Williams, AZ (elev. 6,772 ft) is a small town of just over 3,000 full-time residents. Williams is a must-see stop on Route 66, the iconic American highway celebrated in songs, movies and TV shows. Route 66 stretches 2,448 miles (3,940 km) from Lincoln Park in Chicago, Il to the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, CA.
Williams is known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon Railway originates in Williams and terminates 64 miles (103 km) to the north at Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Here are photos of some of the historic Americana in Williams from the 50s and 60s. I visited in August 2018. These are the only ones that survived a photo purge for additional phone storage. Sorry.
To really get in the mood, listen to Nat King Cole’s 1946 swingin’ original rendition of Bobby Troup’s Get Your Kicks On Route 66.
I hope you got a kick out of this short look at Williams, AZ. I haven’t done a road trip in a long time. This post and Nat King Cole have inspired me to put driving the length of Route 66 on the post-pandemic bucket list. Do you think that would be fun?