Route 66, a town called Williams

Trip Start Apr 08, 2013
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Trip End Sep 25, 2013


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Monday, May 20, 2013

We arrived in Williams and immediately spotted the Route 66 signs dotted along the road.  Can you believe?  We stumbled upon Route 66! 

We hit upon the last town to resist the construction of interstate I 40 which decimated the original Route 66.  The people of Williams petitioned and protested until they were given the concession of three exits from the highway, funnelling travellers to the town and keeping tourism alive on the iconic Route 66.    Williams is a shrine to Route 66 and every shop, lodging and restaurant displays Route 66 memorabilia.  It's like stepping back into the 50's and what a totally unexpected treat for us!  We had originally wanted to do part of Route 66 but had to reluctantly drop it from our tour, so this was a real bonus.  I hope a little of the spirit of Williams is captured  in the photos because it was a great little place with huge amounts of character.  


In the morning, after staying in a crappy little motel on the edge of town, we had the best bagels I've ever had in a little cafe in Williams, freshly baked every morning - Jalapeņo and cheddar Mmmmmmm dee-lish-us.


Wow.  This sticking pins in maps business is fun!  And, again, dare I say, we struck very very lucky and enjoyed every minute of our limited time in Williams, but with the Grand Canyon and Vegas beckoning, we returned to the road again, all the better for our detours.  
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tim on

Great looking place, reminds me of 'American Graffiti'. There's an American diner in Brighton which works OK but looks like a pale imitation of the real thing.

Alana on

IT'S RADIATOR SPRINGS FROM CARS!! Ahhhhh!! Very upset we missed out on this - although we did meet Tow mater in Moab. I hope you got lots of nasty souvenirs for the fridge. Xxxxxx

chrisculley
chrisculley on

Just your kind of place sweet pea, you would have been squeaking and Eeeeeeeeeee-ing all over the place! This IS the original radiator springs! Can't think of Cars without thinking of you and our duvet days ..... Love you xxxxxx

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