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Grand Canyon Railway

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Grand Canyon Railway

Has anyone taken this train ride? At the end of January, My Husband and I will be in Las Vegas for a conference, and we would like to spend an extra day or two at the Canyon. I am toying with the idea of just driving to the Canyon ourselves, and staying in the park. The other option would be to drive to Williams and take the train. I have read the description on the Railway website, and it seems that some of the little shows could be a little on the corny side. However, if the view from the train is spectacular, then maybe it's worth it anyway.


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1. Re: Grand Canyon Railway

Unless you are a train buff, you should consider just driving. You will arrive at the canyon much faster.

You don't see the canyon when you take the train as its a ride across the high desert/forest. You see the canyon when you exit the train and walk over to the rim.

Make reservations in the park.


Edited: 28 October 2013, 18:24
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Yep, agreeing. The view from the train is NOT spectacular, and it takes much longer to get to the GC than if you simply drove yourself. And yes, do stay one night inside the GCNP.

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The train is an expensive and time consuming way to get to and from the GCNP. Good for train buffs, otherwise a big waste IMO.

Drive to the park and stay there on your own. You'll be glad to have your own car there, especially in January as park buses and shuttles are reduced significantly.

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