Live in Tucson and never been to the Grand Canyon?
Make this year the year you visit one of the seven wonders of the world.
One way to do it is by riding the Grand Canyon Railway. The historic train travels 130 miles round-trip from Williams to the South Rim, with daily departures scheduled from both Williams and the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon Railway departs daily at 9:30am from Williams, Arizona, which is about 30 miles west of Flagstaff, just off Interstate 40. The train travels almost due north to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, arriving at 11:45am. The trip measures 65 miles and takes 2 hours and 15 minutes each way—45 minutes faster than in 1901 when the train made its first trip. The train departs Grand Canyon Depot at 3:30 pm, returning to the Williams Depot at 5:45pm. All aboard!
On your train ride, keep your eyes out for elk, mountain lions, mule deer, squirrels, skunks, bald eagles, horned owls, ravens, and California condors. You never know what you might see! You’ll also see a variety of plants + trees – Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, spruce, aspen, Pinyon-Juniper woodlands, sagebrush, and grama grass.
There are six different classes to choose from – depending on your budget and your trip goals – Pullman Class, Coach Class, First Class, Observation Dome, Luxury Dome Class, and Luxury Parlor Class. Rates range from $29-$140 for children, $62-$209 for adults.
Coming up! Grand Canyon Railway transforms into The Polar Express! See the website for full details and buy your tickets soon (we hear they sell out early).
- LOCATION: The Williams Depot & Ticket Counter is at 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams
- COST: $29-$140 for children; $62-$209 for adults
- NOTES: Like Grand Canyon Railway on Facebook; Follow Grand Canyon Railway on Twitter
One lucky TucsonTopian (that’s you!) will receive a family 4-pack of coach tickets to ride the Grand Canyon Railway anytime before December 31 (dates subject to availability). Excludes The Polar Express.
Enter your e-mail below for a chance to win. The deadline is Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:59pm.
***The winner is Sue L. Congratulations!***