The Grand Canyon Railway
In the late 1800s a stagecoach ride from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon cost $15 and also took a rough 8 hours. With a meal and a bed in a tent that cost an additional $1 apiece. However, all that changed when the Grand Canyon Railway began passenger service from Williams, AZ to the Canyon on September 17, 1901 at a cost of just $3.95.
The Railway thrived until the popularity of automobile travel in the 1950s, and the Grand Canyon Railway ceased service in 1968. By the late 1980s entrepreneurs Max and Thelma Biegert revived interest and a lovingly restored Grand Canyon Railway once again began passenger service on September 17, 1989, exactly 88 years after its debut. Now operated by the Xanterra Company, the Grand Canyon Railway serves 200,000 passengers annually and is more popular than ever, with special annual events such as The Pumpkin Patch Train and The Polar Express, which itself alone carries over 100,000 kids and families every year.
The Grand Canyon Railway is a very unique train experience that is enjoyed by all who take this memorable trip. The GCR operates daily round-trips to the Grand Canyon from its train depot in Williams, AZ which is only a short 20 minutes from Flagstaff, AZ.
Trust me this is a bucket list experience. It also manages the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel that is a first class hotel that offers 300 exquisite rooms, and is only steps from the train station. The Grand Canyon Railway remains one of Arizona’s most popular attractions.
To learn more go to: www.thetrain.com. Better yet, book a ride and a room at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.