Grand Canyon Railway
Service the Grand Canyon since 1901.
The Grand Canyon Railway train departs Williams, Arizona every morning at 10 am. It's a relaxing 2 hour 15 minute train ride to the Grand Canyon. You'll see how beautiful of the canyon that you may see in your car.
Price of the train.
Coach Class; Adults $58.00, Child $25.00
Club Class; Adults $79.00, Child $46.00
First Class Adult $116.00, Child $83.00
Deluxe Observation Class ; Adults $137.00, Child $104.00
Luxury Parlor Class : Adults $147.00, Child $114.00
Tonto National Forest
Air Canada direct from Toronto, 4 hrs 40 minutes was a nice flight. We flew back out at midnight on United to Chicago then Air Canada to Montreal and home.
I pre-booked a Mazda 626 from Hertz, with unlimited mileage (we ended up with 700 miles). Total cost for the 5 days was US$274 including taxes. The roads were very good, even Rt. 87 heading north to Payson is a 4-lane highway. Photo of Saguaro cacti along this road in the Tonto National Forest as we headed northeast out of Phoenix toward the Theodore Roosevelt dam.
Try a road trip.
If you fly into Phoenix, you can rent a car at any of the major rental agencies. I would recommend renting a car and taking a week-long road-trip through Arizona. If you are short of time and want to get a highlight of the state, head straight north from Phoenix and go to the Grand Canyon. Even if you stay for the day, the view is spectacular. Head towards Las Vegas to see Hoover Dam or travel to Winslow and see Meteor Crater. If you get a chance, head to Monument Valley. The natural beauty here is awe-inspiring and it will not be disappointing.Related to:
- National/State Park
Route 66- or what's left of it
IN 1926, the road linking Chicago and LA became officially designated Route 66. IN 1938, the 2448 mile hwy became the first cross country highway to be fully paved. IN the 1950's, construction on interstate highways began to keep up with the demand for faster routes. In the 1960's most of the parts of Route 66 in AZ were replaced by 1-40. By 1984, I-40 had taken over all of Route 66, though Williams put up a good fight to retain its portion of this historic hwy.
Certain sections remain, particularly in Flagstaff and in Western Arizona between Seligman and Kingman and Kingman and TopockRelated to:
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
By Air, car or Bus
Most airlines have connecting flights to Tucson. We went from Montreal via American Airlines to Chicago where we transferred to an other plane and then went diect to Tucson. Our second trip was by car fron Canada in my (then new) 1991 Honda Accord (see photo with snow when I left from Canada).
Local bus service is excellent. By auto no problem. Good streets and traffic was no problem.
By air (Phoenix Scottsdale) or...
By air (Phoenix Scottsdale) or by car.
Car is holy in the United States, so rent one or use your own. Try not to get to entangled to the car, but get out in the National Parks and Forests to enjoy nature the way it should beenjoyed: on foot!
There's nothing like sticking...
There's nothing like sticking your head out of the window on a highway that runs seemingly forever in both directions. So many fantasies bearing overtones of isolation and freedom can streak through your head. Out on the highway in the early dawn, just as the sun breaks the night into soft blues and reds...it is an overwhelminig sense of freedom. You can't achieve a feeling like this in the city. It's the closest you can come to flying without actually lifting yourself off the ground. Go ahead, try it. It's even better in a convertable. If you like to live dangerously, do it while you're driving--if there's no other cars around...just make sure you keep one eye on the road okay???
There is a train station right...
There is a train station right in downtown Tucson that is across the street not only from a city bus hub center but the greyhound station too. I recommend if you can, bring your bike!
If you contact the local bus company like Sun Tran in Tucson and tell them you want a first time riders kit they will mail you one before your trip.You can put your bike on the front of the bus for no extra charge. They come complete with city map/system and a FREE trip pass-yes for free! If you rent a car, Enterprise will bring it to you, and many of the hotels offer free shuttle services to/from airports/malls/casinos so don't hesitate to ask.
Your best bets are to fly into...
Your best bets are to fly into either Phoenix or Las Vegas. Phoenix is a better vantage point if you want to see some things south of Flagstaff, or if you just find better rates. Las Vegas is probably a shorter distance to the grand canyon. Either way, both would be good choices.
If you're in a close by state,...
If you're in a close by state, a road trip is the best way to get there.. what a fun drive! but flying in is neat too... there's never a whole lot of clouds in the sky and when you're above the clouds and can still see the ground and the shadow that the clouds make... its amazing!
definitely need your own vehicle or a rental there are so many day trips and everything is pretty spread out in Arizona. Definitely if you're staying in Scottsdale, taxis would cost an arm and a leg.
they have an airport..
by train.i can't forget the view of the train crossing the mouatins and how i was so scared because i'm not used to see trains climbing mountains before..it was an amazing experince for me..look at the picture to see how amazing it was
Fly to Las Vegas and hire a...
Fly to Las Vegas and hire a car.
One great way to see the Grand Canyon is to take an air tour. We took this one hour plane tour, but be warned, it can be a bit bumpy and although I am definately not one to get travel sickness, I must admit this ride made me feel queezy. You are probably better off taking the helicopter tour and you will see more.
Flying is the best was to get...
Flying is the best was to get to Phoenix unless you live in a neighboring state. It is a large state and takes a long time to drive there, even once inside the state borders.
There are expressways, but they are only 'express' during non-rush hours. Otherwise they are parking lots.Many of the side streets connect all through town as well as the freeways,but even they can get crowded at times. It is just a big city with lots of people.
By air, Phoenix and Tucson are...
By air, Phoenix and Tucson are the typical choices. If you can get better fares into Las Vegas and will be travelling to the Grand Canyon that is a good choice too.
An automobile is a must. Traffic in Phoenix can be daunting since it's a large city (in area) so having a good map before you travel in Arizona is a good idea.
I'd suggest renting a car...
I'd suggest renting a car here. The place is laid out in a pretty good grid, so it is fairly easy to get around. I would take into consideration the temperature if you drive something that overheats easily, however.
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