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Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2009 9:21 pm | Updated: 1:30 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Inside Arizona: I’ve found Lake Havasu City’s comfortable spring temperatures and festive atmosphere are most inviting to the Arizona tourist. After visiting this year-round boating destination, I discovered more to this beautiful Arizona city than spring break.

I’ve found Lake Havasu City’s comfortable spring temperatures and festive atmosphere are most inviting to the Arizona tourist. After visiting this year-round boating destination, I discovered more to this beautiful Arizona city than spring break.

Although many visitors come to Lake Havasu City to escape the cold in winter and relax, what they find is much more than a temperate hideaway. Festive events and fun attractions as well as shopping, dining and outdoor recreation make this a great destination year-round.

Travelers may prefer to spend their days enjoying outdoor activities while in Lake Havasu City, such as a walk along the London Bridge, purchased from the city of London in 1968.

The bridge was rebuilt and dedicated in this Arizona city in 1971; the London Bridge is the third most popular attraction in the state. This beautiful granite structure is a link to history spanning two continents.

Other options are tours to experience the uniqueness of the Colorado River and the surrounding desert that borders Lake Havasu City or a cruise along the Colorado River after sightseeing and bird-watching from the London Bridge.

You can also take a trip up the Colorado River amid some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States. From ancient Native American petroglyphs to wild desert big horn sheep, something interesting awaits those who take to the water.

Maybe you prefer a leisurely cruise on a replica paddlewheel that harkens back to the days when similar craft brought men and material to the mines along the Colorado River.

For those looking to stay on land, exciting trips through the desert often surprise the most experienced of travelers with the sheer beauty and bountiful life that can be found in the “barren” desert bordering Lake Havasu City.

Try renting a kayak to experience the river on a more intimate basis, getting to know some of the more than 300 species of birds that call the area home.

Golfers will be delighted to learn that Lake Havasu City boasts 11 golf courses within an hour’s drive. Various hiking trails also get one in touch with nature, and boating opportunities are plenty, with fishing great this time of year.

Lake Havasu City offers a variety of shopping and lodging experiences as well, from the unique shops found in the English Village to the Island Fashion Mall and the Agave Retail Plaza.

How does easing your budget with discounts sound? That’s why the Lake Havasu City Convention and Visitors Bureau has teamed up with local hotels and RV parks to try to take some of the burden off travelers’ budgets. Several properties are offering discounts, from free nights with a stay of a set number of nights to percentages off room rates.

Go to the bureau’s Web site, www.golakehavasu.com, print a coupon and present it to the front desk clerk at the property.

The coupon must be presented to receive the discount, but remember lodging is already affordable and varied in Lake Havasu City. Choices include resorts, inns, hotels, motels, condominiums, houseboats, campsites and RV parks.

With its main office at 314 London Bridge Road or the visitors center at the English Village, the Lake Havasu City Convention and Visitors Bureau is there to give you the tools and information you need to make your stay memorable.

If you are looking for a destination with fun and sun and friendly folks, a wide selection of activities, as well as affordability, it’s easy to choose Lake Havasu City.

Find the Monthly Newspaper AZ Tourist News at participating Village Inn, IHOP and JB’s restaurants as well as your local Chamber of Commerce and convention and visitors bureaus. Find more Arizona travel tips at www.aztourist.com.

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