Nevada Off The Beaten Path

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Nevada Off The Beaten Path

  • Within a 3 Hour Drive

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    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...

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  • Off The Strip

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    Located about a mile away from Downtown, walking south along the area of Coolidge Ave. The Arts District was something I stumbled across researching online. Now, when you come to Vegas, you're gonna wanna remain on the Strip and see all the shows, no doubt about it. That's what people come to Vegas for, to party it up! The last thing on your mind...

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  • Red Rock Canyon

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    Red Rock Canyon NCA is about seventeen miles west of Las Vegas. As a National Conservation Area, Red Rock is protected by the Bureau of Land Management, and there are lots of things to do here, especially for those who enjoy outdoor activities. Camping, hiking, horseback riding, even rock climbing can be done here. The landscape is colorful,...

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  • Cool Casino Stuff

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    I think these wonderful statues get overlooked because they sit back from strip and not too many people venture inward to see them. There are about either 5 or 6 statues located with enclaves and a very impressive fountain that is the centerpiece on the strip in front of Monte Carlo Casino and Hotel. This was sculpted by artist Stuart Land who has...

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  • Hoover Dam/Lake Mead

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    A short drive away from Las Vegas and you can visit the Hoover Dam. Built between 1931 and 1935 this huge engineering construction to control the flow of the Colorado and forming Lake Mead was built 2 years ahead of time and actually well below budget. You can just stand there and look at the river or the lake or take the Dam tour, which we did and...

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  • Off the Path / Off the Wall

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    Shine Alternative Fitness is west of the strip but is totally worth getting to if possible. It is a gym owned and operated by Cirque de Soleil performers and workers. It is just a completely amazing experience. You can go see a show and learn some of the moves from the performers themselves. They offer things like Antigravity Yoga, Ariel Silks,...

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  • Valley of Fire State Park

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    Take the I-15 north from Las Vegas about 55 miles to the Valley of Fire exit. Here you'll find the Moapa Band of Paiute Indian Reservation and the beautiful Valley Of Fire State Park--Which I'll write more about on my Overton, Nevada page. I just drove through, but there are camping facilities and many wonderous sights for those interested in...

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  • Mount Charleston

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    You might get tired of the Vegas Strip lights but don't worry because there is an awesome mountain to explore just 35 miles northwest of the Las Vegas strip - it is called Mt Charleston! I took my wife's sister's family who were visiting from Singapore and we had fun going up the mountain and taking pictures. The drive is easy and at that time we...

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  • Other Museums/Tours

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden are open daily from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. Admission is FREE, tours are self-guided, and you get a FREE sample at the end of the tour. After the tour, you can walk off the calories by stepping over to the Cactus Garden, which is also FREE. In its 2.5 acres, you'll discover an arid landscape...

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  • Other Desert Perspectives

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    We booked everything from home, via the Internet. Plane, hotel, and extras. Among the extras we booked a horse riding excursion in the desert, which was amazing. The excursion was scheduled at sunset; they came to pick us up in the hotel. Driving to destination took about 45 minutes, in direction NW Vegas. We arrived at this place, hidden among...

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  • Other National/State Parks

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    Under Bringhurt’s direction with 29 other Mormon missionaries from Utah, began construction on June 14, 1855 to build a 150-foot square adobe fort, cultivate crops, build relationships with the Indians, and act as a way station for individuals traveling between California and Salt Lake City. With the initial success of the fort, Brigham Young had...

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  • Grand Canyon

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    Helicopter tours are very expensive way to go around tour areas and going to the grand canyon via a helicopter tour can really be very expensive with prices ranging from $ 400 per person up to $ 750 per person depending on the type of tour and the time of the helicopter tour you want. A simple las vegas to grand canyon west rim tour with lunch at...

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  • Las Vegas Neon Museum

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    This is just east of the Fremont Experience. This is part of the Neon Musuem, but this part is Free to public. Best times ofcourse, is at night, but be careful. It is outside of the safety of the Fremont Experience. If you want to see some of the most historical signs, you have to go to the bone yard and there is a not free.

 East end...

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  • Ceaser's Palace

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    The fountain shows taking place around the aquarium. The animatronic Roman statues at the Festival Fountain come to life in a seven-minute show featuring special lighting effects, sound effects and smoke. Animatronic statues acting out the story of the fall of Atlantis. This high tech production is one of the most popular free shows in Las Vegas....

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  • Wynn Hotel

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    More pictures of swimming at Vegas Swimming at the las vegas pools are one of the activities in Las Vegas. The Encore at Wynn has 3 pools but only the main pool is open for any age since the nearby european pool is restricted for 21 years old and above since it is an optional topless pool (that is why it is a european pool, right). The Encore...

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  • China Town

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    This beautiful sculpture graces the center of Chinatown mall. It stand proudly adorned in gold and surround by a fountain. The story goes: Journey to the West is a mythological novel based on centuries old popular stories. The novel tells of the amazing adventures of Priest Xuanzang and his three disciples, the irreverent Monkey King, the greedy...

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  • Bally's Hotel

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    While exploring Bally's Mall, my hubby decided he wanted to try one of these out. So we both did. Well I have to say it was relaxing and almost made me fall asleep. It made his back feel better too. I've seen these in other casino shopping malls too. It was actually fun to try. 3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  • Mirage Hotel

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    You will find this in front on the sidewalk in front of the Mirage, just on the other side of the bronze sculpture dolphins and water falls garden. This wonderful plaque reads: Masters of the impossible, Creators of an unprecedented phenomenon in theatrical arts. As the pioneers of family entertainment in Las Vegas, they have changed the course...

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  • Tours by Air

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    Numerous companies offer tours of the Grand Canyon by air and by shuttle bus. Personally, I'd recommend leaving a ground tour of the Canyon for another trip and taking the time to really experience the place. But seeing the Grand Canyon from the air is an incredible experience. If you have an extra day or simply want to get away from the Strip, an...

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  • Paris Hotel

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    This beautiful fountain has been replaced with an addition called the Sugar Shack Restaurant. Also, the city is trying to conserve their water so many of the fountains are either not running or replaced with flower beds. One of the unique faucets about these mega casinos is each of them having a theme. I hope visitors appreciate the attention to...

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  • Freemont Street

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    These 18 embedded diamond or oval-shaped medallions commemorate the city’s 1905 founding and such seminal events as Nevada’s 1931 legalization of gambling and the Hoover Dam groundbreaking. Each cost $3,600 and are placed along the Fremont East District as part of the city's ongoing $5.5 million reconstruction of Fremont Street between Las Vegas...

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  • Montelago Village Resort

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    When you want to escape the high noise levels on the Strip in Vegas, head on over to Lake Las Vegas, in Henderson, about 17 miles to the east , on the way to Lake Mead. This "Tuscany" look-like, feel like, resort area has major hotels with a casino and a beautiful championship golf course. Everything from great dining to boutique shops are found...

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  • Fashion Show Mall

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    If you've read my other pages, I love the serendipity of finding the unique and unusual that people would otherwise pass by. The ABC Store in Las Vegas is located in the Fashion Show Mall, and gives you a little slice of island life. Hawaiian music, tradtional and pop is in background at all times, with the pleasant asian/polynesian staff dressed...

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  • Mandalay Bay Hotel

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    I know it's a very touristy thing to do, but I wanted to see the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, which might be one of the city's most famous landmarks. The sign was created in 1959 and because it is under no copyrights, it is found under any imaginable shape or form in all the Las Vegas souvenir stores. My tour guide suggested taking a...

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  • Stratosphere Hotel and Casino

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    I found these paintings, depicting tall, famous buildings around the world, on the way from the elevator to the indoors observation deck. They are, in the order I saw them: Picture 1: the CN Tower in Toronto, with a height of 555.33m (antenna included). Its Sky Pod is the highest public observation gallery at 447m. Picture 2: the Stratosphere...

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  • Flamingo Hotel

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    The name "Flamingo Hotel" has survived since the 1940s era of the Las Vegas Strip devolopment, but in 1993 the Hilton Corporation razed the motel style building to the ground and built a $104 million tower addition on that site, but there are still the plastic flamingos in the gardens and pool area. In the Gardens at the rear of the hotel is a...

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  • Monte Carlo

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    This was off MY path! I really can't say if it is worth a visit or not because we were so tired when we arrived there that, having not this hotel highlighted in our guide ... we skipped it. Well, there's always a second time, and Luxor, Strathosfere, and... Monte Carlo may have its turn.

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  • The Shoe Tree - Toss your shoes in a...

    UPDATE: Some vandals cut this tree down (Dec 2010)!~~~~~~~~~People have been throwing their shoes and boots in a particular tree for over a century. --> It has been considered good luck to toss your old shoes after an arduous journey. A new pair of shoes at a new home is a fresh start with all your troubles behind you. Many of the people who...

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  • The Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

    This was an interesting find from just driving around the lake like we did. I enjoyed the tour very much. Built in 1903 by Isaias William Hellman as a meager summer home, president of Nevada National and Wells Fargo Banks. Following Hellman's death in 1920 the property was bequeathed to his daughter, Florence Ehrman who enterained regularly here...

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  • Burning Man CounterCulture Festival

    Thia Aug 27 to Sept. 3 Will be the date for the most Avante-Garde Art Festival IN THE WORLD. The BURNING MAN event will take place 120 miles north of RENO NEVADA. It is a 1 week event like no other on the PLANET. To much to explain. TKTS cost 280 Dlls. Go to burningman.com for ALL the info. It is out of this world.

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  • Hoover Dam

    From Las Vegas, take highway 93 heading east. Hoover Dam is located about 30 miles from Las Vegas and is along the way if you drive to the Grand Canyon as I did.

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  • Mt. Charleston

    Seen from my hotel room the morning of my departure. The mountain lies about one hour to the north-north-west of Las Vegas. There is a road that loops around the top of the mountain.

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  • Nice to see, make sure your car has AC.

    Hoover Dam. Historic.The drive out there will take longer than walking the dam, the gift shop and taking the tour.Nice to see, no need to go back.

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  • Valley of Fire

    The background almost looks fake, huh. That's Ally and me looking at all the paintings on the rocks from Native Americans many many moons ago. Very COOL even for the little ones. It takes us about 45 min to get there from the Las Vegas Strip. It's about $7 a car for the day. They also have a nice visitor center and short hikes that are fairly easy...

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  • Nature in Vegas

    If I'm in town for the weekend I'm out hiking and exploring what Nevada has to offer. Mt Charleston, Red Rocks and my favorite place Valley of Fire! Here's a pic from Red Rocks only 30 min from the Strip.

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  • Take A Trip to Death Valley

    Not too far from Las Vegas is Death Valley National Park. Actually park of the national park is located in Nevada. It's very lovely. Particularly in spring.Beatty, Nevada on the U.S. Route 95 approximately 120 miles north of Las Vegas is one of the eastern entrance into Death Valley. Beatty "advertises" itself as the Gateway to Death Valley. Their...

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  • Hoover Dam museum

    The Hoover Dam Museum gives more in depth history on the construction of the Dam. The tour is a better option as it allows you to see the Dam while learning about it, but the museum is a good place to stop as well, especially on a rare rainy day.

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  • Hoover Dam facts and figures

    The dam is 660 feet thick at its base and 45 feet thick at the top. Construction of the dam took 4 years and a cost of 60 million dollars. The lake created by Hoover Dam supplies water to 25 million residences.The rivers created by the dam provide irrigation to a half million acres of land in the United States and Mexico.

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  • Driving across Hoover Dam

    In a further feat of engineering, a highway was built across Hoover Dam. At a height of 1,200 feet, it is a birds eye view of the impressive structure otherwise known as Hoover Dam.Keep in mind that access across Hoover Dam has been restricted since 9/11. Trucks and buses carrying cargo, including luggage, are denied access without a permit. All...

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  • Tribute to the fallen

    Hoover Dam's construction and success came at a very heavy price. 96 people died during the construction of the dam, as a result of drowning, blasting, falling rocks or slides, falls from the canyon walls, struck by heavy equipment, truck accidents, etc. This does not include those who died from the elements, such as heat.

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  • Garnet Prospecting

    If you are really into gemstones, Garnet Hill is by far the best place in the USA to find garnets. To give you an idea as to how abundant these gems are here, my cousin and I were walking through the woods to the area where Garnet Hill is located. I looked down and found 2 gem quality garnets just laying on the ground. The specimens you see here...

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  • Mesquite

    You know you've crossed the border from Utah into Nevada when gas stations bear slot machines and not signs reading "No alcohol or tobacco sold here." But nothing drives this point home more than viewing Mesquite from highway 15.Mesquite is less than an hour from Las Vegas. It is a tiny town which serves as a rest stop for weary interstate drivers...

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  • Lost City Museum

    The Lost City Museum is located in Overton, about 15 miles north of Valley of the Fire State Park. The museum features artifacts from the A portion of the ruins of the Anasazi civilization are located outside the museum and can be toured as well.

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  • Barren Land Drive

    Anyone been to Las Vegas? It is something. Try to think of anything and you'll find it there. Yes, in the middle of desert. Because you're not driven to think there is a desert all around. I've driven a few times from Las Vegas to Reno and vice-versa, but also driven to Reno coming from east. Many friends there and worth to visit. Summer drives...

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  • Welcome to Nowhere

    In Empire, Nevada on State Route 447 you can find the Empire Store & Deli, and one of USG's plants, and a golf course... The Empire Store & Deli is probably about the most frequented business by travelers. With a poplution around 300, there is no doubt that Empire is a small town in the middle of nowhere. However, Empire is a company town, and USG...

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