Sheesch John, A little train noise can be relaxing background music to some folks.!!! BTW Blame me for that insanity, not the Bush !
MULB-511 Is your name based on the battery code for my digital camera???
I have a valid non-railroad suggestion for your trip out of Vegas...
I am assuming you are doing a round trip ..out and back from Vegas. Going to Flagstaff, with a stop at the South Rim on the way... Use U S 93 , that crosses Hoover Dam, then runs down to Kingman. Go east on Old 66 if you have a lot of time to gawk at the scenery, or use I-40 if you need to make time. Stop for the night in Williams AZ the food stop mentioned above is pretty good in Williams. 2nd Day- Go north from Williams to the South Rim, Enjoy your day as you wander east along the rim, then head east to the junction with U S 89, then south to Flagstaff.
3rd day, If you are starting back to Vegas,start as early as you can. Go north on 89 again to Page,AZ. Visit the Glen Canyon Dam and the head-end of Lake Powell, then continue on 89 thru Kanab to Mt Carmel Jct. (the back door to Zion Nat'l Park). Follow Rt 9 thru Zion N.P. to I-15 near St George. South on the 15, It is just about 2 hours from the jct. of 9 with I-15 to Vegas.
I suggest the circle trip, if you can spare the time, because the scenery in Southern Utah is really beautiful in a brilliant colored desert kind of way. I think Zion is my favorite N P for scenery.
If you have no real reason to go to Flagstaff, it will save a couple of hours of driving if you skip Flag altogether. From the Grand Canyon go north on 89 and stay that night in Page. They have a ton of Motels there....and it will give you more daylight for the last lap back to Vegas via Zion.
Now that is what I consider a dandy 3 day trip.
I have to share my reasoning with you. For years up to close to my retirement time in 2000 we had planned to relocate to St George, Utah upon leaving SoCal. I really love the area....but so do literally thousands of former SoCal senior citizens.
The property prices shot up and cost of living right along with them...so we altered our plans a year before the big day.[|)] Luckily for visitors the visible growth is limited to areas near St George, the natural beauty of the mountains and desert are still beyond belief.
AND if you have never seen a Polygamist community you can by driving thru Colorado City AZ on the bypass highway south of Zion Park.
Interesting place to visit!!