Nevada Journals

Off the Plateau: Nevada without Vegas!

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A June 2006 trip to Nevada by callen60

Valley of Fire State Park Photo, Overton, Nevada More Photos
Quote: Returning from 10 days on the Colorado Plateau, we moved from Fire to Paris, enjoying red rock and imitation France without opening our wallets to chance.

Off the Plateau: Nevada without Vegas!

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Overview

Valley of Fire State Park Photo, Overton, Nevada
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Coming off the PlateauWe ended our exploration of the Colorado Plateau here, returning to the city where we stepped off a plane and—unlike most visitors—immediately left town. The contrast between the natural spaces of the southwest and the over-the-top, artificial environment of Vegas couldn’t have seemed greater as we returned from 10 days in canyons, valleys, and chasms. This was my third visit—solely a result of the cheap airfares we booked to start our trip—and consisted of a stop at Valley of Fire State Park, a night in town to rendezvous for dinner with a long-time friend, and a pre-dawn departure. We spent an evening at Paris Las Vegas, which despite my r...Read More

Holiday Inn Express

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Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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This was a perfect place for a family to stay in Vegas. Our game plan was to arrive just in time to meet friends for dinner, spend the night close to McCarran Airport, and head off for our 6:45 flight the next morning. Located just west of McCarran, and right off I-15, it was a perfect match.We pulled in about 5:30, hot, tired, and reeling a little. The contrast between the glorious, open, natural spaces of the southwest, often experienced sans other human accompaniment, and the… well… unusual, artificial, and extremely urban environment of Las Vegas couldn’t have been mor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2006

Holiday Inn Express
5760 Polaris Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89118
(702) 736-0098

Mon Ami Gabi

Restaurant

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Some places are immune to pull. While trying to score a table for seven on the outdoor sidewalk patio, my friend at Harrah’s (owner of Paris, where the Las Vegas version of Mon Ami Gabi is housed) discovered that their independent ownership meant that they handed out no favors. No reservations on the patio, period. Oh well; she said, it fits with the Parisian experience they try to create, which fits all the way down to the snooty wait staff. With no cuts in line, we were told to prepare for a 90-minute wait; in the end, it was only 45. Not too bad.The restaurant is in the very front of Paris, with a fair-sized, slightly elevated patio along the sidewalk. By the time we were seated ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2006

Mon Ami Gabi
Paris Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada 89019
(702) 944-4224

Valley of Fire State Park

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Attraction

Valley of Fire State Park Photo, Overton, Nevada
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There’s two kinds of metaphorical ‘fire’ in this Valley—geological and meteorological. Although it could be either, I’m betting the name stems from the park’s red, red rock. But as my local friend said, after 10 days in this region, you’ve seen plenty of places at least as impressive than this landscape. Although the red sandstone is a match for either the Vermillion Cliffs or Monument Valley, for the most part, its structure wasn’t as interesting to me, appearing more beaten down, worn, and irregular than many others we’d seen. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2006

Valley of Fire State Park
P.O. Box 515
Overton, Nevada 89040
(702) 397-2088

Valley of Fire State Park

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Attraction | "Petroglyph Canyon and Mouse's Tank"

Valley of Fire State Park Photo, Overton, Nevada
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At Capitol Reef, our oldest daughter was completely captivated by petroglyphs. As she looked for books about her new-found interest at Cedar Breaks, the friendly bookstore volunteer offered a suggestion: "Stop at Mouse’s Tank at Valley of Fire," she told us. "They’re all over the rocks on both sides of the trail." My Vegas friend confirmed it, describing the site as a rock-face sketchbook with all sorts of different ideas explored, practiced, and developed.With that dual recommendation, we added Valley of Fire to our itinerary. A few dozen cars were there when we arrived, all baking in the Nevada sun. We lathered up with sunscreen, grabbed multiple water bottles, and hit the trail....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2006

Valley of Fire State Park
P.O. Box 515
Overton, Nevada 89040
(702) 397-2088

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Ah, Paris… I’m not much of a Vegas fan, but I do like this place. When my in-town friend proposed that our families meet here for dinner, I thought it couldn’t have worked out better. I’ve always been puzzled by Vegas’ decision to imitate every other place in the world, but I’m partial to this attempt to bring the Left Bank to the west shore of Lake Mead. The cobblestones, the famous blue French skies (well, painted ceiling here, I know…) the bread, the wine—maybe I like it because it just feels less like Las Vegas than most of Las Vegas. Wandering through the faux streets and past the mini Arc de Triomphe is free, but ascending the half-scale Nevada version of Le Tour Eiffel is, of course, a t...Read More