A nice place to stop halfway between Long Beach and Santa Fe is the charming town of Williams right on Route 66. Located at 6762 feet above sea level in the pine forests of Northern Arizona, this Gateway to the Grand Canyon National Park is just 62 miles south of the Grand Canyon South Rim. A great way to ride up to the Canyon’s Rim is hopping on board the scenic Grand Canyon Railway, http://www.thetrain.com and ride this vintage train along a century-old rail line back in time and through picturesque pine forests and wide-open prairies.
Relaxing after your Grand Canyon experience in Williams you can stroll along Main Street,
Williams also offers great value accommodations including the historic Grand Canyon Hotel, http://www.thegrandcanyonhotel.com, and the famous Red Garter B & B Inn, redgarter.com. A former saloon and bordello, this two-story Victorian Romanesque brick building was restored in 1897, boasts twelve foot ceilings, skylights, antique furnishings, and has a woman’s red garter hanging from its façade. Quite the sight!
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