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Old 09-21-2016, 09:12 PM   #1
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Anyone been through or to Williams Arizona lately ? Hints for train ride & Grand Canyon travel ?
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:50 PM   #2
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We were there last fall, stayed a week, drove to grand canyon in toad, 50 miles each way , not a bad drive.
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Old 09-21-2016, 10:06 PM   #3
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Williams is a very nice little town for window shopping, dinner, and drinks.

The train is cool for those who like the historic RR thing, but if time is important, driving to the canyon is very easy and fast.

If you like wildlife like us, we strongly recommend Bearizona: Bearizona Wildlife Park

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Old 09-21-2016, 10:33 PM   #4
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The Train Ride is mostly out in the open countryside and some forest etc. You don't view any of the Grand Canyon from the Train. My advice is drive out early and enjoy taking the bus/tram to all the view points before Train arrives because when it unloads it gets busy and and at times you have wait till next bus comes etc. Of course it all depends on the time of the year. This is all providing you wish not to ride the Train. You can drive/explore all the points to the east after leaving the main lodge area and circle back to Flagstaff on west to Williams if your up for that.
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Went there in 2012, we stayed at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park and took the "Train Package" to the Canyon. We had Club Car tickets so the trip out and back was very enjoyable. When we arrived at the Canyon, we were met by state-of-the-art busses and bussed to the various points of interest around the Canyon rim. We were then taken to lunch, turned loose for a little shopping and then back on the train for the trip back to Williams. The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel has a Doggie Day Care right adjacent to the station which was very convenient for boarding our dog while we were gone. The days starts about 08:30 with a "western show" at the station, board the train about 09:00 and returned ~18:30 (for my Marine friends, Mickey's big hand and little hand are on the "6")! If you have the time, it's an enjoyable trip!! BTW, as stated, Williams is a nice own!
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Stayed in Williams this last June. Must say, it is a neat town with the Rte 66 theme. Drove from park, (Canyon RV park) to canyon.I think best as you can come and go at your leisure. Use canyon bus shuttles to view canyon. Did the Bearizona thing. Was interesting, but hot so animals were laid up.
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We've always stayed in the park itself with our RV (Trailer Village RV for hookups) or there are two others without hookups. Trailer Village is within walking distance to the Rim or the free shuttle stops at the entrance. You can get on and off wherever using the free shuttle. It rides along the Rim. We spend days at the canyon, not hours.
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nice town, nice people, nice campground.
cant get better than that, unless it was cheaper.
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We did the route from Williams to GC last year. We always dry camp in state owned gravel pits, they are free, quiet, scenic and can be found about every 10 miles along most highways. We use Google earth to locate them. We used one about 20 miles north a Williams on this trip. We also frequently take a helicopter tour of our parks visited. The one at GC is a waste of $$$. They fly you across the GC twice and not up and down thus you miss alot.
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We did the whole package a couple years ago.. Took the steam engine train.. If you have a pet they will board it for you until the train gets back also.. You need to call to make your reservations as it is 3 different reservations, RV park. which is very nice, train ride, with buffet lunch, and boarding pet.. We enjoyed it.
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I'll be in Williams in late October/early November. What's the weather like at that time?
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I'll be in Williams in late October/early November. What's the weather like at that time?
Cold, maybe snow.
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Cold, maybe snow.
Thanks! I will prepare accordingly.
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Here are weather averages for Williams, AZ. Keep in mind that these change constantly so it might be warmer or colder.

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