Whether you’re seeking peace and quiet or pulse-pounding thrills, these trips offer it all — without the crowds, hassles and expense
Stargaze in Great Basin National Park
It’s like: Checking out the stars anywhere else — but with darker skies
Look upward in Las Vegas and the Luxor’s blinding light clouds the view of anything star-worthy, so head north out of the city for the world’s largest, most spectacular, free nightly show. Once you reach Great Basin National Park, look upward on a moonless night for a feast of generally unseen celestial bodies.
Adam Bradley trekked nearly 5,000 miles from Reno to Alaska and the Bering Sea — through bears, bugs and bad weather. Why? The thrill of discovery — and to see firsthand a fast-changing Earth It all boiled down to the bugs.
The Meadows isn’t just another Vegas Valley prep school — it’s one of most prestigious (and, yes, expensive) in Las Vegas, ranked among the finest in the West. The majority of the 89 faculty members have graduate degrees.
• Local attorney Patrick Reilly took his first overseas trip as a kid, when his dad set up an almost punishingly whirlwind tour of Europe. “It was one of those American Express tours where you’re hitting 14 countries in 18 days, which is great, but it’s way too much and you’re exhausted by the end.
Pool season is just the around corner, and it’s easier than ever to get a head start on your tan with the latest in modern sun worship: mobile tanning. Stephanie Robertson of Illuminate You Mobile Tanning (spraytanlasvegas.
This unassuming stretch of Maryland Parkway is much more than a launch ramp from the University District to downtown. In its own right, it’s got eclectic eats, cool boutiques and spicy salsa — both on your plate and on the dance floor.
From its unusual location to its globe-spanning small plates, Nosh & Swig is full of surprises
It’s hard to tell if restaurants define how we dine or if it’s our collective cravings that give rise to new eating options. Sometimes we make a discovery that blurs those lines even further — a fun restaurant seemingly offering the perfect food at the perfect time.
If you’ve ever done the desperate crotch-clamp hustle in search of a bathroom while your bladder painfully balloons, you’ll appreciate “Urinetown.” It’s about a dystopian future in which an evil conglomerate owns all of society’s public restrooms — until a hero who has to pee REALLY BADLY challenges its reign.
Strap in the brood and load up the car. These family-friendly trips have something for kids of all ages (and your inner kid, too)
Like dinosaurs had a mosh pit
Nearly 200 million years ago, dinosaurs trod the earth around the shores of an ancient lake in southern Utah, and, in 2000, the first of thousands of tracks made by these dinosaurs and other animals was discovered.