Our spring break travels took us to Arizona this year! We spent a few days relaxing poolside at a resort in Phoenix, and then we headed to the Grand Canyon for some hiking and sight-seeing.
We stayed in the quaint town of Williams, Arizona. The Historic Route 66 runs right through the town of Williams, and it is the town closest to the Grand Canyon. It is about 45 minutes from the Grand Canyon, which makes it a great location to stay (unless you have accommodations in the Grand Canyon National Park…and those need to be reserved well in advance).
One way to visit the Grand Canyon is the train that departs from Williams. We did not do this, but it looked like a fun way to explore the area.
There is some history associated with the town of Williams. It is the last town to have its section of Route 66 bypassed. It wasn’t until 1984 that I-40 was opened around the town, and therefore ending the official Route 66.
The town of Williams is like going back in time…it is such a cute town filled with lots of character and charm. There are lots of gift shops, most of them selling Route 66 merchandise and Native American items.
We enjoyed a few meals while we were in town. Cruisers Cafe is a fun 1950’s theme diner…great atmosphere, tasty burgers and yummy milkshakes! The Red Raven offers casual fine dining, and we had a delicious dinner there one evening. We enjoyed omelets and pancakes for breakfast at Anna’s one morning.
Aside from shopping and eating, it is fun to just walk around the town of Williams. So much to see…I couldn’t help but think of the Disney movie “Cars” as we explored this town.
The town of Williams reminded us of simpler times in small town America. I’m so glad we were able to spend some time exploring Route 66!
Jeannelle Hart says
Thank you for sharing these pictures. It looks like a fun time!
Beth Rotman says
We loved exploring this area that was new to us! Looked like the cruise was fun, also!