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This year, stay in a restored bordello. Ride an old train to the Grand Canyon Cruise historic Route 66. Feel the spirits of the Old West!The Red Garter proudly offers lodging and a small town bakery in a beautifully restored 1897 saloon and bordello. This two-story Victorian Romanesque brick building with twelve foot ceilings, skylights and antique furnishings captures the 1890's old western atmosphere without giving up the comfort and security expected by today's traveler. You will find no better accommodations in any inn, hotel, lodge or bed and breakfast in Northern Arizona. The Grand Canyon Railway train departs daily from across the street. Art galleries, shops and great restaurants are scattered throughout the neighborhood along historic Route 66.Whether you are flying into Las Vegas or Phoenix, Williams, AZ is on your way to the Grand Canyon. Day trips to Flagstaff, Sedona, Jerome (a great ghost town), Walnut Canyon and other Indian ruins, Meteor Crater, the Petrified Forest, Sunset Crater and the Painted Desert are part of your stay. Plan on two or three days to see these world class attractions. From here it is a short hop to Canyon DeChelly, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, the Navajo reservation, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and all of Southern Utah. We will help make the most of your vacation here in Arizona and the great Southwest.Along with a parlor and eight cribs for the "soiled doves", the second floor once boasted a two-story outhouse off the back of the building for the cowboys and other guests. These days each of the four guestrooms has a private bathroom and the 'special treat' we offer our guests is the fresh baked continental-plus breakfast prepared each morning.
There are so many great things to do and see within a day's drive of the Red Garter that I finally put together a couple of self-guided day trips that many of my guests have enjoyed and that can help you plan on how to best see Northern The Grand Canyon Loop Arizona.
The Grand Canyon Loop
Starting in Williams take I-40 east 45 miles to Walnut Canyon National Monument Built by Pueblo Indians about 800 years ago, this first stop consists of pre-historic cliff dwellings in shallow caves under limestone ledges in a beautiful juniper, pinion and pine tree filled canyon. Back on I-40 head west, (back toward Flagstaff) about 8 miles. Follow the signs for SR 89 north towards Page and about 12 miles north of Flagstaff, turn right on the paved Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop Road. Two miles further and you will reach Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, a 1,000-foot volcanic cinder cone formed about 900 years ago with lava flows and sea of black cinder sand where astronauts trained for the first trip to the moon. The surrounding forest changes from huge ponderosa pines to scattered juniper trees. Continuing along the Loop road about 12 miles brings you to Wupatki National Monument and the incredible ruins of masonry pueblos built by Sinagua and Anasazi Indian farmers between A.D. 100 and 1225. The backdrop to the ruins is probably the best view you can find of the Painted Desert. Continue on the Loop road until it rejoins US 89 and head towards Cameron about 20 miles to the north.
One half-mile past the junction with SR 64 (East Rim Drive) is the Cameron Trading Post. Although extensively remodeled a few years ago, Cameron is an old Trading Post with an extensive rug and pot collection and the only decent lunch you will find on the way. Follow the huge signs at Cameron to SR 64 and the east entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park, about 25 miles. Along the way you check out the Little Colorado River. Its another twenty-five miles to Grand Canyon Village for sunset but along the way you can enjoy the many overlooks on the lightly traveled east rim of the Canyon. From the Village it is 56 miles back to Williams and the Red Garter. The whole trip will take from 6 to 8 hours and my guests rave about it
The Sedona & Red Rock Country Loop
Just over an hour away, on possibly the most scenic drive in Arizona, is Red Rock country. To get there, take I-40 east to I-17 south and then four miles to SR-89A. Your first stop should be the Oak Creek Canyon scenic overlook and then down the switchbacks into the Canyon. A hike into West Fork or a stop at Slide Rock State Park on your way to Sedona is a great idea. For a shorter day trip you can take SR-170 through the red rocks to the Chapel of the Holy Cross and on to I-17 to return to Williams or to catch your flight out in Phoenix. Jerome. If you continue on SR89A from Sedona you can stop at Red Rock Crossing and Red Rock State Park on Red Rock Loop road or continue on to Cottonwood (Tuzigoot National Monument). Up the hill from Cottonwood is the ghost town of Jerome and the Jerome State Park. Just south, on SR-260 are Montezuma Castle National Monument and the Fort Verde State Park. It's about two hours back to Williams.
Historic Route 66
If you are coming from Las Vegas or Southern California, one of the longest stretches of Historic Route 66 is on your way to Williams. US-93 from Las Vegas combines with Historic Route 66 in downtown Kingman. Stay on this road when US-93 joins I-40 and follow it for 88 miles to Seligman where you rejoin I-40. There are lots of interesting stops along the way including Grand Canyon Caverns but services are limited between these towns. Williams is just 45 minutes down the road. If you are in a hurry, catch this part of Route 66 on your way home, it adds about a half hour to your trip.
Within driving distance (miles) of Williams are some of the most fascinating places in the world to visit during your stay in this historic mountain town on old Route 66.
- Grand Canyon National Park (58)
- Sunset Crater National Monument (50)
- Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon (60)
- Painted Desert (70)
- Petrified Forest National Park (147)
National Monuments of Native American Culture
- Walnut Canyon (40)
- Wupatki (70)
- Tuzigoot (80)
- Montezuma Castle (85)
- Navajo (171)
- Canyon de Chelly (260)
Historic State Parks
- Riordan (35)
- Fort Verde (88)
- Jerome (91)
- Slide Rock State Park (55)
- Glen Canyon National Recreational Area (167)
Natural / Environmental
- Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area (14)
- Lowell Observatory (33)
- Museum of Northern Arizona (38)
- Red Rock State Park (65)
- Grand Canyon Caverns (67)
- Meteor Crater (70)
Directions and Weather
Plug 137 W. Railroad Ave, Williams, Arizona into your GPS or
- From Las Vegas take SR 93 south to Kingman and east on I-40
- From Phoenix take I-17 north to Flagstaff and west on I-40
- At Williams, leave Interstate 40 on Exit 163, turn south and go 5 blocks to the Historic District
- The Red Garter is a two-story yellow brick building facing you on west-bound Railroad Ave
At almost 6900 feet in elevation, visitors and residents enjoy all four seasons.
- Warm summers with average high temperatures of 83 degrees (F) in July with an average of 3 1/2 inches of rain in August
- The winter averages 75.8 inches of snowfall with daily highs of an average 44 degrees (F) and overnight lows of 21 degrees (F)
- Crisp, colorful autumn and breezy spring weather is typical of the Williams area