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Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon

10

October

Millions of people visit both the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas each and every year. These two destinations are the most heavily populated tourist attractions in all of Nevada. While many people choose to explore each of these areas individually, you can actually combine the two quite easily thanks to the huge number of options designed to allow people to take on just this kind of adventure. By exploring the methods of transportation ahead of time or taking advantage of the numerous tours that are available between the two locales, you can save money and dramatically expand the potential of your next Nevada getaway.

The journey is not very far at all, spanning roughly 250 miles between the Vegas Strip and the Grand Canyon. People who choose to make the drive using a rental car typically take about 4.5 hours to complete the trip when traveling along Interstate 40. However, there are plenty of ways to get around spending this much time behind the wheel of a rental. Bus tours, for instance, have proven to be a popular option for people making the most of their travel. The Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour will take you on a one-day outing to the Grand Canyon from the heart of Vegas. The tour centers on Grand Canyon Park, an area that is comprised of over 277 miles of the Colorado River. The schedule for the tour is relaxed, allowing people the time to really soak in the majesty of this wondrous creation of Mother Nature. The tour provides a wealth of information on the canyon that stretches over 18 miles across at its widest point. The tour is extremely affordable and even takes you directly over the Hoover Dam on the way to the canyon.

The Grand Canyon West Rim and Skywalk Tour takes visitors to an area of the canyon that is only located 120 miles east of Vegas. This tour has become a favorite due to the fact that it delivers visitors directly to the Skywalk. This look-out point features a glass-bottom bridge that actually extends out over the edge of the canyon. It is steel reinforced and cost close to $30 million to install. It is situated 1,200 meters above the base of the chasm and extends 20 meters away from the cliff face, making it a thrilling if not terrifyingly fun experience. In addition to making this famed stop, visitors will also see the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Eagle Point, and many other locations of interest.

People who would rather take to the air to make their way to the Grand Canyon should explore the Airplane and Bus Tour that takes place over a full day. This expedition allows for the most wondrous and comprehensive view of the canyon and the surrounding park, all in the context of the total geography of the area. Visitors will see amazing views of the overall patterns that are formed in the land as the Colorado River continually deepens the canyon 5,000 feet below its rim.

Explorers who wish to see the canyon from every possible perspective should book reservations on the West Rim Helicopter, Boat, and Bus tour. This journey explores the landscape in nearly every way possible, allowing one to see everything from Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam to the floor of the canyon itself. Crossing the rim of the canyon walls and dropping downwards in a helicopter truly provides a once in a lifetime feeling. The pontoon ride down the gentler sections of the Colorado River can be just as thrilling. Visitors get a close up look at the patterns in the rock and soil that have been formed as the water slowly erodes the canyon walls, deepening the beauty.

For a more romantic getaway, explore the possibilities that come with engaging in the Champagne Helicopter Picnic. This ride is ideal for a quick day trip that will not completely eat up 24 hours of time. Combing luxury and romance, the view is unforgettable as will be the memories you create with a significant other. Your picnic lunch takes place riverside in a secluded area of the canyon floor. There is even the option to purchase a DVD that documents your exquisite experience.


Visiting Vegas

04

February

There is an indisputable magic to Las Vegas, and just about everyone who enjoys a little gaming even at an online casino, such as http://www.luckynuggetcasino.com, will have at some time felt its draw. Many films have been made about the town, and many others have used it as a backdrop, but it is not until you visit it yourself that you can really appreciate its true spectacle.

The main street is known as The Strip and from end to end it is lines on both sides with splendid dazzling casinos and each one of them is a vast complex of gambling floors, restaurants, bars and shops. Most of the casinos have over 2,000 slot machines housed in huge parlours and they tend to be the first thing you come across as you enter; a huge array of flashing lights and sounds with literally hundreds of people milling around.

If you intend to explore several casinos, then make sure that you have comfortable shoes as you are likely to cover many miles. Fortunately there is a monorail that runs the distance of the strip, so getting from casino to casino is easy, but you will still walk a huge distance inside the casinos.

Beyond the glamour of the casinos, there is much more of Nevada to explore and it is worth taking a trip to some of the surrounding countryside. Hire a car and drive across the desert to Death Valley; it takes a little over two hours to get there but you will find it an unforgettable experience, especially in the summer months when the temperatures at Furnace Creek can soar to over 50 degrees C.
Staying in Las Vegas is relatively inexpensive ñ even if you choose one of the more upmarket hotel casinos. The casinos make their money at the gaming tables and slot machines, so they are happy to charge minimal rates for their hotel rooms, after all there is nothing like a captive audience.


Las Vegas-Big, Loud, and Still Growing

19

September

Las Vegas is now more than a gambling haven. . .it’s a family destination, with entertainment for all ages.

Nevada is not where one would expect to find one of the top tourist destinations in the world, but Las Vegas has been challenging expectations ever since being established as an entertainment capital in 1946. In just a few years, Vegas went from being a wide spot in the road to the playground for gamblers, Hollywood stars, and tourists from all over the world. Las Vegas legalized gambling in 1931, but it wasn’t until Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel on the day after Christmas in 1946 that the Strip, and modern Las Vegas, was born. In the following years, the smaller, ‘family-run’ hotels and casinos would gradually be replaced by mega-resorts and corporate hotels, and the city that was once based purely on entertainment for adults, began billing itself as a destination for the entire family.

Today, the action has moved from downtown Las Vegas to the Strip. The Strip is actually a four-mile section of Las Vegas Boulevard South, and contains most of the newer mega-hotels that Vegas offers. Many of these hotels are some of the biggest, most expensive properties in the world. Las Vegas is located in the Nevada desert, so the resorts and hotels are open year-round, the sun is always beaming, rain is almost non-existent, and fun is always in season.

Every year the hotels in Vegas get bigger, more lavish, and the entertainment choices more fabulous. On any given night, visitors can chose from old Vegas stand-bys such as Barry Manilow, David Copperfield, and Tony Bennett, to the biggest shows of today like the Blue Man Group, Spamalot, and Penn and Teller, to the more eclectic, like tribute show to Neil Diamond or the Rat Pack. Las Vegas, Nevada is also famous for its championship quality golf courses. Each year, the PGA hosts numerous events and tournaments in and around Vegas, and likewise for tourists, the courses are always in great shape, the sun is always shining, and the bunkers are always raked.

The Strip is home to the largest, most lavish, and luxurious casinos and hotels in the United States. Some of the most famous that tourists will encounter are:

  • Circus Circus: Themed after its name, guests enjoy its daily acrobatic shows, clowns, and other amazing displays. One of the older casinos on the Strip, and a Vegas landmark.
  • Bellagio: When it was built it was the most expensive and largest casino in the world. In addition to thousands of game tables and rooms, the Bellagio has a world-class art museum, and it features the nightly dancing water fountain in front.
  • Ceasars Palace: An ancient Roman-themed affair, Ceasars has waiters working in togas, and is another of the most famous and well-known in Vegas.
  • The Venetian: Set to become the largest hotel-complex in the world when its Palazzo section opens, this Venice-based resort features gondola rides along waterfront shopping, a Guggenheim art museum, and 17 award-winning restaurants.

Although Las Vegas has grown incredibly fast in the sixty-odd years since the city found its calling, the best may be yet to come. A monorail is slowly opening that runs the length of the strip—beginning at the MGM Grand Casino and passes the Convention Center, Las Vegas Hilton, before ending at the Sahara. When fully completed, the monorail will connect from the airport all the way to the Sahara. Plans are also under discussion to build the tallest hotel in the world, as well.