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Set amongst pine-forested hills and expansive meadows at an elevation of 6,780 feet, downtown Williams celebrates its railroad and Route 66 heritage with restored early 20th-century architecture and lively summertime festivals and rodeos. Vintage engines and rolling stock of the Grand Canyon Railway head north to the Grand Canyon daily, preceded by a Wild West show. For a look into the past, swing by exhibits at the Visitor Center. Several unusual sights lie farther out: historic aircraft at the Planes of Fame Air Museum north in Valle, friendly animals at Grand Canyon Deer Park to the east, and vast underground chambers at Grand Canyon ...

Set amongst pine-forested hills and expansive meadows at an elevation of 6,780 feet, downtown Williams celebrates its railroad and Route 66 heritage with restored early 20th-century architecture and lively summertime festivals and rodeos. Vintage engines and rolling stock of the Grand Canyon Railway head north to the Grand Canyon daily, preceded by a Wild West show. For a look into the past, swing by exhibits at the Visitor Center. Several unusual sights lie farther out: historic aircraft at the Planes of Fame Air Museum north in Valle, friendly animals at Grand Canyon Deer Park to the east, and vast underground chambers at Grand Canyon Caverns to the west. And, of course, there’s the splendor of Grand Canyon National Park just 58 miles north. Williams provides better value accommodations than you’ll find in the park; drop by the Visitor Center for park information. Most people are in a hurry to reach the Grand Canyon, but the Kaibab National Forest surrounding Williams offers fine hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, lakeside campgrounds, and scenic drives. Even fewer travelers discover Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area to the south, a colorful canyon much like the better-known Oak Creek Canyon, but without the road and crowds.

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Bill Weir is the author of Moon Handbooks on Arizona, Utah and the Grand Canyon.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Williams is a located in northern Arizona, along route 66 and is situated at the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon.
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
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    Spring, summer, and autumn; there's a small winter sports scene.