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Where to go for a drive

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Vegas Insight, Sep 21, 2015.

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  1. Vegas Insight

    Vegas Insight Low-Roller

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    In town right now, renting a car from Sixt for the first time. They offered a 5-day upgrade to a BMW convertible for an additional $82. So now I want to take a little evening drive with the top down, after sunset. Is there a desert drive that is worth taking?
     
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    Plenty of places! Red Rock Canyon is ideal.. close, scenic and a great drive. Also Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, etc..
     
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    I've been to RRC before. I didn't think it was open past sunset, and it didn't strike me as an interesting drive in the dark. Knowing the dessert isn't like up, I figures interesting drives would be limited.
     
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    Lake Las Vegas is kind of cool. I think the casino is closed now though, which might make it less appealing.
     
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    Night time drive? Easy. The desert will just look black. If you want something to see that's romantic it would be the lights of the city. I would recommend driving Southeast on Rt. 93/95 to Railroad Pass Casino about 10 minutes from GVR. Nothing to see there, just turn around and drive slowly (well, 55 mph as it is a highway) back to Las Vegas. Get off at Horizon Pkwy (actually a small road) exit and drive Horizon Pkwy back into the city. Just beautiful seeing the city of Las Vegas all lit up before you. A second option would be to go to Red Rock Casino and drive the Summerlin Pkwy toward Downtown. Also beautiful but only for a minute or so. Horizon Pkwy you can stop and just look out and kiss or get out the car and split a bottle of wine with the view. Very nice. Another idea is to drive out of the valley with a blanket and pillows and just take in the desert sky and count the stars.
    Those are my choices.
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    Horizon Parkway sounds interesting, I'll look into it. Thanks!
     
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    Valley of Fire is a nice drive.

    We occasionally like to drive north along Las Vegas Boulevard, as far as you can go. The view looking back near the end is quite nice! We have not done this in the dark yet, that's a good idea!

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    Go north toward Mesquite, or up the 93, far enough away that the desert night sky isn't washed out by the glow. Then coming back you go into that golden sear. It's pretty cool.
     
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    I knew you'd have a good suggestion. Thanks Ken.
     
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    Drive north on the Interstate about 15 miles and then run around. As you drive south you will come up over a rise and the Las Vegas valley will be below you, all lit up as far as you can see.....impressive.
     
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    We were coming back from LA once and there was a big accident that had 15 blocked. We were lucky enough to cut across to 40 and then catch 95 north. It was storming and crazy dark at the same time. The road is winding and goes thru the mountains closer to 40. It was a little less interesting the closer to Vegas until just south of Henderson. I love the view of the city at coming from the south so this was a cool if nail biting ride.
    If that's further than you want to go them I also like the view back in from Red Rock and any of the major streets that run north and south, west of the strip closer to the mountains. I think S. Durango is the road I am thinking of but not sure. We have had a convertible a few times and spend lots of time driving around the city. Love it! Enjoy. :)
     
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    Would any of these drives be worth doing in a full size SUV? Taking some Virgins with me.
     
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    Coming over the mountain from Pahrump is a spectacular view. Also the only place that I have ever seen a sign that said "Wild Horse Crossing".
     
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