If there's an Arizona Riviera, this is it. Lake Havasu has more than 45 miles of lake shoreline—it's actually a dammed section of the Colorado River—and the area gets less than 4 inches of rain annually, which means it's almost always sunny. Spring, winter, and fall are the best times to visit; in summer, temperatures often exceed 100°F. You can rent everything from water skis to Jet Skis, small fishing boats to large houseboats. The lake area has about a dozen RV parks and campgrounds, more than 120 boat-in campsites, and hundreds of hotel and motel rooms. There are golf and tennis facilities, as well as fishing guides who'll help you find, and catch, the big ones. This city of about 58,000 has grown rapidly over the past couple of decades, and downtown has become steadily more upscale—at least compared with the rest of northwestern Arizona. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Disassembled stone by stone and shipped through the Panama Canal, the iconic 1831 London Bridge was opened to visitors at Lake Havasu City in 1971.
Guided cruises visit destinations including colorful Topock Gorge (seen only from the lake) and Copper Canyon. You might glimpse bighorn sheep too.
Lake Havasu State Park, north of London Bridge, offers a white sand beach, picnic sites, a shoreline hiking trail and an interpretive nature garden.
Hate cold weather? Hawaii and Puerto Rico are just two sunny places we recommend visiting during the wintertime.
Boating’s fine, but sometimes you want to pull ashore and enjoy the sun. Favorite beaches around town: the Sandbar, Friendly Island and Steamboat Cove.
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A short drive south leads to Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge, with lush cottonwoods, wetlands, hiking trails, and diverse flora and fauna.
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