15 Best Things To Do In The Heart Of Route 66 - Kingman, Arizona - Updated 2024

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The heritage of Arizona is portrayed by Kingman, otherwise known as the Heart of America’s Historic Route 66. Kingman is a hidden jewel of Arizona with the allure of Route 66 and its historic charm, scenic hiking, great restaurants, and cafes, and is the perfect launch point for ‘Route 66 and Beyond.’ Kingman is conveniently located on Interstate 40 and is an exceptional destination. Here are the best things to do in the heart of Route 66 - Kingman, Arizona.

1. Test you sharp-shooting skillls (from USD 512.0)

Enjoy a thrilling day at the shooting range on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. This package offers guests more than 50 types of expert firearms to choose from and there’s even access to several top-notch, military-grade machine guns! You’ll get a truly genuine adrenaline rush firing the Barrett M107A1 50 Cal that’s set up, and you have the chance to shoot an array of items from mundane bowling pins to exploding targets. A professional Range Officer is assigned to each group to maintain safety procedures so there are no worries of injury. This high-powered activity is an experience that you won’t forget.

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White Hills Machine Gun Shooting Experience Major Package

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2. Get a glimpse of the past at Bonelli House

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A historical landmark on Kingman’s landscape, Bonelli House was the residence of one of the city’s most known and prosperous families. The house was originally constructed in 1895 but a fire claimed the structure. Rebuilt in 1915, the Bonelli family - that included nine offspring - maintained ownership of the home until 1973. The city purchased the two-story house, and in 1978, opened it as a museum. Bonelli House is a unique treasure to Kingman: showcasing not only the state’s early local architecture but the beautiful furnishings of a wealthy family at the turn of the 20th century.

Bonelli House

Address: 430 E Spring St, Kingman, AZ 86401

Website: Bonelli House

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 3pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

Price: 4 USD

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3. Sample top-quality vino at Stetson Winery

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Posted by Stetson Winery And Event Center on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wine enthusiasts will love Stetson Winery. This winery is a stellar wine-tasting venue tucked away in fabulous surroundings. Sip robust cabernets and subtle chardonnays as you watch the sunset over the mountains and admire the many changing colors of the vast Arizona desert sky. The proprietor honed his skills over several years by first producing hard cider from apples. When he graduated to wine, his hard work paid off, with Stetson’s wine selected as the Official Wine of Arizona’s 2012 State Centennial Celebrations! Don’t miss the opportunity to taste for yourself the deliciousness of Stetson Winery’s product when you visit Kingman.

Stetson Winery

Address: 10965 Moonscape Way, Kingman, AZ 86401

Website: Stetson Winery

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 11am - 4pm; Sun: 1pm - 7pm (closed from Mon - Thu)

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4. Relish a picnic at Lewis Kingman Park

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When the sun is shining and the weather is temperate, the only place to be in the city is Lewis Kingman Park. This splendid public park boasts lots of greenery and huge age-old trees, and it is an expansive space of outdoorsy splendor. Bring your furry four-legged companion along because Lewis Kingman Park offers the only pet-friendly park in the area and it has great fenced areas that accommodate small and large canines. There’s also a collection of barbecue grills and sturdy picnic tables for dining al fresco. Convenient, clean, and tidy restrooms are also available.

Lewis Kingman Park

Address: 2201 E Andy Devine Ave, Kingman, AZ 86401

Website: Lewis Kingman Park

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

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5. Get intimate views of alpacas at Alpacas of the Southwest

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Posted by Alpacas of the southwest on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Families - particularly those with small kids - love Alpacas of the Southwest. A big lure for tourists in the region, this delightful fully operational alpaca ranch is home to whimsical alpacas touting Bolivian, Chilean, and Peruvian bloodlines. Guided tours are available, where you can experience these lovable creatures up close and have the opportunity to feed them. Picnic areas are on hand and you can even purchase comfortable therapeutic socks spun with soft alpaca fiber.

Alpacas of the Southwest

Address: 1108 S Mccarrel Rd, Kingman, AZ 86401

Website: Alpacas of the Southwest

Opening hours: Fri - Mon: 10am - 4pm (closed on Tue, Wed & Thu)

Price: 11 USD (per vehicle)

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6. Uncover hidden jewels at Time Was Antiques

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If you’re always on the hunt for bygone-era treasures, then stop by Time Was Antiques to check out their large selection of fine collectibles. Though modest and compact on the outside, once you step inside you’ll be amazed by the massive space and the wealth of merchandise available. Housed in no less than two historic structures, Time Was Antiques offers everything from handsome refurbished furniture to delicate tea sets. If you like to shop ‘til you drop then Time Was Antiques is the go-to place.

Time Was Antiques

Address: 427 Beale St, Kingman, AZ 86401

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7. Devour a tasty burger at Mr D'z Route 66 Diner

Mr. D,z, Kingman, AZ, USA
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Replete with classic and fanciful Americana-style decor, Mr D'z Route 66 Diner is a pleasant spot to dine. Situated along the famed Route 66, this cute and colorful diner provides traditional yummy treats such as frothy root beer floats and hearty comfort foods such as juicy cheeseburgers and golden French fries. Don’t forget to order dessert. Try the homemade New York cheesecake for a decadent delight. The vibe is fun-loving and a nifty jukebox plays great oldies music.

Mr D'z Route 66 Diner

Address: 105 E Andy Devine Ave, Kingman, AZ 86401

Website: Mr D'z Route 66 Diner

Opening hours: 7am - 9pm (daily)

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8. Visit the Mohave Museum of History and Arts

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The Mohave Museum of History and Arts is dedicated to presenting the history of Mohave County and Northwestern Arizona and preserving the heritage of this wonderful western US state. Opened to the public in August 1961, its current operations are financed entirely by memberships, contributions, and admissions from the public. A membership provides many benefits but the greatest gratification for members is recognizing that the support helps to make this history and heritage continuously available to the public.

Mohave Museum of History and Arts

Address: 400 West Beale Street, Kingman, Arizona 86401, USA

Website: Mohave Museum of History and Arts

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9. Sample cocktails at Desert Diamond Distillery

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A jewel in the Arizona desert, Desert Diamond Distillery, nicknamed D3, is 100% family owned and operated. It is located just off the scenic Route 66 at the Kingman Airport. The distillery is open to the public and is very easy to get to for travelers and tourists alike. It is different from most distilleries in that it has the privilege of having a retail outlet with a famous tasting bar. The distillery produces four rums and a vodka that are craft certified by the American Distilling Institute (ADI). Delicious cocktails that are available at the tasting bar include martinis, mohitos, an agave rum margarita (100% made in the USA), and others.

Desert Diamond Distillery

Address: 4875 Olympic Way, Kingman, AZ 86401, USA

Website: Desert Diamond Distillery

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10. Learn about railway history at Kingman Railroad Museum

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The Kingman Railroad Museum is operated and maintained by the Whistle Stop Railroad Club along with the cooperation of the City of Kingman. The Whistle Stop Railroad Club also created the museum and is comprised completely of volunteers, who are keen model railroad enthusiasts that are all interested in locating and procuring railroad memorabilia, the preservation of the traditional depot, and in sharing their museum space with the public. Come and visit for your journey to the locomotive past.

Kingman Railroad Museum

Address: 402 E Andy Devine Ave b, Kingman, AZ 86401, USA

Website: Kingman Railroad Museum

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11. Step back in time at Arizona Route 66 Museum

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Opened May 2001, the Arizona Route 66 Museum is located in Kingman’s Historic Powerhouse building and portrays the historical evolution of travel along Route 66. The Arizona Route 66 Museum is truly one-of-a-kind in that it is a historic museum residing in a building that lit the way for the earliest Route 66 voyagers.

The (powerhouse) building was built in two phases between 1907 and 1911 and supplied power to early Kingman settlers and area mines. In the museum, life-size dioramas, photos, and brilliant murals depict a representation of travel with the settlers on their migration west amid the hardship and despair, as they journeyed along the Mother Road to a better life.

Arizona Route 66 Museum

Address: 120 W Andy Devine Ave # 2, Kingman, AZ 86401, USA

Website: Arizona Route 66 Museum

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12. Taste local beers at Black Bridge Brewery

Black Bridge Brewery
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Black Bridge Brewery started its business in August of 2013. It is named after a railroad bridge on the outskirts of Kingman and has been well-known as a party spot for young people since the 1960s. Black Bridge Brewery has established a new taste for beer in the Kingman area with year-round beers like Locomotive Stout, Wicked Poison, and Evil Red. The brewery also offers visitors a signature Ginger Beer and, would you believe, cold-tap coffee, if a beer isn’t your thing.

Black Bridge Brewery

Address: 421 E Beale St, Kingman, AZ 86401, USA

Website: Black Bridge Brewery

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13. Explore Sitgreaves Pass

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Source: Photo by user Stephen Edmonds used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Sitgreaves Pass is located in the Black Mountains of Mohave County, Arizona, and it reaches a maximum of 3,550 feet (1,082 meters) above sea level. The road along the pass is very narrow, two-lane asphalt, with crazy hairpin turns, no shoulders, and steep drop-offs plunging down thousands of feet. Back in the old gold rush days, quite a bit of mining took place along Sitgreaves Pass between Cool Springs and Oatman on the Sitgreaves Pass. At the top of Sitgreaves Pass, the Summit Gas Station and Ice Cream store used to be located on the Kingman side of the road and it would seem like a little piece of heaven when the road-weary travelers rounded that last bend.

Sitgreaves Pass

Address: Kingman, Arizona, USA

Website: Sitgreaves Pass

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14. Go hiking in Hualapai Mountain Park

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Posted by Hualapai Mountain Park on Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hualapai Mountain Park offers many diverse experiences that will include the whole family, whether it is hiking, looking to have a picnic, camping, or spending the night in a charming cabin. Comprising over 2,300 acres (931 hectares), park visitors can share an absolutely unparalleled environment in the clear, cool, green refreshment of Arizona’s pine country. Organizations, individuals, and especially families are encouraged to stay in the elegance and warmth of nature’s mountain glory, whether spending a day or an entire week.

Hualapai Mountain Park

Address: 6230 Hualapai Mountain Rd, Kingman, AZ 86401, USA

Website: Hualapai Mountain Park

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15. Visit Cool Springs Station

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Cool Springs Service Station was built in the 1920s and over time constructed cabins for travelers to stay, operated a cafe, and a friendly bar that provided weary travelers some much-needed R&R. In 1953, Route 66 was bypassed and the station was completely abandoned in 1964 but not before; would you believe, it was blown up in 1961 during the filming of ‘Universal Soldier’ starring Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Now, thanks to Ned Leuchtner, a Chicago real estate agent, Cool Springs Station has been fully restored from saved photographs. It was an amazing refurbishment; something you should really see for yourself!

Cool Springs Station

Address: 8275 Oatman Rd, Golden Valley, AZ 86413, USA

Website: Cool Springs Station

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An unsurpassed memory of the history of America's iconic Route 66

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That wraps up our visit to Kingman, Arizona with the best things to do during your visit. The allure of this jewel of Arizona is like a magnet drawing you to history, nature, and the beauty of America’s west.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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