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Take the train to the Grand Canyon
Hermits Rest, a historic, century-old structure west of Grand Canyon Village, is one of numerous attractions on the South Rim available to riders of the Grand Canyon Railway.
Lookout Studio is one of a number of attractions on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.
The Grand Canyon Railway runs daily between Williams, Ariz., and the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Annually, about 225,000 people make the two-hour journey, which includes views of the 12,000-foot San Francisco Peaks, the highest point in Arizona.
A performer entertains passengers on the Grand Canyon Railway.

Canyon rails

Hermits Rest, a historic, century-old structure west of Grand Canyon Village, is one of numerous attractions on the South Rim available to riders of the Grand Canyon Railway.
Lookout Studio is one of a number of attractions on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.
The Grand Canyon Railway runs daily between Williams, Ariz., and the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Annually, about 225,000 people make the two-hour journey, which includes views of the 12,000-foot San Francisco Peaks, the highest point in Arizona.
A performer entertains passengers on the Grand Canyon Railway.
If you go

GRAND CANYON RAILWAY: www.thetrain.com. Departs Williams, Arizona, for the South Rim of the Grand Canyon daily at 9:30 a.m., returning at 3:30 p.m.
GETTING THERE: Williams, Arizona, is about 30 miles west of Flagstaff on Interstate 40.
COST: Roundtrip train tickets start at $62 for Pullman Class up to $209 for Luxury Parlor. Hotel and train packages start at $206.
WHERE TO STAY: The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams is at the railway depot, allowing guests to walk to the train. The South Rim has four hotels, from the historical El Tovar Hotel on the upscale end to cabins and rooms with shared bathrooms at Bright Angel Lodge. Rates range from $75 a night at Bright Angel to $25 at El Tovar. Reservations in summer are essential.
WHERE TO EAT: Williams has numerous restaurants downtown, walking distance from the depot, and the railway hotel features a pub and a buffet-style restaurant. At the South Rim, there’s a food court at Maswik Lodge, a fine dining/steakhouse restaurant at Bright Angel Lodge and upscale dining at El Tovar.

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