|Las Vegas Travel Guide|
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park remains may pale in comparison to nearby Glitter Gulch, but this is where it all started. Beginning in the 1850s, this adobe quadrangle provided refuge for travellers along the Mormon Trail between Salt Lake City, Utah, and San Bernardino, in southern California. The fort is a mile north of downtown. Some original walls are still standing, and displays of artefacts and photographs illustrate mid-19th-century life on the frontier. There's an ongoing archaeological dig outside.
Circus Circus, one of the original casino-cum-theme-parks, is tackiness incarnate. You can take in free circus acts in the tent-like interior, a 'midway' with carnival attractions, and a roomful of video games. Adventuredome is a mini amusement park in a giant dome behind Circus Circus. It boasts a rollercoaster, flume rides, fake dinosaurs and a water slide. Circus Circus is located on the northern half of the Strip and attracts a lot of families, so either head for or avoid it accordingly.
The Imperial Palace Auto Collection includes rare models and dozens of vehicles once owned by the rich and infamous. You can see the cars of several US presidents, and Howard Hughes' 1954 Chrysler (the air purifier cost more than the car).There's Czar Nicholas II's 1914 Rolls Royce, Japanese Emperor Hirohito's 1935 Packard and Adolf Hitler's 1939 Mercedes. The museum is located in the Imperial Palace casino, on The Strip. About 200 vehicles are on display.
Hoover Dam and Lake Mead
The Hoover Dam is an architectural gem, with a simple form and Art Deco embellishments and design. The sensuous geometry of the high concrete wall contrasts sharply with the rugged red rock of the canyon walls. Since the September 11 terrorist attacks against the USA everyone is limited to seeing a movie on the history of the dam and exhibits on its construction and inner workings in the visitor centre. Only dam personnel are allowed to enter the structure.
In the north and east of the dam is the artificial body of water it created: Lake Mead. It's a good spot for boating, fishing, water-skiing and even scuba diving. Hoover Dam is an hour's drive southeast of downtown Las Vegas, from where several companies offer bus tours.
If the flashing lights of Vegas blow your circuits, the laid-back little town of Overton is less than two hours' drive from Glitter Gulch. Aside from a few bars, motels and stores, there isn't much to do here aside from the museum, but it's a good place to escape the hubbub of The Strip.
In the north of Overton are 1000 year old Anasazi Indian pueblos, actually, they're reconstructions on the original foundations. The pueblos are part of the Lost City Museum, which features a collection of locally found artefacts dating back 10,000 years.
Red Rock Canyon
There are many spots for picnicking, hiking and climbing along the way.A 900m escarpment rises on the western edge of the valley. The canyon's most striking features, Joshua trees, multicoloured sandstone, jagged peaks, can be seen from the loop. There's a good visitor centre at the start of the loop drive.
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