Are you a fan of history? Of Scenery? What about family attractions? Williams, Arizona has it all. The town known as the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon” is located an hour south of the park itself; Williams sits between the city of Flagstaff and Grand Canyon National Park and manages to blend early 20th-century history, a mid-century road-trip sensibility, and quintessential Arizona scenery. In short, everything you want out of a trip to Arizona is right here.

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Things To Do in Williams, Arizona

  1. What are some fun things to do in Williams, Arizona? 

Williams, Arizona is a gorgeous little forest town nestled right along the I-40 west of Flagstaff. Despite its small size, there are plenty of fun things to do in Williams, AZ, like:  

  • Bearizona – No trip through Arizona is complete without a visit to this amazing drive-through wildlife park.  
  • The Grand Canyon Railway – What's better than a train ride? A ridiculously scenic train ride through northern Arizona starting in Williams.  
  • Explore shops and eateries – Williams has a lively main street with plenty of shopping and dining options.  


Learn more about Bearizona in Williams, AZ.   

  1. What other small towns in Arizona are worth visiting? 

Of course, Williams is nowhere near the only small town in Arizona that’s worthy of a day trip. We have lots of other favorite small towns in AZ including ones like:  

  • Bisbee – This wild western artist town is located in southern Arizona near Tombstone, and it’s definitely worth a day trip, especially if you’re into shops and galleries.  
  • Tombstone – Not far from Bisbee, Tombstone is a fascinating old town where the bloody old west comes to life.  
  • Wickenburg – Keeping with the old western theme, Wickenburg is also a western town located west of Phoenix. Shopping, museums, unique boutiques, and more await.  
  • Prescott – This gorgeous northern Arizona town has a little place known as Whiskey Row. ‘Nuff said.  


Learn more about all of our favorite small towns in Arizona.   

  1. Are there many mountain towns in Arizona? 

Arizona is pretty famous for being a desert. After all, it’s located smack-dab in between two major ones (the Sonoran and the Mojave), but this doesn’t mean Arizona doesn’t have any mountain towns. In fact, there are a decent number of wonderful mountain towns in AZ, such as:  

  • Alpine – This beautiful little town is in the White Mountains in far eastern Arizona. It’s so close to New Mexico that you can almost smell the green chile.  
  • Flagstaff – The most famous mountain town in Arizona, Flagstaff is a vibrant and lively college town with an outdoorsy, hippie edge.  
  • Strawberry – This tiny town is exactly that – tiny – but don’t let that fool you. The beds and breakfasts here are a delight, and so are the local shops (not to mention the amazing hiking trails nearby).  


Learn more about all these amazing little mountain towns in Arizona, plus a few more for luck.