interest to locals or visitors in the Vegas valley
Some really great Vegas
7-1-2016 Not updated-
some may still work
Vegas is changing so fast I can't keep up with it.
Some of these links will take you to the latest info.
Las Vegas Leisure
LVRJ Las Vegas Review Journal
Las Vegas Sun
If you want
a list of all the hotels, go to LasVegas.com,
Click Hotel-Casino Guide in the left column.
See if you can find the info on our new hotels being built. They
are building new ones, remodeling old ones and imploding others so
fast it's impossible to keep up. If you want to see implosion videos,
Monte Carlo MONTE CARLO HAS TRANSFORMED INTO PARK MGM
Boulder Station Texas Station Both
go to Station Casinos
Bay both are MGM resorts now
Resort at Lake Las Vegas Now closed
Lake Las vegas
Station is one of a number of resorts owned by Station
Casinos. They also bought the Fiesta in North Vegas and converted
the Reserve in Henderson to a Fiesta Casino.
Their other Station casinos are the Palace, Boulder, Texas and Santa
Fe. Links to all of them are on the main Station
Green Valley Ranch
out this page for a list of attractions in Las Vegas
Circus is the oldest roller coaster in town and still one
of the best. (Link revised 7/99) Circus
Circus Enterprises has changed its name to Mandalay
Resort Group which
lists 14 casinos/resorts and is now MGM. One of these is the Gold
Strike in Jean (now owned by Terribles), not to be confused with
the old Gold Strike near Boulder City that burned down in 98. They
have now rebuilt and renamed the Hacienda since the old Hacienda name
was not in use. A story from the archives of the LVRJ
Las Vegas Review Journal says they expect to open late in 99, which
they did. The link is huge, so if you are interested, go to the LVRJ
site and search the past issues for Gold Strike. The Hacienda has
been operating for some time now and seems successful. At least the
food is good. It even has a movie theater. The closing of Hoover Dam
to all but passenger cars has hurt the traffic to the Hacienda. They
are in a state of flux with restaurants and employees. Even with the
re-opening to tour busses and RV's, the hotel is floundering. Only
time will tell if they can stay afloat.
Casinos with Roller Coasters:
Bill's (at the state line to/from LA - 45 minutes South
of Vegas). Now oned by Primm
It is the second tallest in the world at 209 ft. with a 200 ft drop
that feels like free fall.
It reaches speeds of 80 MPH.
(9-24-2003 Note: on the way back from LA today, the billboard said
it was 250 Feet!!)
The resort proclaims on their web
The Desperado is ranked among the Top 10 in the country. If you think
you have the nerve, The Desperado will show you three minutes of pulse-stopping
fun. Admission: $13.99. Riders must be 52 inches or taller. Seatbelts
have a maximum length of 44 inches.
tower with a coaster
and a big shot and a new attraction called (Click
here to find out). The Big shot has 4 rows of chairs around the
uppermost spire 1000 ft up. 16 people are strapped in chairs out in
the open facing away from the tower (4 per side) and shot up in the
air toward the top of the tower to free fall down and bounce 3 times
like a bungee jump. (not for weak hearts!) Just watching this from
the freeway produces goosebumps.
Just below the Big Shot and above the inside and outside observation
deck is the coaster. It's a short mild ride if you keep your eyes
closed and ignore the fact that you are being propelled around the
top of a building about 1000 feet above ground out in the breeze.
The new ride promises the worst (or Best)
York, New York has a nice coaster that wraps around the
outside of the casino.
ride worth taking is at the Linq
Las Vegas the THE WORLD'S TALLEST OBSERVATION WHEEL Soar 550 feet
above the center of the Las Vegas Strip on the High Roller, the world’s
tallest observation wheel. With sweeping 360-degree views of the Las
Vegas Valley and The Strip, the wheel takes 30 minutes to complete
one revolution and features 28 spacious cabins to accommodate guests.
Definitely the most daring ride was the Sky Screamer (aptly
named) at the MGM.
This was added in 97 and matches or exceeds the Big Shot in adrenaline
pumping. The only thing better than the Screamer is actually bungee
jumping or parachute jumping. The Screamer is expensive. If you don't
have the guts to ride it, at least go watch others do it. Entrance
to the MGM theme park is now free. If you do open the wallet, be sure
to include a video of the riders. It is a 15 minute video of the actual
setup and complete ride with all the sounds made by the riders. But
be prepared. Your kids may use language you don't expect! This is
the best souvenir of my grand kids we've ever had. Plan at least 2
hours for just this ride alone. (9-24-2003
Note: Not sure this attraction is still open. MGM closed the theme
park some time ago.)
Some facts about
our area (Revised 9/24/03)
Vegas proper is not very big. Most of what appears as city is county.
The Las Vegas valley is over 1.5 million population and growing
at a rate of 50 to 60 thousand a year.
includes Green Valley) is largest city in population in Nevada and
has been the fastest growing city in the US for years.
Boulder City (non-official
web page) is largest city in square miles in Nevada with a population
of around 15,000. We used to be a "one traffic signal" town. On August
4th, 1998, the town added a second light. As you enter town from Vegas,
a new intersection was created to extend Adams Blvd. Turning right
(South) here provides a shortcut to the Boulder City Hospital, Veterans
Cemetery and the Boulder City Municipal Golf Course(s) (Soon to be
2). You can now turn left as well and go North to the new Veterans
home which was supposed to open in early 2002. This has been
a government fiasco.
Boulder City has lots of Golf Courses. Its hard to keep up with
the growth and name changes.
Check the Boulder City page
now have 2 major grocery stores. Albertson's opened a new shopping
center/mini mall at the main light. Von's has enlarged to be more
competitive. The Central Market in downtown BC still has an old fashioned
butcher shop and makes home deliveries.
Boulder City is the only
town in Nevada where gambling is illegal and a slow growth has helped
keep a small town atmosphere.
Check out the Boulder City
site for more info on the town and it's surrounding attractions. There
is some great info on Hoover
BTW, check out the photos on the BC and Hoover Dam sites.
Also check the links on the Websites
to belief, prostitution is NOT legal in Las Vegas and about 14 counties
Prostitution is legal in some other counties in Nevada but not
Clark County (Las
Vegas, Laughlin, Boulder City (Official
Pahrump is in Nye
County and probably the fastest growing area outside of Las Vegas
Nye county allows prostitution in some areas. Contrary to popular
opinion, it is not legal in the Pahrump township.
Mead is the largest man made lake in the US. As of January 2002, it
is as low as I've seen it in 12 years.
Hoover Dam is a
site worth visiting, but the visitor center and tours were closed
on Sept 11. It did reopen in December for limited tours. Check their
web site for current details.
Also visit the Hoover Dam Museum
site for some interesting facts about Hoover Dam.
The Boulder City Hotel Has been restored and is now again being
used as a hotel with limited rooms.
It houses some offices, the Chamber of Commerce, shops and a restaurant.
The Chamber will be moving into new offices across the street sometime
you want information about cities, counties, states and countries,
check out the Official Cities
Sites run by a private couple. (Link revised 7/99)