We book our Grand Canyon day trip online. Our US $140 package include:
- Breakfast: Light snacks + drinks
- Lunch at Grand Canyon
- Transportation pick up from hotel lobby
- Tickets to Grand Canyon Skywalk
- Visiting: Grand Canyon West, Eagle Rock, Hoover Dam
We wait for our transportation pick-up at 6:30am. A mini bus goes around different hotels, picking passengers who signed up for this day trip to the assembly area. In the assembly area, we will be assigned to a coach, given 1 drink and 1 light snack for breakfast. Then we embark on a 4 hour coach ride to Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon is in the state of Arizona and it’s time is 1 hour behind Las Vegas. It is managed by Hualapai Tribal Nation. We are dropped at the “interchange” where 2 other bus services bring us to: (i) Guano Point and Eagle Point and (ii) Hualapai Ranch. From there, you are free to plan your time and meet back again to return to Vegas.
I suggest to go for the Skywalk first. Skywalk usually comes with a queue. It will be a pity if you missed it because you need to rush back to catch your coach.
You are not allow to bring in any video recording gadgets like cameras, mobile phones, food and drinks to the Skywalk. Complimentary lockers are provided. Long objects like tripod can be passed to the helper if they do not fit the locker.
Pictures will be taken by the Grand Canyon photographers. If you have the intention to buy these photos in printed and digital copies, you should take as many pictures as possible. The digital package cost around USD $100, if I never remember wrongly.
The queue is break into smaller groups. Legs are wrapped with a nylon shoe wrap to prevent scratches and dirt from shoes on the glass of Skywalk.
We spend some time taking picture in front of the Canyon. But the cliff is not fenced up, whatever you do is at your own risk.
We headed to Hualapai Ranch for outdoor lunch. There are only 2 meal options: chicken or beef. Drinks are free flow. Pretty decent food. I’m curious how often do they reorder their food supplies and drive all the way to the Canyon? Hmm…
There are Grand Canyon North, South, East, West rim. If you are driving, you might want to do some read up like this.
After lunch, we walk about 10 to 15 minutes to Guano Point. It is a quiet spot where you can see the winding Colorado river.
We are back on the coach by 3:30pm Vegas time. 5 hours at Grand Canyon doesn’t seem adequate.
We pass by Hoover Dam on our way back. It looks magnificient but we can only stay in the coach. 🙁