What to do around Las Vegas
- On a recent trip to get away from snow and ice we wandered down to Las Vegas. We have done the casino thing before and were not much interested to waste "much" money and suck in second hand smoke.
- When it is not summertime the desert landscape is fun to explore. Death Valley National Park is a couple hour drive. It has some unique landscape and is the location of the lowest land in the western hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level.
- The massive Hoover dam is definitely worth your tourist dollar. The tour takes you all the way to the bottom at the generators and then you get to explore some tunnels inside the dam. That's one heck of a lot of concrete.
- Clark County museum is a great spot to look at homes representing different time periods. For only two dollars you can revisit your childhood or see how your parents or grandparents lived.
- The atomic museum was an interesting look at the testing of atomic bombs. Lots of photos of tourists bused out to viewing areas along with a good history lesson for the time.
- We visited the Mob Museum which very graphically shows organized crime activity in the U.S.
- I thought this place was over priced and not really all that interesting.
- The best side trip from Las Vegas has to be the Valley Of Fire State Park. Fifty miles north east of town is a perfect place to enjoy some beautiful landscape. Bring a picnic lunch and a good pair of shoes for hiking the many trails. This is probably not a park you would want to visit in the summer months, unless you like the heat. The rock formations are similar to Zion, Arches and Badlands National Parks.