Williams is a unique community with a storied past. It is one of the main entrances to the Grand Canyon National Park and, while today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community. Founded in the late 1800’s by ranchers, railroaders, and lumbermen, Williams’ name comes from the famous trapper and “mountain man”, Bill Williams. When you visit Williams Arizona remnants of those early days are still visible in the buildings, streets and neighborhoods of modern-day Williams.
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Visit Williams Arizona Historic District
The historic district of this once bawdy frontier town, now offers glimpses into Williams’ colorful past. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life through the care and concern of present day Williams’ merchants. Visitors can now safely stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone. But don’t be too surprised if you find yourself accosted by “cowboy gunfighters” – they’re a mainstay of Williams summertime entertainment!
Williams Arizona Attractions
When you visit Williams Arizona, a must-do attraction is Bearizona Wildlife Park located at 1-40 Exit 165. Bearizona is nestled amongst 160 acres of pristine Ponderosa Pine Forest and invites guests to drive into the Arizona Wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the comfort and safety of their own private vehicle. The park also hosts Fort Bearizona, a walk through area where visitors will stroll along winding paths to view the antics of smaller animals on exhibit including adorable bear cubs.
Bearizona Visitor Tip: Make sure you leave time for the Wild Ride, this complimentary tour allows guests to hop on a 50 passenger bus, which doesn’t have windows, and take a drive through the park with an interpretive guide. The tour educates guests on the history of Bearizona, the animals, and the habitats in which they live.
Located within this same historic area is the Grand Canyon Railway and Resort and Williams Depot. The sounds of steam and clanging bells grace the air as restored rolling stock depart Williams each day for the Grand Canyon. A sixty-five mile trip on a century old railway offers experiences which include: an enacted train robbery, cowboy action and old time strolling musicians.
Drive Route 66
Williams is a town that is located on the famous Route 66 and for the fans of the 1950’s a place to reminisce. It is a popular place for placing oneself in the past and enjoying the “Mother Road”. 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. From the Grand Canyon’s magnitude to the small Route 66 cafe and everything in between, Williams holds many fascinating opportunities for an exciting mid-western vacation.
Williams Arizona Visitor Info
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