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May Motor Mayhem

April 27, 2023

Get ready for a month of excitement and adrenaline as Kingman presents May Motor Mayhem featuring a classic car cruise, shows, off-road racing, and street drag races throughout the month of May.

Take a Drive to See the Desert in Bloom

March 24, 2023

Planning a Route 66 road trip? Coordinate your plans with the various wildflower blooms happening throughout the year!

15 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Kingman

March 7, 2023

It’s Spring Break, or the weather is getting nice again and you’re wondering what do with your kids. Kingman may be a small town, but there’s still a lot of cool things they can do. Here’s our list of the top 15 things you can do in Kingman with kids in tow.

Eight things for couples to do near Kingman

February 10, 2023

Kingman is surrounded by interesting destinations with both quirky and captivating attractions. If you’re looking for date ideas inside Kingman, check out the blog titled “10 things to do for couples in Kingman, AZ”. Here’s our list of the top things to do for a date nearby:

Eight things for couples to do in Kingman, AZ

February 6, 2023

Kingman may be a small town, but it has a variety of opportunities for couples to spend quality time together. Of course, there is a movie theater in town, a couple can go bowling, dine out at a fancy steakhouse, or get a cool treat on a hot summer night. But if you’re looking for something a little different and special, we have a few suggestions below!

Plan Your 2023 Vacation

January 31, 2023

January 31 is National Plan for Vacation Day! So, we've complied a list of Kingman's biggest events of 2023. Hopefully you'll feel inspired to incorporate Kingman into your vacay plans!

Six Sculptures you'll find Downtown Kingman

January 25, 2023

Historic Downtown Kingman is caricatured by several eras of American architecture, colorful murals, and street-side sculptures. Some sculptures are historically significant, others are whimsical and fun. Here’s a list of six interesting works of art you can find walking around Downtown.

Kingman in Review, a baker’s dozen of developments in 2022

December 30, 2022

The year 2022 was eventful and productive in Kingman, with new dining and recreational experiences for travelers, new and returning events, and a phase of international revenge travel. Here’s the travel new in a nutshell for 2022!

Contests new this year at the Kingman Route 66 Fest

September 13, 2022

It’s year two for the Kingman Route 66 Fest and the event promises to be double the celebration with added shows and uniquely Route 66 contests.

Rigorous 1 Day, 56 Mile Celebration for Female Athletes

September 12, 2022

The Inaugural Monarch Triathlon SuperHalf™ will take place in Bullhead City and Kingman, Arizona on October 22, 2022. Up to 1,100 all-female participants will cover a total of 56 miles.

National Road Trip Day Proclamation

May 10, 2022

The City of Kingman Office of Tourism and Kingman Main Street are collaborating with National Day Calendar to throw a block party downtown and proclaim Friday, May 27, 2022 as the very first National Road Trip Day!

Bird Scooters Come to Kingman!

March 4, 2022

Bird Scooters have made their way to Kingman, AZ!

National Plan for Vacation Day

January 25, 2022

In celebration of National Plan for Vacation Day, we are sharing some of our most exciting events planned for 2022! Consider stopping by Kingman, the Heart of Historic Route 66, on your next road trip!

Kingman Arizona is a Mother Road town

January 6, 2022

Kingman is known as the Heart of Historic Route 66, which makes perfect sense when visiting this small Arizona town. The downtown is sprinkled with neon and vintage charm, it has little shops, breweries and restaurants to order up a brew or bite with a local flavor.

Two of The Largest Remaining Route 66 Events Around the Corner

October 8, 2021

It’s getting to be the perfect time of year for outdoor events in Arizona and two of this year’s largest remaining Route 66 events are in Kingman this fall: The Kingman Route 66 Street Drags and the Kingman 66 Fest.

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Permanent Route 66 Drive-Thru Shield debuts on July 24,2021

July 2, 2021

Kingman will dedicate their new Route 66 Drive-Thru on Saturday, July 24, 2021 - which happens to be National Drive-Thru Day!

4 Facts about Oatman

March 31, 2021

Enjoy the majestic scenery that surrounds Oatman, experience live gunfights, costumed dancers, and be greeted by our friendly wild burros. Oatman takes pride in keeping its town as authentic as possible, giving visitors a look back into history, showing the wild west as it really was.

Breweries, Wineries and A Distillery, Oh My!

March 4, 2021

Whether you are looking for that reward after a long hike, relaxation after a long week or simply looking to wet your whistle, Kingman has what you’re looking for! Read up on our breweries, wineries and a distillery below!

3 Hikes Around Kingman

January 27, 2021

Explore some of the trails that Kingman has to offer while taking in beautiful, desert views!

Top 6 Travel Planning Tips when visiting Arizona’s famous Route 66

December 11, 2020

Taking Route 66 out of Kingman can feel like going down memory lane in 1950-something. Historic downtowns, curio shops, twisty mountain passes, and even a couple vineyards dot the landscape. You’ll discover so many things to see and do on Arizona’s Route 66, that we’ve compiled a quick list of 6 things to help you plan your Mother Road adventure.

White Cliffs Improvements

October 2, 2020

City of Kingman Parks and Recreation did a great job on the improvements made at White Cliffs Wagon Trail!

Arizona Route 66 Passport

August 7, 2020

Have you snagged your Arizona Route 66 Passport?

7 Notable Sites to Visit in Kingman

July 2, 2020

7 Notable Sites To Visit in Kingman, AZ Every History Buff Must Visit

Bob Waldmire Exhibit in Route 66 Museum

June 5, 2020

Have you checked out the Bob Waldmire exhibit that’s located within the Route 66 Museum?

Kingman Visitor Center's New Entry Sign

May 26, 2020

Did you see the Inaugural Lighting of the Kingman Visitor Center's new entry sign?

Mining Exhibit Added to Route 66 Museum

May 21, 2020

Have you been to see the new mining exhibit added to the Route 66 Museum? Swing by the Kingman Visitor Center, where the Route 66 Museum is located, from Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-4pm to check it out! 

Give Us A Sign: Kingman Visitor Center Entry Sign Inaugural Lighting

May 12, 2020

The Kingman Visitor Center has a new monument sign, like a pin in the ground letting visitors know they’ve arrived in Kingman, the Heart of Historic Route 66. An inaugural lighting will be held virtually on May 20 from 7:00pm to 7:30pm and everyone can join by visiting the Facebook page @GoKingman.

EV Charging Station Added to Powerhouse Visitor Center

March 2, 2020

Need to refuel before you head out on more adventures along Route 66? Charge up at the Powerhouse Visitor Center and while you wait, check out the Route 66 Museum located inside the Powerhouse Visitor Center which is open 9am-4pm daily. Be sure to check PlugShare for the EV Charger's hours of operation.

Neon Added on Kingman Arch

January 8, 2020

The Kingman Arch got an upgrade of neon!

New Drive Thru Shield at Fun Run

April 30, 2019

A new drive thru shield will debut this year, an expanded car show area, and a fun scavenger hunt have all been added to this year’s run!

Oatman Hwy is in Bloom

March 29, 2019

Spring brings many colors to the deserts around Kingman, especially along Oatman Hwy.

2019 First Friday Line-up

February 26, 2019

First Fridays kick off in 2019 with neon, music, entertainment and art! Come join our locals in a fun downtown festival happening every first Friday. Each month has a fun kid friendly theme, perfect for the whole family.

Kingman Arch dedication July 6, 15 years in the making

June 13, 2018

Join us July 6th from 4pm to 9pm for a cool summer bash celebration with music, water slides, a slip-and-slide, a pop up park, water games hosted by the Fire Department, free cupcakes, food vendors... and, of course, the lighting of the Kingman Welcome Arch for the very first time at 7:45pm!

First Fridays in Downtown Kingman

May 11, 2018

Historic Downtown Kingman hosts a First Friday event every month with a fun kid friendly theme.

31st Annual Historic Route 66 Fun Run around the corner

April 25, 2018

The 31st Annual Route 66 Fun Run® takes drivers on a 136 mile journey May 4, 5 & 6

Hackberry General Store Featured in USA Today

April 20, 2018

The Hackberry General Store was featured in USA Today's Friday travel section April 20, 2018!

Powerhouse Visitor Center turns 20

October 30, 2017

The Powerhouse Visitor Center opened its doors to travelers 20 years ago as the first Arizona Visitor Information Center en route along Hwy 93 from Las Vegas, or I-40 from California.

The Andy Devine Days Festival is Kingman's largest street festival!

September 14, 2017

The Festival schedule includes a parade, vendors, live entertainment, car show, human strength tractor pull contest, rock climbing wall, large water slides, euro bungee stations, mechanical bull rides, kiddie obstacle course, art show, and much more! It continues to be very different from any other event hosted in Kingman!

Escape to World Trial Championship in the Hualapais

July 21, 2017

Summer is the time to escape the desert heat. If you’re looking for a good excuse to make the trek in July, you may be in for a treat! A premier motorcycle event is takes place the weekend of July 29-30, 2017 – the TrialGP Wagner Cup.

Five best rides, just in time for Bike Week

April 10, 2017

Laughlin Bike Week will be here sooner than you think, and you’re missing out if you don’t stop at Mother Road Harley-Davidson in Kingman for the party. But, it’s not just about the beer, food, & entertainment… it’s really about the ride. So shine up your bikes, and consider giving one of these 5 rides a test run!

Five easy & interesting hikes within 66 miles of Kingman

March 17, 2017

Find out where to see wagon wheel ruts from over a century ago, petroglyphs and rock murals, a slot canyon, a warm spring and landscapes with towering boulders all within 66 miles (about an hour drive or less) of Kingman.

Five things you probably didn't know you could see in Kingman

December 14, 2016

1. Kingman is home to the world’s first and only museum dedicated to... 2. Desert Diamond Distillery is the working distillery... 3. White Cliffs Wagon Trail, near Historic Downtown Kingman, is one of the few places... 4. The Mohave Museum of History & Arts is one of only three... 5. And finally, for a little holiday cheer...

Five things you probably didn’t know about Route 66 history

November 22, 2016

1. Route 66 was promoted from the beginning. 2. Its nickname ‘The Mother Road’ has its roots in an American classic. 2. When Route 66 was commissioned, 80% of all registered cars ...

Kingman in 60 seconds

September 1, 2016

See the highlights of Kingman in 60 seconds!

Route 66 Fest & PRCA Rodeo

August 22, 2016

The weekend of Sept 23 - 25, 2016 promises to be an event unlike anything else in Kingman. With the Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo and the Best of the West on Route 66 Festival, Kingman will be a smorgasbord of parading, live music, car shows, water sliding, bull riding, rock wall climbing, tractor pulling, rodeoing fun!

Money on the Mother Road

February 9, 2016

It was the year Marilyn Monroe and Andy Griffith were born, Al Capone was at the height of his career, and Annie Oakley and Harry Houdini died. In that year the Kelly Blue Book and the Children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh were first published, television was first demonstrated to the public, high school students first sat for the dreaded SAT, and it was also the year that Ford announced a 40 hour work week. It was 1926, the year U.S. Highway 66 was commissioned.

Mardi Gras & Valentine’s Day Celebrations

February 1, 2016

You can go for two flavourful V-Day events: a true Cajun experience on Valentine’s Day at Stetson Winery & Event Center; or Vodka & Valentine's at Desert Diamond Distillery!

This Route 66, what's the big deal?

October 1, 2015

Route 66 is a result of America’s growth in the 20th century. And now it is a symbol, a reflection in the rear-view of a simpler time, a time of growth, prosperity, opportunity, freedom. It’s a result of America’s need to be mobile in times of war and of peace, in times of expansion and retraction, in good times and bad times.

October in Kingman for Mountain Biking and Bluegrass

September 28, 2015

The event scene in Kingman is kickin this October! From bluegrass to mountain biking, from a gun show to a survivalist expo, from car shows to a small town parade!

World’s Fastest Electric Car in Kingman, AZ

September 22, 2015

The Buckeye Bullet 2.5, now on display at the Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum, reached a top speed of more than 320 miles per hour!

Rodeo History

September 4, 2015

With Andy Devine Days in it's 31st year, Kingman actually has 96 years of Rodeo history to draw on.

Cella Winery places among Arizona wineries

June 24, 2015

Cella Winery win three awards in competition with 13 of Arizona’s best wineries.

Thunder-Rode Motorcycle's First Biker Fest during River Run

April 21, 2015

Thunder-Rode Motorcycle Accessories holds their first Biker Fest in Kingman during River Run.

Five reasons why Kingman is RV heaven

April 10, 2015

The biggest small town in America It may have a population of fewer than 30,000 and be relatively under the radar in terms of major American cities, but Kingman, Arizona plays a big role in the fabric of the nation.

Spring is Flowering

March 19, 2015

Springtime is flowering, especially in Northwestern Arizona. If you have a chance to get out this way before summer sets in, odds are good you can see it yourself!

Write Brothers Era Electric Vehicle Donated to Museum

February 10, 2015

1914 Custer Chair Car to be added to the Historic Electric Vehicle Exhibit in the Arizona Route 66 Museum later this year.

Historical Resouces

February 5, 2015

If you have an interest in the history of Kingman (or are researching it and need resources), this is the post for you!

Marketing Route 66

November 21, 2014

The success of Route 66 was largely organic and the unfolding of events, but the marketing we see today is also nothing new!

The 66 Kid Premiering in Kingman

August 8, 2014

The 66 Kid, Bob ‘Boze’ Bell’s latest book, will premiere at the Powerhouse on Thursday August 14, coinciding with the International Route 66 Festival. The author will be on hand to sign special hardbound editions from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and to unveil the Arizona Route 66 Museum’s newest exhibit, integrating video, vintage photos and maps from Bell’s colorfully illustrated book.

2014 International Route 66 Festival

June 24, 2014

Kingman Arizona gears up for the 2014 International Route 66 Festival in August!

How to Save Time and Money While Traveling around Kingman

June 11, 2014

When traveling around Kingman, Arizona the most obvious way to save is to plan your trip well. There are many things to do and several excellent attractions close by, so just a little planning will pay off. Check out these five places to visit, six things to do ahead of time and seven things to bring along on your trip!

Sneak Peek to “Pickin in the Vines” Bluegrass Festival at Stetson Winery

May 9, 2014

May 24th (Saturday) , 2014 Stetson Winery will be providing a “sneak-peek” of the music that will be presented at the “Pickin in the Vine’s” Bluegrass Festival in October 2014. Bluegrass lovers won’t want to miss this fun event!

Route 66 Drive-in movie Night Featuring Grease

April 25, 2014

Showing of America’s favorite musical at Best Western King’s Inn on Friday, May 2

Homestake Mine, mine tours near Oatman.

March 17, 2014

This past weekend, my son and I ventured out on a rock hounding excursion in the Black Mountains and came across a real bonus – Homestake Mine, a small mining operation open to visitors on the weekends.

Grand Canyon West®, home of the Skywalk® has signed on as the title sponsor of the 2014 International Route 66 Festival

November 5, 2013

Two of the Southwest’s major Tourist destinations, Hualapai Tourism, operators of Grand Canyon West®, home of the Skywalk®, and the Route 66 International Festival have announced that they are joining forces to host a multi-day Festival in August 2014.

2014 International Route 66 Festival

September 9, 2013

Kingman announced as the host city of the 2014 International Route 66 Festival!

Route 66 Cocktails & Corks Spirit Tour

September 4, 2013

Kingman is the home to a rum distillery and two wineries! So if you're interested in sampling award-winning artisan libations, we recommend booking a seat on the Route 66 Spirit Tour!

AAA Presents Highroads with Dan Davis in Kingman

June 28, 2013

This episode of Highroads TV takes you to some of the neatest sites in and around Kingman. So, if you're heading this way, and could use some ideas on what to do, here's a quick introduction to get you started!

Kingman featured on AAA Travel Show

June 10, 2013

Kingman and Grand Canyon West® will be the featured topics on the next episode of AAA Presents Highroads with Dan Davis on KTVK TV 3.

American Graffiti featured at Route 66 Drive In

April 16, 2013

Planning on attending the Route 66 Fun Run®? Where were you in ’62, or better yet – were where you in ‘73 when American Graffiti hit the big screen? Whatever you were up to, experience a little Americana and spend Friday evening cruisin’ into the Kingman Staples Plaza on May 3rd for a drive-in showing of “one of those great ol’ movies about romance, racing and rock & roll!”

Ghost Town Jamboree back to life after 7 years

March 18, 2013

Ghost Town Jamboree to be hosted in Kingman this April 12-14. The Walapai 4 Wheelers will guide participants on runs for all difficulty levels, ranging from mild to wild buggy trails sure to challenge thrill seekers.

Kingman Fun Facts

March 14, 2013

What do camels, Charles Lindbergh and Pamela Anderson have in common? They're all tied to Kingman History. Here are a few tidbits from Kingman's varied history.

Expect 800+ cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses & RVs at the 2013 Fun Run®

March 7, 2013

Celebrate the history and intrigue of Route 66 at the 26th Annual Historic Route 66 Fun Run® May 3-5, 2013.

Kingman Artwork sought for a Smithsonian Exhibit

January 31, 2013

The Mohave Museum of History & Arts will be hosting a Smithsonian Museum on Mainstreet Exhibition titled ‘Journey Stories’ in the fall of 2013. The Smithsonian website states that “Journey stories are tales of how we and our ancestors came to America”, and to promote the Kingman Exhibit, the Kingman Journey Stories Committee is recruiting the community for artwork to illustrate Kingman’s Journey.

On Kingman’s Doorstep: Great Attractions to Visit from the City

November 14, 2012

Kingman has a rich history, and there are plenty of attractions and entertainment to be found in the city. From interesting days out at the Historic Route 66 Museum, to eating at great restaurants like Redneck’s Southern Pit BBQ or Dora’s Beale Street Deli, you can always find something to do while staying in the city. Kingman is also lucky to be situated close by to some great attractions and places to visit, so if you feel like going out on a day trip, you have lots of options to choose from.

Murals going up Downtown

November 8, 2012

Presenting the illusion of peering into an active garage during the infancy of Route 66 is the goal of a multi-stage beautification project.

Chinese Cadillac Tour Group

October 26, 2012

China has just recently started learning about America's Route 66!

Kingman Then & Now

October 13, 2012

Kingman has a rich history in America's move west from the railroad to Route 66.

Route 66 Fusion visits the Kingman Powerhouse

October 11, 2012

Couple that built their own mini RV stops by the Kingman Powerhouse. Their unique ride was featured in the Fall 2012 issue of Route 66 Magazine.

Arizona's Route 66 Passport

October 8, 2012

Kingman is at the Heart of Route 66 and the longest continuous ribbon of Historic Route 66 in the U.S. With the AZ Passport 66, an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, it makes for a fantastic road trip!

A Town Rich in Mining History

October 2, 2012

Ranching and Railroads are chapters to the Kingman story, but the mines and miners wrote the pages.