Is it summer yet?
Go boating, fishing, four-wheeling, scuba diving, camping, bird watching, golfing and much more. There’s no better place to fulfill all your sand and water recreational needs than in western Arizona.
Make Lake Havasu City your first stop, where you can not only visit the ever popular Lake Havasu, but take a quick look at the world famous London Bridge as well. The founder of Lake Havasu City, Robert McCulloch, decided to purchase the bridge after it went up for sale. The bridge was taken apart, shipped to Long Beach, Calif., and then the pieces were trucked to Lake Havasu City, where it remains to this day.
Lake Havasu welcomes thousands of visitors a year, with Lake Havasu City appropriately considered Arizona’s playground. And why wouldn’t it be? The city proudly showcases its 400 miles of coastline, welcoming thousands to bask in its more than 300 sunny days a year.
The recreation boating capital of the southwest also proudly calls western Arizona its home ― Parker. Here, people come and go to boat, water ski, wakeboard on on the Colorado River, or the 16-mile Parker Strip. Others choose to go camping, off-roading and golfing, or even visit Parker Dam, “The World’s Deepest Dam.”
For all the dunes and off-roading enthusiasts, Yuma is located just a few miles from the Imperial Sand Dunes. Tucked in the southwest corner of Arizona, right on the California border, Yuma is just a less-than-three-hour drive from San Diego, and placed right alongside the Colorado River, where you’ll find residents and visitors alike splashing around to stay cool in the heat.
If you’re looking for a little excitement and to blow off a little steam, Yuma also offers a casinos, including Cocopah Casino and Paradise Casino. Winter visitors find Yuma to be a favorite location, migrating from up north ― also called “snow birds.”
But let’s not forget Arizona’s true western nature; not only does eastern Arizona offer an incredible array of old west attractions, but western Arizona does, too ― especially in Kingman. Kingman is considered a true Western gem, known for its silver and gold mines.
In Kingman, you’ll find the Historic Route 66 Museum and the Mohave Museum of History and Arts; you’ll witness proof of its railroading, mining and ranching past, and you can even stay the night in Kingman on your way to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which is just a 70-mile car ride away.
Head southeast from Kingman less than hour away, and keep the western fun going in Oatman, where the burros roam the streets looking for food, as they used to do in the 1800s. Visitors are found feeding these burros carrots, but be careful; they won’t leave you alone once you start! And on the weekends, view a staged gunfight. It doesn’t get more authentic than this.
Take a look at all of the cities within western Arizona: