Here are some places I had fun exploring while I was staying at Needles Marina RV Park:
Oatman, AZ – a “living ghost town” (about 22 miles) – I enjoyed the staged gunfight in the streets and the wild burros (descendants of those left by miners) that roam freely throughout town.
Check out the Oatman Hotel where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent their wedding night. According to Legends of America, they liked it so much, they might be coming back to visit in spirit!
I loved this place and just couldn’t get enough – I visited there three times. I had so many pictures I wanted to share and met so many neat people there, I did another blog post about it at Open Hearts.
Historic Route 66 – Arizona has the longest stretch of the historic highway still in use today. I drove the section that starts from Havasu Wildlife Refuge to Oatman, and on another day from Oatman to Kingman. Some of the most amazing scenery ever and shouldn’t be missed!
Tyro Mine (near Bullhead City, about 20 miles) – This was my favorite adventure while staying here (link is to my blog post). You can actually enter an old abandoned gold mine! I was so happy to be invited on this trip with a group who had a Jeep because this is something I never would have been able to do on my own.
Grapevine Canyon – A great, short hike with easily accessible petroglyphs off of Christmas Tree Pass, a rough road recommended for 4×4, but the first two miles to get to the parking area and trailhead were no problem in my little car. Don’t miss this!
BlueWater Jet Boat Tours – Topock Gorge (departs from Lake Havasu City) – I’m so glad I made this trip, especially since the only way to see the Topock Gorge is by boat. A great scenic trip not to be missed!
Laughlin, NV (about 25 miles) – I’m not much into casinos, but some friends of mine that do enjoy them say they like it here better than Las Vegas. I found way too many other scenic and outdoorsy attractions and barely had enough time for all of them!
Mojave National Preserve – Even though it looks pretty close on the map, it turned out that due to limited entrances to this massive park meant about a 100 mile drive, so I never did get a chance to get over there. But next time I’m closer, I want to check out Hole in the Wall, Cima Dome, the Cinder Cones, and the Kelso Dunes.