With more than 300 days of sunshine a year – and a unique mix of tranquil waters, rugged mountains and tons of fun – it’s hard to stay inside in Lake Havasu City. Everywhere you look, folks are hiking, biking, boating, fishing, golfing, off-roading, shopping, dining and enjoying awesome events. That’s why Lake Havasu City is “Arizona’s Playground.”
One of the Best Boating Lakes in the U.S.
The waters of Lake Havasu are sparkling clear and warm, making them a perfect destination for all types of water recreation. From boaters to personal watercraft enthusiasts to water skiers and wakeboarders, there’s more than enough lake to go around, with 60 miles of navigable waterways to roam. In addition to the popular Bridgewater Channel near the famed London Bridge, Lake Havasu has a wealth of hidden coves and beaches, which are perfect places to relax for the day. Or, you can opt to explore the river, with its canyons, cliffs, and abundant wildlife, up the scenic Topock Gorge.
Affordable and Tons of Fun for the Entire Family
While other family vacation destinations tout their luxury spas, exclusive golf courses and fancy-pants restaurants, Lake Havasu City is excited to be Arizona’s most affordable and fun vacation spot for families! There are plenty of affordable lodging options and restaurants that’ll keep everyone – and your wallet – happy. There’s more than enough adventure to be had, from desert hikes to lake fun, such as swimming, boating and beaches (with no worries about riptides, dangerous fish or biting insects). The kids can also cool off at the indoor water park and enjoy family-oriented Lake Havasu events, such as movies in the park, youth concerts, sporting events and more.
Top-Rated Fishing Destination
Lake Havasu, a 19,300-acre impoundment on the Colorado River, easily ranks among the best fishing in Arizona and is possibly one of the best fishing lakes in the Southwest. Anglers of all ages and abilities can expect to haul in largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, crappies and flathead catfish with no need to make up fish tales. The catches are plenty large and abundant without any exaggeration.
Tee Off on Beautiful Lakeside Golf Courses
Nothing can beat teeing off at top-notch golf courses in Arizona, like those found in Lake Havasu City, where golfers are surrounded by sun-painted rock formations and the shimmering waters of Lake Havasu and the Colorado River. Golf adventures include scenic 9- and 18-hole courses suitable for any skill level. The climate allows for almost year-round golf on some of the best golf courses, so escape the winter chill and get ready to sharpen your game. After a glorious round under a brilliant blue sky, golf fans can hit the 19th hole at one of the nearby fine bars and lounges.
Explore Scenic Hiking Trails in and around Lake Havasu City
In Lake Havasu City, the hiking scene is as diverse as the city itself. Trekkers of all types will find that this is one of the best destinations for Arizona hiking trails, with spectacular vistas that are simply stunning to behold. Whether you’re looking for serene lakeside scenery, windswept desert views or sweeping vistas from atop a mountain, you’ll find them here in the Lake Havasu City area. Trails range from short, paved paths to steep, rocky slopes.
Off-Roading Adventures Await in Lake Havasu City
The areas in and around Lake Havasu City are also home to more than 20 different networks of off-road trails through varying terrain, including sand dunes, canyons and open desert. Off-road-trail enthusiasts have lots to choose from within driving distance for an action-packed Arizona weekend getaway.
Check Out the Wild Side with Guided Tours
Take a boat tour upriver through Topock Gorge, or a 23-minute ferry ride across the lake to the Chemehuevi Indian Reservation. Traverse remote desert terrain in a Jeep or paddle down the Colorado River through Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge by kayak. Soar through the air like a bird in an ultralight aircraft or discover the deepest part of Lake Havasu (88 feet) as a diver, exploring artificial habitats constructed to protect big river fish. It’s all waiting for you to experience with a wide range of guided tours.
Learn about the Famed London Bridge
For one of the most iconic sights in Lake Havasu City, check out the London Bridge. Meticulously dismantled and transported stone-by-stone from London to Arizona, this piece of Old World England and the nearby English Village are some of the most popular Arizona tourist attractions. To learn more about the bridge and how it ended up here, check out the Lake Havasu Museum of History and take a 90-minute historic walking tour, where you’ll see the strafing scars from WWII that mar the bridge’s granite surface, and stroll over the sparkling Bridgewater Channel.
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(Brought to you by the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 242-8278, www.golakehavasu.com.)