Hotels in West Coast Arizona
Discover West Coast Arizona – A Lively Desert Oasis
West Coast Arizona is primarily known for its lakes, reservoirs and Parker Dam, the deepest dam in the world. Bullhead City is just across the shore from Laughlin, Nevada. Located along the Colorado River, the small town offers several casinos, riverboat cruises, water sports, an outlet mall and frequent performances from big name entertainers. Oatman is an Old West town filled with historic buildings, wild burros and shopkeepers with interesting stories.
Real estate developer Robert P. McCulloch and Disneyland designer C. V. Wood were instrumental in creating Lake Havasu. In 1938 Parker Dam was constructed to contain the Colorado River and form the lake. Boasting over 400 miles of shoreline, the popular recreational lake led to the establishment of Lake Havasu City in 1963. In 1968 McCulloch purchased the historic London Bridge for $2.4 million. The bridge was shipped from England to Lake Havasu on a 10,000-mile journey and became a permanent landmark for the city.
Play in the sand at London Bridge Beach and enjoy a variety of watersports at Lake Havasu. The Colorado River area is also famous for minerals and fossils. Rock hounds descend on Quartzsite in January and February for the two-month Gem & Mineral Show.
Hot air balloon festival in Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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The Lake Havasu Museum of History features exhibits on local history from the Wild West days to the present. Learn how the construction of Parker Dam created over 400 miles of shoreline and a lake. The museum showcases the relocation of the London Bridge from England to Arizona and how it became a local landmark. Other exhibits focus on Native Americans, city founder Robert McCulloch and the gold mining era. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday.
Lake Havasu has earned the nickname “personal watercraft capital of the world.” It’s a popular destination for boating, wakeboarding, waterskiing and swimming. Lake Havasu State Park offers beautiful beaches, nature trails and a diverse landscape of wildlife and plants. Spring is a great time to see the wildflowers in bloom. Nearby Lake Mead is popular for kayaking, canoeing and sport fishing. The Lake Mead Visitor Center is four miles southeast of Boulder City off US-93.