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!

First Friday Las Vegas

What is the first word that comes into your mind when you hear Las Vegas? Some people would probably say casinos. The city is full of casinos after all, which even led people from all over the world to dub it as the Sin Capital of the World.

For me, the word is vibrant, and it’s not because of the nightlife entertainment that some highly regard the city for. Rather, it is because of the love for the arts that is evident in its culture. This is what non-profit organization First Friday Foundation is upholding through its First Friday Las Vegas Event.

Do a little shopping at First Friday in Las Vegas.

A CELEBRATION OF LOCAL CULTURE AND ARTS

The First Friday Foundation is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that aims to promote local culture and arts through the First Friday Las Vegas festival. It is a huge believer in the creativity of Las Vegans and how creativity is deeply embedded in the culture of Las Vegas.

One of the murals you’ll see at First Friday

Basically, First Friday Las Vegas is an event that gives all sorts of artists and food vendors a space to showcase their passions. It is a gathering of the local community in support of local art and culture. What for? Well, it seems to me that it is all for the purpose of upholding the creativity in the culture of Las Vegas.

JOIN IN ON THE CELEBRATION!

First Friday is held in various places around Downtown Las Vegas. This includes the Las Vegas Art District, the Fremont District, and the Smith Center. Some of the locations where the previous First Friday Las Vegas events were held are at 1025 First Street and Charleston and Casino Center. The event usually takes place from 5 pm to 11 pm. 

If you wish to showcase your art masterpieces, you can submit your application online. A jury composed of three, which can be gallery owners, photographers, or artists, will review and approve it. The application has stringent requirements. For more info, click this link. 

There are Food Vendors available at First Friday.

For food vendors, the booth fees are $400 for food trucks, $300 for food tents, and $300 for vendors that offer dessert only. For the last kind, you must send in your menu for approval. Furthermore, the prices may still vary depending on additional requirements. For more info, click here

The admission to the event is free! But as you’ve read, there will be lots of art forms and food. It only implies one thing: bring cash! And oh, you can also attend the event as a volunteer, by the way. You can help in conducting surveys, taking photos, helping in organizing the event, and many more! 

First Friday Foundation also accepts donations and sponsorships. It very much appreciates all organizations that help in making the First Friday Las Vegas possible.

CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT FIRST FRIDAY?

Take part in celebrating local arts, thus your local culture. Check out the video below to see a glimpse of what’s happening in the First Friday Las Vegas. See you there!

18b The Las Vegas Arts District

While most people know Las Vegas as a source of nightlife entertainment, little do they know that the city is also rich in the arts. If you are getting tired of the noise from The Strip, go to the Las Vegas Arts District or 18b for a different Las Vegas experience!

18b Las Vegas Arts District
18b or The Las Vegas Arts District is the home of many creative businesses in Nevada. Image courtesy of the Las Vegas Arts District’s website.

THE HEART OF ART AND CULTURE IN SOUTHERN NEVADA

The Las Vegas Arts District is approximately an 18-block neighborhood located at the southern Downtown of Las Vegas. It comprises of creative art galleries, bars, museums, restaurants, art studios, salons, boutiques, and many other businesses! It is also where the famous First Friday Las Vegas is held.

If you are ever around the area, below are some of the popular spots to visit:

ReBAR

ReBAR best bars in vegas
ReBAR is located at 1225 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89104. Image courtesy of ReBAR’s website.

ReBAR is the vision of TV producer Derek Stonebarger. It is a combination of a bar and an antique shop, hence the only bar in Las Vegas where everything is for sale! From the ReBAR signage hung at the store to the glass you’re drinking from, everything in the bar is yours for a price!

The Arts Factory

The Arts Factory Las Vegas Arts District
The Arts Factory is located at 107 E. Charleston Las Vegas NV 89101. Image courtesy of Downtown Las Vegas Arts District’s website.

The Arts Factory features the largest city mural in Las Vegas! It houses around 20 businesses that are involved in various forms of art such as photography, graphic design, and fine art. It comprises of galleries, boutiques, art studios, and many more! For artists, the Arts Factory offers an opportunity to collaborate and network with other artists as well.

The Art Square

The Art Square Las Vegas Arts District
The Art Square is located at 1025 S 1st St, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101. Image courtesy of Downtown Las Vegas Arts District’s website.

Similar to The Arts Factory, The Art Square also features several art-related businesses. Some of the businesses it houses are the Cockroach Theater, the Artifice Bar, a salon, and even a wedding chapel!

Atomic Style Lounge

Atomic Style Lounge unique salons in Las Vegas
Atomic Lounge Style is located at 1237 S. Main Las Vegas NV 89104. Image courtesy of Atomic Lounge Style’s Facebook page.

Atomic Style Lounge is a salon that can give you both a look from the past and the present. It provides styling, makeup, party, and wedding services!

The salon has a collectibles store that features items from the 50s and the 60s. It also sells current items with a touch of retro.

For special events, some bands play on the stage at the front of the store to give a sweet musical treat!

LV Healing Garden 

Las Vegas Healing Garden Las Vegas Arts District
Las Vegas Healing Garden is located at 1015 S. Casino Center Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Image courtesy of Las Vegas Healing Garden’s Facebook page.

The Las Vegas Healing Garden was built as a tribute to the victims of the tragic October 1st incident, wherein a gunman took and injured many lives. It features a remembrance wall, trees,  and flowers, as the community behind it aims to “create something beautiful out of something horrific.”

SEE ANOTHER SIDE OF LAS VEGAS

Explore a side of Las Vegas that is unlikely the Las Vegas many knows. Go to Las Vegas Arts District today!

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.

Gamblers General Store

Las Vegas is a well-known holiday destination spot because of its shopping, dining, entertainment, hotel, nightlife, and gambling experience. Gambling was legalized in 1931 and is recognized because of its unique location in the desert. Since it has become America’s Gambling Capital, where else can you find the world’s largest gambling supply store? Gamblers General Store has a longstanding reputation for great prices, great services, and everything under the sun for gamblers.

Gamblers General Store, the world’s largest casino supply superstore, is located at 800 S Main St., Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo courtesy of Gamblers General Store’s Facebook account.

World’s Largest Casino Supply Superstore

Gamblers General Store, the world’s largest casino supply superstore since 1984, is located at 800 S Main St., Las Vegas, Nevada. They have over 15,000 products used for gambling together with an outstanding load of lammers, dice, home and casino gaming and tables for pokers, high-quality cards, sets of chips, dealer buttons, accessories, and even casino keepsakes. They are a reliable source for all gaming supplies and equipment, bingo supplies, money and award wheels and many more.

One of the board games for sale at Gamblers General Store. Photo courtesy of Gamblers General Store’s Facebook account.

Great Supply of Gambling Needs

They stock gaming tables and all the paraphernalia needed: chip racks, cards, chips, dice, markers and even dealing shoes. You sure are secured that you will be getting the best from the largest, most respected and the most popular gambling superstore in the world.

Their playing dice come in all shapes and sizes. Their cards and accessories are perfect for poker, magic, and bridge and they come in over 800 decks. They also have custom clay poker and casino chips, which are highly specialized. You can put a logo, image, photo or anything you want on your chips.

In fact, they are the largest chip manufacturer in Nevada and have even customized chips for shows and movies like Rush Hour 2, CSI, Soprano’s, Casino and Ocean’s 11.

If you are not that into playing and are just interested in the history or you are starting to show interest on gambling, they have over 3,000 books about poker, casino management, different table games, Mafia, manipulations, lottery, bingo, sports betting, and even Las Vegas history. Name it, they are home to the world’s biggest gambling bookstore.

Amazing Reviews

If you are not convinced why you should visit Gamblers General Store, look at their reviews. Facebook, Google and TripAdvisor have above 4-star ratings. Some reviews are:

“Lovely staff, if you need something for home gambling then this is where to go. Massive collection of all types of playing cards. Worth the trip from the strip. Thanks guys.”
-Dean from UK (Google)

“Been back from Vegas a week now and boy I miss it. This shop was a great find, spent loads of time and money in here, so much to choose from and really interesting, just as well we took an extra case with us for the return journey. Loved it.”
-Jane (Facebook)

“We have been stopping this place for the past 15 years, plenty of good books, cards, gambling supplies, and little trinkets, even have real Craps and Blackjack tables for sale. The help is always friendly. If you enjoy reading or playing cards at the kitchen table, then you must stop in.”
–Brad (TripAdvisor)

Visit the Most Famous Gambling Superstore in the World

The store is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Sunday, until 4:30 PM only. Visit their store and get all your gambling needs. They also have souvenirs including clothing and accessories that are worth checking.

ReBAR Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known for nightlife entertainment. The number of bars to go to in the vibrant city is simply abundant. Uniqueness has become a major factor in staying ahead of the competition among bars in Las Vegas. People who want to enter the bar industry are exploring ideas to make their business stand out from the rest. For a bar in Downtown, uniqueness doesn’t seem to be a problem. Specifically located at 1225 S. Main Street, ReBAR is nothing short of unique and innovative. In the simplest way to describe it, it is a combination of a bar and an antique store!

ReBAR is the only bar where everything inside is for sale like these neon signages.
Explore ReBAR (click here)

“THE ONLY BAR WHERE EVERYTHING IS FOR SALE”

From the stool you’re sitting on to the glass you’re drinking from, every item in ReBAR is yours to keep or consume for a price! Proceeds from some of the food and drinks on its menu will go to certain charity institutions, which you will know more about as you read this article. 

THE ROLE OF CANCER IN THE CREATION OF REBAR

ReBAR was the dream business of entrepreneur and TV producer Derek Stonebarger, one of the co-owners of the antique store and bar. He was diagnosed with cancer but he was in the middle of chemotherapy when the construction of ReBAR began. His cancer was in remission eventually.

Derek Stonebarger is a Downtown Las Vegas activist, entrepreneur, and Emmy© award-winning TV producer.

You don’t have to have cancer to resonate with Stonebarger. People delay doing the things they want because of doubts and fears. When the thing on the line is something they are passionate about, they obsess on making it perfect, delaying doing it in fear that it would end up a failure.

Personally, it seems to me that it was cancer that helped Stonebarger realize that life is indeed short. There’s no better way to live life than to seize every moment of every day. Additionally, nothing is ever certain nor perfect in this world. We just make choices and make life happen for us. Kudos to Stonebarger for choosing to make it happen!

PURCHASE FOR A GOOD CAUSE 

ReBar offers draft beers, wines, and charitable cocktails. The price starts at $3, $4, and $4 respectively. The profits from the charitable cocktails will go to certain foundations. This includes Nevada Preservation Foundation, Las Vegas Arts District, The Huntridge Foundation, Local Animal Charities, Opportunity Village, and After-School All-Stars. 

 

ReBAR serves homemade sausages and frankfurters on pretzel buns.

For the food, ReBAR offers vegan and all-beef bar food. Some of these are Vegan Kalbiesa, John Mull’s sausages, and hotdog. A portion of the sales of John Mull’s sausages served on Great Buns Pretzel Roll will go to the Three Square Food Bank, an organization that provides food assistance to Southern Nevadans. 

rebar unique bar las vegas
ReBAR combines two businesses: a bar and an antique store.

ReBAR also holds amazing events such as open mic nights! In addition, you can also purchase antique items in the bar such as beer steins, cuckoo clocks, and bike parts.

HEAD OVER TO REBAR NOW!

ReBAR is open 7 days a week:

  • Sunday to Wednesday: 11 am to 12 am
  • Thursday: 11 am to 1 am
  • Friday to Saturday: 11 am to 2 am

Call 702-349-2283 or visit its Facebook account for more information.

Pinball Hall of Fame

See the World’s Largest Pinball Collection

This might be one of the most unique arcades in Las Vegas for it features over 200 different pinball games. It interestingly has some of the classic video arcade games and other past and present souvenir machines. We all know that pinball is an arcade game where a player controls one or more steel balls inside a pinball table. So imagine seeing more than a hundred of those glass-covered cabinets at the Pinball Hall of Fame!

The big sign on the road of Pinball Hall of Fame

But how did it start? It was Tim Arnold of Michigan who dreamt of it back in 1972, when he was just 16 years old. He was an avid pinball player and knew all the strategies of the game when he bought his first pinball. The kids in the neighborhood wanted to play it and being the “investor” that he was, he charged 10 cents per game in his garage. He eventually made it fancier and put his machine out in public for coin play.

He bought more used games and learned to renovate and put them out in grocery stores and laundry mats for coin play. After four years, he opened Pinball Pete’s in Lansing as a large pinball arcade which grew in popularity. By 1982, Tim and his brother a.k.a his partner were scooping up quarters into five gallon pails and taking them to the bank.

Collection of Nearly a Thousand Pinball Machines

His collection of nearly a thousand pinball machines made him move to Vegas and decided to help the less fortunate in his community. But he wouldn’t trade his collection because the distributor would only give them $50 credit in exchange for an old game. So he made a choice of just keeping all the machines, which is one of the largest collections in the world.

The Shed and Fun Night

He made use of his house, garage and tennis court for him to store and restore the games. After almost a decade, all the games were moved into a 10,000 square foot building that he built next to the tennis court which he called “The Shed” and where “Fun Night” started where he had pinball parties which grew bigger and bigger that they can no longer handle the number of people coming.

Passion to Help Charities

Tim also did other things to help local charities. He would travel around the country to conduct raffles and sell pinball-related items to raise money. He would buy, restore and operate his own games, where all proceeds went into a fund. Now he’s using his pinball machines in making money for charity for which his dream became a reality. Then came the idea of opening the Pinball Hall of Fame.

Some of the Pinball Machines you’ll see at Pinball Hall of Museum

Las Vegas is known for the bizarre, the eccentric – which is why Pinball Hall of Fame is a perfect fit! It is a non-profit corporation, open to the public which is all pure pinball. Not only that the entire family can see them but can enjoy non-violent arcade games, machines that deliver fun!

So if you’re looking for a tourist spot in Las Vegas, consider this as one! Just don’t forget to bring a bunch of pennies for young ones and kids-at-heart will surely enjoy this one-of-a-kind attraction!

Container Park

Taking the kids to Las Vegas for a vacation makes more sense than you might think — so whether they are looking to go on rides, watch a performance, go on a hike, or just hang out around the city, Las Vegas has something for everyone. Container Park in Las Vegas will just give you the perfect recipe for an amazing vacation!

Container Park in Las Vegas

Just a couple of blocks over from Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas is one of the city’s famous attractions, the Container Park. A marketplace filled with shopping, food, and even a playground for the kids. But here’s the interesting part; it is made entirely from 43 repurposed shipping containers. Yes, you read that right. The park is built of shipping containers that spent many years sailing oceans of the world. It acts as an incubator that houses a variety of small business; hence the park’s distinctive name.

Mantis

At the entrance of Downtown Container Park is a 55-foot-tall steel praying mantis sculpture at top of a dump truck

Visitors to Downtown Container Park are greeted by the Mantis. The larger than life mantis was originally created for the Burning Man Festival by aerospace engineer and artist, Kirk Jellum. The mantis is 40 feet tall and 30 feet wide and took 3,000 hours to build.

It burns about 50 gallons of liquid propane each day. It also shoots flames from its antennae that reach about 6-storeys high. The praying mantis stands at the entrance of the Container Park so there’s no way you can miss it. It operates from sundown to closing.

Treehouse

Inside the park is the Treehouse, a multilevel play area with a 33-foot slide. The Treehouse also has bridges, an interactive NEOS Playworld System and foam building blocks. The kids will surely get hours of fun engaging in some games with the interactive spots while the adults grab a bite or cocktail in restaurant patios that look out over the play area.

A Comfortable, Spacious and Easy to Navigate Park

A park built from numerous shipping containers.

There are also free live concerts by classic rock and folk artists, outdoor movies, and a stage for family-friendly entertainment.

Container Park serves as a retail and dining complex for locals and visitors as well as a support network for business owners. There are no brand name stores here. Only small startups that are given short leases which for many, it’s the first they’ve had a space of their own.

Small-business Incubator

Like BluMarble, an innovative shop that turns used wine and beer bottles from The Strip’s hotels into glasses, lamps, jewelry, and more. According to Communications Coordinator for the Downtown Project, Kim Schaefer, they think of the park as a small-business incubator where people can come, grow their businesses, and possibly move into a larger space somewhere else after they’ve grown their business in the Container Park.

Oasis in the Craziness of Vegas

Whether you’re a kid (or a kid at heart) or an adult, a visit to the Downtown Container Park will surely send you on an adventure. It’s like an oasis in the craziness of Vegas. The shops, restaurants, and art galleries — they all seem to be little puzzle pieces that make this place so special for all those who have visited it. It’s definitely something for everyone.

Amber Unicorn Books

A bookworm will absolutely love this place. Amber Unicorn Books has a wide array of used books that includes both fiction and non-fiction titles. The bookstore has been in the business for the past three decades. What is fascinating about this bookstore is that it has more than 15,000 of traditional, unique and rare cookbooks.

Inside Amber Unicorn Book Store in Las Vegas
Inside Amber Unicorn Book Store

A Love story Made in a Bookstore

The owners’ enthusiasm for books made them search these copies. The bookstore brought the owners Lou and Myrna together. Lou previously owned a bookstore in California before relocating to Las Vegas. He met Myrna by chance when he apologized to her due to the noise he was causing when he was about to open his store. At first, Myrna shrugged Lou away but an invitation to a dinner date came later and so the two soon enough became a couple.

Store Owners Lou & Myrna - Amber Unicorn
Store Owners Lou & Myrna

Like their marriage which is about passion and love, so Amber Unicorn Books is. There were a few store relocations and a big European book buying trip between the couple. Now they have Las Vegas’ sanctuary for bookworms who have the desire to collect rare and used books. Unfortunately, Lou died last 2017 after a short illness. The show must go on for Myrna who knows that future buyers will treasure the books for a lifetime as they would do.