When I was first planning my trip to the US southwest, I intended to pay a short visit to Winslow and stand on the corner just like in the Eagles song “Take it Easy”. After all it was only 50 miles from Flagstaff where I was going to spend my first night. After more thought I decided to stay in a hotel on the famous Route 66. It worked out that my second last day took me to the Grand Canyon. I had heard of Williams Arizona – the last city on Route 66 in Arizona to be bypassed by the interstate highway. Williams is only 1 hour south of The Grand Canyon National Park and so I booked a room in the Williams Travelodge right on Route 66. Williams is a small, well preserved “Route 66” city with a lot of ties to what I always imagine to be the golden era of the US – 1950’s. I stayed at the Grand Canyon until well past dark to get some sunset photos so I didn’t get to see much of Williams by the time I got there at around 11 PM.
Next morning I woke up and looked out my window. I had been transported back to 1955. Directly across the street was “Goldies Route 66 diner”. Right out of the 50’s. I waited for a biker to drive by to take the photo. There were plenty to chose from.
I didn’t eat breakfast there but took a look inside. It was a Saturday and there was a display of classic, restored vehicles from all over the state. The cars were angle parked right on the Route 66 loup which goes through town. Blaring in the background was 1950’s music, little Richard, The Platters, Bill Halley, The Ronettes etc. etc. etc. It was great looking at all the vehicles and walking into the nearby souvenir shops.
From the car exhibit, I drove along Route 66 to downtown and parked my car. There were a lot of tourist shops selling Route 66 souvenirs. There were also Navajo Indian jewellery shops. I truly enjoyed some of the old style diners with authentic looking tables, counters, chairs, booths etc. etc. Some neat signs as well. I also liked the Texaco Service station and pumps. I wandered around for a few hours taking photos. Check them out below. Be sure to enlarge some of the photos of the signs – they are quite interesting.