Hey, fella; wanna buy a bridge? How about a beach
community—in the middle of the Mojave Desert? Improbable as it sounds, the “beach community” description fits Lake Havasu City, which is deep in the Arizona desert. As you drive into town and pass marinas, boatyards, and beaches
, you’ll get the distinct feeling that you could be on the California coast—only without the crowds and without the high prices. Closer to Las Vegas
than California coastal communities, it’s a nice alternative for a weekend trip to a resort
beach community. This oasis of sorts is a prime spot for all manner of water sports—or even just sunning on the beach. Oh, and the bridge. That would be the London Bridge—the original London Bridge, built in 1831. How did it come to be transplanted to the Arizona desert? And how did this marine-oriented community come to be? These are the kind of questions that make a weekend in Lake Havasu City such a great escape from the glitzy lights and land-locked locales of Las Vegas. One caveat before we get started: Although some city fathers like to point out that the average temperature in Lake Havasu City is 88 degrees, that’s a little misleading. Average high temperatures June through September are above 100 degrees—in July and August the average high is 110. So if you visit during the summer, be prepared with plenty of water and lots of sunscreen. Highlights include: London Bridge, boating, swimming, water-skiing, hiking, cruising the Colorado River, and an Old-English atmosphere. The detailed itinerary in this chapter is a driving tour that features extensive recommendations for sightseeing attractions, recreational activities, lodging, restaurants, shopping, and more.
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