Williams Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by Cristian_Uluru
  • Things to Do
    by Cristian_Uluru

Williams Highlights

  • Pro
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    glabah says…

     Preserved (somewhat) historic small town, many different hotels. 

  • Con
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    glabah says…

     Over an hour from the Grand Canyon, or 2.5 hours by train. Small town with not a huge variety. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Has some good things, but is too far from the Grand Canyon to be a viable overnight option for that attraction except on way there. 

Williams Things to Do

  • Williams Visitor's Center and Museum

    Operating completely off of donations, the small museum and visitor's center does provide some interesting historical artifacts from the town of Williams. The building used to be the railway freight depot for the city, and the old scale system is still in place and fairly intact. You will also find the "last stop on the road to Los Angeles" - the...

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  • City of Williams Trail #124: Sheridan to...

    I can't tell you that much about the City of Williams trail system, other than it is mentioned briefly in a few publications. The only such trail I was able to find was this one, and I am very glad that I was able to find it!Most of the city of Williams itself is fairly easily walkable, due to the short distances and relatively little auto traffic...

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  • Grand Canyon Railway - Williams to Grand...

    Two different types of accomodation are offered by the Grand Canyon Railway on their Williams to Grand Canyon trains: standard coach and first class.Standard Coach includes older-style cushioned seats, narrated information about the trip to the Grand Canyon, information on what to do there, a little musical entertainment, and publications that are...

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  • Williams Railway Museum: Not Operating...

    You will find several guide books and other sources of information that mention there is a railway museum in Williams. This museum is currently not operating, and the space that was formerly occupied by the museum exhibits has been converted to other purposes.There are apprently plans for the museum to get its own building, should they ever have...

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  • Explore Downtown a Little Bit

    There are a few surviving old buildings scattered through Williams. Most of these are small commercial buildings along what is now Historic Highway Route 66, but there are a few interesting old residential buildings scattered around as well.

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  • Take The Train

    If you are considering Williams as a base for a day out at The Grand Canyon it would definitely be worth looking at the option of staying a couple of nights and taking the Grand Canyon Railway for your trip. I didn't actually do this but it certainly looks like a way to enhance your visit (not that The Canyon needs embellishment) and with prices...

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  • Horse & Buggy Ride Through Williams

    Catch a ride on one of a couple horse and buggy's that make continual routes around Williams. It's only $5 per person and the driver will give you an intimate look at this old Route 66 community. It's a nice way to wind down for the evening.

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  • ROUTE 66 : Tip 50 - choo choo train ride

    "This is really annoying. I would just love to travel the Grand Canyon railway from here to the south rim. Especially if they have a proper steam train on today""Well it's not that far""It is by train, it takes a good two and a half hours to chug there in the morning, three and a half hours there and then back in the late afternoon""I would love...

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  • Take the Train to the Grand Canyon

    ONE DAY TRAIN TRIPDuration: approximately 7 hours 45 minutesDeparts: 10:00 a.m. from Williams, ArizonaThe trip begins at the historic 1908 Williams Depot. A vintage steam engine pulls the train from Memorial Day through September 30. (A vintage diesel engine does the job the remainder of the year.) Uniformed coach attendants provide you with...

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Williams Restaurants

  • Massive Breakfast!

    We made the right choice in stopping at Anna's as it was family run, with fun decor and the food was really good. See photos.An old timer dropped in a played his harmonica while we had breakfast. The food amount was massive and covered the plate, tasting even better than the visual.Service quick and friendly, bathrooms clean, and it was just a...

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  • East meets West with a touch of Navajo

    This is a brilliant characterful restaurant - an Irish-themed Mexican with some Navajo influences!! Food offerings include snack items such as nachos and wings, the usual range of tacos, enchiladas and burritos, a small section of house specialities (Sonoran Diablo Steak for instance) and a few plainer items, "Para Los Gringos".I just knew I was...

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  • Good Wholsome Food

    If you have been to a Denny's you have a pretty good idea what to expect. The food is pretty consistant as is the decor. This one was no better or worse than other Denny's I have been to. I had the Tilapia, which was fine. What Denny's does best, in my opinion, is breakfast.

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  • All You Can Eat for $10 (after tax...

    If you are passing through Williams on your way somewhere in the morning and need some breakfast, this is probably one of your best bets, since it is all you can eat, and includes a fairly nice variety of foods.Hot foot is towards the center of the dining room, and includes scrambled eggs, grits, french toast, pancakes, and other such breakfast...

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  • Great Mexican Food!

    The decor in this restaurant can only be described as eclectic, but in a good way. The food is fabulous, and the service when we were there was great. They have an outdoor patio, and on the evening we were there they had live entertainment on the patio, which contributed to our enjoyment. We took 3 teenagers to this restaurant, and nobody had any...

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  • Best breakfast

    Breakfast on the road that is special? Yes, Old Smoky's - breakfast & lunch only. Glad I heard recommendation as outward appreaance wouldn't mean anything special. While in there you will see the loyal local following. Kitsch, yes; no big deal. In a town of other mostly haphazard food, it's nice the owner is dedicated to quality common food done...

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Williams Transportation

  • Getting Around: Williams itself is...

    You will find that due to the size of the town, most of Williams is fairly easy to walk. The exception is around Historic Route 66, where there is enough traffic to pose a significant obstacle to crossing the street, and even there it is possible to get across the street most of the time on foot.There is a map of the town located near the "Grand...

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  • Grand Canyon Railroad

    We decided not to use the train to get to the Grand Canyon as we would not be coming back to Williams after the Grand Canyon. However, if going in the busy summer months, it would be a great idea to go on the train as parking at the Canyon is very limited, and the ride itself is entertaining and fun. The train station is right across the street...

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Williams Warnings and Dangers

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    School Zones in Williams are only 15 mile per hour

    by glabah Written Nov 17, 2009

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    Watch for the School Speed Limit signs in Williams. They are will marked, there are several of them, and they even have signs out in the middle of the road.

    In many cities and states, this speed limit is 20 miles per hour (33 kilometers per hour) in Williams they are only 15 miles per hour (25 kilometers per hour).

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Williams Off The Beaten Path

  • Bill Williams Mountain Trail

    Going through forest on its way up to the top of Bill Williams Mountain, this 4 mile long trail (8 miles total round trip) starts close to Williams and goes up the most prominent hill southwest of town.There are several ways to get to this trail. The two most logical variations are:1. If coming to Williams by car, turn west onto Railroad Avenue...

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  • Clover Spring Trail

    It isn't much of a spring at all, but it is at least a trail, and the exercise will do you good.After taking City of Williams Link Trail #124, you will be faced with a choice of going left or right. The trail sign at the top end of the trail says that "Clover Spring" is 1/4 mile (0.4 km) to the left, so in terms of named destinations that is the...

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  • Rotary Club Street Clock Tower

    Completed in 2008, this small public square with a clock tower was a joint project with the city of Williams and the local Rotary Club. The materials and money required mostly came from local donations.Aside of the clock tower, there are several benches and a small plaza here. There is a sign featuring a little local city information that may be of...

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Williams Favorites

  • Gateway to the Grand Canyon

    Williams is the Townwhere you either turn north to the south rim of the grand canyon or turn south to Pheonix as it lies equidistant of the two areas. It is the favorite stopover for lunch (usually buffet lunch for the packaged tours) for tourists and gamblers coming from las vegas doing the South Rim of the Grand Canyon Tour.I had this grand...

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  • Historic Route 66

    We did not travel Rt. 66 because we came up from Phoenix. But, if you are coming to the Grand Canyon from Southern California or Las Vegas, one of the longest stretches of Rt. 66 is on your way to Williams. There are lots of interesting stops along the way including Grand Canyon Caverns.

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  • Visit the Route 66 gift shop....

    Visit the Route 66 gift shop. I bought some t shirts, mugs etc. as gifts and I recieved a free Route 66 2002 Calender. How great is that.

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