Lake Havasu City, Arizona has mass appeal. The lake itself is the highlight of the city, a 45 mile oasis in the desert with more than 400 miles of beautiful shoreline. Lake Havasu is an aquatic highway that traverses from the Parker Dam to the south, way up to Laughlin, Nevada in the north. When you’re not enjoying “life at sea”, you may be exploring the desert, whether that’s by jogging, camping, hiking, or on your 4×4. With thousands of miles of trails available within minutes of home, you could potentially explore the landscape every day for years and not find all the breathtaking trails, abandoned mines, washes, and desert vistas.
The world-famous London Bridge is nestled in the heart of Lake Havasu City. LHC is an outdoor sport mecca for offroading, water sports, mountain biking, golfing, and is a popular retirement destination. Lake Havasu real estate and the economy benefit from tourism, which is a major contributor with one million annual visitors contributing over $75 million. There are a wide variety of services offered in Lake Havasu: a shopping mall, airport, multiple movie theatres, hospital, theatrical arts, library, and an expansive aquatics complex.
Lake Havasu City has a warm desert climate. In wintertime, highs in the daytime on average range from 63 °F to 82 °F. Lows in winter range between 42 °F – 60 °F, though temperatures do occasionally dip below 40 °F, but frost is more or less unknown in the area. LCH has hot summers, with highs that are often between 109 °F – 125 °F. Overnight lows average between 80 °F and 96 °F for during July and August, but range from 72°F – 82 °F in September. Mean annual precipitation: 4.29 inches. Annual mean temperature: 75.6 °F.
The London Bridge
The stone London Bridge began construction in 1176, and was completed early in the 13th century. The original ‘London Bridge’ was Roman, and was most likely built with wood. The 1831 bridge was the final project worked on by engineer John Rennie and was finished by his son by the same name. The bridge was moved to Lake Havasu City when it was discovered the bridge was sinking into the River Thames, Robert McCulloch, who was the founder of the city, purchased the bridge at auction in 1968 for $2.5 million, and paid another $7 million to have it shipped stone by stone to Arizona.