Williams is located in northern Arizona, just west of Flagstaff. Williams is the southern terminus of the highly regarded and much traveled Grand Canyon Railway which carries visitors to and from the canyon, daily. Because of its very close proximity to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the city has become a choice location for overnight and extended vacation visitors. Local restaurants, service stations and other retail establishments cater mainly to visitors, especially during the summer months and holiday seasons.
The city was named for William “Old Bill” Williams, a trader and popular mountain man who spent much of his life trapping in the area.
Williams was the last town to be bypassed when Interstate Highway 40 was