Day trip from Williams: Sedona & Red Rock Country
"Oak Creek Canyon scenic overlook"
Another John Holtz suggested day trip from Williams: Just over an hour away, on possibly the most scenic drive in Arizona, is Red Rock country. To get there, take I-40 east to I-17 south and then four miles to SR-89A.
Your first stop should be the Oak Creek Canyon scenic overlook and then down the switchbacks into the Canyon. If you have the time, a hike into West Fork or a stop at Slide Rock State Park on your way to Sedona is a great idea. For a shorter day trip you can take SR-170 through the red rocks to the Chapel of the Holy Cross and on to I-17 to return to Williams or to catch your flight out in Phoenix.
As you get closer to Sedona, the rocks get redder. This is truly beautiful country. We drove through Sedona fairly quickly as it was very hot, even for September, and we didn't want to get out of our air conditioned car to hike around. What wimps we are! There are lots of artists and art galleries here, so if you like to enjoy the creative spirit, this is a town for you!
"The ghost town of Jerome"
We didn't have time to do this, but John Holtz says if you continue on SR89A from Sedona you can stop at Red Rock Crossing and Red Rock State Park on Red Rock Loop road or continue on to Cottonwood (Tuzigoot National Monument). Up the hill from Cottonwood is the ghost town of Jerome and the Jerome State Park. Just south, on SR-260 are Montezuma Castle National Monument and the Fort Verde State Park. It's about two hours back to Williams.