Those looking for a little nostalgia of when things were slower, cars were cooler, and it did not get any better than cruising than look no further than Williams, Arizona. This throwback town on old Route 66 is a fun little spot to hit on our trip out West. It had good food at Cruiser’s 66, fun spot for the kiddos at Bearizona, wonderful art murals, plenty of little places to window shop for the wife, and it is the town to hit up for an old-fashioned train ride to the Grand Canyon.
We ended up spending the whole day in Williams from our base at Flagstaff. It had something for everyone. I mean that literally because it seemed like I had everyone on this particular trip. I had my cross-country team with me which consisted of 9 high school aged guys, my wife, and our two little girls. Everybody that went really enjoyed the town. Bearizona, where we started the day, was a hit for all of us. Followed by lunch at Williams. There were enough restaurants to fulfill all the different tastes of our group. After we ate we strolled around town walking up and down the Mother Road.
Williams is a neat little town. I used the movie Cars to explain the town and Route 66 to my student athletes. Once I did that they got into the experience a little bit more. Kind of strange to think that most of them were under 8 when Cars came out. It was neat to see some of their childhood memories becoming something more than what they saw on a screen.
If you find yourself in Williams take a little time to sightsee in town. Getting a chance to an old fashioned train up close was a good experience. As well as walking on Route 66 and looking for the many murals they had around town. If you have any animal lovers in your party make sure to stop by Bearizona. It is an up and coming animal attraction that just seems to get better over time. Williams also has several neat little shops and just about any Route 66 souvenir in existence. So if you are looking for a flashback to bee bop café’s and cruisin’ with the top down fun Williams is a good place to go.