Things to do in
Williams

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended things to do in Williams

Williams, AZ: The Grand Canyon Railway Round Trip Experience

1. Williams, AZ: The Grand Canyon Railway Round Trip Experience

Enjoy the Grand Canyon's natural beauty on a nostalgic roundtrip train ride featuring western musicians and cowboy characters on vintage cars. The Grand Canyon Railway boasts 64 miles of breathtaking scenery that leads to Grand Canyon National Park. This century-old railroad brought people from some of the wildest parts of Arizona to one of the seven natural wonders of the world - the Grand Canyon. Journey back to the Old West with the help of authentic characters who bring music and stories to share with you along the way. You will then get to the canyon around lunchtime with ample time to hike and enjoy the park. Afterwards, you will then return back to Williams, Arizona.

Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Tickets with Guided Bus Tour

2. Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Tickets with Guided Bus Tour

Enjoy the Grand Canyon's natural beauty on a nostalgic train ride featuring western musicians and cowboy characters on vintage cars with this roundtrip train ticket between Williams and the Grand Canyon. Take a guided bus tour to the top sights along the canyon's South Rim.  Pickup your tickets and board the train in Williams. Enjoy the scenic ride through the Grand Canyon National park to the Grand Canyon village. Be entertained with a thrilling Wild West shootout along the way. Select a comfortable seat in first-class with large windows, snacks, and beverages, or pick a tour with coach tickets. Select a tour with the lunch option and sit down to a hot buffet meal in Maswik Lodge. Once you arrive at Grand Canyon Village hop aboard a bus that will take you to the most popular viewpoints along the South Rim of the Canyon. Get your camera ready for some incredible vistas. Listen to facinating commentary from your guide along the way. Spend some time walking around the historic Grand Canyon Village where you can visit historic hotels and shops or purchase something to eat. Return to Williams on the train at the end of the your tour.

Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

3. Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

Experience the Grand Canyon National Park during this guided tour. Explore the canyon rim with its panoramic views and visit Route 66 with your guide. Start your tour at Route 66. Experience the historic highway in the town of Williams, the last town passed by I-40. As you explore this famous location, you have the opportunity to purchase lunch in Williams or Grand Canyon. Spend approximately 3 hours within the National Park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Don’t forget to visit the historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village. Visit the South Rim and take in the dramatic views — ideal for photographers. Stop into the shop or enjoy your lunch and relax with the best seat in the house.

Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

4. Grand Canyon: The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Tour

Take a journey through the breathtaking South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park with a guided tour. Walk the pine-forest trails and take in views at the major lookouts, including Yavapai Point. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before walking the Rim Trail in the afternoon. Arrive at the visitor center and begin walking along the Rim Trail with your guide. Within just a few minutes, notice the pine-forest ledges line the path and arrive at Yavapai Point. From here, take a moment to get a real sense of the depth of the canyon and examine the rock layers up close. Learn of the geographic phenomena that formed this natural wonder that now stands 277 miles long and 8 miles wide. Take out your binoculars and try and pick out distant sights of the Colorado River, Phantom Ranch, and the mules on Bright Angel Trail. After taking the time to truly gaze at the sight of the canyon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Browse the shops if you're in the mood and get ready to explore the eastern Grand Canyon in the afternoon. Stroll the level Rim Trail and focus in on the diverse plant life of the area. See if you can spot any wildlife or bird species as you wander. The park is home to deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and the most endangered bird in the world, the California Condor. Begin the return back to the hotel along the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Make a few stops at lookouts to take in the last moments of the view and capture final photos.

Sedona/Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Tour & First-Class Train Ride

5. Sedona/Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Tour & First-Class Train Ride

Your day begins with a pickup at your hotel in Sedona or Flagstaff or the nearby Village of Oak Creek from where you will enjoy incredible views on your way to the Williams train depot. Board the historic century-old Grand Canyon Railway and be entertained by cowboy characters. Enjoy the tunes of strolling musicians as train travel from the early 1900s is recreated on the 65-mile scenic journey to the canyon.   The train offers wonderful views of the San Francisco Peaks and rolls through valleys filled with wildflowers, dense pine forests, high desert plains, and small canyons. The Grand Canyon Railway is still one of the best ways to experience the old west. The train arrives just steps from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim where you'll have free time to shop, dine, or just take in the incredible canyon views. Then, your guide will meet you at the bus and take you to the East Rim for a few more great lookout locations. As you drive out of the east exit, you’ll drive along the Little Colorado River Gorge into the Navajo Nation. Stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post where you’ll have the opportunity to browse the Native American artwork and shop for souvenirs before returning to the starting point of the tour by air-conditioned van following a great day in the west.

Frequently asked questions about Williams

What top attractions are a must-see in Williams?

The must-see attractions in Williams are:

Other Sightseeing Options in Williams

Want to discover all there is to do in Williams? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Williams

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 231 reviews

The day starts out with a 15 minute cowboy act near the railroad. They were so funny and they interacted with the audience. After that we boarded the train, and each train car had a personal attendant in the car that told you historical things about Williams and the Grand Canyon. Our attendant Jennifer pointed out different mountain ranges, and animals that we would see along the way. Then we were serenaded by a cowboy with a guitar. The two hour and 15 minute ride went by really quick because of all the activity going on the train. I would recommend that people bring lunches to eat at the Canyon because some of the restaurants do not have enough employees and the lines are long to wait for food. We brought a sack lunch and set out and looked at the beautiful Grand Canyon while we were eating. I would recommend this train trip to anyone young and old who wanted to see the Grand Canyon. It was fun to see the children’s faces when the Cowboys came on the train to rob it

It was very relaxing and entertaining. The service from Annette could not have been better. She was very helpful and attentive. The singers were fun and talented, the robbers, were ok.

Sheldon our tour guide was excellent. The train ride was relaxing and a great was to travel to the Grand Canyon.

The guide was extremely knowledgeable and patient. Would highly recommend him.

Such a fun time. And the staff was wonderful! Highly recommend.