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we have a car this year, what should we do?

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by hardcor4, Dec 19, 2014.

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  1. hardcor4

    hardcor4 Tourist

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    I am staying downtown but have a rental car, I plan on spending at least 1 full day off strip what should I do or see? ive been to red rock canyon, Hoover dam, boulder strip, Henderson and most of the station casinos. what is worth seeing and doing elsewhere?
     
  2. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    A full day, I would drive to GC. If you want a shorter trip, try Valley of Fire.
     
  3. Joe

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    Take a ride to Pahrump and visit the Brothel Museum. :wink2:
    Vegas is full of crazy drivers. Please don't drink and drive. Sorry, don't mean to sound like your mother.
     
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  4. Bob Seaman

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    go to sam's it is at the end of flamingo
     
  5. BlacklabberMike

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    ever been to Primm? about 40 miles out, a couple of small casinos...

    how about Scottys castle in DV?
     
  6. Camp Rusty

    Camp Rusty Low-Roller

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    If for any reason you head north on 15 it's a pretty quick dip off the freeway at the race track, they have tours, no idea how much they cost now.......last time I went they were free.

    Another thing you can do off that same exit that's quick is head over and watch the touch and goes at Nellis. Sometimes it's several per hour with all sorts of planes.

    First thing I always do though is drive to Costco and buy a quart of Grand Marnier.......it's less than half of what it is here in Washington :drunk:

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    If for any reason you head north on 15 it's a pretty quick dip off the freeway at the race track, they have tours, no idea how much they cost now.......last time I went they were free.

    Another thing you can do off that same exit that's quick is head over and watch the touch and goes at Nellis. Sometimes it's several per hour with all sorts of planes.

    First thing I always do though is drive to Costco and buy a quart of Grand Marnier.......it's less than half of what it is here in Washington :drunk:
     
  7. Camp Rusty

    Camp Rusty Low-Roller

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    Hmmmmm......how did that happen ?
     
  8. tominiowa

    tominiowa High-Roller

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    drive south on freemont street and it turns into Boulder Highway. Interesting to see that part of Vegas and how it changes as you drive. Stop at any or all the boulder highway casinos.

    Gamble a little and sure to get mailers in case you like one. Across from Cannery is a quant locals casino called Longhorn. Miller lites 24/7 for $1.
    Go farther south and then west to Sunset station to end it all. Jump on 93 and go home to DT Vegas.

    Like a poster said, have a DD and the rest of you enjoy.

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    drive south on freemont street and it turns into Boulder Highway. Interesting to see that part of Vegas and how it changes as you drive. Stop at any or all the boulder highway casinos.

    Gamble a little and sure to get mailers in case you like one. Across from Cannery is a quant locals casino called Longhorn. Miller lites 24/7 for $1.
    Go farther south and then west to Sunset station to end it all. Jump on 93 and go home to DT Vegas.

    Like a poster said, have a DD and the rest of you enjoy.

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    hmmm happenned to me also scary!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. nohulagins

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    Things we've done:

    Drive by Teddy Binion's house
    Go to palace station and search for OJ Simpson's room. The door frame hasn't been fixed since OJ crashed through it.

    Pinball Hall of Fame
    Marie Callendar's restaurant.. Where frank Rosenthal was "told" to leave town. Just up the same street is Bertha's, where the hole in the wall gang got busted.

    Clark county museum in Henderson

    Drive on the south side of McCarren to see the planes take off and land.

    Outlet malls

    Go to Boulder City and get an A&W root beer. Drive back to Vegas. The view and drinking a soda with that frosty mug taste....Only in Vegas.
     
  10. Joe

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    Your timer say 28 days, so you have to be weather aware on this suggestion. Drive up to Mt Charleston and lunch at the Lodge. All the snow it should be beautiful that time of year. I know it says you're from WI and you don't need to see snow, but it sure is beautiful up there anytime of year. I'm from WI also, but still enjoy the picturesque views.

    Keep going past the hotel and up to the Lodge at 7,700 ft.

    http://mtcharlestonlodge.com/

    It will be in the 30s that time of year.
     
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  11. LV2GAMBLE

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    We had a car for our last trip, which was 7 nights. We did quite a bit of off-strip stuff, such as Red Rock Casino, Pinball Museum, Neon Museum. On one of the days we took a trip to Laughlin and checked out a few casinos and then went on to Oatman. If I were to do that again, I'd do Oatman first so we could watch the 'wild west shoot-out', which is only done twice a day (12:00 & 2:30 I think) and then stop at Laughlin on the way back. It was something different to do and I am glad we can now cross that off the list, but we enjoyed the day.
     
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    I think it depends on what interests you. If you like to see casinos you can always visit M or GVR down south. Visit the Boulder highway casinos (sam's town, Cannery east, Boulder station, etc.). You can visit the GC, Rio, Palms or Orleans, even the Silver Nugget. Shopping? Visit the Galleria in Henderson or Meadows mall. You can even drive and visit the strip. There is also a indoor flea market on Decatur. http://fantasticindoorswapmeet.com/ . As others mentioned, you can visit the premium outlets (old Belz on the south side or the outlet on the north side near downtown).

    Summerlin area is starting to build up so they have new shopping areas also. VOF might be interesting but in January it will be very cold. But then you can buy fireworks at the store up there and blast some elsewhere. Did you see the new bypass road at the Hoover Dam? It is an interesting sight, both from the bridge and look up from the dam.

    Day trip? You can always drive to GC, Primm or Pahrump.

    What about food? You can visit places like Lotus of Siam or Makinos (more selection than the one at the premium outlet mall, plus the food is "fresher" IMHO)

    Of course you can drive and buy stuff at Trader Joe's or Harbor freight if you want hardware supplies and knick knacks. Harbor Freight usually has these ads in the sunday parade and many magazines, get a free flashlight or measuring tape or something with purchase (sometimes no purchase required).
     
  13. fresnofishfan

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    Go to bootleg Canyon Zip lines. Its a nice diversion from the casinos. Light hiking, awesome views , and some adventure!
     
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    For something different, the National Atomic Testing Museum..it's on Flamingo east of the strip. The Mob Museum, downtown near the DTG
     
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    Clark County Museum is $2 and is a decent museum. The day I went it was 110 degrees out, and I still enjoyed it.
     
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    An easy day trip would be to visit the ghost town of Rhyolite, just outside Beatty Nevada. It's about a 90 minute drive from downtown north on US 95. There are several remnants of buildings from its heyday as a mining town in the 1900s. The Goldwell Outdoor Museum, a sculpture park, is located adjacent to it. On the drive to Beatty you'll pass Creech AFB, where they pilot a lot of the drones flown in the Middle East.

    When you leave Rhyolite if you turn right onto NV374 you'll arrive at the entrance to Death Valley in about 15 minutes. Shortly afterwards you'll hit a split in the road and can head north to Scotty's Castle or south to Zabriskie Point, Pahrump and back into Vegas.
     
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    Tammy58 Frugal Slot Jockey

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    What we have done....Boulder Casinos, GVR, Red Rock Resort, M, South Point, Silverton, Ethel M's, Hoover Dam, Atomic Test Museum, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, drive around checking out properties for when we retire.

    What we still want to do...Grand Canyon, Death Valley, cruise on Lake Mead, go to the 3 state boarder, Laughlin.
     
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    We went to Mt Charleston on Dec 27, it's a really neat place.
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    We also enjoyed the Pinball Museum, $10 each kept me and my son busy for 2.5 hours.
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  19. LV local

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    Yep. Baaaaad idea. Unless you like 6 to 5 blackjack because that's all they have there. Once you're there, you're at their mercy or turn around and drive 40 miles back to vegas because there is plenty of nothing between there and vegas.
     
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    Not surprising. It's probably just another thing on their "to do" list :).
     
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