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1. Posted by kkwijibo (Full Member 56 posts) 10y

I'm thinking of taking advantage of the cut price hotels in Las Vegas and hiring a car for a 7-10 day trip there, just wanted any suggestions on what there is to do there (aside from the obvious).

What day trips can I go on in the car and what's the general concensus on things to do apart from gambling?

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon are a day trip from Las Vegas. I would also suggest going into and checking out the desert.

Other than the day trip, you really don't need a car in Las Vegas. The strip is pretty long, but it's a lot easier to walk or take a taxi due to the free-flowing booze and the monsterous traffic along Las Vegas Blvd. Plus there is the new monorail.

In Vegas itself, there are a number of shows to see. A lot of the casinos have really interesting museums or exhibits.


3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 10y

I couldn't agree more with GregW. Renting a car in Las Vegas makes no sense unless you plan to leave town and visit the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Zion National Park, Death Valley, Sedona, or drive to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, or San Diego.

Otherwise the cheaper way to go is buses, taxis, and the new monorail.


4. Posted by AART (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

There is a tour in Hummers at the desert. I couldn't make it last time, but it sounded to me really nice.

As the other posts, it's not really necessary to rent a car over there. Tours pick you up at the hotel.

Are you sure you want to spend 7 days there?? It's a long time for me to stay at Vegas at least you like a lot to play...heheh

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Definately visit Grand Canyon & Hoover Dam. Lots to do in Vegas bar throwing your life savings away - the hotels on the Strip are a spectacale themselves.

If your gonna drive as far as San Fran - try & check out wine country - Napa & Sonoma are brilliantly beautiful areas and the wine isnt bad either!


6. Posted by kkwijibo (Full Member 56 posts) 10y

So it seems like I may just need to hire a car for part of my stay?

Not really thinking of 'gaming' alot just the obligatory $10-$20. I've necer really thought about going to see any 'shows' will give it a shot.

Has anyone been on any tours to the Grand Canyon/Hoover Dam etc? What are they like... I was just thinking that if I hired a car I can go whereever I wanted and can stop off anywhere I liked :)

Does anyone know how far it is and how long it would take me to drive from Las Vegas to San Francisco, I know you guys drive a lot slower on the highways over there

7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

We booked our tour to Grand Canyon & Hoover Dam in Vegas at one of the MANY stalls selling tours - no problem - we booked at Grand Canyon shop up opposite New York New York. Cost about £80 for hotel pick up and return - tour guide, to Dam for stop for pictures, and to 3 different sites at Grand Canyon - also included a visit to a "ranch" to see "cowboys" - included a wagon ride which we thought was gonna be naff but quite good! And then the boys did some hatchet throwing and lasooing too!! BBQ lunch (all you can eat) was included - which was very good - although eating outside in Dec was cold! Also was option of taking a helicopter ride at an additional cost - didnt do it but others did and reports were that they really enjoyed it!

We saw the Blue Man Group in Venetian - tickets were around £45 each but it was excellent - about 3 hours long with no intermission - lots of audience participation! Definately recommend it!


8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Quoting kkwijibo

Does anyone know how far it is and how long it would take me to drive from Las Vegas to San Francisco

A LONG way. It's about 600 miles, which would probably take you around 11 hours to drive. If you were going to go to San Francisco, you would need to schedule two days of driving (there and back) in addition to any site-seeing you would want to do in San Francisco.

Los Angeles is a lot closer. I think it's 4 or 5 hours drive (depending on traffic and where you are going in LA).