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    Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 11, 2014

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    If or when you decide to visit Las Vegas. Not far is one of the man made wonders Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.

    I don't know if how many folks in VT have visited this area, but if you visited in the 1980's it was busy. It was a major highway for traffic to get here and there from Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. I can remember the trucks trying to cross and how dangerous I thought to be a major tourist attraction with so many tourist who visit this wonderful piece of man made wonders. After 911 it changed the access dramatically with having check points before anyone enters this area and before the bypass that vehicles had to be inspected before they could cross. So, what does the highway commission decide to do? Well, build another man made wonder! It is awesome and the fact they built a walkway for us tourist to enjoy was a good idea. I guess they knew folks would try to drive across to see the dam that way. 



    Well, here is some advice. You will not see it very well if you try to drive and that is because of the huge concrete wall barriers they used to separate traffic from the walkway. So, just take the stroll instead to see such a beautiful view of the whole Hoover Dam and beautiful Lake Mead.



    Frequently Asked Questions

Q. DOES THE COLORADO RIVER BRIDGE HAVE A NAME?
A. Yes, the United States Congress officially named it the “Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge” after two prominent local citizens who dedicated themselves to public service and the greater good. Mike O’Callaghan was a longtime Nevadan, former Governor, community leader, and businessman. He died in March 2004 at the age of 74. Pat Tillman graduated with honors from ASU and played professional football for the Arizona Cardinals before joining the Army. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 at the age of 27.

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    Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden~Holiday Lights

    by Yaqui Written Mar 2, 2012

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    Not only does Ethel M Chocolates Factory have tours, but has this wonderful Botanical Cactus Garden. Every year they decorated the Botanical Cactus Garden from top to bottom with all kinds of colorful lights. It is Free too! It usually from Dec 1 to Jan 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM. Checked the web site for current times and dates.

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    Ideas for families with teenagers

    by NaughtyArty Written Jun 20, 2011

    I'd suggest visiting the Pinball Museum & Hall of Fame (Pinballmuseum.org) and the Neon Sign museum/graveyard (neonmuseum.org).

    Also, you may want to try the indoor skydiving (vegasindoorskydiving.com), and if they into guns/shooting, try one of the firing ranges. There are several that offer automatic weapons target practice, just Google search for them. Those last two activities are more costly than other activities though.

    Don't forget about all of the free casino attractions (in addition to the MGM Lions). The Bellagio fountains, Mirage Volcano, the TI Siren show, and even the anamatronic statues in the Forum Mall are all worth seeing.

    Since you're staying at Mandalay Bay, plan on them wanting to spend a decent chunk of time at the pools there, which are arguably the best on the strip. There are also several malls on/near the strip if they want to do some shopping. M&M's World and the Coca-Cola World stores near the MGM Grand are fun for all ages.

    Most of the casinos have some type of game room for those under 21. Or they could try Gameworks, on the southern end of the strip, next to the MGM Grand.

    Lastly, here's an idea - let them pick one or two of the restaurants you're going to eat at. With literally hundreds of restaurants location in the strip casinos or within a few blocks of the strip, you can find almost any type of cuisine you want to try. Maybe they'd like to try some Hawaiian, Thai, or Brazilian food?

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    DUCK CREEK VILLAGE, above Cedar City, UT

    by solangeturner Updated Mar 4, 2010

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    29-Miles to Duck Creek Village, East of Cedar, UT
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    You don't have to go to the East Coast, to see the beautiful Change of Autumn Colors, because it's right here in our Las Vegas Desert's backyard! Up Highway 14, just East of Cedar City, is a 29-mile-drive through the most interesting terrain and topography, you'll ever experience in the world. Bring your A.T.V. in the Summer and your Ski Mobiles in the Winter to Duck Creek Village and Strawberry Point. There's Lake Navajo Fishing, surrounded by black LAVA FLOWS; Log Cabins for overnight visitors at Duck Creek Village; Horse Riding in the Summer; Brian Head skiing, in the Winter; "hoo-doo's" that remind you of Bryce Canyon Park; Majestic mountain views, -on a clear day you can see the top of Zion; old volcano spills on the side of the roads; tall pine trees lining a black-top winding road; you just want to pull over at every pull-out drive, in order to take in the views! Some curves take you along tall boulders in a well carved river canyon that is just breath-taking! Watch out for falling rocks as the Winter Snow in 2009, dropped large boulders which came crashing down and closed the highway road (Hwy 14) until the work crew were able to blast and remove all the debri and all the many toppled trees!

    At the top of the gorgeous 29-mile-drive is Mirror Lake, and Duck Creek Village, where you can shop, eat, rest, sleep, see some real estate chalets, participate in yearly festivals and get some gasoline, if you drove up straight through from Las Vegas. To continue further past Duck Creek Village, you won't need a map to find the street sign to Strawberry Point, 2 miles ahead at the open meadows clearing, and turn Right ( West), to a dirt road dotted with lovely log cabins tucked away behind mature evergreen trees for the next straight 6.5 miles; until it turns to the south into a widing sinouous-snake road where you'll find a view only short of the Grand Canyon North Rim! Yes! You've reached Strawberry Point, and the miles of sky and red rocks and forested mountain views and lakes, will make such a grand color contrast for your eyes that you'll feel as if you're chewing up candy for the brain! Well worth the car wash to remove the red dust that sticks to the framework of your vehicle. If you own a 4-wheel drive; the better. Just don't come in early Springtime. The meadow flowers, the cows and sheep grazing thinks it's wonderful but since the snow is melting, you don't want to get stuck in the red mud!

    You will find several ATV trails ( you can Rent ATV's or Snow mobiles, in Duck Creek Village ), all around as the local "Fire Roads" keep them pretty well carved, considering the weather. There are many cabins tucked into the hills and I heard from the locals that most of them are retirees from the Las Vegas Area! Gee... I couldn't think of a better place to retire, myself. When the harsh and un-plowed winter months come about, we can leave The Edge of the World ( 9,000+ feet elevation), because I don't "do" snow-mobiles, and travel the rest of the world. BUT we'd be missing some lovely sunsets at Zion View Mountain Estates' cliff-side, I can tell you. The sky is a never ending art canvas, as the clouds roll by. Fire, rain and evening lightning storms are seen from a safe and grand distance, atop Zion View. Christmas is lovely with snow covered pine trees against the deep blue skies.

    The meadows are filled with birds, tiny chipmunk, numerous deer and antelope, as eagles and hawks soar the skies above. There is no hunting near this pristine Dixie National Forest /Residential Area, but there is a lot of dry firewood from fallen trees you can gather and take home for the fireplace. The Sheriff and his team are known for keeping a good watch with vigilant roadside checks for "undesirables"... but frankly, I think the local folks are pretty good at "keeping an eye out for each other or any trouble-makers". Good neighbors are found on all the trails, willing to help anyone in need, up here, in these "hills." It seems everybody knows who lives in their area, able to identify their vehicles from a distance, and WHO, has visitors overnight! After all, this is a great quiet family-oriented area, as the wind frequently carries children's joyous laughter across the fields. What a delight to hear! All human senses are awaken here. Another place you hate to leave and love to go back to.

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  • China Ranch Date Farm

    by RamblingRich Written Feb 16, 2009

    An intertesting place to visit. In the south desert of Death valley CA. A very old , family run farm wiith a vbast variety of dates grown on site. They use old jerseys to keep pests off the dates as they ripen. You can get dates and various breads and stuff at the store.

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  • How about an Indian Pow Wow ?

    by RamblingRich Written Feb 16, 2009

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    There are a few great Pow Wows scheduled around Las Vegas. An outstanding experience. The culture, the dance tradition and some ethnic food all for a unique experience. It is best to google "vegas pow wow " to find the current dates . They are in Vegas area and in Paruhmp.

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  • Wild horses close up !!

    by RamblingRich Written Feb 16, 2009

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    A preserve are north of Mt Charleston. A small community near where the small herd of wild horses are easy to approach. They are not frightened by vehicles and some are pretty tame. Some even beg for treats

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  • Nelson and Nelsons landing

    by RamblingRich Written Feb 16, 2009

    This is an famous old mining area .. Eldorado Canyon .. The town, general store, and mione are just a bit south of Las Vegas. A good drive to a great old mining area. You can join a tour of the old mine at the store. If you continue thru town, you will come to an overlook on the Colorado River. Deep blue water, great place for a picnic lunch.

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  • Petroglyphs close up !

    by RamblingRich Written Feb 16, 2009

    There are many and varied petroglyphs at Grapevine Canyon. It is a conservation area sdouth of the city. You park and walk in on a relatively flat approach. The entrance to the canyon is lined with a great number of wonderfull petroglyphs. You can walk right up to most of them. PLEASE do not deface this area ..it is not fenced off and is a treat to be able to see them so close. .. If anyone needs more detail , please post here.

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    Floyd Lamb Park: Natural Attraction

    by caseyso Updated Aug 12, 2008
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    A park in Las Vegas, Floyd Lamb Park not only has picnic grounds where people can barbecue and eat, it is also surrounded by four stocked ponds where visitors are allowed to fish. Great scenic views are also accessible here, and also there are volleyball and horseshoe facilities.

    Floyd Lamb Park is a park surrounding four stocked ponds. The park has been fascinating people for literally more than a thousand years already. During the prehistoric times, the park was visited by a number of different mammals such as horses, mammoths, bisons, camels, and giant sloths. Fossil remains of these animals had been found in the park. Recently, it was designated as a Historic District.

    The park is open daily from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. The fee is $6 per vehicle or $1 for each person. Annual passes are also available for $45 and are good until the end of December of the same year.

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    Take a break from the strip

    by wavyhorses Updated May 5, 2008

    If you spend all your time on the Strip it will drive you crazy plus take all your cash. Take a trip or tour and chill out. The desert is surprisingly calming. Lots of options, you will be in a desert state so have an adventure.
    Enjoy. Death valley was a good place to visit. The place is better than the name.

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    TAKE THE SAM'S TOWN FREE SHUTTLE

    by LoriPori Written Dec 11, 2007

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    Sam's Town Shuttle Bus

    Hans and I have done this a couple of times and not everyone knows about it. You can TAKE THE SAM'S TOWN FREE SHUTTLE. Why? you ask!!! The Casino has a nice Family atmosphere. It has (had!) an absolutely wonderful Buffet. If you look in the Las Vegas magazines you will find a coupon for "FREE $10.00 Slot PLay" when you play $20.00. Sign up for your Free Prime Rewards Membership Card to receive your FREE Slot Play.
    Sam's Town Shuttle Stops:
    Fremont Hotel
    California Hotel
    Riviera Hotel
    Harrah's Las Vegas
    Tropicana Resort & Casino
    Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon

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    TAKE AN OUTSIDE STROLL INSIDE

    by birchy99 Written Oct 3, 2006

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    Of course when you are tired of gambling, if you have any $$ left that is, take a stroll through the Forum Shops at Caesar's. The whole place is designed to empty your wallet and bank account if they didn't get it at the tables or slots.
    You will find just about every kind of store and shop here. Not just your ordinary shopping mall fare either, but some pretty classy, expensive stuff. Or at least it looked that way. Not being accustomed to shopping for these kinds of baubles I really can't say if they were real or not. I still have that $20 Rolex I bargained for in Tijuana, you know.
    I think the most interesting store was the sports memorabilia place. Again, I have no idea if the stuff is legit or not, but I did see a huge gunboat which claimed to be Shag's shoe. And there are lots of autographed photos and equipment of sports stars both ancient and present.
    Be aware that if you are in a hurry, go out to the Strip and walk. The planners have ingeniously engineered the walkways so that you can't get anywhere fast without going past every show window in the place. There are no shortcuts.

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  • have lunch somewhere different..

    by dutyfree Updated Aug 20, 2006

    Whilst in Vegas Locals took me to something I would never have thought were possible.. I was taken to Mt Charleston which isnt too far from the strip.. You can have lunch and its a very peaceful place where you could have a romantic dinner and check out the views. Mind blowing is one description that comes to mind...

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    Free things to do on the Vegas Strip

    by toontown Written Jul 9, 2006

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    Freebies (in no particular order):

    Lion Habitat at MGM Grand
    Wild Habitat at the Flamingo
    Bellagio Conservatory
    Bellagio Fountains
    Fountain Shows at Caesar's Palace
    White Tiger Habitat at the Mirage
    Sirens of Treasure Island
    Air Play at the Tropicana
    Tropicana Bird Show
    Volcano at the Mirage

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