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  in Travel | Published 2014-05-13 03:41:13 | 174 Reads | Unrated

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In 1905, it was impossible to imagine how this tiny, unremarkable Nevada desert settlement would so utterly transform itself In one hundred short years, this literal hot spot has become the quintessential American amusement park for adults, where money and drinks flow freely, and the shows never sto

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In 1905, it was impossible to imagine how this tiny, unremarkable Nevada desert settlement would so utterly transform itself. In one hundred short years, this literal hot spot has become the quintessential American amusement park for adults, where money and drinks flow freely, and the shows never stop. There is another side of Las Vegas, however, that beckons to visitors who need a break from the crowded casinos.

The Great Depression spurred construction of Hoover Dam, and the resulting influx of workers created unparalleled local opportunities for entrepreneurs. When gambling wa
s legalized in 1941, the citizens of Southern California also began spending weekends there in ever-increasing numbers. While most came for the nightlife, others stayed for the outdoor fun on nearby Lake Mead.

Located less than an hour away by car, the dam and enormous reservoir together provide an assortment of appealing outdoor activities. Boating and water skiing are always popular, and a delightful way to stay cool. The dam itself is still an engineering wonder. Without the liquid resources held behind this enormous concrete wall, the American southwest would quickly dry up and revert to sagebrush.

Although that water makes Los Angeles and Phoenix possible today, there have been other less successful plans to dam the Colorado River, some inside the park itself. Saving the Grand Canyon from drowning was one of more visionary decisions government has made. Today, this incredible natural and scenic wonder is one of the most popular side trips for visitors to the largest city in Nevada.

Although there is no international airport actually located on the rim, the relatively short drive from the city usually takes half a day. Do not expect to find roads crisscrossing the valley floor, because this awe-inspiring slash in the crust of the earth remains unspoiled. Visitors seeing the park for the first time are often overwhelmed by the sheer size and beauty of the canyon.

Once there, getting around by shuttle is recommended. This free service affords easy access to the most popular viewpoints and trails, but is often crowded. Most amenities are located on the South Rim, where the few instances of construction have been specially designed to blend with the natural setting. Visitors may prefer an excursion to the North Rim, where the higher elevation means lower winter temperatures.

Hiking is another popular canyon activity, and there are trails appropriate for all fitness levels and abilities. Advanced trips on foot may prove far more challenging, and the summer heat demands that hiking enthusiasts take serious precautions, or risk sunstroke, heat exhaustion or worse. The less adventurous may prefer taking a jeep tour, or experiencing the spectacular heights from a helicopter.

Whitewater rafting is always popular, but requires booking far in advance. The Grand Canyon skywalk located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation is now open for business, and is a unique way to experience the sensation of free-floating over the river. With so many options to choose from, a side trip from this desert gambling oasis can be as much fun as spending the afternoon wrestling with one-armed bandits on the Strip.

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