Thursday, March 27, 2008

RVing Las Vegas Style

Contributed by Evanne Schmarder, Roadabode Productions

Sparkling neon lights. Beckoning buffets. World-class entertainment. Gaming. Unique architecture. A 24/7 city like no other, Las Vegas offers something for everyone – even RVers. There are several RV parks in the area to choose from. The Boulder Highway area has the highest concentration of parks – such as the Las Vegas RV Resort – but is the furthest from the famous Las Vegas Strip. Circus-Circus has a KOA campground behind the hotel towers offering campers quick and easy access to the north end of the strip. Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort is a very classy RV park 3 miles south of the strip within an easy free trolley ride to the south strip – including Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand. Across I-15 from Oasis is a motorcoach only Outdoor Resort that looks lovely but as implied does not allow any tow behind campers. Consider your wants and needs. All the parks mentioned have full hook-ups but the amenities vary. If you plan to go out day and night a pool and spa are probably not that important to you. If you’d like to relax around the park make sure you stay somewhere that’s conducive to your plans.

If you’ve never been to Las Vegas before you’ll be surprised to realize how long the strip is - quite a walk and an almost impossible drive. The City of Las Vegas recently unveiled the Las Vegas Monorail – a state-of-the art, driverless rail system that runs above the streets along the east side of the road. Making 7 stops, the Monorail runs the entire 4 miles of the strip from the MGM Grand to the Sahara Hotel. Tickets can be purchased at the stations and run anywhere from $5 for a one-ride ticket to $40 for an unlimited 3-day pass.

If it’s been a while since you visited Vegas boy, have you got a surprise in store. The imploding of older properties continues and the building of amazing themed resorts marches on. Just going inside many of them is a tourist attraction in itself. A couple not-to-be-missed sites include the Bellagio lobby and its beautiful Dale Chiluly chandelier and the Bellagio Conservatory – changing exhibits seasonally. Outside the Bellagio are the waltzing waters choreographed to a variety of musical styles. It’s a beautiful thing. The Venentian offers gondola rides and a recreation of St. Mark’s Square complete with strolling musicians and human statues. Freemont Street, affectionately known as Glitter Gulch, features a nightly extravaganza – The Fremont Street Experience. From Main Street to Las Vegas Boulevard the street is a pedestrian mall with a 4 block, 90-foot high canopied light and sound show. Visitors can peer upwards to experience over 12.5 million synchronized LED modules offering crisp images and astounding special effects – all synched to a lively sound track. FYI – if you’re staying near the strip you’ll need transportation to and from Fremont Street.

Less than 30 minutes from the south strip but ions away in reality is the quiet and peaceful Red Rock Canyon. The park features a spectacular 13 mile one-way scenic drive, 30 miles of hiking trails – one even goes to a seasonal waterfall, and two picnic areas. In your travels you might even see a pack of wild burros – this is their stomping grounds. When entering the park stop at the Visitor’s Center and say hello to Mohave Max – Las Vegas’ version of Punxsutawney Phil. There’s a small entrance fee per car - $5 last I was there.

Check the weather prior to visiting and pack accordingly. Winter days average in the mid 40’s to high 50’s while summer temperatures can exceed 100 degrees. Evenings can be cool to downright cold depending on when you visit. Bring comfortable shoes, plenty of sunscreen, and your camera. And a final tip – half price day-of-show show tickets can be purchased at the Coca-Cola Store on the south end of the strip. Availability and offerings change daily based on box office sales. Be the belle or beau of the ball – after all, it is Las Vegas!!

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