New! Latest Blog Posts


Subscribe Today!

Tourism news and updates. Event information. Dining recommendations and travel tips. Recommendations for tour companies and motels. Information about museums and news about travel trends. The weekly newsltter from Jim Hinckley’s America is a free service made possible through support of our crowdfunding initiative and promotional partners including the City of Cuba and Grand Canyon Caverns.

From Czech Route 66 Association: Unfortunately I have very sad news for all Route 66. fans
Our great friend, legend Route 66, Marty Bilecki, passed away this morning from an unfortunate accident.
We are very very sorry and will forever remember a great person with love…

Chillin on Beale, Kingman, Arizona: We have to postpone the July Chillin on Beale do to the Governors order. We will do a double Chillin at out August Chillin. We will give the sponsors trophies In August. We are sorry that we had to cancel this event. Hope to see you next month. From the Chillin on Beale crew stay safe. We will miss you. 

Internationally accalimed author and historian Jim Hinckley joins staff of MotringNZ

Jim Hinckley, the Amercan author of nineteen books and countless feature articles on an array of topics as diverse as Route 66, ghost towns of the southwest, the history of highway striping, Chevrolet truck restoration and the history of automobile manufacturing in Jackson, Michigan is now providing a weekly column on the infancy of the American auto industry exclusively for MotoringNZ. He is also providing a weekly podcast on this subject as well. 


Mayor Jen Miles, Kingman, Arizona: Letter to Kingman Citizens about Required Face Coverings
June 30, 2020

As Mayor of the City of Kingman, today I issued a Proclamation that face coverings must be worn at all businesses where the public is allowed. This requirement will become effective July 1, 2020. This action is intended to help slow the spread of the coronavirus within our region. It will help protect not only our citizens, but also decrease the burden on our healthcare facilities and frontline workers. With the surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the State of Arizona, some hospital capacities are being exceeded and surge lines of COVID-19 patients are being transported to facilities around the state, some to our hospitals in Mohave County.

Travel Style Feature

A Short Interview

Short bio: Before turning to writing and work as a tourism marketing consultant and tourism development consultant, I earned a living in some rather colorful occupations. I worked as a cowboy along the Mexican border and in Arizona, was a rodeo rider as well as a truck driver, mechanic, repossession agent, finance manager and loan officer, truck leasing agent, used car salesman, carpenter, dredge operator, and underground miner. My writing career includes a stint as associate editor for Cars & Parts, and the publication of feature articles as well as 18 books on an array of diverse topics including Route 66 history and travel, ghost towns in the southwest and along Route 66, restoration of Chevrolet truck electrical systems, the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company, back roads of Arizona, and the history of the American auto industry from 1885 to 1945. How often do you fly? Once or twice per year. How many countries have you been to? Counting Louisiana, six. How many continents have you been to? Two. Earliest travel memory: 1963, a trip from Michigan to Kentucky. As a side note my parents insist I was potty trained along the highway. Favorite American city: Los Angeles, California.

Read more at: 

Featured Author

Meet Rhys Martin

Rhys Martin is an author and photographer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. His love of travel was born in 2009 when he sold all of his possessions and left the country. For ten months, he lived out of a backpack and explored southeast Asia and Europe.

After returning home, Rhys looked at his home state with fresh eyes. He started visiting the back roads of Oklahoma and quickly understood the significance of historic Route 66 to the greater American story. He has traveled all 2,448 miles of the Mother Road and continues to explore the quiet Main Streets of the Midwest.

Rhys’s travel writing and photography has been featured in several publications including TulsaPeople Magazine, This Land Press, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. His most recent work is a book from Arcadia Publishing called Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. The book features the stories of nearly 50 iconic eating establishments in the city, starting in the 1930s and working up through the 1980s.

Rhys is the President of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association, serves on the Tulsa Route 66 Commission, and is an adviser for the Route 66 Alliance. He loves to connect with people and share his experiences.

Jim’s Picks

Downtown Needles, CA: Great evening about Route 66 in the Southwest with author Jim Hinckley and touring the old El Garces Harvey House. 


New Presentation Series By Author Jim Hinckley Opens To Rave Reviews 

In the summer of 1915, Edsel Ford and his college buddies followed the National Old Trails Road west to California. In his travel journal Ford noted that in Needles, “The heat was very oppressive. Slept on porch at hotel.” The year prior Louis Chevrolet and Barney Oldfield made a pit stop in Needles during the last of the Desert Classic auto races that coursed along the National Old Trails Road from Los Angles to Ash Fork, Arizona. A journey along the National Old Trails Road was chronicled by Emily Post in By Motor to The Golden Gate.

In the presentation made on February 7 at the historic El Garces Hotel in Needles, California internationally acclaimed author Jim Hinckley wove fascinating stories from more than 150 years of travel in the southwest into a rich and colorful tapestry. It is the story of Native American traders and Spanish explorers, of colorful adventurers and camel caravans, and of pioneering motorists. It is also the story of the most famous highway in America, Route 66.

Hinckley is the author of nineteen books including Murder and Mayhem on The Main Street of America: Tales from Bloody 66, Ghost Towns of the Southwest, Travel Route 66, Ghost Towns of Route 66 and The Route 66 Encyclopedia. His published work also includes feature articles for True West, Classic Auto Restorer, American Road, Route 66 and Cars & Parts. He is also the creator of the Jim Hinckley’s America travel network as well as a consultant specializing in the creation of tourism related marketing and promotional initiatives for companies as well as communities. He has made presentations on Route 66, the infancy of the American auto industry and southwest travel at a tourism convention in the Netherlands, at the European Route 66 Festivals in Germany and the Czech Republic, at the Missouri History Museum, the Miles of Possibility Conference and at museum fundraisers throughout the United States.

The presentation hosted by the Needles Regional Museum, and Fenders River Road Resort, the only motel located on the National Old Trails Road, Route 66 and the Colorado River, drew an audience of more than 130 people. Some attendees traveled from Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix.