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Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. It is also home for many prominent conventions, events, and even family vacations.
Las Vegas has something to please everyone and it is usually available 24 hours a day. There is a saying in Las Vegas: If you do not find what you are looking for, please wait one moment; it is probably already under construction.
Casinos/hotels in Las Vegas seem to know no boundaries in their creativity and grandiose projects. The owners’ imaginations appear limitless. Six of the top ten largest hotels in the world are here and stand within a five mile radius of each other. Las Vegas is also the convention and resort headquarters of the world. There are over 100,000 hotel and motel rooms available in the Las Vegas area.
Some of the major attractions in or surrounding the Las Vegas area include the following:
35 miles (56 km.) from Las Vegas, highest elevation 11,916 feet (3,632 meters), winter skiing, camping, picnicking, hiking, and horseback riding. Tours available.
BONNIE SPRINGS & OLD NEVADA
An old western town in Red Rock Canyon 16 miles west of Las Vegas with a motel, shops, activities, petting zoo, riding stables and western shootouts.
135 miles (216 km.) from Las Vegas, 40 minutes by plane, lowest elevation on North American Continent at 280 feet below sea level (84.93 meters), Zabiske Point, 20 Mule Canyon, Scotty’s Castle, Badwater Basin and many other attractions. Tours available.
This famous ghost town was born in 1881 and died in 1907. During that period, the town produced between $13 and $20 million in silver and $9 million in borax.
ETHEL M CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Self-guided tours available for factory and outdoor botanical garden with cactus display.
About 300 miles (480 km.) from Las Vegas, 1 1/2 hour flight by plane. World-famous destination for hiking, camping, river rafting, backpacking, and honeymoons. Tours available.
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
Closest point 25 miles (40 km.) from Las Vegas, more than 550 miles (800 km.) of shoreline, swimming, water skiing, camping, boating, fishing, marinas. Tours available.
34 Miles (54.4 km.) from Las Vegas, 726 feet high (220.00 meters) from bedrock, wonder of the modern world, tours of the inside and outside of dam available; in July 1994, the 30 millionth visitor toured the dam since it opened. Visitors touring the dam totaled 279,205 in the first five months of 1994 and 712,130 in 1995. Black Canyon River Raft Tours available below dam.
333 S. Valley View Blvd., between US95 and Alta Drive. 180 acre cultural and historical attraction which commemorates Las Vegas’ dynamic history.
VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK
55 miles (88 km.) from Las Vegas, scenic landscapes of hidden canyons and unique rock formations, petroglyph and remains of ancient Indian civilization, Nevada Park Service visitors center. Tours available, and there is an entrance fee.
SPRING MOUNTAIN RANCH
Located 20 miles west of Las Vegas off W. Charleston Blvd., the ranch was once owned by Howard Hughes. The grounds are open to the public for picnics, concerts and summer theatrical productions. Guided tours are available. For more information, call (702) 875-4141.
RED ROCK CANYON
15 miles (24 km.) west of Las Vegas, 3,000-foot (910 meters) escarpment produced by thrust fault, Bureau of Land Management visitors center, scenic area of rock formations and desert. Tours available, and there is an entrance fee.
90 miles (145 km.) southeast of Las Vegas, on the Colorado River, with nine major hotels and one motel all with views of the Colorado River. There are over 10,000 hotel rooms between Laughlin and its neighboring city, Bullhead City. There are more than 12,000 slot machines and 400 table games in Laughlin. The average high temperature is 89.2°F and forms of entertainment and activities include boating, fishing, and sunbathing. Many properties and activities are accessible by the pedestrian thoroughfare known as “The Riverwalk”.
OTHER BORDER RESORTS
Mesquite - 80 miles (130 km.) northeast of Las Vegas; 1,171 rooms; three major hotel/casino resorts, Oasis Resort Hotel, Virgin River Hotel-Casino and Casablanca Resort & Casino. Activities include golf, tennis, sporting clays, health spa, and western ranch.
Primm - Three major casinos. Whiskey Pete’s, Primm Valley, and Buffalo Bill’s. The three resorts are linked by monorail. The town primarily functions as a hotel hotspot for weary travelers along I-15. Primm is about 45 minutes away from Las Vegas and it has a very small population, but it is an attractive gambling, shopping, and entertainment destination for locals.
The Primm Fashion Outlets is a shopping mall with all of the same up-to-date fashion trends as everywhere else, but it offers much lower prices than the same high-end stores in urban locations. Literally, Primm is the next-door neighbor to a clever business: The Lotto Store. In order to protect the state’s gaming industry, the lottery’s presence is not legal in Nevada, so there is a small lottery shop and convenience store that lies less than 100 feet across the California border. Believe it or not, if the parking lot is full because of a rush to buy tickets when the lottery reaches a high value, you can walk across the California border from the shopping mall’s parking lot and arrive at the building in less than five minutes.
Even though the previously mentioned features of Primm have a lot of appeal, the most impressive attraction of all is a small theme park that is known for a world-famous, legendary rollercoaster: Desperado, which travels in and outside of the Buffalo Bill’s casino. When Desperado opened in 1994, it
was the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the United States. In 1996, it was listed in the Guinness World Records as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the entire world. Two surprising features of the ride that most people do not know about are that it still has the 10th longest roller coaster track in the world (more than a mile long) and it lasts for almost three minutes.
Jean - About 25 minutes outside of Las Vegas on the way to Primm and California. The Gold Strike Casino is adjacent to I-15. During the week, rooms are $40 per night. It also has a 5 cent arcade for children and a RV park.
Arizona Border - Once you pass Boulder City and Lake Mead on US 95, you will come across a casino known as Hoover Dam Lodge. It is located three miles from the Hoover Dam and it is also the first casino travelers see if they are coming from Arizona. The hotel rises 17 stories high, has 372 rooms, and overlooks Lake Mead.
There are two major lakes in Southern Nevada: Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. Both of the lakes are prime locations for fishing and the marinas provide boats, fishing equipment, and gear for other water sports. In less than three hours, you can visit other lakes in Utah that are known as some of the best freshwater fishing hotspots in the Contiguous United States.
FISHING/HUNTING/TRAPPING NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE
4747 Vegas Drive
Las Vegas, NV
Fishing licenses are available at most sporting goods stores that sell fishing equipment. No license is required for children under the age of 12, but non-resident youngsters are limited to catches that are no more than 50% of the daily creel and possession limits.
Licenses are required for anyone who hunts or traps wild animals in Nevada. Children who are 12 to 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult when hunting with a firearm. Children under 12 years old are not allowed to hunt with firearms, however, they may accompany an adult who is licensed to hunt.