Here’s a three-day casino adventure with a sight-seeing jackpot! Side trips to Oatman and Lake Havasu City, and lodging at Laughlin’s Riverside Casino make this tour a triple win.
Oatman, Arizona started life as a mining tent camp, and quickly became a flourishing gold-mining center. In 1915, two miners struck a $10 million gold find, and within a year, the town’s population grew to more than 3,500. The population and mining booms were short-lived. After the mines shut down, Oatman survived by catering to travelers on old U.S. Route 66.
Today, Oatman is a fun place to visit — an authentic old western town with burros roaming the streets. The burros are descendants of burros brought here by the miners in the late 1800s; when the miners no longer needed them, they were turned loose. Each morning they come into town looking for food. They wander the streets and greet the tourists. Burro pellets and carrots are for sale at many of the shops — the burros will eat all day if you feed them. Shortly before sunset they wander back to the hills for the night. The Oatman Hotel, built in 1902, is the oldest two-story adobe structure in Mojave County and has housed many miners, movie stars, politicians and other scoundrels. The town was used as the location for several movies such as How The West Was Won, Foxfire and Edge of Eternity. Clark Gable and Carol Lombard honeymooned at the Oatman Hotel in 1939. Their honeymoon suite is still one of the major attractions at the Oatman Hotel. Gable returned there often to play poker with the local miners and enjoy the solitude of the desert.
One of the most popular and interesting lakes along the Colorado River is Lake Havasu, well-known for one particular historic point of interest, the London Bridge. The towering walls and archways of the London Bridge have stood in the waters of the Colorado River since 1971. The bridge serves as the backdrop to the English village that has grown up around it. The village is filled with Tudor-style buildings and charming shops creating an atmosphere of medieval England. Many visitors are surprised when they learn this is the original London Bridge and not a gimmick. For more than 140 years, London Bridge served as a crossing over the River Thames in London, England. It survived both world wars and a terrorist attack in 1884. Learn why London removed such a significant landmark, and how the London Bridge found its way to Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Day 1 – From Mesa, travel to Laughlin with a comfort/breakfast stop along the way. Later, arrive in Laughlin, Nevada at the Riverside Resort and Casino. Laughlin’s original casino offers plenty of amenities for your enjoyment — movie theater, a 34-lane bowling alley, auto museum, a vintage slot machine collection, and several unique shops. Indulge in a massage or spa treatment. Room keys are available about 4:00 PM (NV time). If you are not available at this time because you are having WAY TOO MUCH FUN, you can obtain your keys from the Bell Desk anytime.
Day 2 – Spend this unscheduled day as you please. Here’s an example of some fun ways to spend your time.
- Enjoy a cold beer and entertainment at a lounge.
- Enter a gaming tournament! Try your luck at Texas Hold-em, poker, blackjack or slots.
- Play Bingo.
- See a movie or bowl.
- Take a boat cruise.
- Shop at the Outlet Center with over 50 stores.
- Bring your golf clubs and play 18 at a nearby course.
- Gamble, gamble, gamble at the Riverside or other casinos within walking distance…….
OPTIONAL trip to Oatman in the morning to shop, walk the old streets, see the burros (hopefully). After returning to Laughlin the rest of the day is yours to spend as you like.
7:30 AM depart Apache Junction 8:00 AM depart Mesa estimated return time on final day 7:00 – 8:00 PM
$139 pp/do … Driver-guided tour includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, 2 nights accommodations at the Riverside Resort & Casino, one choice and two breakfast buffet per person (meals valued at $35+), fun strip, scenic routing and sight-seeing stops as described. Sequence of stops may be altered. $179 single.