Day Trips, Las Vegas
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.
The fun really begins as soon as you start from Las Vegas. In the thirty minutes it'll take you to reach Bonnie Springs, you'll experience a desert wonderland of cacti, plants, and unique trees: The Yucca, the Barrel Cactus, the Prickly Pear, and the Joshua. You will see what is called "The Lord's Candle". the long stem that grows out of the center will burn for hours like a torch. The prospectors and settlers used them for light long before lanterns were abundant or even available.
When you reach Bonnie Springs, you'll see that they are nestled at the foot of majestic peaks. the colorful bluffs are a monument of historic mysteries. in fact, from the porch of our museum you'll see a door-like slab carved in the face of one of our peaks. the logical speculation is that it was an Indian altar but no one knows for sure. It is these things, however, and things like this that make a visit to Old Nevada so wonderfully unusual and so enjoyable to young and old alike.
If you're lucky you will see some of Nevada's wild life that roams free beyond the canyon walls. There are wild donkeys, horses, coyotes, polecats, badger, deer, elk, and big horn sheep. And, along with the poisonous sidewinder and green Mojave, there is the only poisonous lizard in the United States - The Gila Monster.
Enjoy swimming, horseback riding, the petting zoo, cocktails, dining, and the excitement of the Old West at the Bonnie Springs Motel.
They have beautiful themed rooms complete with fireplaces and luv tubs, or threy have kitchen suites available which are great for the whole family. For our motel guests, we offer our horseback riding Breakfast Ride, a 1-hour guided ride and breakfast, for only $25. The ride is at 9:00 am, and reservations must be made by 7:00 pm the night before.
Outdoor pools surrounded by private bungalows provide havens for relaxation. A full-service beauty salon and spa offer a variety of therapeutic and rejuvenating body care treatments in the European tradition. They are a world class spa featuring a complete range of unique facilities and services for both men and women.
They offer everything from Watsu or mudbath to a "couples massage" where you and your loved one can experience the wonderful relaxation of a massage together. Every spa experience includes access to our soaking mineral pools and eucalyptus steam room. The hair and nail salon offers all types of hair treatments, manicures, and pedicures.
For reservations and information, call (800) 459-PLAY (7529) ext. 6760. Locally, call (702) 346-6760. Certain restrictions apply.
All spa & salon treatments & prices are subject to change.
When in Vegas, you also have to do all-you-can-eat buffets that all hotels have.
One of the bigger one I did was brunch at the Flamingo. Lots o' options especially dessert - there's always room for dessert (whipped cream on..)
At the Tropicana on Wednesday nights there is a seafood buffet for about $16. But there are coupons in the hotel for $4 off.
Once again, just have to ooh and aahhh about the scenery. When driving through the country here, you just set your car to cruise and fall asleep, the road can stay straight for a very long time, hills are rare, mountains non-existant.
OK, gamble, everyone does, but also get out of town (or at least away from the strip). See Red Rock Canyon (especially you climbers), only 45 minutes frim the strip. Rent a car, or better yet a harley and cruise the Red Rock Loop ($5 for a car, $3 on motorcycle). Have sausage gravy and biscuits at the Blue Diamond 76 truck stop. Go to Mesquite (1 1/2 hours by car from the strip), it has casinos, cheap golf on nice courses, horseback riding (including overnight rides), skeet and trap shooting. See the Valley of Fire (1 1/2 hours by car) the most beautiful scenery in the desert. Visit the Lost CIty Museum in Overton, while you are visiting Lake Mead. See Mt. Charleston there is good hiking and climbing and a restaurant near the top with a 24 hour bar. In other words, gamble but also see the nearby sights (even Death Valley is less than 2 hours away). Rent a motorcycle if you a re here in the fall or spring (way too hot for motorcycle riding in the summers).
Rent a car and go north to Mt. Charleston. You will love it! But...bring a jacket...it get's chilly!
It takes you away from the lights and sights of Las Vegas. You re-enter nature. It's amazing to see something so awsome is so close to Vegas.
The cafe is on the side of the highway in Rachel( blink & you'll miss it)in the middle of the infamous Area 51. It is run by Joe & Pat, which give you a warm welcome.
You must try their famous 'Alien Burger', tastes just like beef to me.
I'd recommend you check out www.SaveLV.com - lots of ways to get free and inexpensive show tickets, deals, etc.
How to save big on dining.
Tons of info - updated daily.