Alright, I have to admit that I have been on a tear when it comes to visiting as many U.S. Parks as I can before my annual pass expires. So far, I have been to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks and more recently, The Great Smoky Mountains. We decided to add The Grand Canyon to the list while planning our trip to Las Vegas.
The problem that we encountered is that there are so many tour companies who will pick you up from your hotel off the Las Vegas strip and after doing the same thing for each successive passenger, they will finally pull off hours later to your final destination. Some of the tours will make a stop at the Hoover Dam, which is becoming less of an attraction due to the drought.
Quite frankly, it was difficult to distinguish one service from another, so how do you ensure that you’ll make the best choice? Well, I decided to pay a visit to TripAdvisor, which allows you to read real reviews from real travelers about specific hospitality services. I came across one tour that really appealed to me because it was run by a gentleman by the name of Tom Dziadek whose stellar reviews won me over.
A little background about Tom’s company
His company, Red Rock Canyon Tours, started out unsurprisingly as a tour company that served visitors to Red Rock Canyon six years ago. Two years ago, Tom decided to apply his wealth of knowledge about the Grand Canyon into a full service group tour for people visiting Las Vegas. While his fledgling website leaves a little to be desired, it was fairly easy to see what he offered in comparison to other companies and it was easy to purchase our tickets on his site.
The prices were slightly higher than the rest of the tours ($119.00 PP/entrance fee included), but I was happy to pay it because the maximum number of participants on Tom’s shuttle would be 14, we would leave earlier than the rest of the luxury tour buses which meant we would arrive before they would and have ample time to explore and take photos before the rest of the hoards arrived.
We were told to meet in what was essentially a passageway between the Paris Las Vegas hotel and the CVS pharmacy next door to it. It was where taxis and limousines would park to pick up their fare. I must caution you that Tom takes his schedule seriously, so do not be late!! As each person arrived, he had you to fill out the standard liability contract that you must sign before leaving at 6 a.m. sharp.
We took our seats but I must confess, that while the shuttle is comfortable, if you are tall, you will have a problem. We had two stops along the way for a bathroom break, coffee, food, etc. and I mentioned to Tom that my legs were cramped and his relief driver, Kevin, happily gave up his front passenger seat to ensure my comfort. I was able to keep that seat the rest of the way and on the return trip.READ MORE