Route 66 conjures up thoughts of rich history, soda fountains, neon lights, classic cars, and fun! Only in Williams, Arizona will you find a stretch of Route 66 with shopping, dining, lodging, and cowboy action- fun for the whole family. Wildlife devotees will discover a whole new world as they traverse the roads and trails through Bearizona Wildlife Park. After an adventure filled day, relax and stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.
DAY 1: 9:30 AM
Route 66 is an experience, a feeling, a perception, a taste of sight & sound, and a mystery that can only be resolved by driving the pavement itself. Although Route 66 may not appear on many maps today, the nostalgia and spirit of a bygone era lives on here in Williams, Arizona. Soda fountains, diners, quirky hotels, classic automobiles, and unique shops line the Mother Road just as it was back in the day. With its preservation of an authentic small town atmosphere and history, Williams is the perfect place to “Get your kicks on Route 66” before you visit the Grand Canyon and after!
Lunch at Pine Country Restaurant
DAY 1: NOON - 1:00 PM
Enjoy lunch at Pine Country Restaurant featuring everything from delicious burgers to chicken cordon bleu. Save room for dessert (pies to be exact) because they are world-famous homemade pies! Lemon Meringue… Chocolate Covered Cherry Cream… Cookies ‘n’ Cream… Key Lime… Apple Streudel Cream Cheese, just to name a few! Save some extra time to visit their gift shop where you can find jewelry, kid’s stuff, apparel and more!
107 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams, AZ 86046
Explore Bearizona Wildlife Park
DAY 1: 1:15 PM - 4:00 PM
After lunch, it’s time to explore Bearizona Wildlife Park, nestled in the pristine Ponderosa Pine forest in Williams. Bearizona is comprised of three main sections; the drive through, the walk through and the birds of prey show*.The drive through portion of the park is three miles long and takes travelers on a self-guided adventure where they will witness wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment. After the drive through portion, visitors make their way to Fort Bearizona, a walk through area where you can enjoy the antics of more animals on exhibit. In this area, guests will also find the Bearizona Barnyard, a petting zoo which houses goats, pigs, chickens, and more, as well as a brand new gift shop which contains Arizona’s largest model train display. The park recommends allotting at least two hours for your Bearizona adventure.
* The Birds of Prey show runs March – December
1500 E Rte 66, Williams, Arizona 86046
Grand Canyon Railway Hotel
DAY 1: 4:15 PM - EVENING
Stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and enjoy spacious guest rooms and suites, an indoor pool, fitness center, Spenser’s Pub, and many more relaxing amenities. The 298-room hotel is right next door to the train depot and just a block away from downtown Williams and historic Route 66.
235 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams, Arizona 86046