Williams (Arizona)

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Williams with parade in town

Williams is a town in Northern Arizona, 35 miles west of Flagstaff. In 1984, it was the last Route 66 town to be bypassed by freeway.

Understand[edit]

The city's location is on Interstate 40, as well as its position on the old Route 66, make it a frequent stop for travelers passing through on their way to more exotic destinations. The city is also a major gateway to the Grand Canyon.

Get in[edit]

Located 35 miles west of Flagstaff on I-40 and 1 hour south of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

  •    Amtrak Station - WMJ267 Fray Marcus Dr, toll-free: +1-800-872-7245. The daily Southwest Chief Chicago-Los Angeles line stops in Williams. The westbound train arrives at 10:33PM and the eastbound train arrives at 5:20AM. This stop has no ticket office and no Quik-Trak ticket machine so tickets must be purchased at another station or online.
  • Silver Spur Tours +1 928-226-7212, toll-free: +1-800-600-4006. Shuttle service to and from Flagstaff, Williams, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Elephant Rock Golf Course in all new Mercedes built Sprinter Vans. Luxury, comfort and extra large viewing windows. Water, soda and snacks always included. Guided tours to Grand Canyon, Sedona, Indian Ruins, wine tastings in the Verde Valley.

Get around[edit]

There is no public transportation, but the historic core of Williams is easily explored on foot.

See[edit]

Bill Williams statue
  • The Mother Road (Route 66) runs through the downtown area of Williams.
  •    Bearizona Wildlife Park1500 E Rte 66 (I-40 Exit 165),  +1 968-635-2289. Daily 8am-6pm. A private wildlife refuge open to the public, with bears, wolves, and also a petting zoo. $20 (adults), $18 (seniors), $10 (children 4-12).
  •    Bill Williams StatueBill Williams Monument Park. An 8-ft tall bronze sculpture by BR Pettit depicting "Old Bill" Williams, after whom the town is named.
  •    Planes of Fame Air Museum755 Mustang Way (intersection of Hwy 180 and Hwy 64),  +1 928-635-1000. Daily 9am-5pm. A branch of the air museum headquartered in Chino, CA. Most of the planes on display are flyable. $7 (adults), $2 (children under 12), free (children under 2).

Do[edit]

Grand Canyon Railway
  •    Grand Canyon Railway233 N Grand Canyon Blvd +1 928-635-4010, toll-free: +1-800-843-8724, e-mail: . Round-trip train ride of 65 miles, taking approximately 2 1/4 hours each way. Leaves Williams at 9:30AM; passengers are at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from about 11:45AM until the train begins its return trip at 3:30PM $60-170.
  • The historic city walk. Get the historic city walk brochure from the Visitor Center (200 W Railroad Ave) - it takes about 40 minutes to complete the self-guided tour. Free.
  •    Williams Labor Day RodeoE Rodeo Rd (Williams Rodeo Grounds). Labor Day Weekend. Held annually since 1941. Events include barrel racing, saddle bronc, bull riding, roping, and kid’s calf scramble. $10 (adults), $5 (children under 12).

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Twisters Soda Fountain
  •    Doc Holliday's Steakhouse950 N Grand Canyon Blvd (in the Holiday Inn),  +1 928-635-4797. Daily 6:30am-10am, 4pm-9:30pm. Prime rib, hand cut steaks, fresh seafood, barbeque, home cooking, pastas, and burgers. $8-30.

Groceries[edit]

  •    Safeway637 W Rte 66 +1 928-635-0500. Daily 5am-midnight. Has a full hot and cold deli, as well as an onsite pharmacy.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

The historic Grand Canyon Hotel
The historic Red Garter Bed and Bakery

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  •    Canyon Motel and RV Park1900 E Rodeo Rd (Exit I-40 @ #165 south to Rodeo Rd),  +1 928-635-9371, toll-free: +1-800-482-3955fax: +1 928-635-4138, e-mail: . Check-in: 3pm, check-out: 10am. A 1940's Route 66 Motor Court with 18 flagstone rooms, two 1929 caboose train car suites, three 1950's Pullman rand Canyon train car suites, 47 RV sites, 6 tent campsites. Sits on rolling pine covered hills in the Kaibab National Forest. Has wi-fi, laundry, showers, BBQ's, indoor pool, fire rings. Pets accepted. $50+.
  •    Days Inn2488 W Rte 66 +1 928-635-4051fax: +1 928-635-4411. Check-in: 3pm, check-out: 11am. No smoking, pets accepted, free wi-fi and breakfast, pool. $90+/night.

Splurge[edit]

Camping[edit]

Kaibab Lake Campground
  •    Dogtown Lake Campground1250 S Pine Top Dr. Open May 1 - Sep 30, this campground is maintained by the Kaibab National Forest Service. Drinking water, vault toilets, no hookups. $18/night.
  •    Kaibab Lake Recreation SiteForest Svc Rd 47 (off of Hwy 64),  +1 928-635-5600. Managed by Kaibab National Forest Service. Tents, trailers and RVs under 40'. Drinking water, no hookups, vault toilets. $20-$32/night.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Williams
KingmanAsh Fork  W I-40.svg E  FlagstaffGallup
KingmanAsh Fork  W US 66 (historic).svg E  FlagstaffGallup
Grand CanyonTusayan  N Arizona 64.svg S  END


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