DJTeddyBear
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October 19th, 2017 at 6:24:36 AM permalink
When I come to town for the Cutting Edge conference, I plan on arriving on Saturday 11/11 and spend two days in Laughlin. I have several things in mind to do, but if there's anything that you know about, let me know.

Yes, I've recently read, and bookmarked, Mike's WoO article about his visit there in 2012. (I'm the guy who created the map for that page!) But I've never been there. And his article really focused on the casinos. I'm more interested in the area in general.

FYI: I normally fly on Sunday to avoid the high Saturday night hotel rates, but I screwed up and accidentally booked a Saturday flight. I coulnd't get a reasonable rate in Vegas, but got a free ($7 resort fee) room at Harrah's Laughlin, so it's a no-brainer. I'll be there for two nights.

I also went to VisitLaughlin.com. No ideas there that I didn't already find out about thru Google research.

Anyway, no real plans for when I get to Laughlin sometime late Saturday afternoon, other than casino hopping.

On Sunday, I figure I'd go for a road trip into Arizona, stopping at Avi first. My points of interest are in Oatman and Kingman. Or anything else in that area?

I also know there is a high-speed boat ride to Lake Havasu. Yeah, the London Bridge is there, but is there any other reason to take that ride? I mean, I'm something of a museum guy. If they have a decent presentation about how the London Bridge was dismantled, transported and rebuilt, then I might be interested, but to just see it? Pass. Unless there's other stuff to do in Lake Havasu. And please don't say 'shopping'. I might spend a few minutes in the gift shops at the locations I already said I would stop at, but that's only because I'm already there. I'm not a shopper, and I'm traveling alone. But if it's really recommended, I might just drive there rather than kill 6 hours by including the boat trip.

On Monday morning, I'm gonna drive to the Riverwalk Trail and walk to Davis Dam. Then head to Vegas, with a stop at the Eldorado Canyon Mine in Nelson.

But am I missing anything? Is there anything else that is a must see?

I know there are things to do in the river (swimming, jet ski rental, etc.), but I suspect that summer will be over by then. What else is there in or near Laughlin?


Thanks.
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DRich
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October 19th, 2017 at 6:50:12 AM permalink
I have never found much that interests me in Laughlin. Oatman is okay if you have small kids but as an adult I find it to be like every other small western tourist ghost town. A small main street with ice cream, candy, and tourist crap for sale. The kids love feeding the donkeys but that is really the only thing I found unique about the place.

If you have a Diamond card, I think Laughlin is my favorite Diamond lounge because you can sit outside and look over the pool and river. They now limit you to one visit a day unless you are a high Diamond or have earned X amount of points that day.
billryan
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October 19th, 2017 at 6:56:56 AM permalink
Don Laughlin has a pretty nice car museum in his casino.
About two miles north of town, there are ancient rock carvings that are reached after a short hike.
I dint think there is much to see in Kingman, I might skip it. I'd go to Oatman via Golden Valley and when leaving, return to Laughlin via the road to Golden Shores, not the direct road. Rt66 is spectacular...
Havasu has an eclectic swap meet Sunday mornings, but not much else, imo.
If you like big cats, there is an animal sanctuary about an hour east of Laughlin called Keepers of the Wild.
It's a bit pricey but the money goes to a good cause. Lots of lions and tigers and bears. All rescued, many from failed animal acts. Just west of it is a pretty cool vintage gas station, where you can get a photo op with some great old American cars.
Lastly, on the far side of Davis Dam is a great little park. They stop collecting admission at 4, and it's a nice drive through it, with several secluded coves overlooking the Colorado River.
My favorite bar is across from the Pioneer, on the second floor of a shopping center. It's either the Hideout or Hideaway. Great spot to meet some locals or watch a game.
Nice place to visit, wouldn't want to live there.
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FleaStiff
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October 19th, 2017 at 7:27:37 AM permalink
The Nellie E is two and a half hours away in Parker. Be sure its open. (Only half the year and only on weekends, cash only) No airconditioning. a/k/a Desert Bar.

Oatman has a motorcycle museum.

Bull Head City is supposed to have some impressive semi precious gems but I don't know much about it.
It used to be everyone went to Bull head city to buy realestate as the town outgrew its two stop signs. Now I think everyone goes there to post for sale signs, who knows?

Why not just prowl the casinos?
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October 19th, 2017 at 8:07:24 AM permalink
Billryan said " I'd go to Oatman via Golden Valley and when leaving, return to Laughlin via the road to Golden Shores, not the direct road. Rt66 is spectacular...


I second that. That road is unbelievable. Often the edge of the roads go straight down into deep canyons. It is very twisting road but the scenery is worth it. I would think a motorcycle would be the best way to drive it but we went by car and everyone was snapping pics while I drove.
Ayecarumba
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October 19th, 2017 at 2:39:23 PM permalink
If you are into cigars, there's a Native American smokeshop next to the Avi.

It's Veteran's Day weekend... There's an airshow at Nellis AFB north of Las Vegas. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform. Maybe you should go into town?
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October 19th, 2017 at 3:33:51 PM permalink
Speaking of that map, quite a few properties have changed names since you created it. You might ask the powers that be if they could use an update for whatever you think would be fair for the work.

You definitely should visit the car museum at the Riverside. Be sure to notice my collection of 1948 license plates on the wall. I hear there are some good walking trails just north of the bridge on the Nevada side, however haven't checked them out yet. Oatman is rather kitchy. I wouldn't recommend going far out of the way for it, but in you're bored in Laughlin, there aren't many better choices. Lake Havasu City I don't know that well. Pretty nice area around the bridge but touristy. Never did that speed boat ride but have been tempted.

As you drive between Laughlin and Vegas you might consider a detour to Nelson's landing for some cliff jumping. Consider yourself dared.

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Ayecarumba
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October 19th, 2017 at 3:40:03 PM permalink
Don't go alone... there has to be a survivor to tell the tale of "What ever happened to DJTB?" It's no help if all the evidence is that the bottom of the Colorado river.
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October 19th, 2017 at 6:18:07 PM permalink
When you all go to Laughlin can someone pick up my free play. I haven't picked it up for months. Darn Casino just locking it up but not fun to drive 90 miles... stay in Laughlin to play FP DB... just to get free rooms and food and 250 in Free Play.

I prefer the Red Card over the Diamond card.
billryan
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October 19th, 2017 at 6:46:52 PM permalink
I mostly recommend Oatman for the journey getting to it. Take 68 East towards Kingman, and hang a right on Aztec Rd in Golden Valley. follow the signs to Rt 66 and in minutes you are on one of the most spectacular drives I have ever witnessed in this country.
I can only imagine what it must have been like in the dust bowl era, with families in trucks with no power steering or brakes and everything they own on the back handling corkscrew curve after corkscrew curve.

https://youtu.be/ARpf2guiSFQ?t=264
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