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The Grand Canyon is located in northern Arizona. Grand Canyon Railway departs daily from Williams, Arizona, 65 miles south of the world-famous abyss. Coined the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon”, Williams is located off Interstate 40, 32 miles west of Flagstaff.

Driving Directions
The area is easy to get to via Interstate roadways. However, Grand Canyon Country is a remote part of the United States. The closest major metro area is Phoenix, about 180 miles away, or a 2.5-hour drive from Phoenix to Williams. Las Vegas is about a 3.5-hour drive from Williams (233 miles).

If you’re coming from the Los Angeles area, plan about 7.5 hours to drive to Williams. Take Interstate 15 north to Barstow, then Interstate 40 east all the way to Williams.

If you’re traveling from Phoenix, take Interstate 17 North to Flagstaff. At the I-40 Interchange, go west toward Williams.

Connecting on the Amtrak Southwest Chief


Travel on the Amtrak Southwest Chief and ride Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim. The Southwest Chief travels between Chicago and Los Angeles daily through the fabled American West. On-board, you’ll enjoy the views from the Sightseer Lounge Car, meals in the Dining Car, and the comfort of traveling in Sleeping Accommodations.  Click here to learn more about traveling on the Southwest Chief.  

Southwest Chief near Raton NM photo by Alex MayesArnold_sitting on lab

Closest Airports
Flagstaff’s Pulliam Airport has US Airways (service from PHX) with flights that arrive daily. The next closest airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor, followed by Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS).

If you’re traveling by air, planning a trip to Phoenix or Las Vegas is a fabulous way to see some of the best attractions the Southwest has to offer. Flying into Phoenix, staying a few nights in the Sonoran desert, and then heading to Grand Canyon Country before heading to Las Vegas for a few more nights is an excellent itinerary that will allow you to experience three completely unique and exhilarating atmospheres.

If you’re flying into Phoenix, there are a couple transportation options to get to Grand Canyon Country. For guided tours of the Southwest, you can book a tour that includes Grand Canyon Railway through Detours of Arizona. Should you need shuttle service to northern Arizona, Arizona Shuttle Service is the way to go.

If traveling from Las Vegas, Grand Canyon Tour Company offers day and overnight trips including train travel, overnights stays in Williams and inside the park. The ORIGINAL Grand Canyon Tour Company since 1982 offers over 120 tours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and other southwest destinations.

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