The tiny town of Page, Arizona with its whopping population of eight thousand is more or less where visitors park their cars while they houseboat on Lake Powell. Or is it? There's more going on in Page than you might believe. Wouldn't it be fun to be able to see it all without having to deal with driving, directions, and dodging tumbleweeds? Then you start thinking how cool it would be to take say, thirty-five of your very best friends, then the light bulb above your head suddenly snaps on and you have it.
Next thing you know you're perusing the pages at the US Coachways Charter Bus website. The relatively small eighteen-passenger bus is bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside; you'll have to see it to believe it. That's all well and good, but when you've got almost forty friends coming along for the ride it certainly makes it easier to decide which bus to charter. Best of all, if you expand your guest list, US Coachways has buses that can comfortably accommodate up to 60 people complete with bathroom facilities.
US Coachways will provide your traveling party with a lovely streamlined bus that's really more like a limousine than any municipal monstrosity you may be imagining. Your forty friends can lounge comfortably in the deluxe leather couches and oversized chairs, aside from the ever-changing scenery; it feels as if they're visiting someone's upscale apartment. The Alpine surround-sound system adds to the ambience; there's even room to dance if the mood strikes!
I may be difficult to believe that Page, and Lake Powell, didn't even exist in the early 1950s. The Bureau of Reclamation erected a tiny bedroom community of one hundred metal structures in 1957 for the men that would be building the dam at Glen Canyon. Once Lake Powell was filled with Colorado River water the government gave land grants to twelve different religious sects who then built their churches, temples, and whatnot along the shore. This became the foundation of Page and remains the heart of the town to this day. In 1974 there were government rumblings again, this time to grant Page status as a 'real' city in Coconino County, Arizona and was incorporated March 1, 1975.
So you see, Page is surely not a historic 'old west' town at all. But it does have a fascinating history, however abbreviated. And you have a most excellent charter bus to be 'home base' for the day. Not to mention a professionally trained, dedicated driver to get your party safely to wherever you want to go. Wander awhile through: http://www.lakepowell.com, for more ideas on what to do while you have this outstanding vehicle at your disposal.
Somewhere near the beginning of your Amazing Bus Tour you must make a trek to Safeway on Elm Street or Basha's Market at 687 South Lake Powell Boulevard and stock the Party Bus' refrigerator with picnic provisions. Get plenty of whole-grain bread, alfalfa sprouts, a small jar of mayonnaise, plus an assortment of sliced meats and cheeses from the deli and you're set for sandwiches 'on the road'. While you're shopping snare a couple of pre-cooked chickens, four bunches of bananas, and a roll of paper towels. No Party Bus is quite ready to roll until you've visited Fred's Liquor Store at 902 North Navajo Drive and stocked the wet bar. It's going to be quite the party and since you have a pro behind the wheel it's all right to indulge a little. Word to the wise: Don't overdo the liquor if you intend to play in the lake, it's dangerous for you and scares the fish.
While you're touring Lake Powell try to find the beach that was used in many exterior scenes in the original 'Planet of the Apes' movie and again in Mark Wahlberg's 2001 remake. You're not likely to encounter any apes, but you may come across the occasional desert creature. Which is another good reason to be on the bus.