PHOTO GALLERY: A scenic drive along historic Route 66 in Williams, AZ

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo recently visited the small town of Williams, Arizona on the way to the Grand Canyon. Also known as the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon”, Williams was the last city on Historic Route 66 to be bypassed by Interstate 40. The community, bypassed on October 13, 1984, continues to thrive on tourism. Boasting seven fishing lakes in the area, hiking trails up Bill Williams Mountain and into Sycamore Canyon, an alpine ski area and cross country ski trails, four-seasons weather and an abundance of wildlife, Williams offers unlimited recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.

Visit Historic Williams, Arizona…It is 33 miles west of Flagstaff, Arizona and about 175 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona. You can get there from exits 161 and 165 on Interstate 40.