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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. Grab a drink in the onboard bar then witness the scenery of the National Park. Travel on the Grand Canyon Railway, boasting 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. Arrive at the canyon around lunchtime with ample time to hike and enjoy the park. Afterwards, you will then return back to Williams, Arizona.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend

2. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend

Get away from the bright lights of Las Vegas, and journey into the great American Southwest. Visit Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and the Grand Canyon. Benefit from the knowledge of your expert guide along the way. First, stop at Antelope Canyon and enjoy its colorful, intricate rock walls and formations, rainbow colors, and patterns. You'll explore the canyon with an experienced Navajo guide. Next, take in spectacular views at the Horseshoe Bend, a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River. After hiking 1.2 km on a sandy trail, take your time to admire the breathtaking views. Finally, stop at the world-famous Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history.

Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Tickets with Guided Bus Tour

3. 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.  Pick up 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 fascinating 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 your tour.

From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Guided Tour

4. 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.

The Grand Canyon Classic Tour From Sedona, AZ

5. The Grand Canyon Classic Tour From Sedona, AZ

Considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see. Make the most of your visit with this scenic tour filled with incredible views. Your tour begins with a ride through the scenic red rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon — one of the top scenic drives in America. Continue through the Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff, past the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, and on to the Navajo Reservation with a stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post. Your journey continues, providing you with a breathtaking view of the western edge of the Painted Desert and the Little Colorado River Gorge on your way to the Grand Canyon. Once inside the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park, take in the beautiful views of the canyon and Colorado River at Desert View. Climb to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for amazing panoramic views. Visit the East and South Rims of the Grand Canyon from which the spectacular views of the Colorado River Gorge and the buttes of the South Rim can be viewed. Enjoy a mile-long nature walk along the South Rim to admire the natural beauty of the park. After, there is optional time to explore Grand Canyon Village, where many historic buildings are located.

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. Have all the logistics taken care of by your guide. 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 dropping you back off at your hotel at the end of the day. Experience the history of Arizona on a magnificent Grand Canyon Railroad ride. Take a journey to the canyon in style and grace aboard the streamliner cars. 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 the dramatic rocks of the Painted Desert.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon National Park Day Trip with Lunch

7. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon National Park Day Trip with Lunch

Set out from Las Vegas on a guided day trip to discover the scenery of the Grand Canyon, with hotel pickup included. Hit the road on Route 66, take in the views at the Grand Canyon National Park, and cross the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Enjoy lunch and breakfast along the way. The first stop on your journey will be in historic Seligman, Arizona where you will have a chance to see some of the history of the famous Route 66, the 'Mother Road' of the USA Continue on to the Grand Canyon National Park, where you’ll enjoy stops at Mather Point and Bright Angel Lodge. Choose between traveling to each point by bus or, for the more adventurous, walking along the paved road with your guide between the sites. Soak up the breathtaking views — stop along the trail to take photos as you take in the unforgettable colors and rock formations around you.  After visiting both sites, begin the return trip to Las Vegas. Along the way, enjoy a stop in Arizona to catch a bite to eat at a local American diner (at your own expense).  Travel over the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and see the Las Vegas skyline illuminated to top off your experience, before being dropped back at your hotel.

From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon National Park Tour

8. From Flagstaff: Grand Canyon National Park Tour

Explore on the of 7 Natural Wonders of the world with a top-rated guided tour to Grand Canyon National Park.  Begin your day among pine trees in Flagstaff, Arizona, a charming college town high in the Arizona mountains. Sit back and relax as you are shuttled off through incredible landscape towards the gorgeous Grand Canyon. Marvel at the mighty Colorado River, take in the staggering rock formations, and enjoy the natural beauty that has captivated millions for centuries.  Learn the storied history behind the people who once roamed these lands as your guide takes you through Tusayan. Visit historic sites like the El Tovar Hotel, and the Desert View Watchtower.  Lunch is provided, and snacks and water are included as you journey through one of America's most treasured natural landmarks. Guides lead tours rain or shine, and are happy to answer questions about this popular destination.

From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

9. 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.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Grand Canyon Railway

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4.6 / 5

based on 2,503 reviews

It was a great trip. Seeing Grand Canyon south rim was an unforgettable experience! Took our breath. With snow and fog and hail, we got lucky that park wasn’t closed. Second day got to see all the locations except Zion because it closed due to snow. We weren’t that disappointed with that because 1 - it’s not in our control, 2-we were all really tired. It’s physically demanding if you walk around each stop and explore. The tour bus isn’t top of the line but sitting in front seat you can see the majestic views really good. The overnight stay was comfortable- 2 queen beds in a big room. For our group of 5, we booked 3 tickets + 2 tickets separately to get two rooms.

We had an amazing time on the tour! Noel was very knowledgeable and took us to all the beautiful scenic locations in Sedona and the Grand Canyon. We really appreciated how accommodating he was for our mobility constraints. Definitely cannot recommend enough!

When we reached canyon it was a foggy day, tried 2 locations first, did't work; but great help with the tour guide, we are able to see other all locations clearly, very happy, he also guided to the theater, awesome guy.

Excellent tour guide and wonderful experience. Highly recommend! We had an excellent time!

Excellent! Was a fun trip with a lot of history and beautiful views.