The turnaround for Williams, Arizona, began a short five years later when the Grand Canyon railway began offering passenger train service between Williams and the South Rim of the canyon, 60 miles away. Tourists began flocking to the town to take the train and to see a piece of the legendary road.. Local gift shops and restaurants began opening in the abandoned buildings.
One famous one is Twisters at 417 E. Route 66, an old-fashioned soda fountain where you can get a root beer float made with the Route 66 brand of root beer.
The former Santa Fe railroad depot now houses a visitor center where one exhibit notes that the last of many thousand stop lights along Route 66 stood right outside the place.
And, there are quite a few old Route 66 motels to stay in (as well as bars to clear the dust out of your lungs).