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FREE Fun in Las Vegas: 4-Letter Friday

The weather is heating up to its usual summer triple digit broil. There are plenty of hot and kewl things to do in Las Vegas this week-end, as we settle in after our July 4 festivities.

Entertainment in Las Vegas is world-class and so are the prices. There is an Elvis impersonator contest at the Westgate this week-end and tickets cost as much as $100! But it’s my job, dear readers, to find fun things to do for FREE.

Buckle up ’cause here we go!

Look Up. It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s a Warplane! (North Las Vegas)

The McDonnell-Douglas F-15 Eagle is a masterpiece. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

It’s Red Flag time at Nellis Air Force Base.

That’s when almost 75 aircraft and 2,300 people from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marines and the Air National Guard fly into our airspace for “mission scenarios against aggressor forces,” according to the official press release.

These drills give “aircrews an opportunity to experience advanced, relevant and realistic combat-like situations in a controlled environment to increase their ability to complete missions and safely return home,” the press release continues. How’s that for government clarity?

I have a lovely rental at Cheyenne and Revere near the base. You know when the Red Flag planes are in town (through July 29) because you can hear their roar.

If you want to watch these magnificent planes, just drive east on Cheyenne until it ends or take any street east of Nellis Boulevard. Sometimes I see the planes when I am stopped at the intersection of Losee and Cheyenne.

These flying machines are a sight to behold. Awe-inspiring.

Look Up! At the Stars (Mt. Charleston)

Welcome to Mt. Charleston Photo: US Forest Service

I love driving up to Mt. Charleston in the summertime because it’s cooler than the valley. In fact, I always bring a coat or sweatshirt because temperatures on the mountain at night can be 30 degrees cooler. Really!

Drive up during the day and see the mountain goats and stay for the star show.

Tomorrow night the Southern Nevada Conservancy hosts an Astronomy in the Park stargazing party. The event will be held at Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway on Kyle Canyon Road.

The U.S. Forest Service now owns the Visitor Gateway, once a 128-acre golf course. The U.S. Forest Service is the big kahuna on Mt. Charleston. I once tried to buy a cabin there and learned that quick! But I digress.

Arrive by 7:30 pm for a presentation in the amphitheater. Stargazing happens from 8:30 to 10.

The Las Vegas Astronomical Society will provide telescopes; members help point out the wonders of the cosmos. These experts use a green laser to point out objects in the sky we neophytes would surely miss.

I have been to a Las Vegas Astronomical Society event on Sunrise Mountain. Super informative. These folks have the equipment. A great night.


Test Out Elon Musk’s New Electric Car Shuttle (Las Vegas Strip)

A Boring Company Tesla tunnel Photo: The Boring Company

Head to Resorts World this week-end. The resort houses the first line extension for new father Elon Musk’s Boring Company transportation system. It will eventually carry thousands of people per hour in electric Tesla vehicles in tunnels underneath the newly expanded Las Vegas Convention Center.

All the Las Vegas Strip resorts will eventually have their own stations. Resorts World is the inaugural launch.

The station, located in The District, opens today. You can ride for FREE but know the ride will take about 90 seconds.

The tunnels are pretty tight, so this is not a mode of transportation for claustrophobics. But hey you get to ride in a Tesla. I want one!

Go on a Scavenger Hunt (Las Vegas Strip)

New-York-New-York is one of the properties in the scavenger hunt Photo: MGM Resorts International

You have four more days (July 11 is the deadline) to play MGM Rewards‘s Las Vegas Strip scavenger hunt. It’s called the “Wild Wild Quest.”

Players visit all nine MGM Resorts properties to search for QR codes. You then scan the code which takes you a webpage where you can enter a sweepstakes for the chance to win one of 100 prizes.

Signs inside each property offer clues so you can find the QR codes.

The grand prize: Usher will pick you up in a private jet and fly you to Vegas. You’ll get $15,000 in cash, two VIP tickets to see Usher’s show, a golf lesson with a PGA golfer, a cooking lesson with an MGM Resorts star chef and a three-night stay at Aria Sky Suites in a Strip-view penthouse. Works for me!

I assume if one of us locals wins Usher will pick us up in a limo since he lives here too.

Have a great week-end, Las Vegas.

((hugs)) BETH Ellyn

YOUR Las Vegas Real Estate Concierge

Beth Ellyn Rosenthal herself


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