SpeedVegas: Longest Driving Track in Las Vegas

“Ask any racer. Any real racer. It doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning’s winning.” [Dom Toretto The Fast and The Furious (2001)]

Don’t know any racer? Well, why don’t you be one? Or at least drive like one. Just ten minutes south of the famous Las Vegas sign, SpeedVegas gives you the opportunity to be just that!

Have an amazing race experience at SpeedVegas. Photo courtesy of SpeedVegas' website.
Have an amazing race experience at SpeedVegas. Photo courtesy of SpeedVegas’ website.

Longest Driving Track in Las Vegas

Designed and created by an international team of racetrack experts, SpeedVegas offers the longest driving track in Las Vegas – 1.5 miles of track with 12 corners and turns, an elevation change of up to 60 feet and a banking of up to 15 degrees. But they did not stop there. They also have for you to try 1.4 miles of the off-road racetrack – the longest, yet again, in Las Vegas. This off-road track features also features a maximum of 15 degrees banking, 14 challenging turns, 8 colossal jumps with the highest ramp being 6’ and tabletop being 25’ long. And guess what the most amazing part is? Both tracks have no speed limits!

A Selection of Multi-million Dollar Exotic Muscle Cars

And yet the good news has only just begun because our friends from SpeedVegas don’t want you to just drive the longest tracks in Las Vegas – they want you to experience the best track in the best set of wheels in the whole world. This is why they have you the most amazing fleet of track-ready multi-million-dollar exotic muscle cars for your selection. Do you prefer a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ford, Corvette, Audi? Take your pick. And then race your heart out.

Is driving an expensive muscle car one of your dreams? You can drive it at SpeedVegas. Photo courtesy of SpeedVegas' website.
Is driving an expensive muscle car one of your dreams? You can drive it at SpeedVegas. Photo courtesy of SpeedVegas’ website.

To ensure your safety and make your best experience even better, they provide expert coaches and instructors that will orient you to everything you need to know in and out of the tracks. Helmets and other safety equipment are provided for your convenience, along with insurance – all with no extra charges. However, the age of 6 years old and a weight of 60 lbs. (27 kgs) are required to be able to ride in drift and exotic cars and a height of 4’10” is required to ride in Baja trucks. Meeting those requirements, all you have to do is bring your driver’s license. Arrive in your most comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes and you’re good to go!

Expert coaches and instructors are there to help you. Photo courtesy of SpeedVegas' website.
Expert coaches and instructors are there to help you. Photo courtesy of SpeedVegas’ website.

SpeedVegas – Race Your Heart Out

To make things even better, SpeedVegas allows you to have the best company and audience to cheer you on. With miles of viewing terraces also provided for your friends and families, no one has to miss out on anything! Whether you like to experience the adrenaline on the field or feel the rush of watching your family race, they’ve got your backs! So what are you waiting for? I don’t know about you, but the SpeedVegas experience sounds like a win to me. Put on your helmets and drive! SpeedVegas awaits.

Grand Canyon West: One of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders

They say that the best experiences come in the most extraordinary adventures. What else could top of something that allows you to have the most extraordinary and unique experience at one of the seven natural wonders of the world? The Grand Canyon! Extending far and wide, the Grand Canyon West offers activities in two separate sites: The West Rim and Peach Springs.

Grand Canyon West

Whether you are in it for social media, to be one with nature, the adrenaline or just the magnificent view, the Grand Canyon West is worth to be on your list. Roughly a two-hour drive away from Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon West is a meaningful trip you will make in your lifetime.

The West Rim

Skywalk

Soar the Sky and feast your eyes with the most beautiful view on the Skywalk – a 10-ft. wide glass platform that can hold the weight of over 700 fully loaded passenger jets and allows everyone to get a clear view of what is 4000 ft. and extends 70 ft. out over. And what better way to remember this splendid walk than to have your picture taken by the most excellent photographers.

The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West
The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West

Eagle Point

Just around the corner of this is the Sky View Restaurant where you can eat with a view of the Skywalk and the Eagle Point. Right, about the Eagle Point. It is a wondrous rock formation that is naturally formed into the shape of an eagle. Aside from the view, the site also gives you the chance to watch the Native American Dances at the Amphitheater. You can shop for handcrafted creations by Native Hands. You can also take a tour of the Native American Village where you can see traditionally built housings, ovens, sweat lodges and dwellings of the indigenous tribes of the region.

Hualapai Ranch and Zipline

Just about a mile away from the Skywalk, you can fly proud and free 500 feet above and 3,200 feet long in the Zipline at the Hualapai Ranch.

The Hualapai Ranch at Grand Canyon West
The Hualapai Ranch at Grand Canyon West

The Peach Springs

Colorado River Whitewater Rafting

The Peach Springs isn’t short of adventures. It is the site for the Hualapai River Runners. Get that exhilarating feeling as you paddle your way through the whitewater rapids of the Colorado River. Their offer of a one or two-day rafting adventures with the most experienced river guides comes with the immersion in the culture of the Hualapai Tribe – inhabitants of the Grand Canyon even way before it was known as a natural wonder of the world. The trip takes two hours from the West Rim.

Travertine Cavern Falls

The fun does not stop there. Guests can view local wildlife. You have the chance to hike at the Travertine Cavern Falls. Enjoy a refreshing lunch along the banks of the river. And if it’s not exciting enough for you, they also offer a very unique way to get back to the Grand Canyon West Rim – a helicopter ride! Although if heights are not your thing, there are other ways to continue the adventure.

Experience Sky, Earth, and Water like you have never experienced it before. Feel your heart burst into flames of passion and happiness. The Grand Canyon West adventures await you!

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs

The Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs offers a respite from all the noise and crowd. It is an oasis comprising of a 680-acre park that features wildlife, lakes, greenery, and an amazing view of the Sheep Range and the Spring Mountains.

Floyd Lamb Park Wildlife
Some of the animals you can see in Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs are mallard duck, tree swallow, peacock, rainbow trout, goose, fox, jackrabbit, and many more! Image courtesy of F. Andrew Taylor and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Over 200,000 locals and tourists visit the park yearly to relax, go on picnics, take beautiful photos of animals, and many more. Little do people know that the park has been a work in progress for many years before it became the park they enjoy today.

A Work in Progress for Many Years

The history of the Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs dates back to the prehistoric era. People discovered fossils of animals belonging to the Pleistocene fauna such as mammoths in the area. Human inhabitation, on the other hand, only happened approximately 11,000 years ago. The first inhabitants were a nomadic Indian tribe called “Tudini”. They were succeeded by a native Indian American group called “Paiute”.

In the 1900s, a man named John Herbert Nay purchased 10 acres of land. He cultivated his property but sold it in 1929 eventually. By 1941, the property has a new owner by the name of Prosper Jacob Goumond. He transformed the property into a working ranch, which became a guest ranch eventually. It accommodated several visitors who even volunteered to do daily ranch chores sometimes. The ranch has grown into 880 acres over the years.

Floyd Lamb Park Entrance Fee
Floyd Lamb Park is located at 9200 Tule Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89131. Image courtesy of David Becker and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In 1959, a group of businessmen purchased the property from the granddaughter of Goumond. They leased the property as a working cattle ranch. It remained that way until the city of Las Vegas purchased the property in 1964, turning it into a city park and naming it after State Senator Floyd Lamb. This was short-lived as the state of Nevada acquired the property by legislative action in 1977. 

When the State saw urban growth around the park, the State believed the park was better as a city park. On July 2, 2007, the State transferred the park back to the hands of the City of Las Vegas. It was renamed to what it is now known today: Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.

THINGS YOU CAN DO AT THE PARK 

Fishing. The park consists of four amazing lakes. From smallest to largest, they are the Willow Lake, Cottonwood Lake, Mulberry Lake, and Tule Springs Lake. For as long as you have a fishing license from the Nevada Department of Wildlife, you are free to fish in all these lakes. One fish you may get there is a rainbow trout!

Enjoy wildlife and amazing scenery. Just the sight of the animals makes this park a must-visit. Some of the wildlife you can see there are mammals like coyotes, foxes, and jackrabbits. You can also see birds and water birds such as peafowl, killdeer, kestrels, tree swallows, mallard duck, burrowing owl, and many more!

Floyd Lamb Park Fishing
As long as you have a license from the Nevada Department of Wildlife, you may fish in all the four lakes of Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. Image courtesy of Martin S. Fuentes and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Go on a picnic with loved ones. There are designated picnic areas for you and your family in the park. You can celebrate special events such as birthdays. You may reserve a pavilion beforehand. 

Visit the historic area. The park consists of 23 buildings. Some of the prominent buildings you can visit are the Ranch House, Adobe Hut, Power Building, and Water Tower. On a side note, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs also houses the Las Vegas State Tree Nursery. 

Participate in programs. Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs also offers programs.

  • Pop up parks and recreation are available every third Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Gardening and recreation are available from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays; 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Fridays.
  • Historic tours are available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and 12:00 to 2:00 pm on Fridays.

OPERATING HOURS

The park is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm from April to September; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from October to March. The park charges $6 entrance fee per vehicle. In an article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, author Margo Pesek stated that the park charges $1 to those entering on foot, bikes, or horseback. For frequent visitors and senior citizens, she suggested inquiring about annual fees to save money. 

Dig This Las Vegas

There is always that exciting to play the sandbox as a kid, filling dump trucks with dirt and building sand castles even if it’s messy. Dig This Las Vegas is an adult theme park that lets you relive your childhood using REAL construction equipment! Big thrills, in a super-sized sandbox.

At first glance, Dig This looks like a sprawling building site. But this is actually the world’s biggest and U.S.’ first digger playground — giving grownups the awesome opportunity to control the big CATS, bulldozers, and excavators.

Visit Dig This Las Vegas, The World’s Heavy Equipment Playground. Photo courtesy of their Facebook account.

Excavating Experience

New Zealand-born Ed Mumm is the founder of Dig This LLC, a first hand and unique excavating experience in Las Vegas, where people can operate heavy machinery just as if they were on a real construction site.

Heavy equipment is fun to play with. Ed found about it while still living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He chose to turn this idea of playing with big toys into reality by opening Dig This in the middle of Las Vegas in May 2011. Since then, thousands of people have come to dig up their five-acre lot with a bulldozer, an excavator, and even smaller equipment such as a skid steer and a mini excavator.

Drive Bulldozers and Excavators at Dig This Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of their Facebook account.

When asked how he came up with the concept, Mumm said that it was from his own personal experience. “I did some excavating work myself and after a couple of hours in the excavator, I thought, ‘if I’m having this good time, I imagine other people would enjoy coming to do this as well. A lot of us never really grow up out of our sandboxes. We drive past construction sites every day and wish we can have a go at it, but there have never been opportunities to do it,” he said.  Mumm opened a pilot version of Dig This in 2007 near his home in northwest Colorado. It was built on 10 acres and it ran for three years before he decided to move to Las Vegas.

Located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, Dig This five-acre patch of open land on South Rancho Drive has a clear view of the high-rise hotels and casinos just across the Las Vegas Freeway of the Las Vegas Strip. Dig This’ attractions include Caterpillar D5G tracked Dozers, Caterpillar 315CL hydraulic excavators, Caterpillar 279D skid steer track loaders and Caterpillar 305.5E CR mini excavators.

Half of Dig This’ Customers are Females

Here’s an interesting fact though, and perhaps unexpectedly, Dig This is not just a men-will-be-boys place. According to the company’s spokeswoman, Cathy Wiedemer, “Half of our customers are females, including housewives and grandmothers. Throttling up a powerful engine and moving mounds of earth is very empowering”.

Go to Dig This Las Vegas and drive one of their earth moving machines. Photo courtesy of their Facebook account.

Instructors are available to enable you to ace burrowing and driving. After a quick but detailed safety briefing, a breathalyzer test (guests with an alcohol level of 0.06% or above will not be permitted to participate) and operation instruction, an instructor will talk you through some basic skills via the headset that Dig This will provide for you. You will be digging, trenching, and pushing your haul around in the blink of an eye. Once you understand the basics, you will then be guided through a series of activities to test your skills.

Reviews

Dig This is one of the companies that has an almost perfect rating. People just love the experience and the feeling they get afterward.

Facebook: 4.8 Star-Rating

I will run out of superlatives describing the experience!!! Not only is it a fun experience, the guys running it immediately fill you with confidence in what is a complex piece of equipment. Also important is that safety is paramount. These are not some guys in a fly-by-night operation. Fabulous fun, a great experience and plenty of laughs. A perfect combination.
-Steve W.

Google: 4.9 Star-Rating

The highlight of this holiday! Great fun. Staff was all very friendly, patient and helpful. My instructor was Brian, he was excellent.
-Adam G.

Yelp: 5-Star Rating

I just have to say… This was the BEST activity to do in Vegas!
-Hannah K.

Unique and Exciting Activity for Your Next trip

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary in Las Vegas, something that’s worthy to be included in your bucket list, Dig This is a good place to check out!

*Participants must be at least 14 years or older to operate big equipment, and 8 years or older to operate skid steer loaders and mini excavators.

Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas

Have you reached a point in your life where you just want to take a good rest? A place where you can just unplug and breathe life in? You don’t need to go far away to do that. We know a good place within Las Vegas where you can be one with nature and experience various adventures, giving you the best of both facets of a vacation: fun and rest. Red Rock Canyon or Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) is a place that has so many outlets of the stresses and sources of fun to offer.

Red Rock Canyon allows you to take on scenic drives and hiking trails. It allows you to do different physical activities such as rock climbing, biking, and camping. It also features wildlife, cultural resources, amazing rock formations and so much more.

Sunsets are more amazing paired with the landscape of Nevada. Photo courtesy of Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas’ Facebook account.

Traverse an Amazing Scenery

Red Rock Canyon offers a 13-mile long scenic drive, which visitors may tour through a car or a bicycle. The drive comes with multiple scenic stops and trailheads. If you choose to take a tour of the place through your bike, there are designated paved roads and trails for you. As you go around the area, you would be able to see different species of flora and fauna.

Learn the variety of flowers you can see in the Mojave Desert. Photo courtesy of Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas’ Facebook account.

Hiking and Climbing

Looking for a challenging hike or trail? You would definitely want to visit Red Canyon Cove. The place has 26 hikes and trails. It features a maze of canyons, peaks, ledges, chimneys, chutes, and gullies, giving you the opportunity to make your ultimate hiking or climbing experience! But if you’re a novice in hiking or climbing, don’t fret! There are designated trails for you too.

Interested to take this adventure now? Go for it, but just don’t forget to wear a helmet. Be wary of the falling rocks and debris as well as loose gravel as you make the most of the moment in the place.

Now, if you only have one day to spare in this place, we advise that you leave at night time. The view of the sunset and the sky turning dark is nothing short of spectacular! It’s one great way to end your vacation and prepare for your grind the following day.

There are individual and group shade structures available throughout the campground, by the way. There are drinking water faucets around the area for your convenience too.

Explore Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas and you might see a rainbow in one of their scenic views. Photo courtesy of Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas’ Facebook account.

Feel Alive at Red Rock Canyon

When was the last time you took a break? When was the last time you did something for yourself? If you can’t remember anymore, maybe it’s time that you do. Taking a step back is oftentimes what we need to take a step forward. Be grateful to live as you feel alive at Red Rock Canyon.

Bootleg Canyon

Are you looking for something distinct and entertaining, but away from the Las Vegas Strip? We have one in Boulder City that might be the perfect candidate for a one-of-a-kind experience. It is conveniently situated in 1027 Canyon Road in Boulder City, Nevada, just between Sin City and Hoover Dam.

The park is called “Bootleg Canyon”, sometimes referred to as “Bootleg Las Vegas”. It is a world-famous mountain bike park in the River Mountain Range, which includes Red Mountain and Black Mountain. Bootleg Canyon has a vast array of geographical features of volcanic rocks and offers some impressive rockscapes of different colors, together with the remarkable view of Boulder City, Lake Mead, and Las Vegas.

Challenging Trails

Bootleg Canyon is known for its trails that were mostly designed and built by Brent Thomson, a local artist in the early 1990s. It is now the site for hiking and mountain biking trails. It consists of 24 trails, which have over 36 miles of single track and a lot more unofficial trails. There are a lot of challenging trails. You can start with the easier – the flat ones, to the more extreme ones.

An adventurer doing one of the biggest gaps and fastest jumps in a trail at Bootleg Canyon.

There are popular trails called Girl Scout, Boy Scout, West Leg, East Leg, Inner Caldera, Middle Lake View, POW, Connect, Skyline, Dual Slalom, Caldera and GS Connect to name a few. There are trailheads that will lead to those courses. The most popular trailhead is “The Gazebo”, named as such because of the large covered area projecting over the trailhead.

Outstanding hiking trails, beautiful lake views, best mountain biking in the country

It offers paved parking, covered picnic tables, separate bathrooms/showers for ladies and gentlemen and even drinking fountains. The second one is the River Mountain Hiking Trail Trailhead. This is being used by bikers more than runners. It has paved parking and uncovered picnic table, unlike in The Gazebo. There are a whole lot more for you to discover and enjoy once you visit the park.

More Than The Trails

Aside from the trails, it also has been inhabited by a variety of desert animals. The most special is the herds of Big Horn Sheep that can also be witnessed using the very trails the park is well-known for. It also has a Zipline, which is ideal for first-time visitors and nature lovers. Just check for tours and packages that include a professional guide if preferred.

One of the views you’ll see when you Zipline at Bootleg Canyon.

Great Bootleg Canyon Experience

Reviews from Google and TripAdvisor are 5-star ratings. See what some people had to say about their experience:

Diverse & challenging trails & sweeping views. Some services such as a restroom & water are offered.
-Marisa B (Google)

I live in Boulder City and my brother started Bootleg Canyon and built great trails. It is challenging for advanced riders but also has trails for beginners. Must for those looking for a great place.
-Vegastravelr (TripAdvisor)

Bootleg Canyon is an incredible place. There are more trails than you can count! There are bathrooms, shower, shaded picnic area, great signage, and lots of upgrades to give the area a nice feel. If you like mountain biking you must try this place. June-August is very hot. Stay hydrated!!!!!
-Jeannine B (TripAdvisor)

One of the contenders at the Nevada State Champs in Bootleg Canyon last 2016.

The Park is open year-round. Don’t forget to warm up, pack sunscreen and a lot of water if you are planning to visit. For those who are into mountain biking, it is best to visit from April until September. Your trip will not be complete without a snap of the big bike welcoming you, so don’t forget to take a selfie!

Las Vegas Boat Harbor, Inc.

Las Vegas is one of the most fun places on earth. The state promises not only the glitz and the glamour of the world-famous strip, but also the contrast of the natural beauty it offers. Las Vegas offers many outdoor recreation spots that everyone is sure to enjoy. Just take east of I-215 from the dazzling lights of the Las Vegas Strip, continue past the Sloan National Recreational Area and Boulder City, you will reach the oasis of Lake Mead’s best Privately owned Harbor, Las Vegas Boat Harbor.

The Las Vegas Boat Harbor is the largest privately owned and operated marinas in the world.

Largest Privately Owned Marina in the World

Built in the late ’50s, Las Vegas Boat Harbor is the oldest privately owned and operated marina in the United States. The Gripentog Family has been operating this harbor since 1957. It has grown from a small marina to one of the best marinas in the Hemenway Harbor in Lake Mead. They are proud to say that they have the best marina services on the lake and throughout the Midwest.

The business was the brainchild of Bob and Betty Gripentog who dreamed of a life where they can fish more and work less. This dream became a reality after the couple had invested in a marina with 40 slips and 5 cottage style trailers. Since then, they had grown to have 1500 slips, 360 or more dry storage spaces, a couple of general merchandise stores, restaurants and a fleet of boats for rent and more.

Lake Mead offers Boating, Skiing, Tubing, Relaxing, Swimming, and Much More

Las Vegas Boat Harbor offers many fun and exciting activities. Not to mention, it has stunning views that will enthuse all kinds of visitors and all ages. The daring ones may enjoy the wave runner, jet skis and the tube for the kids. The scenic views make it a wonderful place to get away from the busy city. With its exceptional facility, it’s the perfect destination to make great memories for couples, and even families.

National Award of Marina of the Year for 2009

The secret of its success is based on the Gripentog family values where Gail Kaiser (now 2nd generation owner) has said, “It’s a family business and a family lifestyle. We enjoy working and playing with our business.” Therefore, there is no questioning on why the customer sees family style values everywhere. The owners are often seen behind counters, waiting tables, pumping fuel, and taking out trashes. They are taking the time to help out local customers because they feel like the guests are not only customers but also friends.

The Las Vegas Boat Harbor offers good food, great atmosphere, and beautiful surroundings.

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Las Vegas Boat Harbor is also a socially responsible company. They give back to the community through their many programs such as:

  1. C.A.S.T. for Kids – The organization helps handicapped or blind children.
  2. Lifejacket Loaner for Kids – It is a program the Gripentogs host every year. It focuses on water safety among their many socially responsible programs that they have each year.

The Gripentogs believe that hands-on service and a family environment are the keys to their success. They are able to establish a good relationship with their clientele. The family makes Las Vegas Boat Harbor one of the best outdoor destinations in Las Vegas.

Willow Beach Marina and Campground

How does a breather look like for you? For some, getting a massage and strolling the mall is already enough. Others are looking out for ways to enjoy nature such as hiking, mountain climbing or going to the beach!

Many find going to the beach relaxing. Personally, there’s peace and calm in watching the waves and enjoying the waters. If you are the type of person who also likes going to the beach, Willow Beach Marina and Campground is a good place to check out! Like you and me, it believes that a fun day in the water is one of the best ways to recharge and relax.

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Have a relaxing trip at the Willow Beach Marina as you take a boat to look at the unique scenery.

Situated in the Arizona side of the Colorado River, Willow Beach Marina and Campground provides you with scenery, a 235-mile shoreline, and wildlife. Listed below are some of the things you could do at the place: 

Explore the waters and go on a fishing 

Willow Beach Marina and Campground is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. It offers rentals of various watercraft such as fishing boats, deck boats, kayaks, and canoes. If you choose to rent a boat, make sure that you have your Boater Education Card to present if the state where you live in requires that. 

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Relax and enjoy the waters at Willow Beach Marina. Photo courtesy of Willow Beach Marina’s Facebook account.

As hinted, Willow Beach Marina and Campground also enables you to go on a fishing adventure. According to a 2018 article from USA Today, the beach is home to striped bass. Some of the other fishes you may find there are trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish and walleye.

Stay in a Strategic Place

If you’re looking for more than a day of relaxation and fun, Willow Beach Marina has an RV Park and tent campground where you could relax and appreciate various sceneries such as the Colorado River, Black Canyon, and nearby mountains and deserts! 

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Let the kids enjoy outdoor activities as you camp at the Willow Beach RV Park. Photo courtesy of Willow Beach Marina’s Facebook account.

You could also enjoy various activities from the places near it. This includes engaging in water activities in Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, hiking on mountain trails, and visiting the Hoover Dam. Want some nightlife? The place is just 45 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip! 

Cap Your trip by Getting Souvenirs

What better way to end your trip than by getting souvenirs or memorabilia! You could get that at the Willow Beach Marina and Convenience store. From clothes to gifts, you’ll definitely find the best memorabilia to recall the memories you made in the place.

Aside from memorabilia, you could also get various stuff you need from the Willow Beach Marina and Convenience Store to make the most of your stay. This includes picnic supplies, first aid needs, things you probably forgot to bring and many more!

It also has everything you need for your fishing such as baits, tackles, and Arizona fishing licenses! On top of this is the free advice and tips about fishing that its staff could give you!

Lake Mead National Recreational Area

Las Vegas and its nearby towns are rich in amazing places. Sometimes, we go away to have fun and relax. We tend to lose ourselves in partying at clubs or going to concerts, yet what we really need is to refresh the soul by visiting beautiful scenic sights. Just 30 minutes away from The Strip is Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It is a recreational area that spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys, and two lakes. It’s for boaters, swimmers, fishermen, hikers, photographers, campers, and sightseers. National Park Service operates Lake Mead National Recreational Area.

The beautiful scenic view of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The park, located in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, which includes Lake Mead and Lake Mohave is accessible all year-round. Lake Mead is a large reservoir held by the Hoover Dam while Lake Mohave is a reservoir impounded by Davis Dam.

The Historic Railroad Trail is a national recreation trail.

One of the great places to go in the park is the Historic Railroad Trail. For instance, it is the only remaining section of the Hoover Dam Railroad system that is not highly disturbed or underwater. You can see information about the tunnels taken from the National Park Service’s website:

  • The first tunnel is around 1 mile from the trailhead.
  • The fifth tunnel is around 2.2 miles from the trailhead.
  • The elevation change from the trailhead to the fifth tunnel is about 11 feet.
  • After the fifth tunnel, the trail continues another 1.5 miles to the Hoover Dam Parking Garage. The elevation change between these two points is around 445 feet.
  • Total distance = 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) round trip.
You can explore the Historic Railroad Trail that provides panoramic views of Lake Mead.

Fun Fact

Based from the website too, a section of the railroad was used in the motion picture “The Gauntlet” starring Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke for a sequence in which they were on a motorcycle being chased by an assassin in a helicopter.

The park has nine wilderness areas. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages some of the wilderness that lies outside Lake Mead National Recreational Area.

Here Are Some Tips When Visiting Lake Mead National Recreational Area:

  • Engage in outdoor activities early in the morning or in the evening during summer.
  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and hydrate when engaging in outdoor activities.
  • Wear hiking shoes and avoid open shoes if you will participate in hiking activities.

It is undeniable that Las Vegas gains tourists because of the numerous casinos, shows, concerts, and shops it has. People should be reminded that one of the uniqueness of Vegas is that it is located in the desert, surrounded by parks with wonderful weather throughout the year. Exploring the outdoors should be on the list of every tourist. Finding solitude just takes a trip to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area.

National Atomic Testing Museum

Las Vegas – famous for being the “Sin City”, is known for all its glitz and glamour. It is home to intricate and sophisticated themed hotels and dazzling festivities. How about taking a detour from the glamorous casinos to learn about the other history of Vegas? Learn more about the National Atomic Testing Museum.

Experience Nevada’s Explosive History

The National Atomic Testing Museum is a national science, history and non-profit educational institution. It is located at 755 East Flamingo Rd. in Las Vegas. The museum discloses the story of America’s nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test Site. It has displays of collection-based illustrations and learning activities for the public to appreciate the world that we are all living in.

The National Atomic Testing Museum’s interiors in Las Vegas

The Museum opened its doors to the public in 2005. It has a collection of over 3500 artifacts, including thousands of rare photos, videos, scientific and nuclear reports, and data. The visitors will learn about world events leading up to the foundation of the Nevada Test Site. They will also discover its advancement from the above-ground tests to underground tests and non-nuclear activities.

Even kids learn and have fun at the National Atomic Testing Museum

They will get to contemplate on the history of atomic testing and its importance to national and international security and stability. Tourists will see a replica of the Control Point where the countdown was conducted before each nuclear detonation. What’s more exciting is they will get to experience a simulation of a Ground Zero Theater, an impersonation of an above-ground test.

Atomic Era

From Atomic Age, also known as the Atomic Era – the period of history following the detonation of the first nuclear “atomic” bomb during World War II, to the scientific and technological advances, the institution emphasizes 70 years of nuclear testing. To the end of the Cold War to the beginning of the Global War on Terror, the Museum amazingly depicts the cultures of the said eras. Not just that, it honors the nation’s Cold War-era veterans.

When to Come to the Museum

This Museum is entirely different from the usual ones because of what it fascinatingly caters to the public. They are open from Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and on Sunday from 12 PM to 5 PM, except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. General Adult Admission is just $22, $16 for ages 7 to 14 and free for ages 6 and below.

Use the Lessons of the Past to Better Understand the Present

So if you’re planning to visit, you’ll be saving more if you’ll get to bring your family and loved ones. Not just to feast your eyes on the exhibits but to learn and get to use the lessons of the past to better understand the present. It also has a store which features interesting products that can be bought home as a token.

So what are we all waiting for? Come and visit this one-of-a-kind museum for all the captivating stories it has in store for us all. Its history is rich and is as relevant today as it was nearly 70 years ago! It’s relaxing to visit places like this once in a while for it’s totally different from our everyday hustle and bustle.