Why this Arizona city should be your fall-colors destination this year


Just a three-hour drive from Phoenix lies Williams, Arizona. With stunning foliage as the surrounding forest transforms into a vibrant display of autumn colors and its proximity to the Grand Canyon, Williams is a great destination for a fall getaway.Williams is a retro and picturesque town nestled in the heart of northern Arizona and a gateway city to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.But there is much more to Williams, such as its well-preserved Route 66 heritage. Vintage diners and colorful neon signs line the vibrant Main Street, making it a haven for nostalgia enthusiasts and history buffs.Williams also boasts a wide variety of outdoor adventures, including a deer farm where you can pet the animals and a drive-through wildlife park that’s a sanctuary for hundreds of animals.Here are the best things to do in Williams.Fall colors outlook for 2023:Here are the best places to see the leaves change in ArizonaTubing and more at Canyon Coaster Adventure ParkThis adventure park in the woods offers mountain tubing in the summer, where participants ride down slopes on inflatable tubes, snow tubing in the winter and the popular Canyon Coaster ride all year long. Its thrilling mile-long track features steep descents, twists and corkscrews, and visitors can control their speed while enjoying the view. There’s dining and a patio at the Canyon Coaster Bar and Grill.Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 700 E. Route 66, Williams. $20. 928-707-7729, canyoncoasteradventurepark.com.Pet the animals at Grand Canyon Deer FarmThe Grand Canyon Deer Farm, which has multiple species of deer as well as elk and reindeer, is about 10 miles east of Williams off Interstate 40. Visitors can purchase food to feed these animals by hand, making it a family-friendly destination where you can interact with these gentle animals in a natural setting.Details: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 6769 Deer Farm Road, Williams. $16. 928-635-4073, deerfarm.com.Ride Grand Canyon Railway to the South RimThe Grand Canyon Railway was established in 1901 to provide transportation for visitors to the Grand Canyon. Over 100 years later it’s still taking visitors along the scenic route. The railway runs from Williams to the South Rim and uses a combination of vintage steam locomotives and diesel engines to pull its passenger cars. The steam locomotives add a nostalgic and historic touch to the journey. Onboard entertainmen …

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