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“Average Experience”

Grand Canyon Railway
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US$139.99*
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Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Williams
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Owner description: Historic train that takes a 65-mile trip from Williams to the Grand Canyon and offers great views of the Arizona high country.
Redlands, California
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Average Experience”
Reviewed 24 March 2008

We booked a room for 2 nights, first class on the train in February 2008 through the thetrain.com. The package included 2 nights plus 2 breakfasts 2 dinners. It was way more food than I could handle having Breakfast and Dinner at Max and Thelma's included plus on the train they give you drinks and cheese & crackers and fruit and pastries.
THE ROOM: was fine, nice bathroom, beds were ok, not bad. The size was enough to accommodate my husband and I and one teenager.
THE TRAIN: The ride was not too long or too short. 1st class was not much better than any other.
The GRAND CANYON: View was spectacular from the spot where the train dropped us off which was just a short walk to the back of El Tovar Hotel. There is not much to do there other than take pics of the canyon, walk around, and go to the few gift shops and El Tovar. The 3 hrs time you spend there is enough.
THE HOTEL: Nice enough hotel. Staff was helpful. Not much to do there for adults but go to the bar at Spensers Lounge. We met a nice couple there and talked and laughed with them, but apparently too much laughing is frowned upon. They were told to keep it down. For this place being a bar this I thought that was ridiculous.
MAX AND THELMA'S: The food here is quite good. You don't have to get the buffett, although I thought it was good. You can also use your food vouchers toward a good menu item such as the surf and turf. That was great. You can also use your vouchers toward Spencers food items or gift shop purchases.
BUS TOURS: When we booked the website said we could get a bus tour when we arrived to the hotel. DO NOT DO THIS! BOOK AHEAD! We arrived to find all the tours were sold out. You should book your bus tour ahead of time by phone.
Overall the experience was good. We got to see one view of the Grand Canyon and ate a lot of food. The weather in February was cold with snow. It was beautiful. The snow made the scenery more pleasant.

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Iowa
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Train to the Grand Canyon”
Reviewed 13 March 2008

The train is not a bad way to visit the Grand Canyon, but we paid extra to be in the Club car. The Club car was not what we expected. The picture in the advertisement showed a nice wooden bar in the middle of the car. We had an old car with a small area for an attendant to fix drinks in the front. Nothing nice to look at at all in the car. The attendant was nice enough, but did not give us a narrative at all on the way to or back from the canyon. And another review is correct, we were told over the speaker system close to the end of the trip that the attendant would be coming around to personally greet each passenger -- of course, the time for another tip! The trip seemed long, as the entertainers were only in the car for 2-3 songs on the way up and on the way back. The train robbery was a joke. The attendant could have made the trip much more interesting.

I personally would drive instead of riding the train if I had it to do over again.

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Gilbert, AZ
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Railway Review”
Reviewed 13 March 2008

My best friend and I took the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the GC for the day. We sat in the observation car and had a great view of everything - but honestly - there isnt much to see. Once we got to the rim we had plenty of time to shop, eat lunch and walk along the rim. The views were spectacular! The trip back we were in the luxury car at the end of the train. If you can get a bench seat - do it! You will be tired and you can lay down on these seats and rest. Again not much to see on the way back. Its fun to stand out on the deck at the rear of the train. The entertainment was nice, especially Jessie the banjo player. The drinks at the bar were stiff and not too expensive. The "robbery" was fun too! The only downside was the photographer lady who kept talking about her family and how bad they were and asking if anyone wanted to take her kid. It was really a downer to hear about her druggie brother and other "loser" siblings. You could hear a pin drop in the car!
All in all, it was a fun trip!

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Midwest
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20 reviews
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“A great way to see the canyon”
Reviewed 8 March 2008

We loved our ride on this train! If you can, go for dome observation seating. What a view! Well worth it. Otherwise the basic class would be fine. Yeah, the entertainers were a bit annoying but it added a bit of spice to the trip. Once there, the free shuttles are next to the tracks or it's a short walk (some stair climbing) to the rim. Be sure to bring your camera!

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California
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“Really Liked It!”
Reviewed 6 March 2008

I was traveling with my husband and 15 year old daughter for my husband's 40th birthday. Everything was perfect. The weather was nice and we encountered a herd of elk on the return trip. We were in the luxury/parlor class. The very best part of paying the extra $$ is the observation deck. It's spectacular near the canyon, the snow covered pines were just beautiful.

This class is also VERY comfy, we had a large comfortable couch-my daughter stretched right out with her iPod. She loved the train.

The food at Max and Thelma's is not bad at all. There is effort here, at least. They do not serve the cheapest food possible, even though they probably could.

Our entire experience with Xanterra, both here and at the South Rim, was really excellent. Every member of the staff was friendly, helpful and knowlegeable. EVERY ONE! I don't know if they really care all that much, but they sure act like they do. That goes a long way in my book.

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