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Five Reasons To Visit Las Vegas This Summer

May 10, 2014 5:00 AM

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Las Vegas is always a top destination for summer vacations. The city has a lot to offer when it comes to entertainment, gambling and relaxation. There are also a few unique landmarks and adventures and experiences to explore beyond the walls of a resort. From a day at Lake Mead to driving an exotic car through magnificent Red Rock Canyon, here are five other reasons to spend some time in Las Vegas this summer.
The LINQ
3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 322-0543
www.thelinq.com

The LINQ is the latest addition to the entertainment landscape on the Las Vegas Strip. The LINQ is 300,000 square feet of dining, retail and entertainment located between The Quad Resort and Flamingo Las Vegas. This pedestrian-friendly complex features retail stores and causal dining options like Yard House, Flour & Barley, Haute Doggery and Sprinkles Cupcakes. The jewel of LINQ is the High Roller, a 550-foot-tall observation wheel featuring 28 glass-enclosed cabins. The High Roller will take guests on a 30-minute ride over Las Vegas and is scheduled to open in late spring of 2014.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
1000 Scenic Loop Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89161
(702) 515-5350
www.blm.gov

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located about 20 minutes west of the Strip and is one of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas. The majestic red sandstone cliffs offer spectacular views and some of the best rock climbing in the world. Visitors can take in the 13-mile scenic drive, explore hiking trails or learn about the desert at the visitors center. The daily entrance fee is $3 for pedestrians and cyclists, and $7 for cars. Several local companies offer bicycle and jeep tours of the park and surrounding areas.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
601 Nevada Highway
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-8990
http://www.nps.gov/lake/index.htm

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is the perfect place to beat the summer Las Vegas heat. The recreation area stretches through Arizona, encompassing Lake Mead, Lake Mojave and the Colorado River. The closest entrance is only about a 35-minute drive from Las Vegas. Guests can reserve campgrounds, rent boats or just hike along the rocky shores. Restaurants, retail shops and service stations can be found inside the park along with guided tours and other activities. A seven-day pass for entry is $10 per car or $30 for the year. To plan your visit and make campground reservations, visit nps.gov.

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World Class Driving
4055 S. Dean Martin Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(877) 597-6403
www.worldclassdriving.com

Have you ever dreamed of driving a Ferrari, Lamborghini or an American muscle car? World Class Driving is making that dream come true in Las Vegas. Your World Class Driving experience begins at the Dream Garage, where the staff will hand you the keys to your dream car. A procession of cars will head towards Red Rock Canyon, giving you about 15 minutes of drive time in each car. Choose from an exotics or muscle car experience. Prices start at $299 per driver.

Battlefield Vegas
2771 Industrial Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 566-1000
www.battlefieldvegas.com

Battlefield Vegas is an interactive shooting range and military museum located behind the Las Vegas Strip. It features a 25-yard indoor firing range and a 200-acre desert training facility. Guests can choose from shooting packages like the “Blacks Ops Gamer Experience” and the “Das Blitzkrieg Package.” After you hit the range, tour Battlefield Vegas’ fleet of military jeeps, planes and Humvees. Battlefield Vegas can also craft a custom outdoor adventure for you and your party. Shooting packages start at $99.

Related: Top Day Trips For Under $100 In The Las Vegas Area

Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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