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Popular amenities for Williams vacation rentals

Stay near Williams's top sights

Bearizona Wildlife Park344 locals recommend
Pine Country Restaurant47 locals recommend
Cruiser's Route 66 Cafe48 locals recommend
Grand Canyon Railway Hotel76 locals recommend
Grand Canyon Railway39 locals recommend
Goldies Route 66 Diner3 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Williams

  • Total rentals

    250 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $60 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    20K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    180 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    90 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    10 properties have a pool

Your guide to Williams

Welcome to Williams

The mountain town of Williams leans hard into its status as a classic Western destination. Historic Route 66 runs through downtown, and local businesses maintain the atmosphere of a mid-century road trip with twinkling neon signage and classic soda fountains. At night, actors dressed as cowboys recreate gun fights in the street, and travelers pour forth from the Grand Canyon Railway, whose terminus is in town. Located just an hour from the Grand Canyon, Williams is a popular destination for travelers looking to explore the natural wonder. The town is surrounded by a bevy of outdoor enticements, including the Kaibab National Forest, whose lake-dotted, ponderosa pine-enrobed acres are home to elks, bobcats, and owls. In the winter, Williams makes for a cozy retreat — and if you tire of snowgazing over a mug of hot chocolate, Flagstaff’s bustling ski resort is just half an hour away.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Williams

Spring and fall in Williams offer moderate, warm weather, while in the summer temperatures can soar and rain showers arrive, especially in the month of August. Expect crowds throughout the sunny months, as visitors course through Williams on their way to the Grand Canyon. In the winter, the town slows down and you can enjoy the seasonal idyll cozying up inside or exploring the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding wilderness transformed by snow. In June, sparkling vintage cars line the street during the annual Williams Historic Route 66 Car Show.

Top things to do in Williams

Grand Canyon Railway

The trip to the Grand Canyon rivals the actual destination aboard this train. Accommodations range from bench seating in a circa-1923 train car to a two-story luxury lounge with a private bar, downstairs lounge, and glass viewing dome up top. As if the view weren’t enough — you’ll travel through desert, prairie, and pine forests — musicians dressed as cowboys roam the cars, serenading passengers with guitar and banjo ballads.

Pete’s Gas Station Museum

This pleasingly cluttered homegrown museum inside a restored gas station showcases vintage gas station paraphernalia, road signage, telephones, cash registers, and other relics of the golden age of car travel. Snap a few photos with the vintage automobile with whitewall tires parked next to a pair of old-fashioned glass bulb gas pumps, and grab a souvenir in the kitschy gift shop.

Kaibab National Forest

Although the nearby Grand Canyon tends to get most of the fanfare, Kaibab National forest is a worthy stop for any nature lover. In addition to more than 300 miles of scenic hiking trails, the forest is also home to 1,000-year-old petroglyphs and creek-carved gorges that have been naturally shaped into otherworldly forms. The forest’s relatively secluded atmosphere may be a welcome comedown from Grand Canyon crowds.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Williams?

    Williams, Arizona features a cool, semi-arid climate. Summers are warm with average highs around 80°F (27°C), while winters are cold, often with snow, and temperatures can dip to 20°F (-6°C). Spring and fall sees moderate temperatures.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Williams?

    In Williams, you can explore the historic Route 66, ride the Grand Canyon Railway, experience the wildlife at Bearizona Wildlife Park, or shop and dine in the charming downtown area.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Williams?

    The most frequently suggested time to visit Williams, Arizona is between late spring and early fall when temperatures range from 70°F to 85°F (21°C to 29°C). During this period, you can explore events like the Williams Historic Route 66 Car Show in June and the Cooler in the Mountains summer concert series. Winter months also attract visitors for activities like skiing and ice fishing at the nearby Elk Ridge Ski Area.

  • What are the best places to stay in Williams?

    Most visitors choose to stay in the town center, convenient for the Grand Canyon Railway, shopping, and dining. Staying near Route 66 can also be a unique experience, with a variety of accommodations available.

  • What are the best places to visit in Williams?

    Popular places to visit in Williams include the Grand Canyon Railway, Bearizona Wildlife Park, Pete's Route 66 Gas Station Museum, and the Williams Historic Route 66 district.

  • What are some hiking trails in Williams?

    Williams has several enjoyable hiking trails such as the Bill Williams Mountain Trail, Sycamore Rim Trail, and Benham Trail. These trails offer varying degrees of difficulty and stunning natural views.

  • What are some family activities to do in Williams?

    Families can enjoy a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway, visit the Bearizona Wildlife Park, or explore the fascinating exhibits at the Route 66 Zipline. The downtown area also offers family-friendly dining and shopping.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Williams?

    Popular day trips from Williams could include a train ride to the Grand Canyon, a trip to the nearby city of Flagstaff, or exploring the magnificent Red Rock State Park in Sedona.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Williams?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 130 vacation rentals in Williams featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Williams?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Williams. Choose from more than 90 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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