Located in Williams, Howard Johnson Express Inn - Williams is minutes from Williams Depot and Small Town America Museum . This hotel is within close proximity of Wild West Junction and Buckskinner Park .
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Williams Events & Entertainment
Memorial Day weekend:
Rendezvous Days; it's a celebration of western heritage.
Activities include a black powder shoot, parade, and carnival.
Renaissance in the Pines:
mid-Juneat Fort Tuthill.
Arrive in costume or come as you are! Brave men, beautiful women, artisans,
jousting and music
Arizona Harley-Davidson Owners Group rally in mid-June features
a number of motorcycle events, parade, poker runs, live bands and dances.
High Country Warbirds Air
Late June, Valle-Grand Canyon Airport. Antique and war bird fly-bys. Air Museum
Planes of Fame. Gates open at 8 AM. Call 928-635-1000 for information.
Railhead Annual July 4th
weekend-The Arizona Cowboy Shooters Assoc. (ACSA) promotes 1890 era cowboy
action shooting. Contestants compete with firearms that tamed the old West.
A Small Town 4th of
July features a parade, an old-fashioned ice cream social, cook-out,
craft sale at the Visitor’s Center and a spectacular fireworks show at night
Annual old time
Cowpunchers' Reunion Rodeo last weekend in July starting daily at 1PM.
It’s an opportunity to view real working cowboys in action. Call for info,
Annual Cool Country
Cruise-In and Route 66 Festival (August)
Features an open classic car show, battle of the bands, sock hop. Call Williams
Chamber of Commerce for details-928-635-1418.
Fall Festival (early October)
Enjoy the commemoration of Williams’ bypass when Interstate 40 opened and this
was the last town bypassed. The Golf Along Route 66 Tournament takes place on
Saturday of the Festival weekend at Elephant Rocks Golf Course. There is an arts
and crafts display in town.
fever hits town during a festive Labor Day weekend and Williams turns into a
cowboy lover's paradise with a western parade, BBQ, dances, many more activities
and a three-day
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association competition.
Williams Destination Overview
Originally, a bawdy “wild
west” mountain town and logging center, Williams, Arizona is now a quaint
mountain settlement where shoppers peruse 19th century storefronts
and listen for the nostalgic sound of the train whistle from the historic depot
of the Grand Canyon Railway at the center of town. Surrounding the town are
canyons and mountains whose breathtaking beauty is impossible to imagine unless
seen first hand; and then, once seen, impossible to forget.
Williams is nestled at the
base of the Bill Williams Mountain, in the Kaibab National Forest, off
interstate 40, just 30 minutes west of Flagstaff. Route 66 runs through the
center of town, looking much the same as it did in the 1960s. Spring flowers and
fall colors decorate the roadsides of famous Route 66, once known as America's
Main Street, which served as a national thoroughfare from Chicago to Santa
Monica for Dust Bowl migrants, World War II troops, and millions of travelers
heading West. Visitors enjoy the ambiance of those days in soda fountains,
restaurants, vintage shops, and motels that line the historic road.
The climate in Williams is
temperate. The low winter temperature average is 23 degrees, and the summer high
average is 80 degrees. Williams is known as the "Gateway to the Grand Canyon",
and offers the shortest path to the Grand Canyon from Interstate 40 (only 59
The Grand Canyon Railroad
provides daily trips to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Walnut Canyon and
Wupatki National Monuments are an hour away; sites of several 12th-century
Indian ruins are nearby; Sunset Crater, the remains of a once-active volcano;
and the San Francisco Peaks, the highest elevation in Arizona, all are within a
short drive of Williams.
Williams has four beautiful
lakes with excellent fishing and an abundance of outdoor activities: Cataract
Lake, Kaibab Lake, Dogtown Lake and White Horse Lake. The Sycamore Canyon
Wilderness Area is the site of the second largest canyon in Arizona. Visitors
can enjoy the most scenic point of the canyon at an overlook just minutes away
Kaibab National Forest surrounding Williams has seasonal hunting for deer, elk,
mountain lions and bear.
The popular Williams ski area provides excellent downhill skiing, sledding and
nearby cross-country ski trails.
Helicopter and airplane
tours are available as are ground tours featuring around-the-rim bus trips, jeep
tours and safaris, and even in-park mule rides which provide an up-close Grand
Canyon adventure experience. There are many hiking opportunities to explore
this Natural Wonder of the World. There are also tours of the Colorado River
that give the opportunity to experience, as did explorer John Wesley Powell, the
incredible view of the Grand Canyon from the bottom up.
Williams is close to
Flagstaff, Sedona, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and other Northern Arizona
tourist attractions. It is the ideal destination for a nostalgic trip back in
time and as a gateway to the wonders of Grand Canyon and to outdoor adventure on
a grand scale.