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Balloons over Arizona

7 May

Cool weather signals the start of the hot air ballooning season in Arizona. The cooler the air, the less fuel it takes to heat the air inside the balloon and rise above the deserts. For hot areas like southern Arizona, temperatures finally dip below 80 degrees Fahrenheit in early November. The Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival celebrates the cool weather, bringing balloonists and charter bus visitors from around the country to soar over Arizona’s picturesque desert. Visit Arizona with a bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus chartered from Bus Charter Arizona and travel through the state in comfort and style.

The Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival takes place in Yuma, Arizona, over three days in mid-November. The ballooning event heralds the arrival of cool weather and winter charter bus visitors that flock to the area for its warm winter climate. On Saturday and Sunday, the balloons are launched from West Wetlands Park near the shore of the Colorado River. Buttes in the desert beyond serve as a dramatic backdrop for the ballooning events. Other events, such as a media balloon flight and Saturday evening balloon glow, take place at other locations in the city of Yuma.

The balloons lift off en mass Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Early birds on a Arizona charter bus can arrive at 6 a.m. when balloonists begin the process of inflating their balloon and readying it for flight. Coffee, hot chocolate and food items are available for sale as you walk around observing colorful nylon material transform into their familiar shapes. The balloons go wherever the wind takes them, so you may see them head over the desert or float above town.

Charter bus visitors can watch the balloonists to have a competition called “Hound and Hare.” The balloon acting as the hare changes elevations to catch different wind currents while the hound balloons seek to follow. The hare will eventually lay out a large “x” on the ground where it lands. The hounds then try to maneuver over the “x” and drop a weighted marker with their number on it. The pilot whose marker comes closest to the center of the “x” is the winner. It is more difficult than it sounds, since balloons have no steering wheels or rudders and rely solely on the skill of the pilot to catch delicate wind currents at varying elevations to change direction.

A Saturday afternoon carnival features rides in a tethered balloon. The flight lasts about five minutes and bring rental bus visitors 75 feet in the air. Students from local schools launch handmade tissue-paper balloons to see whose can fly the longest and farthest. Darkness sets the stage for the Balloon Glow, where colorful balloons are lit from inside in timing to music. At West Wetlands Park, parents with young children can check out the The Stewart Vincent Wolfe Memorial Playground, a large fanciful castle filled with slides and other delightful activities for kids on a charter bus visit. Fishermen can cast a line in the park’s pond and kayakers and other paddlers may wish to launch at the boat ramp to watch the balloons lift off from the vantage point of the water.

Fly high over Arizona in a balloon when you plan a charter bus visit to Arizona with Bus Charter Arizona.

Pushing on to Phoenix

7 Jan

Phoenix is the state capital of Arizona. Phoenix is renowned for it’s warm, dry climate, attracting many out-of-staters. Phoenix is especially popular during the winter, when many in northern states come to soak up the sun and avail themselves of the many attractions in Phoenix.

Founded in 1864, Phoenix is located in the north of the Sonoran Desert, in what is called the Valley of the Sun. Temperatures in Phoenix typically to 100 °F (38 °C) in summer. Phoenix is a city primarily dependent on cars. In this regard, Bus Charters Arizona will be able to assist you in your plans to visit and get out and about in Phoenix.

Phoenix has a vibrant arts and crafts culture, descending from the skills of the Hohokam Indians who first settled the Valley of the Sun over 2,000 years ago. Performing arts are another featured Phoenix attraction. A primary contributor to the economy of Phoenix is agriculture, and also research and development from the electronics and aerospace industries.

The city also relies on tourism, and is proud of its architecture, juxtaposing a mix of sleek modern high rises with a mix of Native American and Colonial Spanish building styles. Sports is another key Phoenix activity. Visiting Phoenix, you will be spoilt for choice in terms of golf courses and tennis courts. The Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns both call Phoenix home.

A visit to Heritage Square is called for, with key attractions being the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum (also known as the Stevens House), and the Burgess Carriage House. Both places showcase a lot of early Phoenix and American history. There are also numerous other locations within Heritage, which is the original townsite of Phoenix.

The Phoenix Art Museum is a fun family destination. With over 17,000 pieces in its collection, the Phoenix Art Museum offers a collection of European Renaissance and Baroque, the Far East and the American West art. There is an interactive gallery, and a collection of miniature rooms representing historic interiors.

If you have an interest in Native American art, head for the Heard Museum. It’s ten galleries, both indoor and outdoor, showcase an impressive collection of Southwestern art. The collection includes basketwork, pottery, artwork and kachina dolls.

Within the city, you will find Encanto Park. This amusement and entertainment center is located on over 200 acres of land. Inside the park you will find a placid lagoon, picnic areas, golf courses, tennis courts, baseball diamond, a swimming pool, and lots of space to enjoy a little tranquility and outdoor time in the city. Small children will especially love the Enchanted Island Amusement Park.

If you need a hassle free way of moving around Phoenix, and visiting the various attractions the city has to offer, give Bus Charter Arizona a call. We promise personalized, friendly service, and are able to accommodate the needs of your group.

Awestruck at the Grand Canyon

6 Dec

One of the most awe inspiring sights in the United States, or anywhere in the world, the Grand Canyon is a must see for any tourist or charter bus vacation-goer. Located in the north of Arizona, the Grand Canyon national park is easily accessible by road. If you have a party of 5 or more, the best way to visit the canyon for a day of awe inspiring vistas and unforgettable photo opportunities would be to hire a bus from Bus Charter Arizona.

The Grand Canyon is a huge canyon carved in the Colorado Plateau by the Colorado River over millenia. 277 miles (446 km) long, and almost 18 miles (29 km) wide, the canyon reaches a depth of 6,000 feet (1,800 meters). It is considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world.

Arriving at the Grand Canyon in your rented bus charter, there are several activities for both the casual sightseer as well as the more adventurous tourist. The South Rim of the canyon is popular and a great place for the tourist on a limited time budget. Get off the charter bus and go for a rim walk along the edge of the Grand Canyon provides you with views of nature’s majesty, and a reminder of the power she wields.

For the thrill seekers, rafting trips are available, starting from upriver, with day bus charter trips usually taking about 6 to 12 hours, to multi-day journeys with overnight camping stretching up to a week. You can choose from paddle powered inflatable rafts to powered boats. In most cases, prior reservation for accommodation and logistics is required.

Taking the rented bus charter for a hiking trip down the canyon is another popular activity. You have the option of hiking the Grand Canyon from the rim down to the Colorado River and back again, or avail yourself of the many guided hiking tours which take you through the canyon to places that few casual tourists ever see. The Grand Canyon Park Service does not recommend that a rim to river hike be done in a day, due to the difficulty of the terrain, and distances involved.

Accommodation at the canyon ranges from 5 star resorts such as the Grand Hotel in Tusayan, down to mid range places like the Grand Canyon Inn in Williams, down to various camping sites. Please note that permits are required for camping at the canyon, and available from the Park office.

Bus Charter Arizona is able to arrange your party’s bus charter ground transportation to the Grand Canyon, and able to accommodate almost any need or requirement. Find out more information about our charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coaches and school bus by visiting the individual vehicle pages and then pick up the phone to speak to one of our friendly customer service representatives soon.

Grand Views at the Grand Canyon

5 Dec

Head to Arizona with Bus Charter Arizona and take in the sights of one of nature’s greatest natural masterpieces – the Grand Canyon. This deep canyon across the state was made by the Colorado river over millions of years, slowly eroding the bedrock until it dug down to the depth we see today. In fact, the river is still eroding the canyon so every time you come back to visit, you won’t be seeing the exact same features. It is the kind of amazing grandeur that you can completely immerse yourself with even from the charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus or school bus that you have rented from us.

There are generally three main activities you can embark on while visiting the Grand Canyon in a charter bus or coach bus, namely sight-seeing by motor vehicle, stopping along the road at one of the many stops.

South Rim, the most accessible site, allows you sights of Grand Canyon Village, Hermit’s Rest and Desert View. North Rim is directly opposite South Rim but do watch out as it can be hard to get to and is generally known to be hard to get to due to, even in good weather. Some of our bus charter Arizona customers have reported incidents of being slightly lost and had to use their GPS to find their way around.

If it’s hiking you prefer, get Bus Charter Arizona to drop you off at the South Kaibab Trail to visit the inner canyon. There’s all sorts of trails to explore and you can even camp over night in selected spots and have the charter bus, coach bus or party bus pick you up when you are ready.

One other activity that our bus charter Arizona customers like to do is to ride down the Colorado River in a raft. Tours can be booked via various operators for a white water ride down various stretches of the 1,450mile/2,330km river.

If you’d rather take in some culture, do note that human artifacts as old as 12,000 years old have been found in the area and there are still a lot of historical buildings form the old west that are still standing. So, we can imagine our bus charter, coach bus or mini bus passengers exploring the place like archaeologists!

Some historical sites you can visit with Bus Charter Arizona would be the Buckey O’Neill Cabin; Kolb Studio; The El Tovar Hotel; Hopi Hotel; Verkamp’s Curios; Locomotive No.4960 at the Grand Canyon Railway Depot; Lookout Studio, Desert View Watchtower and Bright Angel Lodge.

Find out more information about our charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coaches and school bus by visiting the individual vehicle pages and then pick up the phone to speak to one of our friendly customer service representatives soon.