Established in 1881, Williams is a sleepy little town with historic charm. It was the last town to be bypassed by Interstate 40 on the old Route 66 . You can still drive from Chicago to Los Angeles along Route 66. We jumped in on our drive from the Grand Canyon to the Hoover Dam. It’s about an 1 1/2 hour drive from the Grand Canyon, a 3 hour drive to the Hoover Dam and about 3 1/2 hours from Phoenix, just incase you were wondering.
It was like the Old West with tumbleweeds blowing right through the streets. We felt like we were in the movie – Cars.
We toured the little visitors center and had lunch in a 1950s style diner. Not only was it a historic town, there are a lot of outdoor activities to enjoy here too.
Another interesting thing about Williams, was that it’s known as the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon”. You can board the Grand Canyon Railway on an old locomotive. It departs daily from the Williams Depot for the Grand Canyon Depot. The railways cars have all been revamped and it runs on clean burning vegetable oil, cool! It’s a 5 hour round trip on the train through the Colorado Plateau to the Grand Canyon Depot station and back. It gives you about 4 hours at the rim of the Grand Canyon before it heads back to Williams.Thats a great day trip!
Next stop, the Hoover Dam….