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Weekend Escape: Get your kicks in Williams, Ariz.
Williams, Ariz., also known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon, was the last city on Route 66 to be bypassed by the Interstate Highway System. On Oct. 13, 1984, Interstate 40 opened and Route 66 through Williams was forgotten — almost. Over the years, Williams refused to turn its back on the Mother Road and has instead embraced Route 66. Dozens of businesses have been remodeled, and the historic downtown has been revamped, with new gift shops, restaurants and classic roadside motels all paying homage to America's Main Street. The tab: a king suite at the Lodge on Route 66 is $165, and dinner for two at Cruiser's comes to about $46. And items at Cruiser's Gift Shop, well, how can you go wrong with a Route 66 coffee mug for $9.95?
By Marc Stirdivant
December 27, 2013