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Before they happen upon the outdoor dining tables or quirky play area made of a maze of slides, visitors to Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas are greeted by the Mantis—a 40-foot-long, fire-breathing art project that debuted at Burning Man two years ago. The Mantis may have been born in the desert of Black Rock City in Northern Nevada, but its permanent home is in downtown Las Vegas.
Located roughly 90 miles south of Las Vegas lies an underrated Nevada treasure. Touting a scenic riverwalk, crystal-clear waters, and nearby petroglyphs strewn across the red rock countryside, Laughlin truly stands out as a Nevada town worth visiting. A popular destination for snowbirds hoping to escape frigid temperatures during the winter season, Laughlin provides a sunny escape year-round.
This on-Strip standard of confinement is being reimagined and redefined with the introduction of The LINQ, an open-air retail, dining, and entertainment district anchored by the world’s tallest observation (Ferris) wheel—known as the High Roller. A Caesars Entertainment project, The LINQ is located between The Quad Resort & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas
If you haven’t visited downtown Las Vegas lately, it may be time to take a trip. A variety of interesting museums have either opened or received facelifts over the past year. New bike lanes and a movement toward more pedestrian-friendly spaces are making progress.
When entering Animal Ark, a short drive north of Reno, the first thing children notice is a newly built playground. Next are the tigers—a white tiger or Bengal depending on the day. “Wandering down the path is what makes Animal Ark special,” says Aaron Hiibel, executive director.
Las Vegas is traditionally known as an adult destination. But when Las Vegan Ted Stringer heard about the new waterpark, Wet ‘n’ Wild, opening in late May in southwest Las Vegas, he knew it would fit right in. Stringer received the most votes for his contribution of “Red Rock Bay” in Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas’ Wave Pool Naming Contest.
The Biggest Little City in the World, America’s Adventure Place, A Little West of Center, Far From Expected…Reno has seen its fair share of nicknames and slogans—especially so in the last decade—and few of them have stuck. As the years-long game of musical mottos shows, the region was facing a bit of an identity crisis when President and CEO Chris Baum took the helm of the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority at the start of 2012.
Train stations are buildings to revere and remark upon. An exceptional station reminds passengers that sometimes the destination can be as important as the journey. Unlike airports, the great railroad stations embody grandeur, not grandiosity. Their names alone can evoke memories—Grand Central, Waterloo, Gare du Nord. And in Nevada, Reno.
The new DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, at Symphony Park and next door to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Las Vegas, is slated to open in February in the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center.
Before you roll your eyes and think this is a story about another swanky Las Vegas hotel lacking history and tradition, think again. This unique property, which stands tall between the Strip and old downtown Las Vegas, has a fascinating story to tell.
The contrasting qualities of MidTown might create an identity crisis anywhere else; but here, in the tight-knit heart of Reno, they come together to create a neighborhood that warmly embraces diversity and enthusiastically celebrates uniqueness.
To say that a lot has changed in downtown Las Vegas since Hotel Nevada (now Golden Gate Hotel & Casino) first opened its doors in 1906 would be a major understatement. For a little perspective, consider that telephone service was another year from reaching the desert burg.
Las Vegas loves a show, and now the curtain has risen on perhaps its most ambitious and forward-thinking performance yet: The opening of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Sandwiched between CityCenter and The Bellagio, The Cosmopolitan utilizes its slice of the Strip well with a unique vertical focus that is contrary to the traditionally large footprint of Las Vegas mega resorts.
“Woohoo! Yeah! You can do it!” A litany of encouragements emanate from a passing car of teenagers as I scale the outdoor façade of downtown Reno’s CommRow on a quiet Thursday afternoon.
Moe Royels’ lifelong passion for Indian relics has made Mary & Moe’s Wigwam Restaurant a renowned roadside attraction in Fernley. “People from all over the world come in to look [at the artifacts],” Royels says.
It doesn’t matter if this is your first trip to Las Vegas or your 100th, the city oozes an excitement so palpable even the most cantankerous naysayer can’t help but lust over its sights and lights. Following are some of the stops that have won Sin City its place in the hearts of so many.
The defining vision for the Freight House District entails creating a little something for everyone. Long-term goals include building synergy between the Freight House District and downtown Reno by providing new entertainment choices with each passing block.
I’ve never flown in a helicopter. I’ve never seen Hoover Dam. And I’ve never gazed upon Lake Mead. It was the perfect recipe for a tour, and one that tour companies cherish—a chance to give a wide-eyed tourist a new experience and, at the same time, educate him about the surrounding area.
Are we there yet? These four words signal the start of summer and strike fear in the hearts of road-tripping parents around the world. Family-vacation season has begun, and there are a few destinations in Nevada that should be on mom and dad’s radar.