Arizona Must-Sees: Planning Your Route 66 Grand Canyon Adventures

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Whether you’re planning a Route 66 adventures or just taking Interstate 40 to get to another vacation destination, such as Southern California or the Grand Canyon, plan a few days to stop off in Williams, Arizona and have an exploratory adventure there. With its close access to many world-renowned attractions and quaintly lovely offerings in its own borders, you’ll love experiencing it with your family for this summer’s vacation. If you’re on a road trip, it’ll be a great stop-off. Or, if you’re looking for a hometown, adventure-filled place to spend your entire vacation, Williams is the place for you.
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Planning Your Route 66 Grand Canyon Adventures

What’s Williams Got to Offer?

Within Williams, plan your vacation around one of the cities many events or festivals. They’ve got rodeos, BBQ festivals, classic car shows, and even Wild West shootouts that will be sure to capture the kids’ attention. Gonzalez and Cataract Lake are in close proximity, offering escape from the desert heat. Williams also offers some of the classic Route 66 stores, restaurants, and art that will be sure to fascinate your family. Bring a little history lesson into your vacation by explaining to your kids how the U.S. grew and evolved because of Route 66. There’s a scenic railway tour and drive-thru wildlife park. Kabib National Forest surrounds Williams and offers hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, skiing and general site-seeing.

Nearby Cities

Flagstaff and Prescott, Arizona are also unique attractions in their own rights. Drive up into the mountains to experience Native American ruins, or up into mining towns built on the side of a mountain, which are still populated today and offer handmade, exquisite pottery, jewelry, ceramics, stones, tapestries, and other art. Prescott and Flagstaff both offer incredible art galleries featuring world-renowned and local artists. Don’t forget to check out some of the local cuisine, including some of the best Mexican restaurants in the country.

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is just a few hours straight north of Williams. If you’d like to visit without the expense of staying close to the attraction, Williams is a perfect place to stay while driving up to the Grand Canyon for a day or two.

This breathtaking attraction is definitely worth your time, and your children should experience it with you. Bring the expensive camera and take tons of photos of the incredible caverns and rock formations. If you’re feeling really adventurous, take some of the hiking trails down into the canyon. Stop along the way and chat with your kids about science and rock formations. Most of all, spend some time soaking it all in.

About the Author: Sage enjoyed her comfortable stay at the Econo Lodge Hotel in Williams Arizona while researching travel attractions near the Grand Canyon.
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