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A Refreshing Getaway

With its majestic lakes and sparkling rivers, Arizona is overflowing with adventure. Begin your springtime journey on the Colorado River along Arizona’s western border, just a five-hour drive from metropolitan Los Angeles. Swim, fish, boat, take a scenic Jeep tour or simply bask in the sun. There are hundreds of miles of shoreline to discover, and you’re sure to fall in love with the charming towns along this iconic waterway.

Just off the Colorado River is legendary Lake Havasu. About 45 miles long, this world-renowned destination is surrounded by rocky cliffs and cobalt skies. Nicknamed the “Personal Watercraft Capital of the World,” Lake Havasu is one of the Southwest’s premier water sport destinations. The choice is yours to jet ski, scuba dive or cruise the waterfront aboard a luxurious houseboat.

Although known for its water activities, Lake Havasu City also boasts an abundance of land adventures. Hike, mountain bike or go off-roading — there are plenty of ways to explore the surrounding desert terrain. Looking to take it easy? Visit the famed London Bridge, relax with a game of golf, or stroll the local shops and boutiques. Seeking new thrills? Take to the skies for an exhilarating parasailing lesson or a hot-air balloon ride.

Just 40 miles south of Lake Havasu City is Parker, located on the east bank of the Colorado River. View the intriguing exhibits of the Colorado River Indian Tribes Museum, explore nature at a wildlife preserve or put all your cards on the table at the BlueWater Resort & Casino. From boat shows to ski races to golf tournaments, this diverse riverside community has it all.

Also off the Colorado River, the lush wetlands of Yuma’s vibrant waterfront abound with unique bird species and exotic wildlife. Throughout the region, the Imperial, Kofa and Cibola national wildlife refuges offer hundreds of miles of sprawling desert and mountain landscape.

With a thriving agricultural industry, Yuma is also known as the winter vegetable capital of the nation. Pick your own fresh produce for a tailor-made lunch during the Field to Feast Tour. Visit a date farm, take in the scenic flower gardens or find out what a peanut orchard looks like. The area’s rich history, riverside options and fresh crops offer a vacation you’ll never forget.

With beautiful waters, plentiful sunshine and endless adventure, there’s no place like Arizona for a refreshing escape.

Find your next adventure at 866.280.2864 or arizonaguide.com.

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