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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.

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Las Vegas: Private Grand Canyon National Park Tour

2. Las Vegas: Private Grand Canyon National Park Tour

Take an exclusive group tour for 1-14 passengers to the Grand Canyon's South Rim, while traveling in the comfort on a luxury SUV or a Mercedes Sprinter van. Your trip will begin with a stop at the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, where you will have some time to take photos. Then, right before you depart from Las Vegas, you will stop at a local coffee shop for a caffeine break to kick start your memorable journey. Your journey’s first destination will be just off of Route 66 at the historic Grand Canyon Caverns. Here you will get to take a 1 hour break to explore and relax. If you want to add even more adventure to your day, you can take an optional 40-minute caverns tour. This tour leads you deep underground to see the incredible natural caverns. After this stop, you will continue on to the South Rim. Your South Rim walking tour adventure will last for approximately 2 to 3 hours, and you will have the opportunity to see such sights as the Bright Angel Lodge, Kolb Studio, Lookout Studio, El Tovar, Hopi House, the Visitor’s Center, and much more. See all the breathtaking views while your tour guide gives you facts and history at each point. Walk along the paved walkway, which will provide you with the most amazing photo opportunities.  On your trip back to Las Vegas, enjoy a dinner stop at a local Arizona family diner. Then return to Las Vegas and be dropped off directly at your hotel.

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From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

3. 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.

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Sedona: Grand Canyon Railway Full-Day Scenic Rail Tour

4. 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. The train features several different classes of carriage, including a panoramic dome car for 360-degree views, and the luxury Parlor Class, with comfortable seating and wood panel features. 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.

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

5. 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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From Tusayan: Hermits Rest Hike & Jeep Tour of Grand Canyon

6. From Tusayan: Hermits Rest Hike & Jeep Tour of Grand Canyon

Take a fully narrated adventure to Yavapai Point, the historic Grand Canyon Village, and Hermits Rest. Your first stop will be Yavapai Point, which offers the largest geological exposure of rock layers. The rim to river views are spectacular here. Take in views of Phantom Ranch, South Kaibab, and Bright Angel Trails.  Next stop at El Tovar, Hopi House, and the historic Grand Canyon Village. Then, drive to Hermits Rest and absorb the most scenic view of the Grand Canyon as you go. Your expert guide will take you down below the rim to view authentic fossil beds along the way. On your hike, delight in the breathtaking view of the Hermit Rapids from the rim as well as notables sights in the canyon such as the former Hermit Camp. You will also receive a ticket to the IMAX movie, “The Hidden Secrets,” with your tour.

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What people are saying about Grand Canyon Railway

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 179 reviews

There were 7 of us that went on the train. The Wild West show was really entertaining. We enjoyed the train ride. Our gal on the train was De. She was friendly and fun. The singers on the train were amazing. Then having us "robbed" was great! The picture that we purchased on the train of our whole group was so cool! Seeing the Grand Canyon was awesome too! Overall one of the BEST experiences we have EVER had! Thanks to EVERYONE!

This was our 4th Grand Canyon Railroad tour and it was wonderful. The train ride was awesome, and the train staff were all pleasant and entertaining. Everything was clean and well cared for, the snacks on board were plentiful and the entire experience was all that we expected.

The only thing we were disappointed in we got a half of a window and expected a full window as we were traveling first class...other than that everything was perfect...thank you, Bev

The train departs "On Time" 8:30 going and 2:30 leaving. When we went the canyon was full of clouds and we couldn't see anything. The train does NOT stick around.

This was a great way to get to the Grand Canyon. The staff made the train ride fun and enjoyable. The ride was about 2.5 hours each way.