Arizona Travels: Grand Canyon

A little snippet from my Arizona Travels book (coming out soon) about the Grand Canyon:

The Grand Canyon is located in the northern part of Arizona and a must see place to visit. With approximately five million guests each year, this majestic place offers breathtaking views. You can spend an entire day or two traveling around the park and get a different experience viewing the canyon from various locations. The canyon has several hotel choices, gift shops, the skywalk, picnic areas and restaurants. You can also take a helicopter ride inside the canyon, hike down to the bottom, white water raft trips on the Colorado River, or ride the rails from Williams, AZ. If you are one who loves a paranormal experience, the Grand Canyon has had its fair share of ghost and UFO sightings.

Grand Canyon
*The above site will help you to find all the information on the Grand Canyon you will need to make your visit a pleasant one.

Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk
Reservations: 1-888-868-9378 or 1-928-769-2636
Location: Grand Canyon Hualapai West entrance
Price: $25 per person (plus park entrance fees)
*To find the west entrance to the canyon from Kingman you will travel north on US 93, drive approximately 30 miles to the Pierce Ferry Road, and then turn right. You will drive 28 miles to Diamond Bar Road; turn right; drive 14 miles on a dirt road and 7 more miles on a paved road to the Grand Canyon west entrance.

Grand Canyon Tours:
Phone: 1(800) 301-7152

Grand Canyon Railway
A fun way to get to the Grand Canyon is to jump aboard the Grand Canyon Railway for a historic ride.  This Polar Express type experience offers four different packages which start in Williams, AZ, and travels to the Grand Canyon National Park.  Today, we can take the same route that generations before us traveled.

In 1901, and when Arizona was just a territory, the Grand Canyon trains would take folks to the south rim of the canyon for a fun excursion.  The train offered a nice comfortable trip to the Grand Canyon for all men, women and children.  Some would choose to make it a day trip, while others decided to take a room at the lodge.  These people stood at the rim and were taken in by the extraordinary beauty of the canyon much like we do today.

In 1968, the trains quit traveling to the Grand Canyon when automobiles became trendy.  People were opting to drive themselves to the park instead of spending the money on the train ride.  In 1989, a group of businessmen purchased the Grand Canyon Railway, revamped the train, and found renewed interests from people wanting to take the historic ride.  Today, many sit in comfort to take a fun day trip or several days’ vacation using the Grand Canyon Railway as their mode of transportation.  If you are interested in booking a ride you can go to their website, or call 1-800-THE-TRAIN.


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