Thursday, September 15, 2011

As a celebration of Halloween, the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Arizona, will offer special runs to its “secret pumpkin patch” on select weekends in October.

In addition to choosing a pumpkin to take home, guests will enjoy refreshments such as pumpkin pie and hot cider, a hay maze and crafts. Pumpkin decorating and face painting will take place at the depot as well.

The Pumpkin Patch Train will depart on the hour 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, 2011. Rates are $20 for adults and $15 for children 2-15, and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. A pumpkin for each child on the train is included.

“Picking out a pumpkin for Halloween is good old-fashioned family fun,” said Bob Baker, general manager for the Grand Canyon Railway. “Going by train just makes the event more fun and memorable.”

In addition to special events like the Pumpkin Patch train, Grand Canyon Railway offers a variety of multi-night packages that include train travel to and from Grand Canyon National Park, accommodations and some meals.

Melanie Haiken, travelling in the Luxury Parlour on the Grand Canyon express
The train trip from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park takes approximately two hours and 15 minutes and runs 65 miles through ponderosa pine forests and scenic desert landscapes. The train offers four classes of service – coach, first class, observation dome and luxury parlor.

 The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel was designed to resemble the historic Fray Marcos Hotel and Williams Depot structures that stand nearby. The hotel is comprised of 199 standard rooms, 87 deluxe rooms, 10 suites and one luxury suite – the Rail Baron Suite – as well as a spacious meeting room available for wedding receptions, seminars and other functions; a large courtyard with barbecue and wet bar; a game room for children; a large enclosed crescent-shaped pool and hot tub and an exercise room.

Posted on Thursday, 15th September, 2011


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