About Antony T
Lives in Tamworth, United Kingdom
Since Oct 2008
I know it is a cliche but travel is an education.It's not always the famous big things that surprise and enchant me, it can be small things like the dollops of mayo with chips in Belgium or the smell of pine trees in Majorca, a rugby game in Southern France, an ice cold beer after a day on the beach. That said, how can you not be impressed by famous places like Verona, Paris, Vegas and the like. Like everything; tourist trail, off the beaten path, crowds, walks, frenetic nightlife, history, big cities, obscure towns, lazing about, extreme sports. Enjoy. When in Rome etc. especially if you are in Rome! Best: Fun = Vegas, Relaxation = Coast California, Value = Thailand, Overall = Majorca. Have fun!!
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Bridges, Canyons
Horseback Riding Tours
Ski & Snowboard Areas
Nature & Wildlife Areas
The Hoover Dam Bypass offers stunning views of that magical feat of engineering; The Hoover Dam. Park up below and take the walk across the bridge suspended high above the dam. It's amazing drive up to it too as Vegas gets smaller and smaller in the mirror as you climb higher and higher.
Vegas has had its roller coasters on The Strip over the years. The only real survivor is the Coney Island one at New York New York and to be honest as a Roller coaster it's so-so. At the far north of The Strip is the ridiculously scary Big Shot but for a true Roller Coaster head 30 minutes south to Primm and do a proper (Primm and proper?) big drop roller coaster. It's rickety but fast, high and a little scary. In other words, lots of fun.
What a fabulous day out this is. We went in winter and the weather although a little chilly is way better than sweating on a horse in the summer heat. The views and trails are stunning in the late afternoon light. As the only novice in our group I could not have felt safer and the horses are well behaved but you are ultimately in control of them. You get picked up and dropped off at your hotel and then after the trip there is a nice traditional cowboy meal in the lodge around a roaring firepit.
Think how quickly you can lose your money playing in the casinos. Grab maybe $10 and go here. Your money will last at least an hour or so. You can play all the machines in there, ones from the 40's and 50's up to the latest machines with the multiple side games, extra balls and stuff. Unassuming neighbourhood but easy reach from The Strip. You will have a smile on your face more than once being a kid again.
This place has been a must visit on the last few occasions I have visited town. Every time has been great except for the last, so I am going to put that as an anomaly. Less than $10 cab ride from The Strip and dinner for two and a sangria each for less than $50. The Strip cannot compete with that. An eclectic fusion of Spanish, Mexican, South American and American tapas on offer. The stuffed chili and lamb are top drawer but so is just about everything on there. And the drinks and service are on the money. The ambiance is lovely without being snooty and service is attentive without being intimidating. Dress however you want. Not quite as intimate as when it was a few blocks down but still better value and less waiting than on the Strip
An easy reach from The Strip and fairly close to the Pinball Hall of Fame. As a Brit visiting I don't normally fancy the same food overseas. However, the food here was great and authentic, aside from the massive portions! Delicious and compared to the Strip an absolute bargain. Even if you account for a cab ride there. The restaurant is very British, but the bar is very American in its vibe. They are attached to each other but more importantly it has excellent bottles of cider, served in a pint glass with ice.
Quite possibly the most legal buzz you will ever have. This is one heck of a day out. If you have ever done a zipline then don't think this is a zipline. This is strapped in like a parachutist on ziplines on steroids going down wires that are a mile long! In the most beautiful setting of the Bootleg Canyon wilderness. The guides are helpful, funny but safety first and the views all the way across to Vegas amazing. However it is the four Flightlinez that make this a must do for thrill seekers. The shear drop and length is a technical marvel. How two pieces of metal stop you at the end of the runs I will never know, but they do. So hardcore was it that the day after we first went the team from a certain Johnny Knoxville show were scheduled to turn up.
I didn't quite believe it either until I saw it with my own eyes but there it is about 40 minutes northwest of The Strip and with real snow. A decent mix of slopes too for beginner to expert, although not too many in the intermediate category. Again, think how easy you could lose $80 on The Strip gambling or paying for overpriced food or drinks. This is a million miles away from that. The sky is usually deep blue and even in the summer the area is a good 20 degrees cooler than Vegas, but obviously lacking in snow.
OK, so technically on The Strip but really it's past where all the other activities and distractions are. this is how a museum/tour should be. I hate museums and tours, or at least usually dislike them. This is entertaining, funny, mind opening and ridiculously informative. The stories I learnt from this tour made me want to spend the rest of the stay online following up on the stories. Obviously I didn't, but have done since. And then there are the signs, loving kept and restored brought down to your eye level in all there gaudy glory. Bring water and try and visit outside of summer as you are on your feet and there is little shade.
The Strip is amazing, don't get me wrong, but often nature one ups all our man made glories. Well this one is kind of an inbetweener: This is nature at it's finest; water, fish, mountains, canyons and desert, but the lake itself is man-made; a massive reservoir for feeding the river and providing power to the local environs and beyond. The best fun to be had is on a jet ski which are available for hire at the main marina. You can jetski right up to behind the Hoover Dam and the breeze on the jetski is so welcome. Afterwards, check out the large carp around the marina and grab a snack. Only about 30 minutes from The Strip. Which can be combined with our very first thing on the list, The Hoover Dam Bypass