It's looking like I might be out on the west coast for a conference in February and I was toying with the idea of stopping in Vegas on the way home (and it is, in fact, on the way between California and Dublin). Can someone tell me if the various rides in the Vegas area (I'm thinking mainly the Stratosphere but I'm interested in the others too) are normally open in February?
Unless there are high winds or maintenance/rehab issues, expect most rides in Las Vegas to be open during your visit. And of course, the rides at Circus Circus are protected by the big pink dome... so you should have no problem there! :)
I absolutely loved Speed the Ride at the Nascar Cafe in the Sahara (kind of kiddie corner to the Stratosphere). Ride this before going to the Stratosphere.
The XScream flat ride really freaked me out. That was all we rode up there as the coaster was closed and I did not care to ride the spaceshot since I had been on so many before anyway.
Circus Circus Adventuredome was closed while we were there but will definitely not miss it next time!
Manhattan Express at New York, New York was ok. It was fun but definitely could use better restraints on it.
There are a ton of other things to definitely check out in Vegas if you havent been there in the evening depending on if you can do that. If you can definitely check out the Bellagio fountain show, Sirens of TI at Treasure Island. The Mirage volcano is pretty neat to see too. Just some of the sights to see.
Also be sure to check out recent trip reports on Vegas for more:
But it's worth it, IMO. If anything, you get to experience being in a place so flat that you can clearly see Desperado a full 12 miles before you get to it. And the surrounding mountains are beautiful.
I believe certain casinos - MGM Grand? - offer bus rides to Primm.
Anyone able to answer my question above, i.e. is it possible to get out to Primm for Desperado without a rental car? Failing that, anyone know of anywhere in Vegas that'll rent a car to an under-25? :)
Not sure about not having to drive but you can check out Fox Rent A Car, they might rent to under 25, that is who we rented our car from, we spent 175 with all the bs taxes for a midsize car (Hyndai Sonata I think) with unlimited miles for a week.
There is a shuttle that will take you to Primm> I found this on a site for the outlet stores in Primm:
"Shoppers can board a shuttle in Las Vegas at Desert Passage at the Aladdin or the MGM Grand for $12.99. The shuttle leaves several times daily and it's great for those who don't feel up to the drive and aren't on a strict schedule. The shuttle pick up/drop off at the mall is located outside the Polo store. Call (888) 424-6898 for reservations."
Very good. I haven't really investigated that closely but I was thinking I might stay there. Is it within reasonable walking distance of everything except Primm, or am I massively confused as to the size of Vegas?
Depends on your idea of "walking distance", but personally I think from Circus Circus you can easily walk up to the Sahara and Nascar one day, and down to New York New York another. It'd be a bit much to do it all in one day, though.
I should qualify my previous post with the fact that I'm Irish -- walking is not a problem to me.
I just put the four outfits into mapping software - Circus Circus, Nascar Cafe, the Stratosphere, and New York New York, and the longest walk is about three miles to the latter -- not really a problem for me.
All I need therefore is to figure out Primm and I'll get them all in easily enough :)