Adrenaline junkie’s travel guide

I travel to Las Vegas several times a year and on occasion, several times a month!  Several years back I was a professional craps player.  I had a team and everything.  We created sophisticated computer programs to calculate certain probability based off real world variables and practiced eight hours a day.  Some would say we were nuts, I say, it was a blast!  

Ben Brown has a few more things to say about Las Vegas to get your vacation plans into high gear!  I’ll let Ben take it from here.

Think a trip to Vegas is for gamblers only? There’s much more to do than just cruise the strip. In Vegas you can watch some of the best entertainment in the world, and if you feel the need, walk Fremont Street in the wee hours of the morning when the rest of the world is sleeping. Of course if gambling is how you get your thrills, it’s certainly the place to find plenty. Hit a high stakes game and go all-in on the chance you’ll get a winning hand at the Tropicana, or hit the elusive winning numbers at a sports book. If you source your excitement from other forms of action, you can also fulfill that need for adrenaline in Vegas.

The need for speed can be satisfied at the Las Vegas Cyber Speedway, which is at the Sahara Hotel and Casino. This popular attraction lets you take the wheel in a virtual NASCAR vehicle and drive the streets, or around the track, at a virtual Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There is also a roller coaster that spins, flies, and dips you through scenarios representing the famed Sahara Hotel and the NASCAR Café. Be propelled 250 feet straight up along the tower, and then drop at lightning speed backwards, careening through the whole scene again from a very different point of view.

Fans of real motor racing can also watch the pros drive at top speeds around the raceway at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Visit the Speedway to drive a real racecar at one of the driving schools or hit the kart track.

Other rides for thrill seekers include the Coney Island roller coaster that carries riders through the lobby of a hotel and around to the outside, culminating in an exhilarating 144-foot drop. The Stratosphere tower ride will leave you looking for the heart you left at the top as you are carried up 1,149 feet in the air and are dropped from atop the spire. If that doesn’t do you in for the day, hop on the gigantic teeter-totter called the X-Scream, balancing precariously over the top of the tower a full 100 stories above the ground below

Some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere in the world is found at the Grand Canyon; with great outdoor activities it is not far from Las Vegas. The Grand Canyon provides hiking, river rafting, climbing, and awesome sightseeing flights and helicopter rides for the best views of the vast expanse of the canyon and the river below. A new glass-bottomed walkway lets you walk out over the canyon to view the river hundreds of feet below, as you are suspended in what seems to be mid-air.  Scary!

Take a ride to the very bottom of the Grand Canyon by pack mule or horse and hike the Colorado River trails. The ride down is safe, but the trails are narrow and wind their way along very steep cliff sides all the way to the bottom of the canyon. Don’t worry, as the mounts are sure-footed. However, it’s not for the faint hearted, but presents an opportunity for a trip the whole family will never forget.

Guest post by Ben Brown

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