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Planning Greyhound Bus Trips for Best Scenery
How to plan a scenic Greyhound itinerary

Five actual greyhound dogs racing on a track. Not a photo of a Greyhound bus.

Accessing Greyhound Canada and Greyhound USA online sites, you easily find departure and arrival times, but you have to dig deeper to access connection points and the route taken. Those the scenery you see.

Why is this so important? Here are examples. These times are outdated, but they illustrate the point.

Suppose that you want to travel from Chicago to Las Vegas.

Greyhound.com tells you that departures are at >>>

  • 1:00 a.m.,
  • 2:00 a.m.,
  • 9:45 a.m.,
  • 12:01 Noon,
  • 12:01 Noon (a second departure at same time),
  • 2:45 p.m.,
  • 4:45 p.m.,
  • 7:00 p.m., and
  • 10:15 p.m.

Here is a summary of what you would experience with these choices.

  • The 1:00 a.m. departure involves a convenient connection in Salt Lake City, but misses the most scenic part of the Rocky Mountains and crossing the Mississippi River during daylight.

  • The 2:00 a.m. coach needs no connection, but you miss experiencing the Rockies during daylight.

  • The 9:45 a.m. bus travels through to Las Vegas, but misses seeing all of the Colorado Rockies in daylight. However, it does stop the least of any of these choices.

  • The first 12:01 Noon bus has a convenient connection in Salt Lake City and sees the Mississippi River, but misses the most scenic portion of the Rockies altogether.

  • The second 12:01 Noon departure needs no connection, passes the Mississippi during daylight,and spends a full day travelling through the most scenic portion of the Colorado Rockies. Its late evening arrival in Las Vegas shows the neon lighted city at its best.

That is why it is so important to compare Greyhound times to maps. Just knowing the times that you leave your first city and arrive at your ultimate destination is not sufficient if you are serious about maximizing the enjoyment of your trip.

Also, see Greyhound - Travelling scenic coach routes for help choosing the scenic routes.

Enjoy your trip!

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