A popular travel destination in the desert southwest, Lake Havasu is a city located in Mohave county Arizona. Nicknamed Arizona’s Playground, this lovely destination features over 300 days of sunshine a year and a large variety of options for recreation including boating, fishing, and hiking in addition to resort style activities including casinos, golf and shopping, just to name a few.
Once an Army Air Corps rest camp during WWII, it was transformed into a city in the 1960’s and incorporated in 1978. Today, the city is home to approximately 52,000 residents but welcomes millions of tourists throughout the year for its ample opportunities for recreation including its most well known and popular destination, Lake Havasu itself.
A manmade lake, Lake Havasu is actually a large reservoir behind Parker Dam on the Colorado River and is part of Lake Havasu State Park. Popular to visitors and residents alike, this park is located on the shores of Lake Havasu and features stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains, beautiful white sand beaches, grassy areas, shady spots and much more. Hiking trails, boat launches, camping facilities and events offer visitors a great variety of opportunities for the day or the week.
One of the most iconic features of this beautiful tourist destination is unique to say the least. Lake Havasu City is home to the London Bridge. Built on the river Thames in England, the London Bridge was actually constructed hundreds of years ago. A long and often grisly history, this bridge served as a warning for those who would consider betraying their leaders. Heads dipped in tar would be impaled on pikes. This occurred until the 1660’s when the practice was ended.
Heads aside, the bridge has a long history and has been rebuilt many times to withstand the pressure of modern day life. This particular bridge, built in the 1700’s was not strong enough for automotive traffic and so it was decided to rebuild it once again. This time, it was decided to sell the bridge and Lake Havasu won the bids. In 1968, the bridge came to Lake Havasu City and was reconstructed. Today, thousands of visitors come from around the world to see this part of history, Arizona’s second largest tourist attraction second only to the Grand Canyon.
From outdoor activities to historic and exciting tourist attractions such as museums, parks, gaming, theaters, lighthouses, watersports and more, this is a must visit destination for any traveler planning on visiting the exciting state of Arizona.
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