April 9 2013 by Jason Fogelson
If you find yourself in the doldrums because of April showers after a long dreary winter, there are few better remedies than a trip to sunny Nevada. Laughlin is a resort town on the Colorado River, about 100 miles south of Las Vegas on the Nevada/Arizona border.
Motorcyclists flock from all around. Laughlin is an easy day's ride from Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix or Tucson, and within three day's ride of San Francisco, Salt Lake City and even Denver. Laughlin's a fun destination any time of year, with great riding in the area, outdoor activities, casino gambling and entertainment, and even fine dining. During the Laughlin River Run from April 24th to 28th this year, the whole town becomes motorcycle-centric, with activities and entertainment designed to attract and delight riders.
There's an exhibit area open during the days, open to registered attendees and featuring the latest in biker gear, paraphernalia and collectibles. There are Poker Runs and Custom Bike Shows, and an official Ms. Laughlin River Run contest. Official event passes are $25 per person, available online. Each pass includes an official event t-shirt and ride pin, poker run entry, contestant entry to the bike show or the Ms. Laughlin contest.
Big name entertainers are appearing in town during the Run, including Travis Tritt, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Foghat, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Mickey Gilley.
If you missed out on Bike Week in Daytona, don't despair - this is the Southwest's version, and it's a fun, laid back gathering of the tribe that's all about motorcycles and having a great time. Information is available at the Laughlin River Run official website.
Best Western has several hotels near Laughlin to give you a comfortable, affordable way to enjoy the River Run without getting overwhelmed by the hullabaloo. The BEST WESTERN Bullhead City Inn, just across the river in Bullhead City, is just minutes away from downtown Laughlin. A few miles west in Needles, one of my favorites, the BEST WESTERN Colorado River Inn in Needles, California is right on historic Route 66.
So run, don't walk, to Laughlin, Nevada this April.