Super-Saver Spring Getaways at the Grand Canyon

Lose the crowds, not your shirt at the national park this summer.

ByABC News
October 7, 2009, 1:50 PM

Feb. 19, 2010, 2009 — -- Springtime is always a fabulous time for families to visit the Grand Canyon, thanks to the winning combination of fewer crowds, comfortable weather, and affordable rates.

This year, take your pick of package deals that bundle accommodations with sightseeing at a terrific savings.

The Grand Canyon Railway is offering a variety of spring hotel packages that go well beyond a mule ride. You get a train trip, hotel stay, and meals if you want them, with a promise of up to 50 percent off regular rates.

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The packages focus on stays at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, Ariz., just east of Flagstaff. The 287-room hotel is next to the train depot and is a short walk from downtown Williams and Route 266; it also has an indoor pool, hot tub, and playground.

The roundtrip train ride -- on restored railroad cars, some dating back to the 1920s -- takes about two hours each way, and gives you about four hours to explore at the Grand Canyon's South Rim before heading back. Railway Express Plus packages are available for one or two nights, with or without meals. They include: