The exciting new Kingman Tourism initiative developed by
MyMarketing Designs in limited partnership with Jim Hinckley’s America is more than just a portal to exciting adventure and memorable weekend getaways for visitors and locals alike. It is also an innovative multifaceted platform for small business owners and a link in a growing promotional network (Promote Kingman, Promote Havasu, Promote Bullhead, Promote Route 66) that showcases Kingman, Arizona, and Route 66, to the world.
So, what is that makes Kingman special? What is that lures visitors from throughout the world to this dusty northwestern Arizona crossroads where the past, present, and even the future blend seamlessly?
Well, there are the passionate, friendly people that build a sense of community and that roll out the red carpet for visitors. This is made manifest in delightful small town events and festivals, in receptions arranged for tour groups and visitors, and in a vibrant historic business district of microbreweries, restaurants, and eclectic shops.
Then there is iconic Route 66. Kingman is strategically located at the heart of a 160 mile scenic stretch of this storied old highway. Affectionately referred to as 160 Miles of Smiles, this wonderful segment of historic U.S. 66 is more than an opportunity for a bit of time travel, a road trip of epic proportions through stunning landscapes. It is a 160 mile corridor of adventure. There is Keepers of the Wild Wild wildlife park, and Grand Canyon Caverns with tours that range from wheelchair accessible to actually spelunking. The only road that leads to the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is accessed via Route 66 as is the remote village of Suapi with its towering waterfalls that empty into turquoise pools at the foot of towering red rock walls.
With Route 66 as the historic Main Street through Kingman it is no surprise to learn that cars, car show, and road trips are a very big thing in Kingman. From Chillin’ on Beale (third Saturday of each month, April through October) to the annual Route 66 Fun Run (first weekend in May) that attracts enthusiasts from throughout the world, Kingman is a car enthusiasts paradise.
Fine dining and entertaining night life, Kingman has that too. In the historic business district alone there are award winning microbreweries, venues with live music, and a diverse array of restaurants from a traditional 1950’s diner to Italian cuisine, wood fired gourmet pizza, and superb barbecue. A short scenic 12 mile drive south of Kingman to the pine forested oasis that is Hualapai Mountain Park takes you to Hualapai Mountain Lodge. And if you want a truly unique dining experience there is the Grotto Restaurant 200-feet underground at Grand Canyon Caverns.
Lodging options are equally diverse. There is the newly opened Home 2 Suite by Hilton, and the renovated 1939 El Trovatore Motel, a Route 66 classic. And, even though there is Uber and taxi service available, if you prefer something a bit more unique in the heart of Kingman’s dynamic historic business district, there are an array of options offered through Airbnb.
So, let me be the first to welcome you to Kingman, and to Kingman Tourism.
By Jim Hinckley, Jim Hinckley’s America.