For a true Western experience and a unique way to visit America's Grand Canyon, travelers should board the Grand Canyon Railway for an exciting trip to the nation's largest canyon and take a step back into a time when rails were the grand way to travel.
Utilizing vintage locomotives the GCR takes thousands of visitors each year from Williams, Arizona into America's grandest of canyons.
The engines and cars have all been painstakingly restored to provide a true "step back in time" ambiance for travelers who can experience an old-fashioned train robbery as well as entertaining strolling musicians.
The original rail lines was built in 1901 and provides travelers a 130-mile roundtrip tour with five levels or classes of service - coach, first, dome, luxury parlor and luxury dome with prices ranging from $68 - $179 per person.
Those in coach class will enjoy riding in streamliner-era coaches with bench-style seating in classic air-conditioned 1950s cars having large windows .
First class provides oversized, reclining seats, huge windows and servings of fruit, pastries, coffee and juice.
Riding in dome class enables the traveler to have panoramic views inside vintage glass-enclosed streamliner cars along with snacks and sparkling wine.
In the luxury parlor you will find lounge-style comfors, private cash bar and rear platform access. The parlor has plush seating, large windows, snacks and sparkling wine.
A new level of service is the luxury dome which combines views in the observation dome and the opulence of the parlor class.
Prior to and following the tour, guests also have the opportunity of staying in the 3-diamond Grand Canyon Railway Hotel that is reminiscent of the century-old train depot that housed the original hotel.
In addition to several room grades, visitors will find numerous amenities and dining.
The large Grand Canyon Railway RV Park is also part of the railway property and includes 8 "buddy" sites, 51 back-in sites, 65 pull-thru sites, complete services with laundry facilities, convenience store, pet resort, playdround, sports courts, wireless internet and shuttle service to the depot.
Vistors will find a picnic pavilion, fitness trail, cafe gift shop, depot gift shop, swimming pool, fitness room and a wild west show.
There are several travel packages to the rim and some can be customized to include an inner-canyon day tour, river floating and drive-thru of wildlife park