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Grand Canyon Railway

233 North Grand Canyon Boulevard | Williams, AZ 86046 | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing, Tours
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 3.0 (2.8)
Value: 1.5 (1.5)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Built in the late 1800s, this historic railroad was originally used to transport ore from the Anita mines, which just north of Williams, Ariz. The railway began traveling to the Grand Canyon in 1901, making the park accessible to the public. But with the rise in popularity of automobiles, the trains lost business, and the Grand Canyon Depot saw its last passenger train in 1968. The Grand Canyon Railway underwent extensive restoration and was reopened in 1989.

Today, this historic train carries passengers between Williams and the South Rim's Grand Canyon Depot. Trains depart from Williams at 9:30 a.m. every day and arrive at Grand Canyon Village around 11:45 a.m. Return trips leave the village at 3:30 p.m. and arrive back in Williams at around 5:45 p.m. There are four different classes to choose from: Coach, First Class, Observation Dome and Luxury Parlor. Rates vary depending on which class you ride, but you can expect to pay a pretty penny for the experience. For more information, check out the Grand Canyon Railway website.

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