Kingman, originally a small community that sprang up around the construction of the Atlantic and Pacific railroad in 1880, is also a notable stop along renowned Route 66, so it’s easy to see why most of the top 12 attractions in Kingman Arizona draw on the city’s rich history. Add other attractions that highlight its beautiful natural desert setting, and you’ve got more than enough reasons to fully appreciate why Kingman Arizona is often referred to as “The Heart of Route 66.”
Here are the top 12 attractions in Kingman Arizona that will certainly make your stay worthwhile and will have you thinking about investing in Kingman, Arizona real estate:
Bonnelli House – one of the finest examples of Anglo-territorial architecture in the region, the Bonnelli House was built in 1915 and once served as the Town Bank. It now houses a museum where one can see original period pieces and glimpse how life was like during that time.
Camp Beale’s Spring – originally established in 1871 to provide protection and act as a feeding/supply station for the Hualapai Indians, Camp Beale’s Spring also became a water source for the growing city of Kingman, where a reservoir was built. Today, the area is a good spot for picnics and hiking activities.
Cool Springs Station – a former gas station built in the 1920s that burned down and was left in ruins, it was renovated and restored to its original vintage look in 2005. Cool Springs Station now houses a museum and gift shop with many Route 66 memorabilia and specialty items.
Desert Diamond Distillery – one of the few distilleries open to the public, the Desert Diamond Distillery produces hand-crafted rums that have won many prestigious awards. The distillery also has a famous tasting bar and retail outlet where you can sample their drinks and purchase gift items.
Downtown Kingman – with more than 40 buildings and structures listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Kingman’s downtown area is a great attraction in itself, where you can go on a walking tour and see buildings built during the city’s early days.
Hualapai Mountain Park – Nature is the main attraction in this beautiful forested area, where one can enjoy spectacular views, observe the many kinds of wildlife, go hiking on one of its many trail systems, or camp out at several campsites and rustic cabins.
Kingman Army Airfield Museum – built just before the Second World War, this former Airfield Base and gunnery school now houses a museum that displays a collection of war memorabilia and aviation artifacts.
Locomotive Park – a popular relaxation spot for residents and visitors, the park is now the home and display area of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Locomotive 3759, also known as steam engine #3759, a train that ran the Los Angeles to Kansas City routes from 1928 to 1953.
Mohave Museum of History and Arts – this museum is a good venue for anyone to learn the history of Northwestern Arizona, from its historic past to the present. Aside from the indoor exhibits, there are also outdoor displays of vintage machinery and transportation vehicles.
Route 66 Museum – a loving tribute to the Mother Road that is Route 66, the museum is located in the historic Powerhouse Building, just along the remaining stretch of the actual Route 66. View dioramas, murals, and other displays that depict the history of this famous roadway.
Stetson Winery – a pioneer of the grape growing and wine industry in Northwest Arizona, the Stetson Winery offers a tasting room and event center, including a courtyard with views of their vineyards along Route 66.
White Cliffs Wagon Trail – part of an old wagon route that was used to transport ore from the mines to the railroad during the late 1800s, this trail presents an interesting snapshot of history, with the wagon tracks carved deep into the rock.
These attractions are just part of what makes properties in Kingman so appealing to homebuyers and investors. If you want to learn more, contact me, Scott Lander, so I can find the Kingman, Arizona investment property or home that’s right for your needs.