hole in the wall in Vegas and Grand Canyon area

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  1. mrachelle87

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    We are going to Vegas and the Grand Canyon at the end of the month. We will have a rental car for part of the time. I am looking for great eats with a reasonable price. Any ideas? Also we will have our preteen daughter with us. Any sites that are suitable for her?
     
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  3. John Lee

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    Downtown Vegas is a hole-in-the-wall itself! :p There are some of those type places down there... depends on what you want. Golden Gate has a nice little diner. The California has good Hawaiian food. Hugo's Cellar in Four Queens good steaks. Plaza Hotel has a solid pizza joint.
     
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    Thanks, John Lee. Anything off the strip that is a must see. We will do the usual strip stuff...fountains, lions, aquarium, just walking around the Palace, doing downtown, Pawn Stars, Rick's...any other suggestions?
     
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    Anything off the Strip a must-see? I have to say No.

    As for sights, I think you hit them all. The aquariums around town are pretty cool. Bellagio fountains and botanicals are awe-inspiring. Maybe add the rollercoasters around town too? (NY-NY, Stratosphere)
     
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    Drive to Red Rock Canyon, it's a cool place.
     
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    Whatever you do, DON'T go to Fremont Street! It's this slummy, sleezy, unsafe, tacky, $hitho!e part of town with cheesy street performers walking about, bands playing, druggies, I'm sure prostitutes, etc. I've never been because I know better by all kinds of various things & videos about it I've read/seen online, plus the last time I was in Vegas, I drove past it during the day. It's no place I want to be! Yet, certain people just think it's the most amazing place.
     
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    I have been to Vegas three or four times in the last ten years. My husband was an officer in an organization. They have their conventions there. So I am familiar with the major sights. I actually thought Fremont Street wasn't that bad. I enjoy the video show over the street when I have been, but that was at Christmas time. I am not a fan of the strip at night, as far as that goes. I do enjoy people watching and find Vegas as the best place for doing that.
     
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    Yeah, Downtown is all of those things... but that is part of its "charm" :p, for lack of a better term: It's the low ceilings, it's the old carpet, it's the sportsbook written on a chalkboard, it's $2 shrimp cocktails and $5 blackjack. The mega-casinos are fine for what they are... it gets old really fast though, when you can't play cards for anything less than $25/hand or buy a beer for less than $10 (slight exaggeration).

    And that all being said, Downtown has its humble amenities too. Most of the casinos are clean. The Golden Gate casino happens to be the oldest casino in Vegas or something like that... it has lots of vintage things around. There is a large chunk of the Berlin Wall in the bathroom at the Main Street. The Golden Nugget has the largest gold nugget that sits on display in the lobby. (All of these things are free BTW.)

    What you can do mrachelle87, is go to the places that aren't likely to be around much longer. Counterintuitive I know. But you can go, get a few snapshots, when you go back 20 years later and it is a completely different place, you can say "I remember when"... There are a few places like that downtown (Binion's, LV Club both are on life support).
     
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    I agree, John...there is charm in the older casinos. The new ones try to hard to be something that they aren't.
     
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    If you would like to see some more of Arizona may I suggest Flagstaff and Sedona
    Also Williams AZ is the southern terminus of the Grand Canyon Railway, which takes visitors to Grand Canyon Village.
     
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    we are planning a drive around the Grand Canyon, spending a night at the north and south rim. Then a day trip to the Hoover Dam
     
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    Wow, Both the north and south rims that is a trek
     
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    Dave, it that too ambitious? I know that most do the south, but I have read that the north is better...but not as commercial. I really want to see Zion. I was told it was the most beautiful place. We want to avoid super tourist spots...Vegas will be too much for me, so I really need a tranquil experience before I get there. I have a hard time with crowds. Vegas is hard for me because of it, but I was willing to try for my husband and daughter. As our departure date gets closer, I am becoming more anxious.
     
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    to go from Rim to Rim by car is doable but a long way even using the shortest route
    3 h 50 min
    197 miles
    3 h 43 min without traffic through Marble Canyon

    9 h 26 min
    557 miles
    9 h 9 min without traffic Through Las Vegas

    32.1 miles on foot over 11 hours of hiking
    most people I know do one or the other but I'd do it since I do not mind driving

    4 hours in a car is a big chunk of time
     
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    Our plane lands around five on Saturday. We thought we would drive to the south rim area that night and stay in a cabin. Then the next day do the next rim.

    Second option....spend first night in the north rim...then spend the next day in Zion. Doing a few trails then spending the night in that area. The Monday at Hoover Dam area and then check into our hotel Monday night.

    Which would be better? Zion is a must.
     
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    Are you landing at Las Vegas? Do Zion first then north Rim, then South Rim then Hoover Dam "Loop it"
     
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    Flying into Vegas.
     
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    There is a town approximately 2 hours away from Las Vegas called Oatman, Arizona. It is an old ghost town on Route 66 that is known for its wild burros that come into town each day looking for food from visitors. There are also mock western gun fights each afternoon. The town also has a variety of shops and restaurants. Be careful, as the burros may follow you in!
     
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    I was going to mention Oatman but it is off the beaten track
     
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    Flying out of Dallas tomorrow afternoon. Get into Vegas and pick up the car. We will go to Jacob Lake the first night. The second night we will stay at Zion. Then head back to Vegas. The Tuesday we are heading to Hoover Dam. Then turn car back in on Tuesday. We are going to spend Wednesday and Thursday exploring Vegas. Maybe a show Tuesday or Wednesday night. Fly into Dallas on Thursday. Head home Thursday night or Friday morning to Oklahoma.
     
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    Hoover Dam is very hot.

    Bring lots of water.
     

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