Apr 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

So Whatda Do After Vegas?

So you have taken in the Strip.  You have had a great time viewing the fountains at Belaggio and walked all the way up to the Venetian .  You have taken in a couple of shows and managed to escape by breaking even with the slots.  You have a day or two left on your vacation and now want something a little less glitzy and a little more outdoorsy.  You are just a short drive from the majesty that is Southern Nevada.  The stunning landscapes of the Southwest await and after you pick up a rental car and grab a national park pass, senior travelers, you are in for a whole different kind of Nevada vacation.

Red Rock Canyon is a National Recreation Area that offers a 13-mile scenic drive through the park as you take in all that Mother Nature has laid out before you.  Boulder City is just 30 minutes east of the Las Vegas Strip where you are in for an outdoor adventure.  This historic town grew up around the construction of Hoover Dam.  Check out this animated version of the construction of the new bridge bypass.

Boulder City is known as a clean, green oasis in the desert and offers a quiet, relaxed living environment.  Today, the area offers senior visitors a thriving main street with antiques, Native American jewelry, restaurants and a brewery.  It’s home to Lake Mead and the dam and the new bridge over the Colorado River are awesome sites not to be missed if you are in Vegas. I discovered that Lake Mead is the 16th largest man-made lake in the world and the largest man-made lake in the Western Hemisphere. It was created by the Hoover Dam along the Colorado River. It occupies about 1.5 million acres — twice as much as Rhode Island — and about 820 miles of shoreline.

Seniors Get a New Look at the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is best viewed in a helicopter that actually leaves from the Strip.  A scenic tour around the rim stops at points of interest along the way including the new Skywalk that towers out over the edge of the canyon.

Then there is Mesquite, a thriving gaming city that lies just beyond the border of Las Vegas but offers some of the most challenging golf in the entire country.  The Virgin Mountain Foothills cradle five distinct courses, each offering senior golfers a unique experience. Play the natural wetlands, the rugged arroyos and the panoramic fairways of Mesquite.

Lastly there is Laughlin that lies just south of Vegas along the Colorado River.  Many gamers prefer Laughlin to Vegas.  In Laughlin, you can enjoy dinner along the river aboard an authentic paddlewheel or make time for outlet shopping that abounds.  Your time away from the Strip can be as memorable as being among the glitz and glamour.  jeb

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