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Itís amazing that some people can visit Las Vegas and never see more than The Strip. With the Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead so close, itís mind-boggling that more tourists donít take advantage of nearby offerings. For some, the reason is they came to relax, enjoy bottle service by the pool and dance all night at clubs. For many, itís just because theyíre only here a few days and donít have the time. Enter Fremont Street. Itís very close to The Strip and is chock-full of rich history (and 99 cent margaritas!) visitors can soak up.
Wandering around Fremont Street on your own is fun, but you may be sucked into Mermaids for deep-fried Oreos or into Glitter Gulch for more than you bargained for, if youíre not careful. We recommend taking a tour with Las Vegas Walking Tours. Their Fremont Casino Center walking tour covers the length of Fremont Street plus Fremont East, the Container Park and properties just off Fremont like the Mob Museum and the Neon Boneyard.
Remember back in February when we told you the annual bike Vegas event would viva no more? Well, a new organization is bicycle-pumpin' some new life into the ride.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that "Perimeter Bicycling Association of America Inc., which stages El Tour de Tucson in Tucson, Ariz., is taking over the Viva bicycle ride from the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)."
Mount Charleston, a 45-minute drive from The Strip, provides among many experiences. It's a beautiful contrast to the traditional Las Vegas vacation or for many, including locals, an excellent refuge from scorching summer temperatures. This writer's first visit to Mount Charleston was with a handful of other locals that knew the trails and nearby parking areas well so that little homework was needed ahead of time. Whether you know it like the back of your hand or you're a first timer, just hop in a car, enjoy the ride and the subsequent hike through the mountains.
For comparison, my very first trip to Red Rock Canyon was a fluke, found by steering a rental car away from The Strip to explore a road less traveled. My initial visit to Death Valley was a planned one, prompting the researcher in me to hit the Internet and guide books. Yet, on both the unexpected trip and the scheduled one, my first stop inside the park was to the... visitor center.
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We're back with another off Strip adventure, but this time to an interesting diamond in the rough that's often overlooked.
Right between Mount Charleston and Death Valley and just north of Pahrump, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge has plenty to offer both locals and tourists alike. A refuge since 1984 after being considered for many types of uses including a housing development, Ash Meadows is one of Nevada's most unique environments. With many types of plant and animal species that exist nowhere else on earth except in this refuge, it is no wonder this ecosystem is a protected area and we're glad it never became a sea of homes.
The annual Rock N' Roll Las Vegas Marathon returns this November to unleash tens of thousands of runners down the Strip at Night. Why are we breathing heavy about this now, you say? The cost of registration goes up May 31.
The event moved to November last year after a long run of pairing up with cowboys in December. (Hey-o!) As usual, both half marathon (13.1 miles) and full marathon (26.2) courses are available with a start time of 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 16. Also for the second year in a row, the Zappos 1/2 of the Half (6.5 miles) offers a chance to run The Strip pre-dusk with a kickoff that's an hour earlier.
Downtown's gonna make you sweat, but hopefully not 'til you bleed when another 5K takes to the streets this summer.
Local group, Downtown Runners, have announced their third themed event, the Sprinkler Sprint, hitting the pavement this June. The race will keep runners well hydrated as they shoot through multiple water zones of bubble tunnels, water cannon blasts, super soaker zones, water hydrants, slip n slides and dodge kids armed with cups full of H2O.
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During a recent back-and-forth email exchange with a VegasChatter reader regarding possible golf course destinations for an upcoming bachelor party, this writer was once again smacked in the face with the sobering reality of how expense this town can be at times. Eighteen holes of golf on a mid-ranked local track can cost a pretty penny this time of year, which got me thinking: How can those of us who want to get outside for some fun do it on the cheap?
The City of Las Vegas offers quite a few disc golf courses for those of you looking to get away from the Strip to catch some rays and breathe some fresh air. Here’s a rundown of five of the most popular courses in town:
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Behind an unassuming door just steps from The Cromwell's casino floor lies its gym. It's so understated we didn't even know it was there. And, anyway, a gym off the casino floor? Really?
VegasChatter member @paperposter made the discovery today and tells us that if the door hadn't been open when he walked by, he would have been none the wiser, too. But, where there's a
will open door, there's a way so @paperposter popped in for a quick look and the snapshots you see in this post.
Last week, the Las Vegas cycling community had their bike shorts in a bunch over rumors the annual Viva Bike Vegas event may no longer viva. This week, the Las Vegas Review-Journal confirmed that Viva Bike Vegas 2014 has been scrapped.
Though a seemingly popular event of 17-, 61- and 104-mile rides that capped Interbike week, it turns out the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) saw a decrease in participation last year and lost money on the event. Moving forward, the RTC plans to instead stage smaller community-focused rides that will presumably turn a profit.
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With the yoga and CrossFit craze that dominated the fitness world in the last year, Zumba has been all but lost in the shuffle. But, that won't stop Vegas from attempting to break the world record for the most people to simultaneously Zumba on Saturday, February 8 at the Chinese New Year Spring Festival on Fremont Street.
How many people are we talking about? The largest Zumba class on record involved 6,671 participants and was achieved in India on September 15, 2012. If you'd like to help set the new record, you can register to get your groove on here. Participation is free, but organizers kindly ask you bring a K-12 book which will be donated to Spread the Word Nevada and the Clark County School District.
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Vegas might be the international city of construction. Considering there is always either a new hotel under construction, a reshaping of an existing hotel, a hotel planning to add more or just finishing up work on a new toy. So, it shouldn't surprise you to hear that, if you're looking for a spot to act like a kid in a sandbox with real big boy toys, it would be in Vegas.
Recently, this writer had an opportunity to act like a kid and dig, smash, throw, and crush everything in sight in a wonderful adult sandbox. And, boy, did it deliver! Dig This is a one-of-a-kind experience that is yet to find an equal. It delivers a mix of adrenaline, creativity, and pure fun. How you ask? By letting you drive full-size Tonka toys in a dirt-filled theme park for heavy machinery! Dig This offers guests the chance to pilot an excavator or bulldozer while performing almost any task you can think of.
Fan of strip poker and running? Then the inaugural Strip Poker Run sponsored by Downtown Grand might be of interest. Though, it doesn't really involve (full) stripping and nor does it even take place on the Strip.
No, the Strip Poker Run is a 5K clothing drive put on by Downtown Runners. The event encourages participants to throw on as many articles of clothing your body can handle before heading out on a course full of "stripping stations." Runners (and walkers) will receive a poker card for shedding a layer at each stop. Participants dressed (yes, dressed!) down to their last layer will play those cards in a hand of Texas Hold 'Em at the finish line for prizes.