Side Trip to Grand Canyon, AZ
Follow AZ Hwy 64 straight north from Historic Route 66/I-40 – it's just over 50 miles from Williams to Grand Canyon Village. Another good option, if you want to give the car or motorcycle a rest, is to take the train. From Williams, you can take the Grand Canyon Railway and relax for the 130-mile journey and take in the scenery.
One of the original Seven Wonders of the World, Grand Canyon National Park runs for 277 miles along the Colorado River, expanding up to 18 miles wide and at times, over a mile deep.
Following its east-west orientation, the Grand Canyon’s primary access and viewing points are along the South Rim (the southern edges of the canyon) and the North Rim (obviously, the northern ridges). The North Rim can be a bigger challenge to access; snows and other wild weather from November to May often close the access roads. You can take a hike across the canyon (21 miles), or try to make the drive, which is closer to 140 extra miles. There is no direct rail or air access between the south and north rims.
Along the South Rim, the Grand Canyon Village serves as the stop for people coming to visit the Canyon from Williams, Route 66, the railway, and other points south. The Grand Canyon Railway was completed in 1901, 11 years before Arizona became a state and 18 years before the Grand Canyon became a national park. It also carried President Teddy Roosevelt to the area during his presidency.
While gawking and gasping at the amazing views comes standard, there's plenty to do at the Grand Canyon. Rafting along the Colorado River, hiking up and down the canyon, riding mules and donkeys, helicopter tours, and nature photography are all options here. Just be sure to check weather reports, make sure you have the right provisions and equipment, and enjoy the view.
Best Western PREMIER Grand Canyon Squire Inn
100 Highway 64
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023