But Las Vegas is also a town with a deep character. This is an old west town and a pioneer town. Las Vegas was not only a prime destination on the old Mormon trail, but also watering hole for many a cowboy in those long ago wild west times. Las Vegas means the verdant plain. The area currently known as “Green Valley” reflects the oasis nature of the old Las Vegas valley.
But Las Vegas is also a place with character. Visitors who are willing to venture away from the Strip will discover a myriad of different and fun things to do. Just a few miles to the west there is Red Rock Canyon, perfect for family outings into some amazing natural history. And to the east there is Lake Mead and Boulder Dam, both also great ideas for the whole family.
For those visitors with some time on their hands, Las Vegas also serves as a great starting point for adventures to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. All of which are only a few hours away by car, with excellent highway access in every direction. With the opening of the Bounder Dam Bypass, northern Arizona is now closer to Las Vegas than ever. This is perfect timing for visitors wanting to see the Grand Canyon Overlook and heading into destinations such as Flagstaff, Jerome and Sedona Arizona.
Even without leaving town there is much adventure to be had in Las Vegas. Perhaps you might want to pay a visit to Las Vegas Gold and Silver, setting for the infamous Pawn Stars television series. Not too far away you will find “The Springs Preserve” an excellent place to take the kids and get an education of the natural desert environment that was Las Vegas long ago.
These activities are a great addition to any Las Vegas adventure. For visitors staying in Las Vegas vacation home rentals, they are a great way to have fun and avoid the traffic and noise (and cost!) of the Strip. or more information on the Las Vegas vacation rentals contact Las Vegas Retreats (702) 944-9978 or visit http://www.lasvegasretreats.com.
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