Every year as the crisp autumn air begins to nudge out the lingering warmth of summer, countless travelers begin searching for their next fall vacation destination. While New England’s leaf-peeping may dominate many bucket lists, there's a hidden gem located in the heart of the Arizona desert that's garnering more attention each fall: Lake Havasu City. Let’s explore what makes this destination a top pick for fall getaways.
1. Picture-Perfect Weather
One of the most significant draws of Lake Havasu City in the fall is the weather. While other locations start getting chilly, Lake Havasu offers a perfect blend of warm days and cooler nights. The oppressive heat of the summer fades, making outdoor activities enjoyable without the need for multiple layers of clothing.
2. Fewer Crowds
Fall is a transitional season for many tourist destinations, and Lake Havasu City is no exception. This means fewer crowds at popular spots, giving you more space and peace to appreciate the natural beauty and attractions the city has to offer.
3. The London Bridge
Yes, you read that correctly. Lake Havasu City is home to the original London Bridge, which was relocated here in the 1970s. In the fall, the area around the bridge is illuminated with beautiful autumnal decorations. This historical structure serves as a backdrop for various events and festivals during the season.
4. Water Activities with a Twist
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy water-based activities. With the Colorado River flowing into Lake Havasu, there are ample opportunities for kayaking, paddleboarding, and even some late-season boating. The milder temperatures make these activities even more enjoyable, as the sun won’t be as intense.
5. Hiking Trails with Fall Flora
Although Arizona might not offer the traditional fall foliage found in places like New England, the desert has its unique fall palette. The golden hues of the desert plants combined with the deep blue of the lake make for a picturesque landscape. Several hiking trails provide panoramic views of the lake set against the desert's beauty.
6. Fall Events and Festivals
Lake Havasu City comes alive with various events during the fall. From boat races and fishing tournaments to craft fairs and food festivals, there's always something happening. The sense of community is palpable during these events, with locals and tourists mingling and celebrating the season together.
7. A Desert Oasis
While many search for forests and mountains in the fall, there’s something undeniably magical about the desert's serenity. The vast open spaces, clear night skies studded with stars, and the unique flora and fauna make Lake Havasu City a distinctive fall destination.
So, if you're looking for an unconventional fall getaway, Lake Havasu City offers a refreshing perspective. With its unique mix of desert landscapes, historical attractions, water activities, and community events, it's a destination that promises memorable experiences.
Looking for a place to stay while in town? Avalon Havasu is the ideal vacation rental in Lake Havasu City, boasting enough space for up to 20 guests, a private casita, a resort-like backyard with private pool and spa, and great kid-friendly amenities, including a play structure! Book your stay today!
Book your trip now and discover the autumnal charm of Lake Havasu City!