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  Grand Canyon Railway, scenic trains of Arizona
by jumpingnorman

You can go to the Grand Canyon by scenic train ride from Williams.

Near the station at Williams is a nice hotel with a rustic feel at the lobby- called the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. It has the Spenser's Lounge which also features a bar from 19th-century England! But just keep that hotel in mind, and let's go back to that train ride...

You can drive up I-17N and then 40W to Williams to go for this train ride operated by the Grand Canyon Railway. My wife and I did the trip during the wintertime and unfortunately, snow ruined the glass top view of the train (observation dome).

But I hear that during the summer, it can be really scenic. The whole trip takes about 2 hours and fifteen minutes each way. And on first class, you can be given champagne! The train is old, original and very nostalgic. Typically, if the train departs at 10 AM, it arrives at 1215 PM at GC, and then leaves GC at 4 PM and then arrives in Williams at 615 PM. Check for schedules since they vary throughout the year, but generally have two daily departures at busy times.

For kids each winter, there is the Polar Express to the "North Pole" where the Grand Canyon Railway creates a magical train, serving cookies and hot choco and staging special appearances from Santa! During wintertime, this is a better option than driving to the Grand Canyon which can have slippery icy roads (and you also save gas).

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  • Updated Nov 9, 2008
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