Top Attractions in Williams
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- If there's any chance you can experience this fabulous rail journey from Williams, AZ to Grand Canyon Village and back, please treat yourself to the grandest cars in their fleet. Northbound, take the Luxury Observation Dome - a full-length dome up top and a spacious lounge down below with private bar service, exclusive cocktails, and morning snacks provided. Their special Bloody Mary was truly delicious. Delightful way to start out. On the way back, splurge for the Luxury Parlor Car. “Travel like a rail baron. Step out on the rear platform and see the landscape from a different and unique perspective. Enjoy a private bar featuring exclusive cocktails, and afternoon snacks provided.” Very comfortable and relaxing. Great guitarists entertaining in both directions too. What a memory maker!Written June 26, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- There are a number of static exhibits related to the railroad and other historic aspect of the area. There is a restaurant, gift shop, coffee shop and some entertainment while you wait for the train to pull into the station and board. There is seating inside and outside for those who are waiting.Written August 7, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This was such a fun stop on our way from Williams to Sedona. Although probably geared more for small children, my teenagers had a wonderful time feeding the deer and looking at the other animals. It’s a small business but we had a great time.Written August 4, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The atmosphere is beautiful, the twisted cedar trees are awesome inside. The food looks amazing! The first night we just went to check out the menu, have a cocktail. Made plans for the next evening for dinner. The wait staff run hard. The bartenders, appear to want to visit their friends. Second visit we left without eating due to the poor service. We sat at the bar, unnoticed for 10-15 mins, my husband finally walked over to ask if we could get drink, ( disturbing her visit) only to be told then told our two options, they were out of??
Soured our first thoughts, she did not like that we asked for service ( of which you should not have to do)
There is no acknowledgment when you walk in the door at all if you go to the bar if you're being seated it appears to be different. Sad..Written March 27, 2021
- Pete was actually there the day we went through. Funny little guy. Has 1/2 the station set up as it was in the 50's and 60's with lots of station memorabilia. The other 1/2 is the gift shop. He wasn't very friendly at first, but as some of his older "guests" started coming through, he lightened up and started telling tells of his past with the station. He's known several of the well known authors of books about the mother road and has some really great stories !! It's an iconic rte 66 building, so it's worth at least a stop for a photo!!Written July 2, 2021
- Went today and it was a wonderful experience, plenty planes and a great tour guide. Rare planes, rare exhibit items, and nice building. Not only did it cover both world wars and commercial flight history, it also covered woman in aviation. Good stop going to or from the Grand Canyon definitely worth your time. (Mike was our tour guide and you should check if a reservation is needed)Written April 14, 2022
- First of all, this campground is beautiful! The scenery is second to none! The snack bar is super convenient.
I especially appreciate the camp hosts Dee and her husband. They helped me when I bent my cargo basket, and always made sure the camp stayed clean and the restrooms stocked.
We will surely come back to this camp because of them and I give the camp a 5-star rating.
Rich CoronadoWritten June 22, 2022
- After a few miles of dirt roads through pine and pinyon trees, the view opens up to a spectacular view of the canyon. Not sure what it looks like after the fire of 2021.Written October 7, 2021
- clean restrooms and nice, small museum with interesting facts about the history of the area. Person at front desk was not super friendly/ did not greet people as they came in. Be sure to take a picture with Smokey the Bear on the south side of the building.Written October 24, 2021
- This was a fun place to see while in Williams. It was a true western setting. We ate at the Branding iron and be sure and look in the saloon at the dollar bills on the ceiling and walls.Written October 31, 2019
- The hike itself was stupendous. Beautiful woods, great exercise,steep switchbacks. It is 4.2 miles one way. RT 8.4. This is measured on my satellite gps. Take water. None along the way. Easy to follow.
There are 2 negatives that made me lower this rating. One is highway noise. Gong up it seems less noticeable. But coming down I heard it and trains 1 1/2 miles up the trail. Secondly my own opinion to a long strenuous hike (2400 foot ascent) to 9300 feet is a beautiful summit. This is an industrial mountain with multiple radio and cell towers.
It still beats the desert heat and it was a pleasant temperature on top. Wear hiking boots or strong hiking shoes. Also I did hit thunder and a few rain drops on top. It took 2 1/2 hours each way. Best not to leave trailhead after 10 or 11am depending on the season. Also last month there were reports of snow at higher elevations.Written May 10, 2020
- Not a bad place to grab a bite while visiting the Grand Canyon area. They were out of a couple of things which was a tiny bit frustrating. However the staff was knowledgeable and kind. The food was good and the price was in keeping with the food quality.Written March 23, 2022
- Another area I could not find decent directions to - Google just showed so dotted line where there wasn't a road.Written August 23, 2020
- The old cars outside are extremely cool. The store is well stocked and the gift store has lots of good tourist merchandise. However, the store is poorly managed in several respects: there is typically only one check out person and their credit card machine is quirky which leads to long lines at checkout and their coffee service is the worst I've ever come across at a fast stop store.Written December 10, 2020
- If you visit Williams head West on the main drag until the East and West bound roads come together. In a little park in the center is a statue of the founder of Williams. Interesting and adventurous life.Written May 8, 2019
Frequently Asked Questions about Williams
- The best day trips from Williams according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
- Small Group Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Trip From Phoenix
- Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion from Sedona
- Grand Canyon Tour from Williams
- Full-Day Inner Canyon River Tour to the Bottom of Grand Canyon