Governor Sisolak has taken the entertainment part of Las Vegas living back to Phase I, since our reported Covid-19 cases are up 697 percent since the state reopened in June, according to the New York Times database. (Better than Florida, up 1,393 percent.) So today’s installment includes both virtual and in-real-life fun things to do FREE…. again.
The Neon Museum
After the Louvre, this is my favorite museum on the planet. The Las Vegas non-profit organization is dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying iconic Las Vegas neon signs.
The outdoor gallery has more than 200 unrestored signs that are illuminated at sunset. The Visitors’ Center is housed in the former La Concha Motel lobby. Remember driving by it heading north on the way to Mandalay Bay?
I love the guided tours at night.
But that was a long, long time ago. The Neon Museum won’t open until next spring.
This week they created a new virtual tour of all those signs. And the virtual tour was filmed at night!
There is a cost: $10. But it allows you to tour the Neon Boneyard indefinitely. So to me that’s as close to FREE as it gets.
There are 130 informational hotspots on the virtual tour. My favorite: The Hard Rock Cafe’s guitar.
Lee Canyon opens this week-end from its Covid-19 slumber.
Lee Canyon is the local Las Vegas ski area. Yes, it does snow in the mountains! Because Lee Canyon is located at 8,600 feet in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area.
Of course you have to pay in the winter. But summer visits are FREE!
Lee Canyon is 50 miles from downtown.
It’s cool enough to hike up there right now. (It was an unbelievable 79 degrees when I wrote this.) The Bristlecone Trail is a 6.5 mile loop. You hike through a forest of Ponderosa pine and large Quaking Aspen trees. It’s a moderate-to-tough hike.
You can take your dog on the trail but s/he must be on a leash.
You can also take a scenic chair ride up to 9,300 feet. But that costs $8 for adults and $5 for youth. Children five and under ride FREE.
Have a great week-end, Las Vegas.
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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