Williams Real Estate & Community Information

Williams Real Estate & Community Information

West of Flagstaff is the city of Williams, Arizona, home to some 3000 residents.  Located along route 66, it’s also home to the Grand Canton Railway.  Williams sees many tourists, as it is considered the "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Williams also has the distinction of being the last city on Route 66 to be bypassed by Interstate 40, which happened in 1984.  Even so, the city thrives on tourism. In addition to the Grand Canyon and the Grand Canyon Railway, tourists and residents enjoy the fishing lakes, hiking trails, and skiing.

William’s roots go back to 1881 when it was founded and named after famed mountain man "Old Bill Williams”, who’s statue can be found in Monument Park. Williams was saved from isolation during the construction of Interstate 40 and decommission of Route 66 when an agreement was reached to have the state build three exits to the city.

Shopping & Dining

Due to Williams tourist trade, there’s a wide range of shopping and dining options.  Many stores focus on souvenirs, leather goods, western collectibles, and items made locally. Western Outfitters and DeBerge Saddlery along Route 66 and Williams Wear are where you can find quality western apparel.  Colors of the West, along with their sister stores Copper Canyon Trading and Old Glory Gifts offer a wide selection of western home décor, specialty food with hundreds of hot sauces, and items made in the US. Other great places to shop in Williams include Civitan Thrift and Trading Co., Buck’s Place, and The Gallery in Williams, Inc..

Of course, great dining is easy to come by in a city like Williams. You’ll find fare that suits any taste bud, especially Western and American food.  For great steaks, Rod’s Steak House and Western View Steakhouse along Route 66 are where you’ll find the best steaks around. Rod’s has been serving great steaks for 70 years and is a Williams landmark. And if you want the classic American food that Route 66 is famous for, then try Cruiser’s Café 66, Jeff’s Place at Goldie’s, or Kicks on Route 66 Bar & Grill.  If you feel like something a little more ethnic, then New China Restaurant, Francisco’s Mexican Restaurant, or Crazy Thai Buffalo Restaurant might be your best choices.

Parks & Recreation

Williams is a cornucopia of fun activities and attractions, both natural and man-made.  Where do we start? Route 66 is a fair choice, with its abundance of history and fun.  Who can resist the neon lights, classic cars, and soda fountains?  It’s also the best-preserved part of Route 66 in America.  Just Route 66 alone offers non-stop entertainment.

Then there’s one of the most famous geographic features in the world, indeed one the world’s seven natural wonders, The Grand Canyon. No matter who you are or where you’re from, it will leave you breathless.  Located only 59 miles north of Williams, you’ll realize how short of a drive it is to experience such wonder. No other landmark is more photographed, explored, and adored. The Grand Canyon has to be seen to be believed.  Even then it’s hard to believe. As President Theodore Roosevelt said, it’s “one of the great sights which every American should see.”

And if that’s not enough for you, there’s plenty of other attractions and activities in Williams to choose from. You can see Route 66 from above on the Route 66 Zipline, see bears from the safety of your car at Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park, or take a helicopter tour or go skydiving. And if you want to just enjoy the natural beauty of the Kaibab National Forest, you can go for a hike, camp, fish, ski, or just enjoy the great outdoors.


Student living in Williams attend schools managed by the Williams Unified School District.  The district includes two schools, Williams Elementary-Middle School, and Williams High School.  There’s also a charter school that serves Williams, Heritage Elementary Charter School.

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Contact Information

The Gary Nelson Group
Realty Executives of Flagsaff
15 E. Cherry Ave. Suite 101
Flagstaff AZ 86001
Direct: 928-225-3510
Office: 928-773-9300
Fax: 928-774-1102