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Get Your Route 66 Fix in Williams

If you are planning a trip to northern Arizona, don’t overlook the rustic charm of Williams. Known as the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon” Williams boasts one of the best-preserved stretches of historical Route 66, running right through the heart of downtown.

Western-Themed Wood Sculptures

Adorned with neon signs, quirky souvenir shops, and retro gas stations, downtown Williams is filled with revelry. Stop in the Route 66 Museum and Gift Shop to discover vintage Texaco clocks, classic Route 66 signs, authentic Native American art, and geodes galore. Visit one of the countless saloons to quench your thirst with a selection of locally brewed beer and hear the locals recall tales of cowboys and outlaws of the Wild West. Enjoy Pete’s Gas Station, decked in Route 66 memorabilia including retro advertisements, collections of historic signs and license plates, and vintage cars parked beside original Mobilgas and Shell gas pumps.

9 Arizona Motor Hotel

When you feel the hankering for a sweet treat, head on over to Pine Country Restaurant. This gem of a diner offers a slice of heaven with a variety of homemade pies and comfort food staples cooked to perfection. If you only have time for a quick sip, stop at their Giddyup N’ Go coffee bar for the afternoon kick you need after a long day of exploring.

GiddyUp n Go Coffee Bar

However, Williams is not just a destination for history buffs and nostalgia seekers; it’s also a paradise for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. If you want to get the adrenaline pumping, then look no further than the Canyon Coaster Adventure Park. Located on the east end of Route 66, the park offers thrills for all seasons, with the highlight being a mile-long coaster ride winding through pine trees all with unparalleled views of the town below. They also offer tubing in both the summer and winter for more fast-paced fun.

Gateway to the Grand Canyon Williams Entrance

If hiking is more your speed, then Williams has got you covered. Trails are scattered among the Ponderosa Pine forest in the canyon leading to marvels such as Sycamore Falls. The stunning waterfall empties into an emerald pool in the basin below and is accessible after an easy quarter-mile walk. For animal lovers, visit Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park. This 160-acre drive-thru attraction features North American wildlife such as black bears, bison, Bighorn sheep, and arctic wolves, right outside your car widow.

Williams Visitor Information Center

When the sun sets over the horizon, Williams transforms into a magical land as neon signs flicker to life, casting a warm glow over the streets. Whether you are seeking adrenaline-filled adventures, a stroll through history, or a fantastic piece of pie, Williams offers a pop of the Wild West that will capture your heart.

Written by Ellie Blair

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