The West's best road trips

Satisfy your wanderlust with a Western classic--a great road trip. Get ideas for the best routes and where to eat along the way

Ultimate Western road trip: Route 66

From the desert to the surf, these three stretches of the old Mother Road have outdoor adventure, high culture, and some of the West’s best road food 

 

Williams, AZ
Photo by David Fenton

Williams, AZ

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Grand Canyon Railway. The train departs daily from Williams and drops you near El Tovar Hotel on the canyon’s South Rim. From $75 round-trip; 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd.; thetrain.com

Sycamore Canyon Wilderness (pictured). Most people pass right by Sycamore Canyon Wilderness on their way to the Grand Canyon, overlooking this less-crowded gem. The 12-mile round-trip rim trail winds through a ponderosa forest along the canyon’s edge. Keep an eye out for the remnants of past occupants: 800-year-old Native American pottery shards and sagging cabins left over from a logging camp. In Williams Ranger District, 928/635-5600.

The Cataract Creek Gang. A cowboy posse of local actors wreaks havoc in town at 9 a.m. daily (a second show, at 7 p.m., begins May 28). Free; williamschamber.com

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Red Garter. Former bordello and saloon has gone legit as a B&B, with a bakery on the ground floor. From $135; redgarter.com

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