Renaissance Transforms Desert Community
What used to be just a "pass through" type of town is quickly becoming a vacation destination for a new and younger market, thanks to some successful revitalization efforts.
By: Ramada Kingman
The renaissance of international interest in Route 66 is serving as a catalyst for revitalization in towns large and small. Kingman is no exception. The historic business district, and the Route 66 corridor are in the midst of a rather dramatic transformation, and Kingman is transforming from stop to destination.
The Route 66 Association of Kingman, working with property owners and Legacy Signs, is restoring a neon glow to the area with historic signage, as well as new that fits with the historic streetscape. The Promote Kingman initiative is capitalizing on this by offering neon night walking tours with internationally acclaimed author Jim Hinckley as the guide. In the historic core of the city, vacant buildings and empty lots have been transformed with the opening of microbreweries and restaurants, event centers and art galleries, eclectic shops and sidewalk cafes.
The Route 66 corridor is experiencing a similar transformation. A long-closed Denny's built in the early 1960's is now Rutherford's 66 Family Diner. Neon signs ad towers are again glowing bright. Perhaps the most dynamic addition to the Route 66 corridor is Ramada Kingman and Canyon 66, a renovated Holiday Inn and restaurant that opened in 1964. Today the complex serves as the only full-service Route 66 resort in the area and is a destination for Route 66 enthusiasts, and Canyon 66 with exciting shows and fine dining, is a popular night spot. In May of 2018, the hotel will host the first European Route 66 tour during their stop in Kingman.
Ramada Kingman, building on its reputation as a resort destination, provides guests with information about local museums, historic district walking tours, area attractions, or special winter packages. They can also facilitate special events for tours and groups, can arrange for bicycle rentals for guests interested in exploring one of Arizona's leading trail systems, or historic district walking tours. For more information, please contact Ramada Kingman, 3100 E Andy Devine Avenue (Route 66) at (928) 753-6262.
About Ramada Kingman
Kingman is a stop for Amtrak, and Ramada Kingman is a 15-minute drive from Kingman Airport. Shuttle service is available. McCarren International Airport in Las Vegas is 105 miles to the north. The hotel property is located sixty-five miles from Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk and sixty-miles from Grand Canyon Caverns. For more information about the Hotel please visit: RamadaKingman.com