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Experience Williams, Arizona

Discover why the Gateway to the Grand Canyon® should be on your bucket list.

With comfortable lodging, plentiful dining, one-of-a-kind shopping and exciting outdoor adventure, it’s easy to see why visitors make Williams, Arizona, their home base when visiting the Grand Canyon.

Shop Route 66

Williams is home to one of the best-preserved stretches of Route 66 in Arizona. Here, you can shop for handmade goods, locally crafted leather products, made-in-the-USA items, and unique art pieces. After shopping, refuel at one of the many dining options along Route 66, including classic diners with neon signs, Italian restaurants with brick oven pizza or quiet eateries where you can scroll through pictures and enjoy a glass of wine.

Get Up Close and Personal with Wildlife

Williams is also home to Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park. Get up close, and personal with wild animals in their native habitat. See wolves, deer, elk and bison as well as curious bears climbing trees, wrestling, and exploring the ponderosa pine forest around them. The park also features a walk-through habitat with a variety of animals and live animal encounters scheduled every day. Bearizona is the perfect place to spend hours marveling at nature and enjoying the fresh air.


Visit the Grand Canyon in Style

Grand Canyon Railway is one of the best ways to visit the Grand Canyon, and it departs daily from Williams. Hop on board the train and ride in luxury to the Canyon. During your journey, you can listen to cowboy poets and musicians, and sip on hot cocoa or even a cocktail. Arrive at the Canyon with time to enjoy lunch, take in the views, snap some photos and shop. After, climb back aboard for the peaceful ride back to Williams. Pay attention —masked robbers on horseback have been known to stop the train and rob it at any given moment on the return ride.

Perfect Rest

After a long day of exploring the trails, lakes, shopping, dining and visiting attractions, a peaceful night’s rest is in order. Choose from bed and breakfast locations, cozy cabins, deluxe vacation rentals, historic hotels on Route 66 and much more. The multiple lodging options will suit all needs and provide a comfortable spot to spend the night.

Experience Williams and see why it’s the Gateway to the Grand Canyon® and so much more!





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