A popular way to visit the Grand Canyon's South Rim begins in Williams, Arizona. There you can arrange to board the Grand Canyon Railway for a relaxing and scenic ride to the Grand Canyon. The train stops just next to the Bright Angel Lodge, which means it is a short walk to the Grand Canyon itself, as well as food, lodging, and gifts.
The depot area at Williams, Arizona is well-utilized by tourists. There is a hotel where you can spend the night, a restaurant, and, of course, the ticket office.
Entertainment in Williams
You might be at the station early enough to see one of the free shootouts. It's family-friendly entertainment (well, except for the shooting/killing!).
This is the train that took us to the Grand Canyon. It leaves every morning. According to the Grand Canyon Railway website, "The trip measures 65 miles and takes 2 hours and 15 minutes each way."
Have a Safe Day
The employees wave as the train departs the Williams station. The train behind them is no longer in use; it is a display only.
One option for your trip is to book your seats in the Observation Dome. It's the best place for scenic views on the Grand Canyon Railway trip.
Arriving at Grand Canyon
Passengers on the train disembark. The directions to the rim of the Grand Canyon are clear. Some people will stay for just a few hours before they head back to Williams, and some will stay overnight or for a few days. There are several package options.
Can't Get Much Closer
The train leaves you right near the Grand Canyon's rim, steps away from the Bright Angel Lodge. There you can eat, buy souvenirs or head right to the Grand Canyon's edge. Shuttles to the various South Rim viewing points can be accessed from here.
This Is Why You Came
The train ride is very nice, but this is the real reason you got on the train to begin with, isn't it?