Within a 3 Hour Drive, Las Vegas
Located only 158 miles from Las Vegas is the beautiful Zion National Park. You could make a day trip out of it, but I would stay overnight in nearby Springdale so that you have enough time to drive the scenic Hwy 9 through the 1 mile tunnel to the eastern section of the park. There are also many excellent hikes, most of them paved and easily accessible for all members of the family. See my Zion pages for more photos and info.
About 30 minutes south of Vegas, you'll find Buffalo Bill's casino, and therein, the Desperado Roller Coaster.
When it first opened, the Desperado held the Guiness Book of World Records title as the world's tallest, fastest, and steepest roller coaster. It's since been outdone in all categories, but it's still in the top 10 of steepest! It was so much fun, we rode it twice.
Also, since you're in Primm, NV and not on the strip, you don't have to wait in line. You get a discount on the NYNY coaster if you keep your ticket stub, but honestly this ride was way more fun.
The buffet at Buffalo Bill's is not bad either. But definitely wait until AFTER you ride the coaster :)
Take I-15 south out of Vegas to Primm. You can't miss it!
I was actually amazed to see that there were actually waterfalls in the desert! How could that be?
My brother-in-law, who lives in Las Vegas (owns businesses there), took us to Black Diamond. He said there are red rocks in the town and it is a great place for hiking. We actually went hiking close to the red rocks and found mini-waterfalls!
The hike was easy because there are trails to follow, snaking through small bushes.
The red rocks are amazing.
The drive was about 45 minutes from the Strip and the hike is about 30 minutes one way.
Primm, Nv ~ Better known as State Line. Only about 45 minutes west of Vegas. Great stop on the way to Vegas from California to stretch your legs, go on the roller coaster at Buffalo Bill's or get some preemptive gambling in. On the drive back to Cali, procrastinate the drive by stopping to stretch you legs, go on the roller coaster or get some last chance gambling in!
Calico Ghost Town, - located in the Mojave Desert - is a restored silver mining town from the 1880's to the 1890's in Southern California.
A small part of the former town is original, and the rest has been reconstructed for the tourists. It seems to be a tourist trap. If you want to see a real Ghost Town, then this place is not for you.
It has some attraction such as a train ride, cowboys, shoot-outs, and plenty of old type buildings to take photos for your memories.
On our visit in July 2000 due to the extreme high temperature there were almost nobody here, only some of the inhabitants to collect your money.
Admission fee: Adult U$6.00 Youth (6-15) U$3.00
Address: 36600 Ghost Town Road
Yermo, CA 92398
Located Midway between L.A. and Las Vegas, 10 miles north of Barstow, Exit I-15 at Ghost Town Road.
Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. except Christmas Day
If your time allows, it is nice to go to Boulder City. You can stop by the city and walk around and check out their Indian stores. You pass by this town, anyway, when you head to the scenic route going to Lake Mead and leading to the Hoover Dam!
If you´ve got a car and a free day you should visit the old mining town of Oatman, across the State line in Arizona. Just a couple of hours away from Vegas its a great day out for all the family. This town is frequented by the wild burros who live in the surrounding countryside so great for the kids to feed them. See my Oatman page for lots of details.
The Hoover Dam is a 45 minute drive from Vegas and whether you rent a car, book a sight-seeing tour with a bus or van, you have to go see it. I didn't think it would be very fun just to see it, but when you're looking over the edge of this 900-something foot monster, it's enough to get you're adrenaline going.
The mix of beauty and serenity makes you want to just sit and stare at this beautiful construction built almost a century ago. There are bronze statues there, the largest solid ones either in the country or the world, but if you rub their feet, it's supposed to give you good luck. Stand in Nevada and Arizona and enter the time warp (just kidding). Do not make the Hoover Dam a day-trip. Plan it so that you spend a couple hours there because after that, you will get bored.
The Grand Canyon is 3 hours from Vegas so take advantage of that. There are day-tours that take you to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon so check those out. The scenery and the fact that you can say you saw it makes it well worth it.
I suggest the website below since the prices are usually cheaper than the rest with constant specials.
Just about 25miles south of Vegas on the 1-15, right on the California State line, is another small casino resort, Primm Valley. Theres a large shopping outlet there as well as some attractions and rides for the kids. I must admit the shopping outlet seemed to be about 15 yrs behind everywhere else, but we were on our way back from the Hoover Dam after taking a drive thru the desert, and decided to call in. Its quite a sight as you are driving thru the dry arid desert when suddenly up pops a whole resort with casinos and rides...worth a drive out if you need a break from the Strip.
This is one of Nevada's legal brothels. And it's an interesting place, with guided tours available from Las Vegas. You don't need to purchase any of the "services" to have a look around. Prices are negotiated in the living room. There are a lot of standard bedrooms, and a number of cabins with various themes, such as Roman, medieval, psychedlic (hippie), wild animal, and others. And Sherri's offers "special services" for those with unusual tastes, such as "S&M", bondage, discipline, domination, etc. The ranch also has a full bar and good food.
It's open 24 hours, 365 days a year. Complimentary limo service from Las Vegas is available at all times. Call Warren at Warren, at 702-524-5537. Sherri's is located in Pahrump, Nevada, about an hour's drive from Las Vegas.
As for prices, they are very expensive. That's what you pay for having a safe, legal form of prostitution where you won't get arrested, mugged, publicly humiliated, or contract any STV.
The legal brothels are all located in small, out-of-the-way towns such as Pahrump. Nevada is a big, sparsely populated state, so there are many places to locate a brothel. To my knowledge, no one here has any serious complaint about the system.
Car rental in Vegas is cheap for an eco car. We rented a car for 4 days for only $100. We were able to drive to Fire Valley and the Grand Canyon to go hiking, and see the Hoover Dam (which was ok, but I hear awesome if you take the tour). We were planning to drive to LA but we ran out of time. There are so many cool things that are only a few hours drive from Vegas.
Zion National Park is located just outside Parksdale Utah, approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Las Vegas. It is a nice alternative to the Grand Canyon as it will be invariably busier and odds are many of you have already visited the Grand Canyon. Zion is a great deal costing only $20 per carload of people. For those who love hiking there are a number of hikes taking between 3-5 hours such as angels landing, hidden canyon and observation point. Also there are much easier hikes and walks taking less than an hour. I fell in love with this park when i visited and i can't wait to get back and do a few of the things i didn't get to see the first time around. Try it out, i'm sure you'll love it as much as i did.
Do take a trip upto the Grand Canyon. You really MUST shop around for the best deal. We booked via the internet in advance and we paid less than half what others paid for the same trip. There are 'Tourist information' shops all over the place, push them for their absolute best price.
Laughlin, Nevada is about a 1 1/3 hour drive southeast of the Vegas "Strip". If you want to see what 6-8 casinos on the Colorado river look like, then this is the place to go out of the way besides Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. This is the view from Deck D of the Colorado Belle casino, where you can take a boat ride with other tourists.
The Lost City of Overton was a surprise we found at the end of the drive through The Valley of Fire.
There is a small museum full of recued relics from the days when the Hoover Dam was being built. You see, when the water of the Colorado River pooled behind the dam, it would bury the evidence of the indiginous people, the Basket Maker people and a later population, the Anasazi Pueblo farmers from Moapa Valley, who had lived in the area.
Read more about the Lost City Of Overton on my Overton, Nevada page.