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Full Day Trips Outside of Las Vegas

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by smerrian, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. smerrian

    smerrian Low-Roller

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    I have made day trips to most of the spots near Las Vegas...Laughlin, Primm, Pahrump, Valley of Fire, Mt. Charleston, Death Valley up to Beatty, Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. I was wondering about other interesting side trips that are worth a FULL day's driving or even staying overnight and driving back to LV the next day. I was thinking of maybe visiting Mesquite to see what that's about. I was wondering what those who know think about Mesquite or possibly other options. Remember, a full day (like Death Valley or Grand Canyon) or even preferably staying overnight are what I'm looking for. ie: Red Rock is great but too close for what I'm looking for.
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  2. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    Not much to Mistake, NV, unless you play golf.

    St. George/Zion seems like the perfect ticket.
     
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    Just reread your post that RR is too close.
     
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    I second Zion.
     
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    Definitely Zion. It's worth driving there, staying overnight, and coming back. If you plan a bit, you may be able to fit in a brief visit to Bryce Canyon too.
     
  6. PTC Larry

    PTC Larry Low-Roller

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    You might want to check on Oatman AZ and see if that is something you would like..
     
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    I have to agree with Zion, stay overnight in Springdale so you get enough time to explore the park. Angels landing and the narrows hikes are amazing.
     
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    Zion would be good. I visited Mesquite and it was an interesting drive but I also visited VOF at the same time. Mesquite is probably only a half day/few hour trip back and forth.

    Not that it's worth it but you can always drive up to the extraterrestrial highway and visit Rachel and the little A'le'Inn. You can also drive up to area 51 and see all the signs warning you to turn back (better turn back before you get to the last sign since you will probably will be greeted by some not too nice people).

    go past the hoover dam and drive into Arizona.

    Drive to Barstow?
     
  9. zignerlv

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    You say you are looking for a "FULL" day of driving, and Zion is not a full day of driving, so I would say Bryce Canyon. It makes sense to stay overnight on that trip.
     
  10. ken2v

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    There is a great day-trip drive out through the East Mojave that I've diagrammed here many times, but barreling down the 15 to the Desert's Official Armpit doesn't seem like much of an adventure.
     
  11. smerrian

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    Thanks for the ideas. All sound good. I do drive between Phoenix and Las Vegas at times so Oatman might be some place to see. Zion and Bryce are great parks to visit from Las Vegas with a one or two night hotel stay in the area. Rachel would be good for a nighttime star watch. I believe it's located in one of the best star watching areas in the nation. I'll have to think about that one. A'le'inn...well, that's a bit too kitch for me. :goofy:
     
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    This is funny, my wife often asks if Mesquite was a "mistake." Well done.

    Note: realize my comment contributed nothing to this thread — whoops.
     
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    I am WELL above the Mendoza Line in that regard.
     
  14. dukeofdarby

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    the eureka casino resort in mesquite has a ton of full-pay video-poker games----the casino is separated from the hotel by their parking lot----it is a small complex compared to the strip more like the size of some downtown hotels------like the local flavor-------rooms were nice and clean and a quite atmosphere not being connected to the casino-----seem to get a decent amount of golfers-------would recommend staying there if you make the trip------there are 2 other casinos in mesquite but have not been to them since my interest was video-=poker----
     
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    Hollywood?
     
    Will give them a try!
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    Palm Springs -- and you get to drive through the most scenic part of the Mojave. (If curious about this option I have my every-November Coachella Valley section in this month's Alaska Airlines Magazine, which you can access online or I can get you a pdf once my editor sends it over.)

    Mammoth -- I know you've done DVNP but drive through and check out one night in the Sierra. Come back via Mono and Bodie and the 95. Gorgeous and a drive of significant geologic and topographic interest.
     
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    You didn't say which side of the Grand Canyon you've visited. If you haven't been to the north rim, it's worth considering. Very different than the south rim. Higher, wilder, more heavily forested, far less visited. There are plenty of great day (or longer) hikes. It would definitely be an overnighter. The rooms and cabins at the lodge book well ahead, but they get last minute cancellations. We scored a cabin close to the rim a few days before we went.
     
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    Zion. Of about 2 dozen national parks I have visited this is now among my favorites.
     
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    For a over night trip, you can also drive to LA. just saying.....
    In fact I've done that twice.
     
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    We enjoyed Rhyolite, the ghost town. About 2 hours from Vegas. Pretty cool. We combined that with going to Furnace Creek and Pahrump (for the 2 wineries not brothels ;) )