Williams is known as the "gateway to the Grand Canyon" - as the National Park is located due North on State Route 64. The historic district of this once bawdy frontier town, now offers glimpses into Williams' past. Saloons and shops have been brought back to life and are great to visit. The Grand Canyon Railway in Williams is a great trip North and is very popular with tourists.
Williams, Arizona would go down in history as being the last town to have its section of Route 66 bypassed. The original plan was to have the last section of the famous highway bypassed somewhere in Texas, but lawsuits that had been filed kept the last section of Interstate 40 from being built around Williams. After settlements called for the state to build three exits for the town, the suits were dropped and I-40 was built. In 1984, Interstate 40 was opened around the town and newspapers the next day reported the essential end of the famous US 66. Today however, Route 66 along Williams and other towns like Seligman, AZ remain very much full of history and visitors.