las vegas has a number of gas stations around and are mostly located off the strip and the gas stations in the strip are generally more expensive than off the strip. If you have a car rental going in and around the las vegas area, it is better to gas up off the strip for cheaper gas but again be sure that you have gps in the car or bring your own gps so that you can put it inside your rented vehicle to be able to find the nearby gasoline stations.
Fondest memory: always keep your gps handy so that you would know where to gas up in las vegas.
You are going to have a fantastic time! As for hotels, I would check out the hotel reviews on travel forums as they really do indicate how good a hotel is. There are so many great hotels in vegas too so it really depends on your taste.
The canyon is a long drive, 8 hours I think from Vegas. If you have a week to spend there, I would go for it!
This is an one day trip to Grand canyon west with a stop in hoover dam, it was organized by the hostel, there are lot of tours organized from las vegas every day.
The trip took about 5 hours, during it we enjoyed seeing the real far west from the window of the van. Arriving at the grand canyon, we left the van and we took the bus from pont to point to visit the rim west of grand canyon. Amazing trip :)
My favourite things in Las Vegas must be the fantastic neon lights by night! haven't seen a more artifical-enhanced place in my life! There is so much to see in Vegas, most are free and PLEASE rent a car if you can if you're staying for more than 2 days! The area doesn't seem too big, but walking day and night, in and out of casinos is quite tiring. Last thing you want is to fall asleep on the black jack table! I DIDN'T, I stood by my penny machines! :D
AND The Stratosphere! Do try it, the view from the top of the tower is great... the ride is "WOW"!
If your budget for hotels is mid-range then try the sahara at the end of the strip. another good choice might be Circus Circus, but it is a bit of a walk if you haven't got a rental!
Fondest memory: The trip from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon! You can get day trip to the Grand Canyon from here.
I went on one with a local operator, who flew me and my family to the Grand Canyon airport (in a little plane that is!) follow by a coach trip up the Canyon. Fantastic views. a MUST if you are near LV! Costing wise, about 100 to 140 dollars on average.
Grand Canyon is truly magificent, breath taking view. not to be missed.
Take in the scenery, gamble, visit the hotels. But most importantly, get a map of the area and bring a good pair of walking shoes!
Fondest memory: Red Rock Canyon (about 30 minutes west of the city), Hoover Dam and Lake Mead (about 30 to 40 minutes southeast of the city) as well as Las Vegas at night; totally awesome sites.
Favorite thing: Before you've blown your entire wad at the slot machines, or if you've just seen enough drunken fannypack tourists, rent a car and check out the area beyond SIn City- there are so dang many cool things to see and do within a couple-few hours of here it's really an underrated benefit of living and visiting Southern NV. Within a 4 hr. radius there are about 6 national parks, great camping and fishing, lots of gorgeous geography, several world class rock climbing spots, hot springs, hiking, Indian ruins, chinchilla farms, etc., etc. If you're here for more than a couple days you should really think about taking a side trip and see what's beyond the neon and cheap cig. smoke.
Favorite thing: Get away from the Casinos for a while and visit Lake Mead, Mt. Charleston (12,000 ft), Red Rock Natural Conservation area, or just wander in the surrounding desert. Who knows, you may stumble across billionaire looking for a ride.
Paradaise in Desert - The Lake Las Vegas
Huge manmade lake Las Vegas is Paradaise. There is two golf courses and hotels and clubs, shopping malls. The great thing was it's not for tourists but for local's. Thousands of locals live in there.
In the lake people can enjoy the boating which has got electronic moter. So around the lake is so quiet.
Fondest memory: If you are in California, the coolest way to go to Vegas is to drive through the Mojave Desert. There is not much too see except for all the Joshua trees, Peggy Sue's 50's diner and the Bun Boy restauant, which is in Baker, California-home of the world's tallest thermometer. You will also pass through Primm, which has casinos and shopping also.
I would take them to Lake Meade, and Hoover Dam, two of the easiest sites to see. Red Rock Canyon and Mt. Charleston are also nice. Mt. Charleston has a lodge and resturant and is beautiful.
Fondest memory: The view of area from up in the mountains at night is gorgeous. I live up on Sunrise Mt. just so that I may enjoy the view of all the lights at night.
When you can't take all of the people and concrete-rent a car and drive directly out of town early in the day. You can go out to Red Rock Canyon and check out the sights. Valley the Fires is not too far north and some really greatphoto opts. We won't get there this time but I went seven years ago.
Fondest memory: Discovering the $.05 machines and winning!
Favorite thing: Rent a convertible and get out of the city for a day. Bring water, snacks, sun-block, and shades and just drive. See the mountains, fiery rocks, Hoover Dam, desert scenes....anything! It's gorgeous.
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But my personal favorite:
Lake Meed - I met a man and asked him why he liked it.
His answer was - I can enjoy boating, swimming, and meet nice girls. ^0^