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8 Best Things To Do In The Gateway To The Grand Canyon: Williams, AZ

8 Best Things To Do In The Gateway To The Grand Canyon: Williams, AZ
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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

A Look At Railroading Past
Source: Wikimedia

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

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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

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3. Bearizona Wildlife Park

Bearizona Entrance
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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

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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

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5. Williams Depot

All Aboard!!
Source: Wikimedia

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.

Williams Depot

Address: 233 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams, AZ 86046, USA

Website: Williams Depot

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6. Grand Canyon Brewing Company

Posted by Grand Canyon Brewing Company - Nevada on Sunday, 8 February 2015

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

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7. Grand Canyon Wine Company

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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

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8. Sycamore Canyon

Mesmerizing Look-out
Source: Wikipedia

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.

Sycamore Canyon

Address: Sycamore Canyon Wilderness, Arizona, USA

Website: Sycamore Canyon

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9. Grand Canyon Deer Farm

#GrandCanyonDeerFarm

Posted by Grand Canyon Deer Farm on Thursday, 3 September 2015

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

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10. Route 66 Zipline

Posted by Grand Canyon Zipline on Route 66 on Sunday, 21 July 2013

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

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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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