timh4000 wrote:I can't give you anything recent. I've been to LAS 4 times. Did the JFK-LAS red eye once, a delta 757. Saturday night I believe. Arrived around 11. Busy, but everything moved along nicely. It was a week long trip hotel flight and car in one pkg. Same on the way back. E
Everything went smoothly and the flight was super smooth. Interesting side story, the Columbine massacre happened while we were in vegas. The flight was as smooth as you are ever gonna get except for one nasty bout of turbulence (captain gave the plane a heads up on it before it happened.) Now it was likely just the mountainous region BUT it did happen right over the area where the massacre was and my mind did wander to some bad ju ju emanating from there. Anyhow, 10 minutes of nasty shake rattle and roll, then it smoothed back out to basically no turbulence all the way back to JFK. At 6am at JFK-we had to wait awhile for our bus to take us out to our car but flight wise, one of my better flights both there and back.
aklrno wrote:I don't think you will have much of a problem that late in the evening. Most domestic flights will have already arrived. I do wonder if you really want a car. Will you be traveling much out of town? If you are not, and you are staying at a major hotel you will have to pay to park it. Traffic on the Strip is horrendous. If you are sticking to the strip I recommend Uber or Lyft.
aklrno wrote:Area 51? Seriously? Drive for hours to see a tacky souvenir shop in Rachel or Amargosa? That’s as close as you get. You can see more of Area 51 on google maps. If you want to see something about secret work in the desert try the Atomic Testing Museum on East Flamingo Road. I think it is an under-rated gem. If you really want to drive out to something scenic go to Red Rock Canyon and hike around for a while.
When you go to the dam be sure to go early, then try to get tickets for the full dam tour, not just the power plant tour. It costs about $30 per person and will sell out at some point but really worth the effort.
aklrno wrote:If you try to leave the main highway to drive toward Area 51 you will be met by heavily armed men in white pickup trucks. For some tourists that may be an exciting attraction. From your username it looks like you are from Texas. You can probably get the same experience in a supermarket parking lot at home.
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