Grand Canyon Railway Vacation

Updated: Jul 7


Kim shares her trip details


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Have you ever wanted to see the Grand Canyon up close and personal? Did you know that I can book a vacation package for you, where you can ride the Grand Canyon Railway into the area, stay a couple of nights at the Grand Canyon, and then ride the train back out? It’s super fun; one of my clients, Kim Davenport, just got back from doing this amazing itinerary:


Grand Canyon Railway Itinerary


Day 1: drive to Moab, Utah, stay 1 night

Day 2: drive to Williams, Arizona, stay 1 night

Day 3: Take the Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon (2.5 hours). Stay 2 nights.

Day 4: Helicopter tour

Day 5: Take the railway back to Williams, AZ. Stay 1 night

Day 6: Check out and drive home


Kim lives in Utah, which made it so she could drive there and back. It would also be easy to fly into a nearby airport and rent a car for the drive into Williams.


A few of the highlights from mine and Kim’s conversation:




Moab & Arches National Park


She loved seeing the amazing rock formations in and around Moab. She’s not originally from Utah and had never been to that area, so Arches National Park was new to Kim and her husband. They were SO happy that they got to see those beautiful sights.



Williams, Arizona is right on Route 66, and is a fun little touristy town. Breakfast and dinner were included in their stay, so they didn’t have to worry about anything. The hotel was clean and well-kept.


Grand Canyon Railway


The Grand Canyon Railway was a highlight of the trip. From Williams, it’s just over two hours into the Grand Canyon. Kim and and Ray were in an observation dome rail car with amazing views. On the way, entertainers sang songs and told stories of the Old West and the history of the area.


The Grand Canyon Hotel is right on the edge of the Grand Canyon, and everything in the village is within walking distance. Kim and Ray explored the Grand Canyon on the free bus tours that were offered, and also walked all over the town.




Grand Canyon Railway helicopter tour


The helicopter tour was the absolutely best part of their trip. It was their first time being to the Grand Canyon, and the first time in a helicopter, and they loved every minute of it. On their ride, the pilot was an excellent guide, and they got to see the South Rim, the North Rim, the East Rim, and even fly down into parts of the Grand Canyon. It was an amazing way to experience the grandeur of one of the seven wonders of the world.


Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon Railway


The shootout in the town led to bandits boarding their train back to Williams, which kept everyone on the edge of their seat on the trip back. They spent a restful evening back at their hotel in Williams, and then departed for home the following morning.


On the drive home, they passed right by Bryce Canyon and were able to enjoy another national park.


It was a very fulfilling anniversary trip for Kim and Ray, and one that would be a must-do for anyone who enjoys the beautiful vistas and grandeur of the national parks!