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The Untapped World Off The Las Vegas Strip

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Believe it or not, Las Vegas is filled with outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy activities such as hiking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, ATV tours and even Pink Jeep Tours.  Only a short 30-minute drive from the heart of the strip is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area— a perfect place for all of these activities.  Locals and tourists alike are welcome ... Read More »

Beyond Las Vegas: More than Meets the Eye

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So you want to go to Las Vegas? Sure, Las Vegas has gained a reputation as an oasis for gambling, wild night-life, first-run shows, celebrities walking the streets and the world-famous Las Vegas strip. However, you’ll see it in a whole new light if you get out during the daytime. On a personal level, I consider myself a Las Vegas ... Read More »

Bootleg Canyon Ziplining in Nevada

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Bootleg Canyon Zipline, Nevada At $159, the Bootleg Canyon zipline in Boulder City, Nevada, is quite an investment.  Four separate ziplines can go up to 50 mph.  This zipline is about 30 minutes from the strip, and guests can drive themselves or be picked up from the Excalibur Hotel Casino. The Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon zipline instructors are friendly as they ... Read More »

Different View of the Las Vegas Fremont Street Experience

Flightlinez Zip Lining in Las Vegas I always explain to visitors that there are many other things to do in Las Vegas besides gambling, and what I’m about to mention is one of my favorites.  Zip-lining has increased in popularity around the nation in the past few years.  The Las Vegas area has been on the leading edge of it ... Read More »

If Loving Highways is Wrong, I Don’t Want to Be Right

Driving down Texas Highway Written by both Inspector 37 and Inspector 65. My wife just stares at me whenever I profess my love for Texas State Highway 16. Or for Ouray’s Million Dollar Highway. Or for southern Oregon’s Pacific Coast Highway US 101. Hey, 24 years of auto travel as an AAA Inspector can do that to you. These are ... Read More »

My Las Vegas Experience — Hotels and Shows

I had the pleasure of treating my wife to a four-night trip to Las Vegas to celebrate her 30th birthday recently, and I’d like to share some opinions on the latest and greatest things to see and do in Sin City.We stayed at the Rio All Hotel and Suites. There are plusses and minuses to staying at this particular property, ... Read More »

Exploring the South End of the Las Vegas Strip

Welcome to Las Vegas sign Many people think of gambling and partying when they hear “Las Vegas.” It’s hard not to with all the movies about it these days. I’m not here to say there isn’t partying and gambling there, but I want to highlight the other activities offered on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard.  Let’s take a stroll down ... Read More »

Nevada’s Mount Rose Highway

Mount Rose in Nevada AAA Washington’s John King is truly a guru when it comes to inside information about the Silver State’s scenic riches. First he steered me on a side trip to Pyramid Lake when I was in Reno this past May on a travel research trip (read my recent blog about this surreal-looking body of water). And when ... Read More »

Las Vegas: Cirque du Soleil Pop Music Tributes

Cirque du Soleil Viva Elvis in Las Vegas I visit Las Vegas about every other year, and I place my first bet on the fantastic entertainment this city has to offer for visitors, even for those in town just for a few days (three days is my usual length of stay).  I’m a really pathetic gambler, so I’ll knock a ... Read More »

Nevada’s Primeval Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake in Nevada First off, I want to extend a tip of the hat to my good friend and colleague John King at AAA Washington. I was on travel assignment in Reno recently, and he—aware of my fondness for unspoiled Western landscapes—recommended a side trip to Pyramid Lake. My one previous visit to the Silver State was a three-day ... Read More »

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