These are stressful times. That may be stating the obvious. But there are two simple ways to alleviate stress. Kites and road trips. Even better, combine the two.

Start with a stop at Tumbleweeds & Tarantulas in Bullhead City, Arizona. We are the largest and oldest supplier of kites and kite supplies in the Colorado River Valley.

Next, find a kite festival and plan a road trip. As an example consider this outing that blends kites, a road trip on iconic Route 66, some of the most stunning landscapes in the southwest, and the ancient city of Albuquerque.

Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 7th & 8th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wildlife West Nature Park near Albuquerque, New Mexico is the free 18th Annual Kite Festival. Kite enthusiasts from throughout the United States fill the blue sky with kites of every shape, size and color. on Join the fun as kites fill the skies with colorful shapes of all sizes throughout the weekend. Participants can bring their own kite or buy one at a vendor stall.

Enhance the weekend with a visit to the adjoining Wildlife West Zoo. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students. Children age four and younger are free.

Before the oppressive summer heat settles into the Colorado River Valley, stock up on kite supplies at Tumbleweeds & Tarantula’s and enjoy cool pine scented breezes at the Lovelend Kite festival in Loveland, Colorado. Initial promotion for the event that is scheduled for May 21st notes, “The kite festival is open to all ages of the public and will include live entertainment, interactive programs, kite design and flying workshops, professional demonstrations, and a variety of activities to inspire all generations. Additionally, the first 300 kids will receive a free kite! We also encourage you to bring your own kite. Let’s light up our beautiful Colorado sky!”

Scheduled for May 7th on Cricket Hill in Linolcn Park is the Chicago Kids and Kites Festival. Though the date is fast approaching there is still time to add the event to a Route 66 odyssey.

From its inception more than two decades ago the Kid’s & Kites Festival was conceived as a family-friendly event that fosters development of a sense of community. Professional kite flyers travel from several countries to create exhibitions of skill. There are an array of other activities scheduled but the focus is on the simple pleasures of flying a kite.

Children can enjoy an array of activities at the festival. Knowledgeable kiting enthusiasts are on hand to help them build, and fly, a kite. Materials are provided at no charge by the City of Chicago.

This year savor summer and make memories that last a life time with kites, and the ultimate road trip along the Main Street of America – iconic Route 66.

Kites & Road Trips

Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America