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Category - Outdoor Adventures

Vegas Minute: A day at TAO Beach

In this week's Vegas Minute, it's pool season, so soak up some sun at TAO Beach atop the Venetian. Then, get your juices flowing as you soar over the downtown crowd on Fremont Street Flightlinez. Las Vegas also has amazing music all summer long, including Paul McCartney at the MGM Grand on June 10 and Cake at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on June 11. Life is Short. Summer is Shorter. Plan your trip at http://www.lasvegas.com/. Vegas Minute produced by http://www.vegas.com/. You can also see other Vegas Minute videos and popular Las Vegas commercial spots on our official YouTube channel.

Dig This -- a playground filled with heavy equipment? Only in Vegas

Bulldozers. Hydraulic excavators. Hard hats.

I know what you're thinking. Big deal, right? You have construction sites where you live, sure.

But in Vegas, we're not talking about a construction site. Here, we call it a playground.  

Dig ThisDig This Las Vegas is now open, and it's your chance to get behind the wheel -- wait, there's no wheel on these monsters. OK, it's your chance to get behind the levers and stickshifts to operate real Caterpillar equipment on a 5-acre site where you can toss huge boulders and oversized tires and mounds and mounds of dirt around and run roughshod over the terrain in the process.

You'll get a quick video training session and plenty of direction from one of the instructors, and they'll be in contact with you throughout via headset, but once you hop inside and buckle in, it's all you. It's great fun for men and women and it's in a controlled environment.

Dig This Las Vegas is celebrating its opening with a special offer this weekend featuring introductory 1-hour "Dig" sessions for $119 (Dirt cheap for getting a shot to cruise around in one of these bad boys). So check out Las Vegas' newest attraction! We've laid the groundwork -- but, sorry, this time, you'll have to handle the heavy lifting. :)

First trip to Vegas? Some advice from your peers

We asked our legion of Facebook fans (you are following the official Las Vegas page on Facebook, aren't you???) what advice they would give to first-time Vegas visitors.

We had some great responses -- and thought we'd share our top 10 answers with you!

1)      Wear comfy walking shoes
2)      Stay hydrated
3)      Pace yourself
4)      Bring lots of cash/singles (for tipping)
5)      Fly in at night
6)      Get lots of sleep before, don't sleep while you're there
7)      Split your time between the Strip, Fremont Street, and outer attractions (such as Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area)
8)      See the free Fountains of Bellagio
9)      Enjoy the buffets
10)   You don't need a car if you're on the Strip -- use the monorail, taxi, or bus (here are some tips for getting around Vegas)

If you are planning your first visit to Las Vegas, be sure to check out our list of to-dos on the Vegas First-Timers itinerary available on LasVegas.com ... we're the experts on How To Vegas!

Vegas: The ultimate thrill ride

Every trip to Las Vegas is exciting, but some people want more excitement than others. If you're a thrill-seeker, Las Vegas has plenty of ways for you to get your adrenaline rushing. How about swimming with the sharks? Inside the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, there are no cages -just you, 1.3 million gallons of underwater real estate, and more than 30 sharks, including Sandtiger, Sandbar and White Tip Reef sharks.

Prefer wind over water? Hook up to a harness at the new Fremont Street Flightlinez  cruise down a zip line right over the crowds on Fremont Street and under the giant video canopy. For some zip lining with a little less neon, head out to Boulder City for Bootleg Canyon Flightlines.

If you love roller-coasters, head down to Buffalo Bill's in Primm and see how you hold up against the Desperado's Turbo Drop, a 255-foot nosedive that highlights one of the world's tallest and fastest scream machines. Or twist, loop and dive around New York City with the Coney Island-style coaster at New York-New York.

In Las Vegas, the sky is the limit. Well, almost. The SkyJump at the Stratosphere is about as you can get for a thrill ride. At 108 stories, it's the highest controlled free fall in the world. It really is the best way to see the city, hurtling towards your face at a ridiculous speed.

Book your next adventure at LasVegas.com and get all the thrills you can handle in Vegas!

Get out and see Las Vegas' beautiful, scenic hiking hot spots

     Strap on your boots and see a side of Las Vegas you may never have known existed. The weather is perfect for a day of hiking in one of the magnificent state parks and recreational areas surrounding Las Vegas.

Start your journey from the comfort of your hotel suite at Red Rock Resort, Suncoast Hotel, or the JW Marriott Resort, all just minutes from our spectacular national parks! You can also get plenty of exercise in the 197,000-acre scenic loop of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, with more than 30 miles worth of hiking trails! Be sure to stop by the visitor center to see some historical and geological exhibits, a cactus garden and a souvenir bookstore. 

     The spectacular red sandstone of Valley of Fire State Park is the perfect backdrop for a day of hiking, picnicking and even camping.

     There's also invigorating hiking at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, not to mention boating, fishing, wildlife and more! The Mojave, the Great Basin and the Sonoran Deserts come together for a unique landscape.  While visiting, be sure to spend some time on the scenic grounds of the new Ravella Resort or stroll the Mediterranean-themed streets of the Village at Lake Las Vegas.

     If you prefer higher elevations, the Mount Charleston Recreation Area includes numerous hiking trails and picnic areas, along with the natural beauty you'll find in the Spring Mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.  Relax after a long hike at the Mt. Charleston Lodge or The Resort on Mount Charleston.

     Experience some of Las Vegas' outer beauty and enjoy a gratifying and scenic hike today! Then finish your night off with an award-winning restaurant, A-list entertainment, and the best nightlife in the world!

No place lights up for the holidays like Vegas

Las Vegas has plenty of holiday spirit everywhere you look, from amazing light displays to activities that will keep you smiling throughout the season.

Visit the Opportunity Village Magical Forest and see more than 3 million lights on hundreds of trees, or enjoy the breathtaking botanical displays at the Bellagio Conservatory, where 140 expert horticulturists have arranged gazebos, bridges, ponds, and water features to enhance your holiday season.

More fantastic displays can be seen at Ethel's Chocolate Lounge and Cactus Garden,  featuring four acres of decked out drought-tolerant ornamentals and cacti. The Springs Preserve, three miles from the Strip, also offers patrons thousands of colorful, LED lights, tasty treats, holiday arts and crafts and several special events throughout the holiday season.

For some more outdoor holiday scenery, go horseback riding and take a tour of Sagebrush Ranch and see some of Las Vegas' hidden beauty. And no place lights up New Year's Eve like Las Vegas. It's a party 365 days in the making! Make your plans and celebrate the holidays Las Vegas style!

Check out the great outdoors -- in Vegas!

You already know about everything there is to do indoors in Las Vegas, but what about the great outdoors? Las Vegas has lots to do around the city with its breathtaking landscape and exhilarating activities and it's a great time to go hiking or take a scenic drive.

Start with a tour of the historic Hoover Dam. You'll go inside one of America's most phenomenal structures and see how it was constructed. For a different kind of scenery, spend a day at glorious Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This national recreation area is a photographer's dream with ruby red rock formations, rolling hills, and winding roads throughout the 13 mile journey. For the adventurous check out various challenging hiking trails to Ice Box Canyon, La Madre Springs, Keystone Thrust, or Turtlehead Peak. Red Rock Resort and the Suncoast Hotel are great jumping off points for a day of outdoor adventure, and an even better place to come back to relax!

For more outdoor fun, you can enjoy spectacular hiking and recreation at Valley of Fire or hit the lodge at Mount Charleston or take a helicopter tour and see the fabulous Las Vegas Strip or the Grand Canyon like you never have before.

For other great Las Vegas activities and attractions, both indoors and outdoors, check out LasVegas.com.

From desert canyons to South Pacific palms, there's a golf course for everyone.

Historic Pebble Beach is the location for the 2010 US Open Golf tournament, but who wants to watch golf on TV when you can be playing the top courses in the country ?? in Vegas!  With summer arriving June 21, the days are the longest all year round and that makes for more birdies, eagles ?? and a few three putts.

GolfLake Las Vegas is home to the spectacular Jack Nicklaus-designed South Shore Golf Club.  Nestled along the shores of Lake Las Vegas, the course stretches around exclusive homes and features guarded-bunker greens that force you to play your long-iron game.  Relax afterwards in the comfort of deluxe accommodation at the Aston Montelago Village Resort or Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort then stroll the village for shopping and a bite to eat.

If you're craving a bit of East Coast scenery, head to North Las Vegas for a dose of Evergreen wilderness.  Originally built by Steve Wynn, the MGM operated Tom-Fazio designed Shadow Creek is a legend.  The exclusive course offers 18 serene, perfectly manicured holes, which require your A-game for every hole.  Your game may not be under par, but the scenery is an ace by all standards!

Looking for a dramatic course with a little fun?  The Rio Secco Course, operated by Harrah's Entertainment, is a top-100 golf course and is home to the Butch Harmon School of Golf.  Who needs lessons though when you have a personal caddie!  T-Mates is a popular program offered here that pairs your foursome with a beautiful ?? and expert -- caddie who assists in all parts of your game. Only in Vegas!

Royal Links Golf Club

Experience the best of the best in Vegas.  Royal Links Golf Club links-style golf course was created to honor the rich tradition and history of the game of golf.  This Links-style course faithfully recreates holes inspired by the British Open rotation golf courses such as "The Road Hole" and "Hell Bunker" from the old course at St. Andrews and "The Postage Stamp" from Royal Troon.

From desert canyons to South Pacific palms, there is a terrain that suits your game, and a course made just for you.  Check out the entire list of championship courses in Vegas, then book your vacation directly through our website.  With so many Special Offers, you might just end up booking a return visit too!

From the mountains to the lake, Las Vegas has everything for a great holiday weekend.

 Hoover Dam

Memorial Day is the official start to grilling season and sunny skies -- and in Las Vegas you can head to the great outdoors for both!  After a fun-filled evening in Las Vegas, plan some day trips to the national parks surrounding the city.  There's something for the adventurous and the not-so-adventurous and it's all just miles from the center of town; so pack up the station wagon - Clark Griswold style - and head to Vegas!

Head due West and spend the day at Red Rock National Conservation Area.  Just minutes from Red Rock Resort, The Suncoast, and JW Marriott, this outdoor wonderland spans 197,000 acres, has a 13-mile scenic loop drive, and over 30 miles of hiking trails. Picnic and grilling areas, cycling, hiking, climbing and horseback riding are available throughout!  Further North, Mt. Charleston Recreation Area is a hiker's paradise with towering pine trees, rivers, waterfalls, trails and the scenic Resort at Mt. Charleston and Mt. Charleston Lodge.

For the adrenaline-junkies, rent a dune buggy from a huge fleet of custom off road vehicles at Sun Buggy Fun Rentals.  Just miles from North Las Vegas, explore 15,000 acres of off-road desert terrain before heading back to Vegas where you can relax and rejuvenate in a world-class spa treatment. 

If you're staying in the Southern part of the valley, near The M Resort, Fiesta Henderson, or the South Point Resort, it's just a short drive to the spectacular Hoover Dam.  This national historic spot offers a dramatic view of the Colorado River, Lake Mead Recreation Area and the new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, towering 900ft above the canyon floor!  It opens in November for driving traffic, but the view today of construction is fascinating in itself.

Enjoy a relaxing day boating at Lake Mead or spend a tranquil day at the lakeside beach at Lake Las Vegas. Aston Montelago Village is a Mediterranean-inspired walking neighborhood with boutique stores, unique restaurants and the spectacular Lowes Lake Las Vegas Resort.  Aim for par on the Jack Nicklaus designed South Shore Golf Club or check out more than 60 top-rated championship golf courses city-wide.

You may not find Wally World here, but we do have Wally Eastwood - the world's fastest juggler. Catch him and the best variety acts in the country at "V The Ultimate Variety Show" at Planet Hollywood.  And for the best in entertainment, check out the current lineup of A-list shows, or enjoy a pre-show dinner at an award-winning restaurant.  It's all part of a spectacular Memorial Day Las Vegas weekend.  And now you can plan your trip and check rates and availability online and ensure you get the best deals in town!

P.S. (don't forget Aunt Edna, I hear she loves our buffets)

Outdoor and Indoor Adventures: From the Mountains to the Lake -- to Center Stage!

Clear skies and beautiful weather are upon us in Las Vegas. Spend your nights at the impressive neon lit casinos in our fabulous resorts, and spend your days outside at various national parks and hidden treasures. There are special offers of every kind, so make an excuse then find your way to Las Vegas.

Just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip on the West side of town, you can find yourself among the spectacular majestic cliffs of Red Rock Canyon. This national recreation area is a photographers dream with ruby red rock formations, rolling hills, and winding roads throughout the 13 mile journey. For the adventurous check out various challenging hiking trails to Ice Box Canyon, La Madre Springs, Keystone Thrust, or Turtlehead Peak. Red Rock Resort and the Suncoast Hotel are great jumping off points for a day of outdoor adventure, and an even better place to come back to relax!

From the mountainside to the water's edge, Vegas has it all. Pack a day trip and head to Lake Mead Recreation area, where you and your fiends can enjoy a day out on the serene lake! Rent a speed boat, fishing boat or deluxe house boat and cruise the scenic coastline of Lake Mead. Head south on the lake and experience a one-of-a-kind view of Hoover Dam from behind! And if you spend the night at Lake Las Vegas, you'll be home in no time ?? enjoying a relaxing evening at the Loews Lake Las Vegas Spa Resort. or the new Ravella at Lake Las Vegas.


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