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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.

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.  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 Las Vegas: Grand Canyon & Antelope Canyon 2-Day Tour

3. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon & Antelope Canyon 2-Day Tour

Encounter the Hoover Dam and get your kicks on Route 66 on this overnight trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. See Horseshoe Bend, hike through slot canyons at Antelope Canyon with a Navajo guide, as you immerse yourself in Arizona's unforgettable natural landscape. Day 1 Your day starts early with a smooth pickup from your Las Vegas area hotel. Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast as you are driven to the Hoover Dam. Here, you can enjoy stunning vistas as you learn about the vital role it plays in sustaining the residents of Las Vegas. It is then a 2-hour drive through the breathtaking Arizona desert on your way to Historic Route 66. Enjoy 3 stops at Route 66, including a stop for lunch in Williams, Arizona. After lunch, you will travel to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, where you will be treated to 3 of the best views at Yavapai Point, Grandview Point, and Lipan point. During the winter, early spring, and fall, catch a spellbinding sunset over the Grand Canyon during the 2-hour drive to your high-quality 3-star hotel for the night.  Day 2 Begin your day with a pickup from your Arizona hotel. After you are fueled and ready to go, you will make the short drive to one of the area's natural gems: Horseshoe Bend. Hike the 2-kilometer round trip to the overlook and peer down a 1,000 foot rock wall to the breathtaking Colorado River. After your hike, you will be driven to the vibrant Lower Antelope Canyon to join a local Navajo tour guide as they lead you through the colorful slot canyons. Your tour guide will point out different rock formations and ensure you get amazing pictures as keepsakes of this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Try one of the local restaurants for lunch, then take a well-deserved nap in the comfy tour van on the 4.5-hour drive back to Las Vegas. End your unforgettable trip with an easy drop-off at your Las Vegas hotel around 7 PM.

From Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe: Grand Canyon Day Tour

4. From Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe: Grand Canyon Day Tour

Experience the Grand Canyon National Park during this guided tour. Explore the canyon rim with its panoramic views and visit Route 66 with your guide. Start your tour at Route 66. Experience the historic highway in the town of Williams, the last town passed by I-40. Explore this famous location and take the opportunity to purchase lunch in Williams or Grand Canyon. Spend approximately 3 hours within the National Park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Discover historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village. Visit the South Rim and take in the dramatic views — ideal for photographers. Stop into the shop or enjoy your lunch and relax with the best seat in the house.

Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

5. Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

Take a journey through the breathtaking South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park with a guided tour. Walk the pine-forest trails and take in views at the major lookouts, including Yavapai Point. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before walking the Rim Trail in the afternoon. Arrive at the visitor center and begin walking along the Rim Trail with your guide. Within just a few minutes, notice the pine-forest ledges line the path and arrive at Yavapai Point. From here, take a moment to get a real sense of the depth of the canyon and examine the rock layers up close. Learn of the geographic phenomena that formed this natural wonder that now stands 277 miles long and 8 miles wide. Take out your binoculars and try and pick out distant sights of the Colorado River, Phantom Ranch, and the mules on Bright Angel Trail. After taking the time to truly gaze at the sight of the canyon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Browse the shops if you're in the mood and get ready to explore the eastern Grand Canyon in the afternoon. Stroll the level Rim Trail and focus in on the diverse plant life of the area. See if you can spot any wildlife or bird species as you wander. The park is home to deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and the most endangered bird in the world, the California Condor. Begin the return back to the hotel along the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Make a few stops at lookouts to take in the last moments of the view and capture final photos.

Las Vegas 2-Day Grand Canyon Railway Bearizona Meteor Crater

6. Las Vegas 2-Day Grand Canyon Railway Bearizona Meteor Crater

Discover the wonders of the Grand Canyon on a 2-day, multi-stop tour from Las Vegas, including roundtrip transportation and overnight hotel accommodation. Ride a train on the Grand Canyon Railway. Whole experience riding on the train really set you back how people originally visit Grand Canyon. It's just as cool as it sounded - you ride on a train to Grand Canyon south rim with your love ones, peaceful meanwhile a whole different perspective, full of entertainment during the train trip, when you are doing the chicken dance on the train with musicians, the cowboys "accidently" popping out to rob the train. Day 1: Following hotel pickup, visit Arizona Route 66 Museum to explore the origin and culture of the road. The museum is located in the historic Kingman Powerhouse and depicts the historical evolution of travel along the 35th parallel that became Route 66. Next, head to Bearizona Wildlife Park to see more than 30 kinds of rare wild animals in an approximately 160-acre space. Drive through more than three miles of ponderosa pine forest and check out a 20-acre walk-through area along winding paths. Get time for lunch at the wildlife park (cost not included) before the next stop-the Meteor Crater. Nestled on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the Meteor Crater’s visitor center is one of the most popular attractions in Northern Arizona. Over 50,000 years ago, space and earth came together when a huge iron-nickel meteorite, approximately 150 feet wide and weighing several hundred thousand tons, impacted an area outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, with a force 150 times greater than an atomic bomb. Day 2: Depart early from the hotel to the Grand Canyon Railway Station in Williams, a heritage railroad that carries passengers between Williams and the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Enjoy a 2.5-hour train ride that blends adventure, history, and culture, before arriving at Grand Canyon Village. Then, join a 3-hour Grand Canyon tour. As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see destination. The mile-deep canyon formed millions of years ago as the Colorado River cut a deep channel through layers of hard rock, exposing ribboned layers of the Earth’s crust. The canyon measures 270 miles long and stretches across northern Arizona. There is truly nothing quite like it, which is why people of all ages from around the world come to witness this breathtaking Southwest landmark. After the tour, take a return 2.5-hour train ride back along the Grand Canyon Railway Station. Finish your trip with hotel drop-off back in Las Vegas.

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

7. 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 Williams

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 622 reviews

The trip with CJ was great. He ensured we were well hydrated (the water bottles he had for us were always ice cold :D), made sure we were well fed (gave us a big yummy muffin and bananas on the first day) and always ensure everyone is doing good. He was always looking out for us and the sunset at the Grand Canyon was amazing and totally worth it. On the second day, I accidentally left my stuffs at the hotel. CJ was kind enough to make the trip to get my stuffs back while he was waiting for us to return from the antelope. I am forever grateful for the extra miles he is willing to make. Last but not least, the trip with him is filled with good music. I have a great time and it felt like a roadtrip with CJ. Thanks CJ!

my recommendation to other travelers is that be on time, enjoy every moment,let the people in charge of the car guide you,they are very nice people with a lot of very useful information,

Fantastic experience. The guide was super knowledgeable, gave a good history of the area. Very friendly, safe driving & an overall fantastic experience.

The whole experience was great there was only one attendant in the train and he did a great job at working all train carts

The tour was excellent and extremely well organised. An experience I will not forget for a long time.