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For those who have always dreamed of cruising down the Strip on a Harley, but live too far away to realistically ride their own, the day has come: The Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Flamingo now has them stocked and waiting for you as part of a new pilot program.
Rates begin at around $150 a day with unlimited miles, and you can choose from a selection of touring bikes that include Road Kings, Ultra Classics and Softtail Classics. (Some are available now, some by year's end.) You'll obviously need a motorcycle license to rent one, but Enterprise will provide free helmets so you don't have to lug them along and so that you'll be in compliance with Nevada law.
This isn't a sight most would expect to see in Vegas. But, don't worry. If you come to Sin City to escape it, it doesn't happen anywhere near The Strip and there's still another few weeks before the "cooler" desert weather really sets in. In order to give you advance warning, though, and an idea of what to do off The Strip in the coming months, here is our favorite winter activity.
Now, it may be a rude awakening that snow exists here. Well, it certainly does at The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort(LVSSR) which is about an hour northwest of The Strip and has already seen several inches of the white stuff this season. But, honestly, what kind of Canadian would this writer be if I didn't take the time to ensure everyone knows about it? Come on, snow in Vegas, that's crazy, right?
The weather is still toasty in Vegas so the season for getting out on the water is still here for another few weeks. We've been sure to keep you posted on some ways to get wet this summer, like heading out to Lake Mead or joining a rafting tours near Hoover Dam. But, if you're looking to do something on the water that's a little more peaceful, we have just the thing for you.
Kayaking in the Black Canyon is a great way to experience the Colorado River while appreciating the beauty that surrounds you. The Colorado River offers an experience second to none, from the canyon walls that rise above you to the beautiful blue sky overhead.
So, you're looking to get crazy in Vegas. Well, isn't everyone? There's tons of wild stuff to do on The Strip, downtown and at those interesting little spots right off the beaten path. But, if gambling, excessive drinking, club-hopping, or otherwise partying until all hours of the morning isn't quite your style, we might have one for you. Jumping out of a plane without a parachute!
Ok, so we lied a little. Maybe you won't have a parachute, but the guy strapped to you certainly will. It's a thrill that few people take the time to experience, but one that you will remember for the rest of your life. Can you do this outside of Vegas? Of course! But, in a city known for outlandish experiences, why wouldn't you use Vegas as your excuse to let go and do something out of the box!
We've done the the Dam tour many times, but we've never viewed it from the water. Until recently, it just wasn't anything that ever interested this writer. But, a good friend recommended it and I figured I'd give it a shot. Since my previous raft down the Colorado River left me exhausted and bruised, this time I made sure to check out what I was getting myself into beforehand.
This river rafting trip turned out to be significantly different from my last, bone-rattling adventure. It included no paddling and was quite relaxing. It was more of a scenic river cruise by comparison, and was completely child friendly. First off, the 45-minute ride from The Strip to the launch dock was quick and efficient. The rafting itself, which took place in Black Canyon, started off a little slow, but as we approached the Hoover Dam, the views got quite majestic and the raft came alive, both in personality and stability. There were about 25 other adventurers on my raft yet it wasn't crowded and you still felt as if the raft was both safe, but still held that element of danger that makes rafting fun. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was quick to point out wildlife along the way. However, what I most wanted to see was at the end of this journey, the Hoover Dam from its base! And, boy did it deliver.
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For most visitors to Las Vegas, The Strip ends right at the Stratosphere. Those in the know will journey a few more miles north to Fremont Street, home of tremendous value, and some of the coolest bars in town. Most visitors donít know that just another mile past Fremont sits Cashman Field, home of Las Vegasí professional baseball team, the 51s.
This isnít independent scrub ball. The 51s are the New York Metsí AAA team. These are the guys right on the cusp of making the big leagues. Occasionally, you can see top level talent on a rehab assignment before being called back up to the majors. Anyone that has ever attended a minor league game can attest that they are a lot of fun. In between innings, kids are chosen to come down on the field to play games for prizes. Cosmo, the 51s'
Star Wars-inspired mascot, roams the stands, posing for pictures and hosting a ton of promotions to keep fans excited. These vary from hat or jersey giveaways to fireworks and dollar beers.
When it comes to enjoying the outdoors in Las Vegas, cycling can be a great way to see a lot of nature in a short time. You also have almost unlimited routes and can stop anywhere you want to check things out.
In the past, we've told you about Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire, but in our most recent off Strip adventure, we decided to navigate the trails of Bootleg Canyon instead of flying high above them!
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As Vegas sets heat records and there continues to be no sign of a cool off anytime soon, we have a solution for anyone who has abandoned plans for a Vegas outdoors adventure due to the extreme temps. Red Rock Climbing Center has all the adventure needed to make for an exciting day and you can do it all in the comfort of some nice, cool air conditioning. Now, we would normally recommend you get outdoors and do the real thing, but with this heat, we think think it's fair to stay inside for now.
Red Rock Climbing Center is about 25 minutes from Las Vegas Boulevard and the price is definitely right on this Off Strip Adventures. Fifteen dollars for an all-day pass and an extra $8 for harness and shoe rental makes for a super cheap $22 day of climbing. Which we thought was good value, especially when you take the time to glean extra tips and tricks from the guides/trainers for when that real outdoor climb comes up.
With summertime in full swing, Vegas turns up the heat literally. As temperatures rise into consistent triple digits, it can make just about anyone take desperate measures to stop the scorch. And, while there are all the usual remedies such as crowded pool scenes, endless yards of frozen alcoholic goodness, or spending hours inside spinning away on the latest slots, may we suggest something different?
Trust us, those are all very worthwhile options, but if plans to explore the Vegas desert are being reconsidered due to 100+ degree, we have the perfect getaway for you.
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A 40-minute ride south on the I-15, before the elevation begins to rise and the driver becomes subject to the laws of California, lies Primm, Nevada. A dusty locale situated in the Mohave Desert, Primm signifies both beginning and end -- the commencement of an action-packed weekend in Las Vegas for those commuting from California, the final stop on the ride south for those departing Nevada.
To call Primm a city would be akin to designating the MGM Grand a sovereign state. The 2000 census population for Primm was just 436 people. It's more of a rest stop than a city, but it's a rest stop with plenty of attractions and, in typical Southern Nevada tradition, plenty of excitement.
We made the trek down to Primm under the guise of a round of golf at the Primm Valley Golf Club, but with an 8:00 a.m. tee time, there were plenty of hours left in the day for us to explore the various attractions the city has to offer.
If you have been keeping up in your Off Strip Adventure readings, you would know this Chatter'er is a big fan of the Valley of Fire and all it has to offer. With that in mind, we came across something new to try on our most recent trip to the state park, rappelling down the rock formations! It just looked too good to pass up.
Now, by no means are we professional rock climbers, but having run up a couple of rock climbing walls in the past certainly provided some confidence. (And, we will certainly will be checking out the wall at Twin Peaks soon!) This adventure was something unique and hard to find which made it all the more appealing.
If you're looking for a way to get swept off your feet in Las Vegas, this might be the answer. Sure, there are the traditional routes like the super pricey helicopter rides, but if you are really trying to find something different, try the hot air balloon route. It isn't for everyone, but the thrill is definitely one of a kind.
Yes, it might mean limiting yourself to only
ten three drinks the night before as you will have to pack it in early or not at all in order to get up for the departure time. But, this is one experience that is worth getting up early for. Once you are up and off the ground, you can really start to understand the reason you chose this off Strip adventure as you start to see the sun peak up over the mountains surrounding the Las Vegas valley.