning/day trip. The other begins in the afternoon and ends at sundown. I think to do this again, but I'd go in the afternoon/evening.
This is a wonderful chance to take many interesting photographs and videos and the tour guides stop A LOT to allow participants the chance to do this. I wouldn't recommend it for younger kids (16 is min. age to ride alone) not because they won't let them (younger than 16 ride with an adult) but because the level of interest isn't there for the little kids. This tour is also not for the out-of-shape, although they never prevented an older, overweight lady from riding, she was miserable by the time we stopped for lunch and chose to go back to the van. Something to keep in mind.
From journal Our Week In Vegas
new york, New York
June 5, 2000
From journal Viva Las Vegas!
June 21, 2009