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Williams, AZ: The Grand Canyon Railway Round Trip Experience

1. Williams, AZ: The Grand Canyon Railway Round Trip Experience

Enjoy the Grand Canyon's natural beauty on a nostalgic roundtrip train ride featuring western musicians and cowboy characters on vintage cars. The Grand Canyon Railway boasts 64 miles of breathtaking scenery that leads to Grand Canyon National Park. This century-old railroad brought people from some of the wildest parts of Arizona to one of the seven natural wonders of the world - the Grand Canyon. Journey back to the Old West with the help of authentic characters who bring music and stories to share with you along the way. You will then get to the canyon around lunchtime with ample time to hike and enjoy the park. Afterwards, you will then return back to Williams, Arizona.

Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Tickets with Guided Bus Tour

2. Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Tickets with Guided Bus Tour

Enjoy the Grand Canyon's natural beauty on a nostalgic train ride featuring western musicians and cowboy characters on vintage cars with this roundtrip train ticket between Williams and the Grand Canyon. Take a guided bus tour to the top sights along the canyon's South Rim.  Pickup your tickets and board the train in Williams. Enjoy the scenic ride through the Grand Canyon National park to the Grand Canyon village. Be entertained with a thrilling Wild West shootout along the way. Select a comfortable seat in first-class with large windows, snacks, and beverages, or pick a tour with coach tickets. Select a tour with the lunch option and sit down to a hot buffet meal in Maswik Lodge. Once you arrive at Grand Canyon Village hop aboard a bus that will take you to the most popular viewpoints along the South Rim of the Canyon. Get your camera ready for some incredible vistas. Listen to facinating commentary from your guide along the way. Spend some time walking around the historic Grand Canyon Village where you can visit historic hotels and shops or purchase something to eat. Return to Williams on the train at the end of the your tour.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim with Snacks & Lunch

3. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim with Snacks & Lunch

Escape the city for a day with a trip to the Grand Canyon National Park from fabulous Las Vegas, with transfers, snacks, lunch, and free time at the South Rim included.  After your Las Vegas pickup, enjoy some light breakfast snacks and you are also welcome to bring your coffee or tea in a container with a lid. Sit back and relax as you travel along Route 66. Following lunch, enter into the Grand Canyon National Park with your first stop at Mather Point for approximately 45 minutes. Then the driver will collect all interested guests and transfer them to Bright Angel, the Visitor Center, for approximately 2 hours.  The hardier travelers will want to take the opportunity to walk the approximate 2.5-mile trail along the ridge of the Canyon and enjoy the ever-changing, breathtaking views. Once your time at the South Rim has come to an end, you will board your luxury bus for a smooth ride back to Las Vegas.  Along the way, stop for lunch at a local family diner in Arizona. You will then be dropped off at the location of your original pickup to enjoy the rest of your Las Vegas vacation.

Grand Canyon: Off-Road Sunset Safari with Skip-the-Gate Tour

4. Grand Canyon: Off-Road Sunset Safari with Skip-the-Gate Tour

Enjoy a tour of the Grand Canyon National Park with skip-the-gate tickets. Witness breathtaking sunset views, venture down forest paths on a 4x4, and travel to the Canyon's edge with your experienced guide. Start your tour hassle-free with skip-the-gate admission that allows you to bypass the usual long lines. With your guide and driver, venture off-road down historic stagecoach trails through the Kaibab Forest in search of elk, deer, and turkey en route to the Canyon’s edge. Once you arrive, witness one of the world’s most magnificent vistas – sunset at the Grand Canyon. Follow your local guide as they lead you to viewpoints along the Canyon’s edge while describing geologic formations, inner canyon trails, and the Colorado River. Your tour will culminate in the best spot to catch the sunset from the spectacular Grandview Point where the fading sunlight turns the Canyon into a kaleidoscope of colors.

From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

5. From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Grand Canyon National Park. Admire the incredible views and geological wonders of Northern Arizona. Enjoy a tour fully narrated by some of the most experienced guides in the Southwest. After pickup from your hotel in Sedona, ascend the Colorado Plateau and continue through the photogenic Oak Creek Canyon. Take winding roads as you leave the red rocks behind, then stop at the tall Ponderosa Pines. Next, arrive at Flagstaff, where other travelers will join the tour. Pass by the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, before heading to the Grand Canyon South Entrance. Once at Grand Canyon National Park, explore historic buildings, see majestic views at Grand Canyon Village, and enjoy lunch on your own. See some of the widest and deepest scenic views of the Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado River. Get to experience the magnificent South Rim scenery first-hand. From the South Rim, gaze 14 miles across to the North Rim. Visit the only point where you can see both Phantom Ranch, as well as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge. Your guide knows the best vistas to stop at and will make sure you get the most gorgeous, least crowded viewpoints. At Desert View, you are free to climb the Watchtower Observatory for amazing views that will leave you breathless. On your way back from the Grand Canyon, experience a view of the western edge of the Painted Desert, the Little Colorado River Gorge, and the Colorado River Gorge. Before you return, make a brief stop at the Navajo Reservation. Here you will have a chance to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs at the historical Cameron Trading Post.

Sedona: Grand Canyon Railway Full-Day Scenic Rail Tour

6. Sedona: Grand Canyon Railway Full-Day Scenic Rail Tour

Embark on an unforgettable experience, including a beautiful, unique train ride to the Grand Canyon and a magnificent tour visiting Grand Canyon National Park for the rest of the day. Your guide will make sure all of the logistics are taken care of for you, from picking you up at your hotel, to checking you in for your train ride, to meeting you at the end of your train ride after lunch, to continuing your tour of the Grand Canyon, and lastly dropping you back off at your hotel at the end of a fantastic day. Experience the history of Arizona on a magnificent one-way Grand Canyon Railroad ride from Sedona or Flagstaff, which will bring you to the Grand Canyon. Take a journey to the canyon and back with style and grace aboard the streamliner-era buses. Once you re-join your guide after lunch (you will be given time for lunch on your own), you will continue along the Grand Canyon rim, where you will enjoy spectacular viewpoints. At each majestic vista, look for rare and endangered California Condors. Marvel at the Little Colorado River Gorge and dramatic rocks of the Painted Desert.

Grand Canyon: Morning Off-Road Safari with Skip the Gate

7. Grand Canyon: Morning Off-Road Safari with Skip the Gate

Enjoy a hassle-free trip to one of the 7 wonders of the world with skip-the-gate tickets and a morning tour with an experienced guide. See sights like Yavapai Point, Yavapai Point Museum, the Grand Canyon, and travel through the Kaibab National Forest on a 4x4. Explore the Kaibab National Forest on board an exciting 4x4 vehicle and look for all types of wildlife like elk, deer, bobcats, turkeys, and hawks before strolling along the rim of the Grand Canyon. Take a 90 minute guided walk along the rim of the Grand Canyon and learn about the fascinating history, geology, and local folklore of the region from your experienced guide. Enter the historic Grand Canyon Village and be ready for a walking tour. Visit the El Tovar Hotel, Lookout and Kolb Studios, Buckey O’Neill’s Cabin, Hopi House, and Bright Angel Lodge. Head to Yavapai Point and the Yavapai Point Museum before boarding your 4x4 and returning to the starting point.

From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

8. From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular “Seven Wonders of the World”! This Grand Canyon Railroad Tour offers you an up-close and personal tour of this inspiring canyon. Your Grand Canyon Tour starts off with a scenic ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon (noted as one of the top 10 scenic drives in America) and towering Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff. After this, head to the train depot in Williams. When you board the historic Grand Canyon Railway, be entertained by cowboys and enjoy the tunes of strolling musicians as the train travels back in time during the scenic 65-mile journey to the canyon. The train offers wonderful views of the San Francisco Peaks and rolls through valleys riddled with wildflowers, dense pine forests, high desert plains, and small canyons. Upgrade your experience with a first-class ticket, which includes oversized seats, big windows, bar service, and complimentary snacks. Upon arrival at the Grand Canyon, explore the views of the canyon and the historical buildings of Grand Canyon Village. Afterward, get time to enjoy lunch on your own (lunch not included) and rejoin your guide to continue across the south rim heading east. Spend approximately 4 hours in the Grand Canyon National Park. Making your way along the canyon rim, experience the stunning views over the Colorado River Gorge. Climb up to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for magnificent panoramic views of the Grand Canyon. On the return trip, tour the East Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and see various scenic overlooks. Visit the Desert View Watchtower and the historic Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation—one of the finest places to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs. You may also visit The Gallery, home of many breathtaking pieces of fine and historic Native American Arts and Crafts.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam & Route 66 Van Tour

9. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam & Route 66 Van Tour

Visit three iconic sites in the United States on this guided day trip. Take pictures of the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Route 66, and marvel at the breathtaking sceneries they offer. Begin your group tour of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam with pick-up from your Las Vegas hotel. Head out of Las Vegas well before the big bus tours are finished loading, ensuring more time in the park and space at the viewpoints before the largest bus groups arrive. Less than an hour from the Strip, stop for pictures at the famed Hoover Dam, a 756 foot tall and 650-foot thick block of concrete built-in 1936 to provide electricity for the growing urban centers nearby. Continue towards Grand Canyon National Park, stopping briefly in Kingman, Arizona for a coffee and restroom break. Before arriving at the park, stop for lunch along historic route 66 at Seligman, Arizona. Stretch your legs and step your feet along the pavement of America's best known western Highway before heading back to the van to continue towards the highlight of the day, your stop at Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim. At the park, enjoy your freedom and decide how to spend your time. You can take the free shuttle that will take you to Hermit Road (excluding winter season) and see several viewpoints. You can opt to hike the Rim trail with the most famous views of the West and access the visitor's centers, Yavapai Museum of Geology, Hopi House and more. Your guide will help you decide what option is best for you. Once you've gorged upon unreal vistas and nowhere-else-on-earth photo opportunities, head back to meet your driver for your relaxing drive back to Las Vegas, stopping for dinner along the way. Depending on local traffic conditions, expect to return to your hotel by approximately 8:30 PM.

Sedona/Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Tour & First-Class Train Ride

10. Sedona/Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Tour & First-Class Train Ride

Your day begins with a pickup at your hotel in Sedona or Flagstaff or the nearby Village of Oak Creek from where you will enjoy incredible views on your way to the Williams train depot. Board the historic century-old Grand Canyon Railway and be entertained by cowboy characters. Enjoy the tunes of strolling musicians as train travel from the early 1900s is recreated on the 65-mile scenic journey to the canyon.   The train offers wonderful views of the San Francisco Peaks and rolls through valleys filled with wildflowers, dense pine forests, high desert plains, and small canyons. The Grand Canyon Railway is still one of the best ways to experience the old west. The train arrives just steps from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim where you'll have free time to shop, dine, or just take in the incredible canyon views. Then, your guide will meet you at the bus and take you to the East Rim for a few more great lookout locations. As you drive out of the east exit, you’ll drive along the Little Colorado River Gorge into the Navajo Nation. Stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post where you’ll have the opportunity to browse the Native American artwork and shop for souvenirs before returning to the starting point of the tour by air-conditioned van following a great day in the west.

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What people are saying about Grand Canyon Railway

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,740 reviews

The day starts out with a 15 minute cowboy act near the railroad. They were so funny and they interacted with the audience. After that we boarded the train, and each train car had a personal attendant in the car that told you historical things about Williams and the Grand Canyon. Our attendant Jennifer pointed out different mountain ranges, and animals that we would see along the way. Then we were serenaded by a cowboy with a guitar. The two hour and 15 minute ride went by really quick because of all the activity going on the train. I would recommend that people bring lunches to eat at the Canyon because some of the restaurants do not have enough employees and the lines are long to wait for food. We brought a sack lunch and set out and looked at the beautiful Grand Canyon while we were eating. I would recommend this train trip to anyone young and old who wanted to see the Grand Canyon. It was fun to see the children’s faces when the Cowboys came on the train to rob it

My sisters had a great trip. David was super knowledgeable and entertaining. He convinced us, while on the road to join him on the walking tour. John was a great driver and we recommend this trip to the Grand Canyon.

It was very relaxing and entertaining. The service from Annette could not have been better. She was very helpful and attentive. The singers were fun and talented, the robbers, were ok.

The ride to the train station was fun and educational. We took the train only one way and that worked out good for us– it was very enjoyable and entertaining.

Such a fun time. And the staff was wonderful! Highly recommend.