The city of Williams is located a few miles west of Flagstaff along Historic Route 66 and Interstate 40. The settlement got its moniker from an old mountain man and trader, William “Old Bill” Williams. He spent lots of time in the region setting traps and hunting. Williams was the final holdout to have the bypass constructed and therefore retiring Route 66 from being used. Interstate 40 was the new route to take.
Williams may be a small city, but it provides lots to do for those visiting and living there. You have many choices for places to stay, eat and shop. It is where the Southwest Chief Amtrak train route travels through and the place to hop the Grand Canyon Railway which takes people to Grand Canyon Village. At Christmas time, the train will take you to Santa Claus’ Village.