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Introduction

Williams main street Christmas Tree from a distance

Williams main street Christmas Tree from a distance

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Williams, Arizona is situated about 52 miles (83 kilometres) south of Grand Canyon Village, and along with Flagstaff is one of the primary towns for people to stay at when visiting the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Sights and Activities

There are several other sites and activities in Williams in addition to the nearby Grand Canyon.

  • The Elk Ridge ski resort offers skiing and tubing in the winter. Get more information from their website.
  • The Planes of Fame Air Museum is located on highway 64, 30 miles (48 kilometres) north of Williams, just outside of Valle, on the way to the Grand Canyon. Check out the Planes of Fame website for more information.
  • Route 66 history is visible in downtown Williams.

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Events and Festivals

The Williams Chambers of Commerce have a list of festivals and events.

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Weather

Williams is at 6,800 feet (about 2,000 metres) in elevation. In summer, the temperatures are up in the high 20s C, with temperatures in the low-teens and single digits in the winter. Snow does fall in the winter.

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Getting There

Grand Canyon Railway Station in Williams

Grand Canyon Railway Station in Williams

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By Plane

The nearest commercial airport is about 50 kilometres east in Flagstaff. It provides commuter service to Phoenix 180 miles (almost 300 kilometres) south. Las Vegas, Nevada is almost 350 kilometres northwest.

By Train

Amtrak provides daily service to Williams, operating its Southwest Chief between Chicago and Los Angeles. Rail passengers arrive and depart at Williams Junction, 3 miles (5 kilometres) east of Williams, and are shuttled by Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach from Williams Junction to the Grand Canyon Railroad Station in downtown Williams.

The downtown station serves as the southern terminus for the Grand Canyon Railway, running up to Grand Canyon Village.

By Car

Williams is located on I-40 in northern Arizona, 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon. It is 30 miles (48 kilometres) west of Flagstaff and 220 miles (350 kilometres) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

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Sleep

There are a number of lodging options, which can be found at the Williams tourism website.

Budget

Camping options run from $15 and up. Details on potential campsite can be found at the Williams Tourism website's camping page.

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Grand Canyon Hotel145 West Route 66Hotel91
Motel 6 Williams East - Grand Canyon710 West Route 66 I-40 at Route 66 Exit #161 Williams,HOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 35.251662
  • Longitude: -112.185059

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