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Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure - Los Angeles

4.5 stars(10 reviews)

The Grand Canyon awaits on this spectacular Rails to the Rim vacation.

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5 days From $1,125 per person

2021 Tour code: WC-GCRE-21

About the tour

Beginning in Los Angeles, board Amtrak's Southwest Chief for the overnight journey to Flagstaff, Arizona, where you will catch the historic Grand Canyon Railway for the ride to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This 4-day rail vacation includes travel aboard two iconic trains, hotel accommodations in Flagstaff and Grand Canyon National Park, sightseeing and more!


What’s included


Day 1 - Depart Los Angeles aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief

Board Amtrak's Southwest Chief and prepare for your journey to Flagstaff, Arizona. Watch the sunset from your onboard accommodations or, for more dramatic views, from the train's Sightseer Lounge with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Spend the evening relaxing aboard the train and getting acquainted with your fellow travelers. Overnight train.

  • Dinner (Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 2 - Early morning arrival in Flagstaff, Arizona

The Southwest Chief pulls into Flagstaff early this morning. You'll be transferred to the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, where you will have time for a few more hours of sleep before freshening up and grabbing a hearty breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. Board the Grand Canyon Railway train for a 9:30 am departure to the South Rim of the Canyon. This historic train was built more than a century ago to transport ore in the Wild West. Upon arrival you will be met by tour buses waiting to take you on a Freedom Tour* of the Grand Canyon, offering an impressive overview of this breathtaking natural wonder. Overnight Maswik Lodge.


*The Freedom Tour has suspended operations through September 2, 2021 due to the coronavirus.

  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Grand Canyon at Leisure

Spend the morning exploring the South Rim on your own or take another guided tour. There are several historical buildings worth visiting including Buckey O'Neill's Cabin, the longest continually standing structure in the South Rim, or Desert View Watchtower with one of the few views of the bottom of the Canyon and the Colorado River. Board the Grand Canyon Railway southbound to Williams at 3:30 pm. Dinner this evening is at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. Overnight Williams.

  • Dinner
Day 4 - Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Spend the day at leisure and enjoy the luxury of a bygone era at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. The hotel is just a block away from downtown Williams and historic Route 66. Spend time relaxing at indoor pool and hot tub, or get outdoors and enjoy the horseshoe pit, volleyball court & basketball court.

Relax at the hotel for a bit before your transfer to the Flagstaff station, where you will catch the Southwest Chief bound for Los Angeles. Overnight train.

  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Arrival in Los Angeles' Historic Union Station

When you awake this morning, you will be nearing Los Angeles. Prepare for arrival at Union Station, where your Rails to the Rim adventure comes to a close.

  • Breakfast (Sleeping Car passengers only)

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette and Bedroom.

Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest.

Roomette accommodations include a private cabin that features two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, which converts to an upper and lower berth at night.

Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Maswik Lodge - Grand Canyon Lodges, Grand Canyon National Park

Maswik Lodge - Grand Canyon Lodges, Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, Williams

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, Williams

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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 10 reviews

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5 stars

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Leticia F, Fullerton, CA

5 stars

Submitted 10/Sep

The people at the hotels, shuttle bus and train were so pleasant and nice!! They really seemed happy to assist us in every way.

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Leticia F, Fullerton, CA

5 stars

Submitted 10/Sep

The people at the hotels, shuttle bus and train were so pleasant and nice!! They really seemed happy to assist us in every way.

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3 stars

Submitted 17 Aug 2019

Recognizing that train delays may occur, and vacationers shouldn?t really be in a hurry anyway, there are times that prolonged delays will sour all good will towards things one has to do. In my case, the announced delay began with a 4-hour delay, extended to 4 and a half, then, after much waiting, the train showed up FIVE AND A HALF hours later! Subsequently, instead of getting off around 8 am the next morning, the train actually arrived around ONE pm. I found myself having to eat AND pay the exorbitant price of breakfast on the train, plus my order of the delicious pancakes was forgotten. I finally received my pancakes, after all my table companions had finished their breakfast but were nice to stay to keep me company! The final surprise was that the re-order ended with only three luke warm pancakes, each of which was about two inches in diameter (at least the chef was consistent!). So miserable looking that my table companions all broke out in laughter! I gave a three star simply because the rest of the tour prior to my final vacation breakfast that I had to pay on the train was great! This small part of my experience really ruined my mood for the entire trip! I tried not to whine, but..

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5 stars

Submitted 30 May 2019

the Grand Canyon train was a blast because our car steward was so funny. AS with any natural formation, we had weather that was not perfect. snow and fog one day. one day fine.

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Raymond, H, Doncaster, UK

4 stars

Submitted 07 Oct 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed the Grand Canyon Railway, the Canyon and many little things too numerous to mention. At the end we fulfilled an ambition, no we fulfilled several ambitions in this one trip

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