Overnight packages are also available where you can spend the night at the historic Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams and/or inside Grand Canyon National Park. Insider tip: Neither the Pullman Coach nor Club cars of the Railway offer air-conditioning, which is not a problem in fall, winter or spring, but can be uncomfortable in the summer months. If you prefer an air-conditioned ride, choose First Class, Observation Dome or Luxury Parlor Cars. Children must be at least 11 to ride in the Dome or Parlor cars; all ages are welcome in First
Class, Coach or Club. Consult your Grand Canyon Top Tours Brochure , or call Grand Canyon.com for booking information at (866) 944-7263. AMTRAK service is available from several major U.S. cities to Williams or Flagstaff, Arizona. For more information call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit www. amtrak.com
YGreyhound has scheduled bus service to Grand Canyon gateway cities such as Phoenix, Flagstaff, Las Vegas and St. George (Utah). Scheduled shuttle service from Phoenix, Flagstaff and Williams is provided several times daily by Open Road Tours (1-800-766-7117). A guided Grand Canyon Bus Tour from Las Vegas, Phoenix, Sedona or Flagstaff is also a great way to see the Grand Canyon when your time and/or funds are limited. For more information on Grand Canyon Bus tours, contact GrandCanyon.com at (866) 944-7263 or (928) 645-6845.
Travel Tip 6 - Where Should I Stay?
There are 6 hotels inside the park at Grand Canyon South Rim: the El Tovar Hotel, Kachina Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Bright Angel Lodge, Maswik Lodge and Yavapai Lodge. The first four lodges are situated on the very rim of the canyon; Maswik and Yavapai Lodge are ¼ mile and 1 mile from the canyon rim respectively. Grand Canyon South Rim hotels are typically booked 8 months to a year in advance from mid-March through mid-September, as well as for major wintertime holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and the Martin Luther King and Presidents’ Day holidays.
Inside the park at the North Rim, there is only one hotel: the Grand Canyon Lodge, which consists of cabins and some motel rooms. This lodge is also usually booked well in advance during season, which is only from mid-May through mid-October.
All of the in-park lodges both at the North and South Rim are managed by the official concessionaire, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, who can be reached at 888/297-2757 inside the US or 303/297-2757 outside the US. Online, visit www.GrandCanyonLodges.com (South Rim) or www.GrandCanyonNorthRim.com (North Rim). If your trip is within peak season and less than 3 months away, you are unlikely to be able to secure lodging inside the park. Your best bet will be to look at the park’s “gateway communities” (cities and towns located nearby) for your Grand Canyon lodging.