"The one great sight which every American should see”, is what President Theodore Roosevelt said when he laid eyes on Grand Canyon.

A lot has changed since Roosevelt first visited this Arizona treasure. It became one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and today the Grand Canyon offers many different options to see this sight from train trips, to mules to bikes and more.

Our National Parks Service, one of the smartest things our country ever created, turns 100 years old on August 25 and to celebrate Grand Canyon is waiving entrance fees from August 25-28.

Whether you've never been or it’s a place you visit frequently, the view never gets old so treat yourself to this natural spectacle. We like to say if you can describe the Grand Canyon then you have never experienced the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim is the starting point for shopping, lodging, transportation, and your first view of the canyon itself.

About 2,000 people live year round in the 13 square mile area, which houses everything from historic buildings to modern hotels.

It includes a number of amenities and activities. One of the biggest draws – the Grand Canyon Railway.

The Arizona Highways team’s first trip to Grand Canyon started in Williams. We left the driving to the conductor and rode the Grand Canyon Railway.

The steam engine chugged past rugged but pristine terrain before arriving at the Grand Canyon.

One of the rangers said the first time she saw Grand Canyon she literally lost her breath -- she had never experienced anything so magnificent.

The train back to Williams includes a surprise that is a ton of fun.

Grand Canyon National Park

8 S Entrance Rd, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

Admission is free August 25-28 2016

(928) 638-7888

Grand Canyon Railway

1201 West Route 66, #200, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

(928) 773-1976

www.thetrain.com

65.00-$181.00 round trip adult