Things To Do In Las Vegas: Famous Places

The below mentioned famous Las Vegas places were chosen by the Eleventy Traveler Blog.

MaxFlight 2002 Virtual Roller Coaster


Where: 50 miles southwest of Las Vegas

Opening times: 12:15 to 21:45, Friday to Sunday

Address: 31900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Primm, NV 89019

Payment info: Cash or credit card

Other attractions nearby: Primm Valley Casino Resorts, Fashion Outlet of Las Vegas, Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino

Getting there: By car or taxi, 40 miles south of Las Vegas on the I-15, in Primm.

Restrictions: 48 inches or taller

One of the many rides at Buffalo Bill’s is the MaxFlight 2002 Virtual Roller Coaster. Although this is one of many attractions at this casino, it is rather dated. For almost the same amount of money, visitors can have more bang for their buck at Buffalo Bill’s other attractions – such as the Turbo Drop or the Adventur Canyon Log Flume.

Although Buffalo Bill’s tries its best to combines rides and attractions with gambling, it sorely needs a facelift. The Virtual Roller Coaster is a simulator ride, but the visuals are showing their age and teenagers will probably find the ride disappointing. Adults may have fun as the visuals may remind them of ’80s video games. A better simulator ride is the Vault.

Even though it is only a simulator, visitors should take care when exiting the ride. Riders have been known to lose their sense of balance.

Mount Charleston


Where: 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas

Opening times: Varies; call for details

Address: 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130-2301

Price: Free

Other attractions nearby: Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Silverstone Golf Club, , Floyd Lamb State Park, Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort

Getting there: By car, north from Las Vegas on Highway 95.

Restrictions: None

Mount Charleston, also known as Charleston Peak, is the highest of the Spring Mountains and part of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. It is home to the famous Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort. Besides the ski resort, the area is popular among hikers and campers in summer.

The peak is over 11,000 feet in height, which means that it is cool even during the hot summer months and gets plenty of snow in the winter. There are a lot of hiking and walking trails that can be enjoyed, both during the summer and the winter months. The trails here are less crowded than those at the other parks and entrance is free. Amenities, such as picnic tables and camping grounds, are also available but are taken quickly during the peak summer months.

Visitors can enjoy the prisitine forest here, which is home to the Ponderosa pine and mahogany trees. Many local species of birds call this area their home, with the park popular among bird watchers. With over 52 miles of hiking trails, it is easy to beat the crowds, even in July and August.