If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon and want to enter from Las Vegas, you have to consider luxury coach trips. Don't let the word "luxury" spook you. Those traveling on a budget often find that bus tours are the most affordable options at the Canyon. It's also the reason travelers sign up for them in droves. Book in advance and make sure you get your seats. Not only is advance booking essential for this type of trip, it is recommended for all of the following reasons: 1. Advanced reservations rarely get bumped. Nearly 40 million people visit Las Vegas each year. Many people travel in groups, but family trips and solo travelers are common as well. Many will take a Grand Canyon bus tour. Since you have such competition for seats, it is difficult to get seats when you are booking overnight. You'll likely be put on a waiting list. That guarantees nothing. For instance, I have been bumped in the past by corporate groups arriving for a tour at the last minute. By RSVP'ing, I'd have been untouchable. Had I reserved my seats in advance, that would have never happened to me. 2. The best seats are saved for you. Try to grab seats toward the front or middle of the bus. Not only will you get the best views, but you will have better air circulation as well. Keep in mind that most tour companies will move from front to back when booking seats. Reserve as far in advance as possible and there's a good chance you'll nail down some prime real estate. You can expect the same thing if you are booking seats for a group: The only way to ensure the group is seated together is to reserve seats together far in advance. 3. Peace of mind. Trip planning can be exhausting and time intensive. I have found that reserving at a destination is far more work than I want to endure. Not only does it lead to migraines, but it rarely leads to satisfying results. The trouble is eliminated when you reserve seats for your Grand Canyon bus tour in advance and simply show up to fill your seats. 4. You lock in priority scheduling. You never know what you will get when it comes to weather at the Canyon. Tours have been known to be rescheduled due to snow or high winds. Unfortunately, there is no way to manipulate the weather. You can determine your re-booking if you're a pre-paid customer who has booked in advance. If this ever happens to you, re-confirm the new tour date and time and see if you can improve your seating arrangement. Many passengers will be unable to go at the new tour time, so their seats will open up. 5. The best rates are always offered in advance. I field this question all the time: Should I reserve tickets for a bus tour now, or wait until I arrive? My reply is always as follows: Advance tickets are always best. Expect to pay substantially more if you wait to book in Vegas. You will always save money if you take the time to book in advance. The Internet is the best place to look for discounts and deals. I have seen some online deals offering a 35% discount. You also must keep in mind that prices go up during peak travel seasons. Always use the Internet to make your trip as affordable as possible. Some Grand Canyon bus tours will take you to the West Rim of the Canyon, while others will take you to the South Rim of the Canyon. The West Rim, which is just 120 miles from Vegas, is famous for things to do like the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The South Rim, which purists refer to as the "real" canyon, is where you go for scenery. You will travel about 270 miles, or five hours, to reach this rim. Bus tours to the West Rim include helicopter rides to the bottom (only available at this rim) and a pontoon boat ride down the Colorado River. Yet, the South Rim has the Dragoon Corridor, which is the widest and deepest are of the part; and you can opt for a helicopter tour of the Corridor. Everything you need to enjoy these trips is included, from hotel shuttling to breakfast and lunch. Motor coaches are state-of-the-art and are decked out with oversized windows, lounge-style seats, TVs, and spotless lavatories. The driver-guides are 100% professional and are founts of information. If English is not your primary language, you can select from ten languages for the narrations offered during the tour. Canyon bus tours from Las Vegas are the way to go if you are looking for an inexpensive but fun day trip to the national park. All-inclusive trips allow you to show up with your camera and head out for a comfortable bus ride topped off with adventure. The key to enjoying the trip is booking ahead of time. Doing so will guarantee your seats and save you from the frustration that comes with buying these tours in Vegas.