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A Stop At Madame Tussauds

One fun way to pass some time on the Las Vegas Strip is a visit to Madame Tussauds. The Las Vegas location was the first ever Madame Tussauds to open in the US, though the original Madame Tussauds is over 200 years old. Two new locations will be opening in 2017, one in New Delhi, India, and the other in Nashville, Tennessee.

What I love about the wax museum is that you can wander around and spend as long as you like taking pictures with your favorite stars. You get to see what those stars would actually look like in person, if you were to run into them on the street. It’s always surprising to me how incredibly compact some of these people are, considering they have such a huge presence on the big screen.

This particular location may not be the largest Madame Tussauds, but it still has its perks. Some of my favorite people to see were Lucille Ball and Elvis Presley. I just had to have a photograph in Elvis’s car. Who wouldn’t want a picture with the King?

One fun aspect of this particular location is their 4D theater experience. You can choose to go in and watch a short Avengers film. You will feel as if you are right there battling to save civilization alongside your favorite superheroes. I enjoyed the show but I do not like it when my chair pokes me, so I sat forward the whole time in order to avoid any random jabs during battle.

Overall this experience was fun, but it still doesn’t replace the High Roller in my book of favorite activities on the Las Vegas Strip. I would rank it as a six for things to do. I think I expected the museum to be a little bigger than it was. I did greatly enjoy getting to see some of my favorite actors though.

If you would like a little more history on Madame Tussauds, or to book tickets, please visit the following site: https://www.madametussauds.com/

Red Rock Canyon

If you are in Las Vegas and you love the outdoors, especially hiking, you should definitely take the time to visit Red Rock Canyon. Only seventeen miles off the strip, Red Rock is well worth the drive. It will give you a break from the indoors and the craziness of the strip.

I frequently take time for a hike in Red Rock. You cannot beat the amazing views. You can either choose a specific hiking trail, or just spend some time climbing around on the rocks. One of my favorite things to do is take pictures of all the unique rock formations. The colors in Red Rock are extraordinary.

Just outside of the payment zone for entering the park, there is a boardwalk that you can meander through. You will see tons of different plants as well as some animals. Do not make the mistake I made; go when it’s not ridiculously windy. The boardwalk is not protected from the elements and you will lose your hat, sunglasses, or anything else that is not tied down, including light-weight people.

If walking and hiking does not sound exciting to you, there are other options. You could take the 13 mile scenic drive, which will leave you feeling peaceful and relaxed. However, if you still want to be outside, but you just don’t want to walk, you could also opt to go horseback riding. After your horseback ride you can relax and have a nice picnic lunch at one of the many picnic areas.

Be sure to stop at the visitor center before leaving the park. There are many more things to learn and see. You can check out the exhibits as well as the bookstore. I always stop simply to purchase a magnet for my travel collection.

For more information on Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, please visit: https://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/red_rock_nca.html