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How far would you drive from Vegas to see an Attraction?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by VegasTravelNews, Oct 25, 2016.

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  1. VegasTravelNews

    VegasTravelNews Low-Roller

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    I recently found info on a place called The Wave. Its located in a National Wilderness area on the Arizona/Utah border. That makes it a 4hr+ drive one way from Vegas. I love photography and am trying to decide if it is worth the trip as part of a future Vegas visit.

    http://www.thewave.info/
    http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/arolrsmain/paria/coyote_buttes/maps.html

    If there was a place you were very interested in seeing during a Vegas vacation, but it meant a 4 hr drive, would you go? Or have you already done a similar excursion? If so, would you share the details?
     
  2. gotChopin

    gotChopin Low-Roller

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    I guess it would be all relative. For me, it takes 4 hours to drive to Vegas so driving out four hours to see something would be out of the question unless it is part of a longer road trip.
    I can see how someone who traveled by plane a long way to vegas to probably going to an attraction four hours away though.

    What would be exclusive for me would be a classical music festival or special of some sort if it is a highly recommended one I would drive out of my way from vegas to see it. I mean, for example, in san Diego earlier this year a known professor was giving a four hour seminar on the Schubert moment musical suite and I drove all the way there to see it. Anything classical music related (of good quality of course) trumps anything I do or plan in Vegas anyways. But this is my 2 cents here.
     
  3. Ladeda

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    Different strokes for different folks. I usually stay out in Vegas a week at a time, and I'm not a big gambler, so taking a day trip would be much easier for someone like me as I only need to gamble for a couple of days to get my fill in. Plus I enjoy driving, so 4 hour car rides aren't a bother for me. I wouldn't recommend it if you hate to drive and/or you are only planning a short trip 2-3 day trip to Vegas.

    That said, the place looks pretty awesome, and if you love photography, it would be a great place to get some insane photographs. If it's something you are really, really interested in doing, then go for it.
     
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    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    I've done day trips to Grand Canyon and Death Valley. Done other, shorter ones as well
     
  5. Snidely

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    While gchopin has different tasted than me, he has the right idea. Sounds like you want to do it, go and do it! I drove out to Mesquite just to play golf. Being from NJ, there is nothing like Utah or Arizona or Nevada near here so it's a real treat to drive a few hours seeing just desert. I hear good things about food/lodgings in St. George which is about half way between The Wave and Vegas if you need to add more to your excursion.
     
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  6. PsyDoc

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    I love road trips, so I would definitely drive 4 hours for such an attraction. I live far away from Las Vegas, so I'd take every opportunity to enjoy the landscape of the Southwest of the US. That said, my wife thinks I am nuts for doing these road trips....maybe I am the wrong person to ask.
     
  7. Sonya

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    I may be the wrong person to ask too because I enjoy driving Seattle - Vegas. If you have a long trip, I think a day away from the casinos is good. If you're only there a couple days I'm not sure it's a feasible. 4 hours is probably the limit if you add in how long you'll be there to see whatever you're driving to and make it back before midnight.

    And you should go see The Wave, especially if you're a photographer. There are a lot of other photogenic sites in the area too.
     
  8. smerrian

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    1 1/2 hours away is about my limit. By the time you enjoy the attraction and get home your day is spent. 4 hours each way? that gives you about 2 hours to enjoy the place. 8 hours of driving for 2 hour attraction is not worth it to me...but if I got a hotel room for the night in Mesquite then it would be doable.
     
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  9. WHU66

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    Flying 10 and a half hours to get there,no, I would not drive 4 hours to go somewhere else (unless part of a 3 week tour), basically, I get to Vegas, I stay in Vegas!
     
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    For us, it depends on how long our Vegas trip is. If it's a shorter one, (4-5 nights) then we're more apt to stay close and enjoy LV. If it's at least a week, then we don't mind heading out for some sightseeing for the day. Great way to see some beautiful scenery.
     
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    Last year me and 4 friends went to Vegas, we hired an SUV and drove to L.A and back in a day. I had done the trip to L.A before but some hadn't it also worked out cheaper for us to drive there.
     
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    Latest big side trip was Horseshoe Bend just below the AZ/UT line. Before that we've done Rhyolite, Death Valley and Barstow, CA a few times for shopping.
     
  13. FuzzyDiceCraps

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    In numerous trips to Vegas we have never left the strip. We always come with a bunch of plans of what we're going to do and then we start drinking and gambling and time slips away. Weeks go by in a flash!

    I guess my initial statement wasn't entirely true. We have ubered places like the M Resort and over to Lotus of Siam. But that's about it, we generally don't leave the strip, and never have access to a rental car.
     
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    I've driven well over 4 hours one way, but not as a day trip. Over a two week period, I recently drove over 2,500 miles to visit a bunch of national parks, monuments, and other stuff (Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah). So sure -- I think it's worth it!

    However, The Wave is another matter entirely. It's highly unlikely you'll be allowed to visit. Only 20 people/day are allowed to visit. Permits for ten people are issued via an advance Internet lottery. For the most popular dates, your chances are less than one percent! You're allowed to apply for up to three dates, but the odds still stink.

    An additional ten people are issued permits based on a day-before-the-hike lottery -- which you MUST attend in person, in Kanab, Utah. The odds are better there, but still poor.
     
  15. PsyDoc

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    OMG! That's what I call 'overly restrictive'.....
     
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