The “super-highway” of America, the gateway to the Grand Canyon—Williams, Arizona goes by many names. Stop into this road tripper bucket list destination for a great weekend retreat. Enjoy the classic cars and classic views. Williams, Arizona is pure Americana.
This story was written in cooperation with Visit USA Parks.
There is so much to do in Williams, Arizona that you have to pick and choose how you spend your weekend. Follow this rough itinerary for a well-rounded trip, and make adjustments for your taste!
The Grand Canyon Railway
Originally used to transport mining ore, the Grand Canyon Railway is now one of the coolest ways to experience the Grand Canyon. Running from Williams to the South Rim of the Canyon, the train provides great views and a fun ride. Wake up early to start your day off with gorgeous views! Leading up to Christmas you can ride the Polar Express Train! Enjoy the festive mood, while listening to this wonderful story of the Polar Express and getting excited to meet Santa!
The Williams, Arizona Route 66 Classic Car Show
When you arrive back from your train ride, round out the afternoon with a trip to the classic car show! Experience life as it was with soda fountain shops, neon signs, and gorgeous cars that encapsulate the 50’s and 60’s. Downtown Williams also has great handmade leather goods and other artistic crafts that make perfect gifts.
Round out your evening with a beer at Grand Canyon Brewing and Distillery, and you’ll be singing “Get Your Kicks on Route 66!”
Take in a Western Show
The historic downtown of Williams, Arizona is a little more exciting than most. Wake up and watch a real wild west gunfight, though no cowboys will be hurt in the process. Feel like you’re on a spaghetti western movie set as you wander around saloons, mercantile shops, and an old time jail! After all the excitement, head to Kick’s on Route 66 for upscale bar food (including maize con queso and a blueberry burger!).
Walk on the Wild Side
The Grand Canyon isn’t the only natural wonder around Williams. Head to Bearizona, a wildlife sanctuary home to all kinds of critters, from owls and bears to wolves and otters! Bearizona is located on about 160 gorgeous acres. Filled with wildlife and Ponderosa Pines, it’s a great way to get out of the hustle and bustle of downtown for a relaxing afternoon.
Williams, Arizona is a great spot to take in American culture, reminisce about history, and see one of America’s most valued treasures! What are you waiting for?
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