Alamo Lake State Park38 miles north of Wenden and U.S. Route 60 on Alamo Road
Known for excellent fishing, Alamo Lake attracts many visitors in the mild months of spring, winter and fall. Located on the Bill Williams River, the park offers developed and undeveloped campgrounds, boat rentals and a general store complete with tackle and live bait. A variety of wildlife, including mule deer, foxes and bald eagles, and the desert wildflowers and cacti that surround the lake make it a perfect place for nature lovers. Day-use and overnight camping fees apply.
Information: 928-669-2088; www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/alamo.html
Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge52 miles north of Quartzsite on State Route 95
Home to the largest surviving cottonwood-willow woodland of the lower Colorado River, this scenic natural area is rich with riparian vegetation and rare, endangered wildlife. The habitat offers limited hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping and hiking.
Information: 928-667-4144; http://southwest.fws.gov/refuges/arizona/billwill.html
Bonelli House430 E. Spring St., just north of U.S. Route 66 in downtown Kingman
Tour the historic house, built in 1915 of locally quarried stone. Inside, see period pieces from Kingman's heyday, as well as a large wall clock that was once reportedly the only clock in Kingman.
Information: 928-753-3175; www.kingmantourism.org/to-do-and-see/kingman-attractions/bonelli-house.php
Burro Creek Recreation Area15 miles southeast of Wikieup on U.S. Route 93
Situated along Burro Creek, this recreational area offers contrasting deep-blue pools and a rushing tree-lined stream surrounded by cacti in a Sonoran Desert canyon. Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, rockhounding and bird-watching. Amenities include fire grills, picnic tables, a ramada, restrooms and group camping areas.
Information: 928-692-4400; www.az.blm.gov
Chloride35 miles northeast of Kingman, 4 miles east of U.S. Highway 93 on Chloride Road
A town that revels in its quaintness, Chloride offers town-wide yard sales in May and October, the Wild Roses of Chloride, the world's only all-female gun-fighting troupe, bed and breakfasts and RV parks as well as a glimpse into its history, when silver was mined and the town bustled.
Information: 928-565-2204; www.chloridearizona.com
Colorado River Historical MuseumOn State Route 95 from Bullhead City, drive less than a half-mile north of the Laughlin Bridge
This museum offers a unique perspective on northwestern Arizona history. Learn about area geology and ancient fossils, see artifacts of the early Mojave Indians and discover the age of steamboats on the Colorado River – complete with models and photographs.
Information: 928-754-3399; www.bullheadcity.com/tourism/Hismuseum.asp
Dateland50 miles east of Yuma on Interstate 8 at Milepost 67
By all accounts, this small, southwestern Arizona oasis is a roadside hotspot. The area, with its soaring desert temperatures and deep reaches of groundwater, provide ideal conditions for growing date palms. Date palms, believed to have originated in the Middle East, are also thought to be the world's oldest food-producing plant — a fact not lost on the proprietors of Dateland Palms Village, who have built a tradition of serving the sweet fruits in about every way imaginable. Their world famous date shakes are a cool and tasty way to interrupt a long, hot drive.
Information: 928-454-2772; www.dateland.com
Dolan Springs30 miles northwest of Kingman
Called the "Gateway to the Grand Canyon West," Dolan Springs lies at the base of 6,900-foot Mount Tipton in the Cerbat Mountains. Visit Dolan Springs for access to Lake Mead, to see one of the world's largest Joshua tree forests, to visit gold mines or to go rock hunting.
Information: 928-767-4473; www.dolanspringschamber.com
Grand Canyon Caverns25 miles west of Seligman on Route 66
Formed from ancient seas, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes over millions of years, the Grand Canyon Caverns is a natural dry limestone cavern 210 feet underground. Fossils and bones of long-extinct animals, like the giant ground sloth, have been found in the cavern. Today visitors can choose from several tours offered through the cavern, going down and back out by elevator. Other amenities include an on-site motel, restaurant and curio shop.
Information: 928-422-4565. www.gccaverns.com/index.html