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RVing the Rails: Experience Arizona's Unique Beauty and History by Railways

One of the best things about Rving is experiencing the natural beauty of many different areas. And for those RVers who like history the is no better way to experience it first hand than by RV.

For RVers who enjoy both the natural beauty and history of the places they visit, scenic railroads offer a unique way to combine the two. And Arizona offers several great opportunities to ride the rails.

Railroads bring back a certain sense of nostalgia from days gone by. while traveling through some of the most beautiful county in the world. Often there is no better way to see that the railroad. For RVers it's a chance to park the motorhome and ride a different kind of RV.


Verde Canyon Railroad

Located in Arizona's beautiful Verde Valley, this scenic ride is just a half-hour from Sedona. The four-hour tour takes passengers into the picturesque Verde Canyon, where they'll see elk, javelina, and maybe even "Black" and "Decker," the canyon's resident bald eagles. The canyon's walls rise high above the train on its journey through the canyon, providing breathtaking views for everyone aboard. Enjoy several seasonal events, including Oktoberfest, with beers and brats; and Santa Claus Express, which features cookies, candy canes and hot chocolate. www.verdecanyonrr.com

Grand Canyon Railway

Begin in the historic Route 66 town of Williams and get ready for the journey of a lifetime. This train travels through high desert, prairie, and pine before reaching the splendor of the Grand Canyon. once there, stroll around Grand Canyon Village or take a leisurely motorcoach tour to some of the most popular viewpoints. Passengers have the option to overnight at the canyon if they'd like to spend more time savoring the views. on the way back, enjoy onboard Western entertainment. Five classes of transportation provide comfort for every need. And each holiday season, don't miss the Polar Express, where the train travels to the "North Pole" to visit Santa and his reindeer. www.thetrain.com

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

This park, located in the heart of Scottsdale, is one of the best places to spend a relaxing afternoon with the family. Begin by taking a ride on a small-scale reproduction of an old train that travels on a onemile track. The train is so unique that at one point, Walt Disney offered to buy it for one of his theme parks. However, the owner insisted the train stay in Scottsdale. After your ride, stop by the general store for hot dogs and ice cream. And to cap off the day, take a spin on the park's carousel or just act like a kid on the playground. www.therailroadpark.com

Yuma Valley Railway

This two-hour ride along the banks of the Colorado River is a prime opportunity to view the southwestern Arizona's wildlife and agriculture. The train, a 1922 Pullman coach, was featured in the Paul Newman movie, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean. Along the way, passengers will get sweeping views of the Arizona, California and Mexico landscapes. www.visityuma.com

Step back in time and ride the rails in Arizona. To plan your railroad trip to the Grand Canyon State, visit www.arizonaguide.com.

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