Relaxed, unsophisticated and still very much “western,” Williams, Arizona, a small town nestled in the pine country of Arizona, is located on the Historic US Route 66. It still sustains the character of its rugged and unruly days. Although the saloons are still the gathering spots, the bordellos and gambling rooms are a thing of its pioneer past. Williams, Arizona, the Gateway to the Grand Canyon, is a charming resting place for travelers from all over the world.
Read on to find out the best things to do in Williams, AZ!
1. Wild West Junction
Located along Historic Rte. 66, the Old West comes to life at the Wild West Junction. This Western-themed Inn includes a lively saloon with historical re-enactments, good, wholesome, old time fun for young and old alike, special events, and great food at an informal BBQ restaurant with a courtyard setting as a town square in the Old West.
Wild West Junction
Address: 321 E Rte 66, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
Website: Wild West Junction
2. Pete's Rt 66 Gas Station Museum
Here’s one of our favorite stops. Pete’s Gas Station Museum in Williams. He saved an old Route 66 service station,...Posted by Route 66: Arizona on Thursday, 9 April 2015
Pete’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum is the best place to see Route 66 memorabilia. It is very authentic, and excellent information about Williams, Route 66, and all the old gas stations is provided during the tour. Admission is free, but you should leave a tip to support this great place. Be sure you make this museum a stop on your itinerary and visit to get a better understanding of the iconic Route 66.
Pete's Rt 66 Gas Station Museum
Address: 101 E Rte 66, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
Website: Pete’s Rt 66 Gas Station Museum
While visiting the Grand Canyon, you will encounter plenty of animals at the Bearizona Wildlife Park. This drive-through wildlife park features 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) of wild Arizona forestland where you will see elk, wolves, coyotes, bisons, black bears, goats, deer, sheep, and more. Also, the park is a walking live museum exhibit that’s home to baby animals - like bear cubs and wolf pups. Here you will also see smaller species of wildlife, a petting zoo, and more.
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Address: 1500 Historic Rte 66, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
4. Grand Canyon Railway
Grand Canyon Railway #4960 and #29 at Williams, Arizona. Photo by Axel Bozier http://www.railpictures.net/photo/608467/Posted by Railfan Depot on Saturday, 27 May 2017
Listen to the train whistle penetrate the fresh morning air, and hop aboard the train to begin your event filled journey. Sing along with the wandering musicians, participate in an enactment of an old west train robbery, and enjoy the wonderful antics of western characters as they recreate the early 1900’s train travel.
Grand Canyon Railway
Address: 233 North Grand Canyon Boulevard, Williams, AZ 86046-2563, USA
Website: Grand Canyon Railway
5. Williams Depot
Williams Depot was built in 1908 and today is where passengers purchase their tickets for the Grand Canyon Railway. The depot was a haven for travelers coming back from and heading to California along the main rail line running from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Address: 233 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
Website: Williams Depot
6. Grand Canyon Brewing Company
Whether you’re hiking, boating, kayaking on the Colorado River, or camping, the Grand Canyon Brewing Company inspires its loyal customers to live an intriguing life, discover a ‘Grand Canyon State of Mind’, and to pursue adventure through the delight of its handcrafted brews. Located next door to the brewery and tap room, customers can appreciate this local handcrafted beer at the Cruisers Route 66 Café and gift shop.
Grand Canyon Brewing Company
Address: 301 N 7th St, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
Website: Grand Canyon Brewing Company
7. Grand Canyon Wine Company
The Grand Canyon Wine Co. is impassioned about keeping it local, using only the best local Arizona grapes. At The Grand Canyon Wine Co., they believe enjoying great wine is a fun thing to do that doesn’t need a lot of fuss; after all, isn’t drinking good wine supposed to be fun? Come visit and share a glass in the tasting room.
Grand Canyon Wine Company
Website: Grand Canyon Wine Company
8. Sycamore Canyon
There are no paved roads, no developed campgrounds, and no motorized vehicles allowed past the entrance. This is the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. If you have an adventure on your mind, then you will discover a wilderness seclusion, a true natural habitation, and a back country nirvana. You will feel like you were the first human to observe Sycamore Canyon’s stunning rock formations, swimming holes, deep gorges, waterfalls, and rich wetland environment.
Address: Sycamore Canyon Wilderness, Arizona, USA
Website: Sycamore Canyon
9. Grand Canyon Deer Farm
The Deer Farm has been enjoyed by animal lovers of all ages for over 40 years. Only by raising them from birth does it allow for such an opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ close to such beautiful creatures. They work continuously taking care of the farm wildlife, so you will accumulate memories that will last a lifetime. Check out the gift shop as well. It has a selection that expresses Arizona’s past and present as well as the American West.
Grand Canyon Deer Farm
Address: 6769 Deer Farm Rd, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
Website: Grand Canyon Deer Farm
10. Route 66 Zipline
Awesome family fun that adds a little bit of scary! The one-of-a-kind Zipline Ride is fun for everyone. Have a seat, strap in, and take off flying! Simple, safe, and fun! Sit beside your friends and fly through the sky and land where your other group members are ready to share or have already shared the exhilarating experience as the zipline comes to an exciting stop!
Route 66 Zipline
Address: 120 Historic Rte 66, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
Website: Route 66 Zipline
A little piece of the American West you can call your own
Well, as our list of best places to visit comes to a close; when you make your visit, you will acquire a collection of memories that will be unforgettable. You will see wonderful parts of nature, learn much of the history of Route 66, and even travel in places where the American pioneers blazed new trails to the West.
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