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Maybe you aren't limber enough to pull off a split or fast enough to compete in a 4-minute mile like our USA Olympic counterparts. But, that doesn't mean you can't participate in some alternative Olympic-style sports, Vegas-style!
The Las Vegas Strip is 4.2 miles long, so get out and walk from the Stratosphere to Mandalay Bay and back for your own version of the 8K dash! (Or, if you are really adventurous, sign up for the upcoming Rock 'n' Roll marathon in December to run a marathon on the Strip at night.)
If you are into cycling, rent a bike and head out to Red Rock National Park for the day to tour the 13-mile long loop once or twice, or grab a canoe for some paddling or swimming at Lake Mead, just a short drive from the Strip.
If watching gymnasts contort their bodies and spring effortlessly through the air intrigues you, get your fill of the truly amazing artistic abilities of Cirque du Soleil performers in shows like O at Bellagio, KÁ at MGM Grand or Mystère at Treasure Island, or catch the circus acts with the kids at Circus Circus.
The 10-meter platform diving competition has ended, but
that's nothing compared to diving off the Stratosphere
Hotel Tower's SkyJump - a mere 108 floors from the ground! You may not win a gold medal, but you sure will have a story to tell!
Ready ... set ... go!
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)