I have to say this has been one of my favorite places to visit. It is best to visit anytime but summer. As it would be unbearably HOT! We went in February and left the strip with a temp of 57 degrees, and ended up with it being 75degrees in Death Valley. I was going to book a trip through a tour company, but decided to rent a car a do it myself for a third of the cost. We headed to Rhyolite Ghost town first and then on to Stovepipe Wells, where there are some awesome and dunes to climb on! We then headed into Death Valley National Park, we did al the must sees....Devils Golf Course, Badwater, Artists Palet, and just every view you have while driving to, from and around this area!!!
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.
We drove from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park. This drive quickly departs the city via Highway 95 to the northwest. This route goes past Indian Springs Airfield, as well as some small casinos, where we had lunch. Further along we took Rt 373 into California then caught Hwy 190 which is the main route through Death Valley. Out in the desert, gas was 50-75 cents more expensive than in Vegas, so fuel up before you head out.
I DONT THINK YOU CAN GO TO LAS VEGAS AND NOT TAKE TIME OUT TO SEE THE GRAND CANYON...IT WOULD BE A CRYING SHAME TO MISS THIS WONDER OF THE WORLD.
SO MY WIFE AND I BOOKED WITH PAPILLION HELICOPTERS FOR A THREE HOUR TRIP TO THE CANYON. PICKUP FROM OUR HOTEL WAS RIGHT ON TIME AND SOON WE WHERE AT THE AIRPORT HELIPAD WAITING FOR OUR TURN TO FLY OUT ON OUR TRIP. WE WERE LUCKY AND GOT THE TWO FRONT SEATS BESIDE THE PILOT WITH WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST VIEWS.
THE TRIP STARTED WITH A FLIGHT OVER LAKE LAS VEGAS AND THE HOOVER DAM AND ON OUT OVER LAKE MEAD, ALL THE TIME THE PIOLT KEPT US ALL INFORMED WITH WHAT THERE WAS TO SEE AND WITH THE ODD JOKE THROWN IN AS WELL TO PUT THE NERVOUS FLYERS AT EASE.
AFTER A 45 MINUTE FLIGHT THE GRAND CANYON CAME INTO VIEW...AND WHAT A VIEW.
IT WAS A LOVELY SUNNY DAY AND WE SAW THE CANYON IN ALL ITS GLORY. THEN WE STARTED OUR DESCENT INTO THE CANYON WHERE WE WOULD HAVE A THIRTY MINUTE STOP TO HAVE A SIMPLE BUT NICE LUNCH SERVED WITH A CLASS OF CHAMPAGNE. THEN YOU HAD A CHANCE TO GET THE ALL IMPORTANT PHOTOS. AS I SAID WE HAD THIRTY MINUTES HERE BUT I WOULD HAVE LOVED MORE TIME AS IT WAS SO PRETTY AND MIND BLOWING, I COULD NOT BELIEVE WE WHERE THERE, IM SO GLAD WE DID IT. I HAVE TO SAY IT WAS A PRETTY EXPENSIVE TRIP BUT ITS NOT EVERY DAY YOU GO TO SEE SOMETHING AS JAW DROPPING AS THIS.
THE TRIP ENDED BACK AT LAS VEGAS WITH A FLIGHT OVER THE STRIP...A GOOD END TO A GREAT DAY. AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER OUR TRIP COST ROUND ABOUT £250 FOR THE TWO OF US.
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...
After the huge crowds , the action on the strip and casino craziness it was a wonderful half day spent at Red Rock Canyon. A half hour drive out into the desert and we were there early Light hiking through the canyon rock formations and among the Joshua trees in Red Rock park was beautiful to see and very cleansing for the soul. Go early before it gets too hot and don't forget your water
Valley of Fire State Park is located 50 miles north of Las Vegas via I-15. This destination is well worth the drive. There are beautiful red rock formations throughout this well kept State Park. You'll find plenty of places to safely pull off the road to snap picture after picture. There are several trails and each trailhead has picnic tables and restrooms. The rock formations are truly something to behold and words cannot describe how breathtaking the landscape is.
Entrance Fee: $6.00 per vehicle per day.
Camping Fees: $14.00 per night per vehicle (6.00 + 8.00).
Open: dawn to dusk
Visitors Center: 8:30 - 4:30
Okay, so Target may not be the most exciting thing to do in Vegas. And it's listed here only because of one thing - seeing the locals (read: gorgeous women) in their natural habitat. Seriously, shopping off the strip during the day will lead you right into the laps of showgirls, dancers, massage therapists, etc.
Driving in the Desert on Highway 93 on the way to Kingman, past Hoover Dam.
We come from the "Wet side" of Washington, and to drive in the desert is a rare treat for us. In Feburary it was quite green though.
Truly a piece of art in its own right. This structure is an engineering marvel. There's no words to exactly describe the spectaculor view, both at the actual structure and on the way there. Hoover Dam is momumental and is a testament of America's work at its finest.
Only a half-hour drive from the Vegas strip, Lake Mead is a day trip that cannot be missed. I highly encourage renting a car for this excursion (see my transportation tip).
Lake Mead Marina offers rentals such as fishing boats, Sea-Doo's, pontoon boats, and ski boats. The prices per hour are very reasonable, and because a two-hour rental minimum is all that is required, you don't have to spend an entire day on the water. (Unless, of course, that's what you want to do!)
Nothing can be more peaceful than a day spent on the lake. You'll forget that you are only a short distance away from the excitement and crowds of the Vegas strip. Lake Mead is a beautiful, serene landscape that must not be missed.
Bring a cooler full of water (you'll need it!) and do not forget the sunscreen! Also, you may want to stop at a deli or convenience store on your drive to the lake and pick up some sandwiches so you can have a picnic lunch on the water!
Just next to Hoover Dam,you can see also LAKE MEAD.
If you like water sports: swimming,boating,fishing etc.Lake Mead is your place!!!.
This is a partial view of Lake Mead,taken from top of Hoover Dam.
The Hoover Dam is just a quick trip away from Las Vegas and worth the trip. You've seen it on TV, now see it for yourself. It's hard to believe something so large was created back in the early 1900's.
Take the Dam Tour, walk across the dam and check out the gift shop.
Parking Garage: Open 8:00 AM -- Close 6:00 PM
Visitor Center: Open 9:00 AM -- Close 5:00 PM
The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. All times are for the Pacific time zone.
Note: Ticket sales for the Discovery Tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. The visitor center will close at 5:00 p.m. To see it all, we recommend visitors arrive by 3:00 p.m. Pedestrians are prohibited from the top of the dam during hours of darkness.
The busiest season is in the summer from Memorial Day until Labor day. Another busy time is during Spring Break. The slowest months are January and February. At all times, the least crowded tours are during the first two hours of the day.
IF YOU LOVE TO DRIVE FAST, THEN YOU MUST GO TO THE RICHARD PETTY DRIVING EXPERIENCE AT THE LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. THEY ACTUALLY LET YOU DRIVE AN ACTUAL NASCAR THAT HAS ABOUT 700 HORSE POWER AND GOES ABOUT 170 MPH. ON THIS TRACK.THEY ALSO HAVE A RIDE ALONG PROGRAM FOR THOSE THAT DON'T WANT TO DRIVE.
BY FAR THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING THINGS THAT I HAVE DONE.
To observe the true beauty of the high desert you should make the trip to Red Rock National Conservation Area. Head west on Charleston Boulevard about 16 miles from Las Vegas. The Bureau of Land Management operates a visitors' center where they exhibit plant, animal and desert life. Don't miss the drive around the 13 mile scenic loop as it winds through the colorful red rocks, Joshua trees and the unusually beautiful desert scenery. Admission is $5 per car. see if you can find the hidden waterfall and pond and streams. Bring a lunch and have a picnic there.