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For a decade or so, I’ve been riding my bike from downtown Las Vegas to Boulder City for the Interbike Outdoor Demo (ODD) at Bootleg Canyon, and it just keeps getting better. Now, about 40km of the 44km distance is on paved bike paths. It’s a joy to ride such a long way through a busy city without any concerns about cars. Add yesterday’s overcast, cool weather, as opposed to the normal sunbaked, triple-digit temperatures, and it was even better.
I have something of an allergy to taking motorized transport when a riding option exists, and I feel particularly strongly about this at Interbike, given that it’s a bike show, after all. I prefer pedaling to taking an air-conditioned bus, particularly one that you have to wait in line for. Nonetheless, every year I seem to be part of a miniscule minority riding to and from ODD. That said, I am not a big fan of riding up a steep hill into a setting sun that renders me hard to see for drivers on busy, six-lane roads choked with cars and traffic lights, and most on-road routes back from Outdoor Demo involve some of that.
But this particular set of bike trails avoids those roads completely, allowing enjoyment of incredible Las Vegas sunsets without concern for my safety. The route goes from Warm Springs Dr. (one of the less-congested major Vegas arteries) in the north along I-215 and then the Union Pacific Railroad through Henderson. A short piece of quiet road under I-515 links to another trail over Railroad Pass directly to Boulder City’s Bootleg Canyon, which hosts the Outdoor Demo. The bike trails through Henderson alone are amazingly extensive, and they connect to a 35-mile paved loop trail circumnavigating the River Mountains containing Bootleg Canyon and following the western lakeshore in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Except for underpasses, this trail’s road crossings are generally at grade, and some of them can be tedious and even a bit confusing at huge traffic arteries. But contrary to what you might expect, Las Vegas-area drivers tend to be exceedingly considerate at the crosswalks. Even when you don’t push the button for the yellow flashing pedestrian lights, which equip almost every minor road crossing in Henderson, almost all of the cars tend to stop when they see you on the edge or in the median, waiting to cross.
Read more: http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/las-vegas-bicycle-friendly_421120#Lvy0hDpkg3mggJaj.99
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Juan Gabriel doesn’t really need to claim a piece of Las Vegas history, given the legacy “El Divo Juarez” leaves in Latin America.
All the same, he really started something here.
The Mexican superstar’s death, just three weeks before a planned Friday concert at Mandalay Bay, reminds us just how big a deal Mexican Independence Day has become on the Strip since Gabriel’s 1990 concert took the Strip’s celebration of “El Grito de Dolores” to a new level.
Gabriel then had the biggest-selling album in Mexico (8 million copies of “Recuerdos, Vol. II”) and had sung to stadiums of 70,000 people by the time he was booked to play a 6,500-seat outdoor venue that had been set up for boxing behind The Mirage.
If it was a bit of a comedown, it didn’t bother him. “I see this as a big challenge for me,” Gabriel told the Review-Journal through a telephone translator in 1990. “One of the most divine things is to have to start all over again.”
For Las Vegas, it was a start, period. Mexican Independence Day had been more of a locals celebration in Freedom Park, with token casino support on the Strip.
El Grito Festivities to Feature top Latin Music Headliners, Fight Nights, Dining Specials and more
LAS VEGAS, Aug. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Visitors looking to celebrate Mexican Independence Day this year should look no further than the Entertainment Capital of the World. Next month, El Grito enthusiasts will enjoy some of the world’s top Latin music headliners, festive events and authentic cuisine within the destination. Each year, an impressive array of diverse international and domestic visitors come to Las Vegas to celebrate El Grito in an extraordinary way.
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will partner with InVegas Magazine to kick off festivities with an official opening ceremony on Sept. 15at7:30 p.m. The ode to El Grito will start with a Mexican Consul bell ringing, followed by strolling mariachis and folkloric dancers. Guests can also qualify for special offerings from retailers within The Forum Shops by visiting the InVEGAS hospitality and welcome desks, where they will receive an official wristband. This event is free and open to the public.
On Sept. 16, Mayweather Promotions Presents Fight Night, featuring Ishe Smith vs. Frank Galarza. Fueling the El Grito excitement, the square-off will take place at TheChelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. General admission prices start at $29 and reserved prices start at $49. Doors will open at 4 p.m.
To complement the destination’s top-notch entertainment offerings, Las Vegas boasts an array of premier culinary experiences. South-of-the-border bites and celebratory beverages will leave fans and foodies chanting, “Olé!” China Poblanoinside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegaswill unveil a “Viva Mexico” menu, featuring dishes such as Flautas de Pato con Mole Mihuateco, Chile en Nogada and more. In collaboration with the noodles and tacos restaurant, 123 Tequila will be on-location serving up Mexican-inspired libations. Hussong’s Cantina at the Shoppes at Mandalay Bay joins the celebration with all-day food and drink specials on Sept. 16. Diners may indulge in $3 solo tacos and $6 nachos, or enjoy a special back-to-the-roots menu created by Chef Noe Alcala.
World-class Latin performers taking over iconic venues in Las Vegas include:
Carlos Santana at House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 14, Sept. 16, Sept. 17-18.
Mexican mariachi singer Alejandro Fernández at the MGM Grand Garden Arena inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Sept. 15.
Latin pop greats Emmanuel & Mijares at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Sept. 15.
Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull at The AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Sept. 15-16.
Mariachi and Latin pop legend Juan Gabriel at Mandalay Bay Events Center inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 16.
Latin music superstar Enrique Iglesias at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Sept. 16-17.
Mexican singer/songwriter Gloria Trevi at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Sept. 17.
Julión Alvarez Y Su Norteño Banda at Mandalay Bay Events Center inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 17.
Marc Anthony at The AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Sept. 17.
MANÁ at the MGM Grand Garden Arena inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Sept. 16.
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My first trip to Las Vegas only lasted 24 hours. I didn’t think that was enough time to get a taste of Sin City, but boy was I wrong.
In one day, I saw the Strip, skydived with badass paratroopers from the British Special Forces, partied at SLS Hotel with a Snapchat star, dined at a five-star restaurant and — of course — visited a few casinos.
As a transplant New Yorker born and bred in Jersey, I thought I had experienced the best of the best when it came to parties: Whether it was partying with mermaids at the shore or hitting up a swanky rooftop bar overlooking the NYC skyline, I was convinced I had seen it all.
But in the 106-degree July heat, Vegas washed over me like a surreal fever dream that was impossible to make sense of.
And I never wanted it to end.
When it comes to Vegas, though, I know my experience was just the tip of the iceberg. And I have plenty on my to-do list for the next time I want to rub elbows with Lady Luck.
Here’s a list of eight crazy things you can ONLY do when you visit Sin City.
Transform into a celebrity for the night.
From having your own private party in your SLS Hotel room to splurging on bottle service, you’re always a VIP in Vegas. Get a private booth to keep the randoms from killing your vibe, ball out in a suite with your girlfriends or go to work playing bartender by mixing jalapeno-lime margaritas with SoBe Elixir En Fuego.
Savage move, I know.
Drive an Italian sports car because you can.
Ditch your sedan this time and drive an exotic car on a test track after eating at the best restaurant in town. This is the one place you can (pretend to) live beyond your means — at least for a night.
Be a world traveler without leaving the Nevada desert.
Try to solve the Sphinx’s riddle while waving to Lady Liberty, then check out the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Or maybe cool off with a gondola ride. No, that’s not a mirage — these landmarks really have been recreated for you in Vegas.
After you’ve taken in the sights, relax at the SLS Hotel pool with a drink in your hand. Be as exotic as the traveling you’ve done and grab a SoBe Elixir Midnight Mojito, infused with blackberry and mint flavors.
Throw caution to the wind and spontaneously get married.
Let’s say you’ve been dating bae for a few months, and you want him to put a ring on it. (True love knows no bounds, after all.) Maybe you have your cab driver accidentally drop the two of you off at one of Vegas’s dozens of wedding chapels. Whether you met years ago in college or 20 minutes ago while playing roulette, this is the town where you can make it happen — and seal your love in wedded bliss.
Stay out ’til the sun comes up.
From 24-hour casinos to all-night clubs, Vegas isn’t messing around. Sin City is basically like that older friend you had growing up who was way too savvy at an early age. You know, the one who visited you in college but ditched you at a party, then showed up at your apartment door at 6 am with a random guy and an arrangement of funeral flowers she received as a gift from her cab driver.
It doesn’t make sense, but you also don’t hate it — and you certainly aren’t going to forget it.
Make best friends with strangers.
If you think waiting in a long line to get into a club bonds you, then consider what being the witness to someone’s shotgun wedding officiated by Elvis does to you.
That’s a bond for life right there.
Meet an actual showgirl.
Yes, I may have watched that movie at way too young of an age (effectively changing my view of the world forever), but for those who aren’t emotionally scarred, now is the chance to meet and definitely snap a picture with a real life showgirl. They dance, they smile, they high-kick — they do it all!
The Las Vegas strip could be getting a $1.9 billion football stadium
by John Breech
If you’re betting on where the Raiders are going to be playing football in five years, you might not want to drop any money on Oakland because it looks like the odds are starting to favor Las Vegas.
For the past four months, Raiders owner Mark Davis has made it clear that he’ll be moving his team to Vegas if the city builds him an NFL stadium.
That possibility now seems to be one step closer to reality after the team gave a stadium presentation in front of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee (SNTIC) on Thursday.
During the presentation, the Raiders — and their partner, the Sands Casino Group — made one thing absolutely clear: If the state of Nevada is willing to commit $750 million in public funding towards a new NFL stadium, then the stadium will get built and the Raiders will move to Vegas.
The state of Nevada is willing to commit a lot of public money, but has been hesitant to commit to the $750 million total. The state would rather commit somewhere between $500 and $600 million to the $1.9 billion stadium project.
However, that’s not an option, according to Sands president Rob Goldstein.
The closure of Interstate 15 as a result of the Blue Cut Fire has cut off the most direct and convenient route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
But fortunately, it’s not the only way for Southern Nevadans to get to L.A. Other less-traveled — and longer — routes exist for motorists who absolutely have to get there.
The route to take is dependent on the final destination.
The most recent report from the California Department of Transportation is that I-15 is closed from Phelan Road in Hesperia to the freeway interchange of Interstate 215 in San Bernardino, a distance of about 18 miles.
The most popular alternatives will take travelers west around the fire.
In Victorville, motorists should turn off I-15 at the Palmdale Road exit, California Highway 18, and take it west to California Highway 138. Motorists can bypass Palmdale by taking the Pearblossom Highway to connect with California Highway 14, which leads to Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita.
LAS VEGAS — The last tower of the iconic Riviera Hotel and Casino was reduced to rubble during an overnight implosion on the Las Vegas Strip.
The demolition of the Monte Carlo tower brought an end to the Strip’s first high-rise and one of Vegas’ most famous casinos.
A series of explosions took down the taller, 24-story Monaco tower in June, which was celebrated as an organized spectacle. That event was carried out with flair, complete with a viewing area, local dignitaries and fireworks.
This time, there was no designated viewing area.
Due to the dust, people in nearby businesses and residences were told to either leave the area or stay indoors during the implosion and for a half-hour afterwards, similar to what occurred during the implosion of the taller Monaco tower, reports CBS Las Vegas affiliate KLAS-TV.
The 2,075-room property closed in May 2015 after 60 years hosting headliners from Liberace to Dean Martin on the northern end of the Strip.