Old Route 66 South of Kingman + ADD NEW ROUTE
4 in Arizona Arizona85 Miles
By Kurt Wilson
on March 1, 2003
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The directions are pretty straight forward. The road starts in Kingman, AZ (about 70 miles southeast of Las Vegas Nevada). From Kingman you can find and get on Old Route 66 (look for the signs) and head soutwest towards Oatman, AZ. When you get to Oatman, continue down to Topock, AZ and you are at the end of the route.
From here you could head down to Lake Havasu if you want to see some nice scenery ... the town also has a lot to offer in terms of restaurants, shops, gas stations etc
You'll drive through the Black Mountains and get some dynamite views of the mountains and rock formations along the road. From the Tri-State overlook you can see into Arizona, California, and Nevada. Most of the route has been designated by the Bureau of Land Management as a Type I Back Country Byway.
The road has a great collection of twists and turns and in fact, they say that vehicles over 40 feet should not attempt to travel it because of the number of tight turns. .
Note: I gave this road a 3 star "roadside amenities" rating because most of the things to do along the way are low key tourist attractions. The road description I provided ends at Golden Shores Arizona. However, if I you take into account that Lake Havasu City is just 30 miles down the road, I could have given it a 5 star rating here.
There are some old abandoned historic structures along this road such as a famous Route 66 gas station and a ghost town that used to be a busy mining town (Gold Road Townsite). A town called Oatman is one of the few surviving gold rush towns in the area and has an interesting history. It also was the honeymoon town of Clark Gable and has the Oatman Hotel which has been converted to a museum. They also let wild burros pass through the streets of Oatman and there is an Indian Reservation just west of the road. If you continue to head south (take I-10 east and then get on 95 south) in to Lake Havasu City, you can see the real "London Bridge" ... in Arizona?!? The history of how it got there is very interesting ... somebody actually bought the thing and had it sent here and reassembled brick by brick. You can tour a replica of an English village on the other side of the bridge. Lake Havasu City is loaded with things to do, places to eat and places to stay.
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