Lake Havasu City might have remained a sleepy retirement town, except that traffic increased halfway around the planet and that made all the difference. In England, the venerable London Bridge was sinking into the Thames River because of traffic overload. Rather than demolish the bridge, which opened in 1831, the city put it up for sale. In 1968, Robert P. McCulloch, the founder of Lake Havasu City, bought it for $2.46 million and reconstructed it in Arizona. Yes, the bridge that stood in the time of Charles Dickens, and that bears the strafing scars of Nazi warplanes, is the centerpiece of Segway tours. What a long, strange trip it's been..
The city has a rep around the world for Western fun, nightclubs, shopping and posh resorts. Some of the highlights: West World, with equestrian events and more; new Nightclub & Bar fave Craft 64; Scottsdale Fashion Square; and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
Walnut Canyon is a monument to pre-Columbian village life. The remnants of more than 300 elaborately crafted rooms still stand in some of the shallow caves. Artifacts from as far as the Gulf of Mexico have been found within the canyon, evidence that the people were part of an extensive trade network. Walking the paved Island Trail, which loops around a prominent peninsula of rock that juts into the canyon, is the best way to get a feel for the place. As you stroll along you'll pass about two dozen structures built of rocks mortared together with clay. You can see more dwellings tucked in other hollows far across the canyon..