Williams, Ariz., Gateway to Grand Canyon on Route 66

Main street in Williams, Ariz. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Main street in Williams, Ariz. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Williams, Arizona is a destination known for things to do for visitors of all ages. From cruising Route 66, planning a visit to the Grand Canyon, riding the rails, getting up close at a drive-through wildlife park, hitting the trails, or shopping for that perfect souvenir, Williams, Arizona is the place to do it.

Plan your trip around one of the many signature events in Williams, whether it be a rodeo, BBQ festival, classic car show, or a Wild West shootout.

Route 66 Goes Through Williams

Pete's classic 1940's Ford sedan out front of his namesake Route 66 Gas Station Museum in Williams, Arizona. Photo by Loco Steve via Flickr

Pete’s classic 1940’s Ford sedan out front of his namesake Route 66 Gas Station Museum in Williams, Arizona. Photo by Loco Steve via Flickr

Route 66 conjures thoughts of rich history, soda fountains, neon lights, classic cars, and fun! Only in Williams, Arizona will you find a stretch of Route 66 with shopping, dining, lodging, and cowboy action. It’s fun for the whole family.

Route 66 is an experience, a feeling, a perception, a taste of sight and sound, and a mystery that can only be resolved by driving the pavement itself. The “super-highway”, as it was thought of in 1926, represented unprecedented freedom to travel across the American West. The original paved highway was a narrow two-lane road (slightly wider than one lane of a modern highway) that spanned more than 2,300 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Long Beach, California.

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Things to Do in Williams, Arizona

We like to say that attractions in Williams come in all different forms. Whether you are looking for a leisurely ride to the Grand Canyon in style, a chance to enjoy nature up close and personal at a wildlife park, golf at a cooler temperature, or just enjoy what Route 66 has to offer, you’ll find it in Williams.

Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park is an experience you will not soon forget. Get up close and personal with many different animals in their natural environment and you’ll know why these bears have become an Arizona favorite.

The Grand Canyon Railway is a perfect way to sit back and enjoy the ride to the Grand Canyon if you are traveling alone, with your partner, or in a group. With plenty of entertainment on the way, the spectacular view of the canyon when you arrive, and the chance to reflect on it all on the ride back, it’s an attraction you don’t want to miss.

Where to Eat in Williams

Cruisers Cafe on Historic Route 66 in Williams, Arizona. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Cruisers Cafe on Historic Route 66 in Williams, Arizona. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

The town has a variety of dining options. You’ll find downhome-style with made-from-scratch menu items, mile-high pies, microbreweries, a Wild West saloon, a tasty steak dinner, and indoor/outdoor dining.

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For more information:

Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce
(928) 635-1418, www.experiencewilliams.com

Best Western PLUS of Williams
800-635-4445, www.bestwesternwilliams.com

Cruisers Cafe 66
233 W. Route 66, (928) 635-2445, cruisers66.com

Grand Canyon Brewery
301 N 7th St, (928) 635-2445, grandcanyonbrewery.com

Bearizona
1500 E. Rout 66, (928) 635-2289, www.bearizona.com

Days Inn of Williams
2488 Historic Route 66, (928) 635-4051, (800) 635-4051, www.daysinn.com

The Canyon Motel and RV Park
Grand Canyon Exit 165 off I-40, Route 66 and Rodeo Road, (800) 482-3955, www.thecanyonmotel.com