Go Tour The Linq



Courtesy of Wikipedia, N. Stiller

The Linq and High Roller are some of the newest hotspots in Las Vegas and every Las Vegas guide should be familiar with them.

The Linq is the $550 million outdoor retail, dining and entertainment district patterned after The Grove in Los Angeles and is located between the Quad (Imperial Palace) Linq Hotel and the Flamingo.  It is anchored by the High Roller, which is currently the world’s tallest observation wheel and amazing to see up close.

When the property opened, we were some of the first to go and explore it. One thing that many people enjoy is how different and kind of “far away” it feels from walking the Strip.

Caesars has hit a home run with the High Roller, building a skyline-enhancing attraction that helps Vegas  maintain its status as the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”  To make sure you tour it right, go into the Linq Concierge office just past the water fountain.  There you will find friendly Linq Concierges who can give you all the info about the High Roller and shops and restaurants at the Linq.

Tour Groups and The Wheel

For tour groups they have a valet area literally located under the wheel which can accommodate small buses and limos. There is a separate entrance and lobby for charters and groups at the end of the pedestrian area, basically under the High Roller, and a pullout for (2 – 3) motor coaches immediately south of the High Roller on “Linq Way.”

Each of the 28 pods holds up to 40 persons and takes about 30 minutes to go all the way around.  Drinks purchased at an on-site bar can be taken on board, and some specials are offered that include unlimited drinks during your ride. You can buy out a pod or pods for groups.



Go See Lonnie Now!

Lonnie 2

If you claim to be a Las Vegas Tour Guide and never toured the Lonnie Hammargren House, you are not a true tour guide!  Just my opinion… But seriously, this house(s) is a must see for all Vegas Tourist Guides.  It may also be the last weekend he does this.  So Go This Weekend!!   Lonnie Hammargren Home Open This Weekend

When we first started The Vegas Tourist Podcast in 2006, Lonnie was the first person we interviewed.  The Vegas Tourist Podcast He even gave us a private tour that will remain etched in my mind as probably the most interesting of all tours I have ever been on!  If its not in a museum, its here…

  • Part of the Stratosphere roller coaster is here
  • Signs from most of the classic casinos that are gone are here.
  • Liberace piano is there along with his staircase from Radio City Music Hall

Its Vegas history, he is Vegas history…  Go see it.  It’s worth the $10

Is It Open??

Las Vegas Tour Guides

So while our elected officials sit back and play games, Las Vegas tours are grinding to a halt.  or they are getting creative in working around the closures…  But many people are wondering what park or recreational areas near Las Vegas are open during the Federal Government shutdown?

JoLynn Worley from the Federal Bureau of Land Management put it best:  “Anything with a gate is closed,”

That would mean

  • Red Rock Canyon  Conservation Area is closed
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area is closed (including the marina)
  • Great Basin National Park is closed
  • Grand Canyon National Park is closed
  • Death Valley is closed (see below)

What is Open?

  • Spring Mountain Ranch State Park!!!
  • Hoover Dam (it makes money)
  • Grand Canyon West Rim (Hualapai Indian Tribe)
  • Valley of Fire
  • Death Valley is open’ish – you can still drive through Death Valley and take photos at scenic points. Facilities are closed.

Please remember, this is a FEDERAL issue, State Parks are not impacted!


Don’t Go Up There

hoover dam overlook pillbox

Look familiar?? Well, don’t go there…  It could cost you your tour career.

Hoover Dam Overlook

The air defense hut that sits on top of the hill on the Arizona overlook above Hoover Dam.  There are signs posted not to trespass.  Restricted Area.

I finally asked a security person what would happen if I did venture up there.

  1. It’s National Park property.
  2. Off limits for safety
  3. $275 fine
  4. $100 fine for disobeying the signs
  5. You would be banned from the park
  6. Being banned from the National Park means you would not be able to legally cross the Hoover Dam bypass bridge as it is in the park.

The National Park has acquired it.  They would like to open it to tourists, but they have a problem.  That peak is loaded with rattle snakes.  Serious infestation of poisonous rattle snakes.  No way (yet) to make a path up there that would be snake proof.

Just letting you know… Don”t go up there…


Bottle Ban at Grand Canyon Explained

grand canyon bottle ban explainedStarting in March, The Grand Canyon National Park will ban the sale of water packaged in individual disposable containers.

This ban comes more than a year after the original ban was announced and then put on hold after Coca-Cola complained. They bottle water under the Dasani brand and wanted to know more about why the park wanted this ban.

Under the ban, water sold in individual plastic bottles will be banned.  But soda and juices sold in plastic bottles will be allowed to be sold. (if you are thinking what I am thinking, the NPS says no)

In their place, the park has installed 10 water refilling stations around the park and at the various overlooks. This will encourage park visitors to buy refillable water containers.   The new filling stations provide free, Grand Canyon spring water from the park’s approved water supply, located at Roaring Springs.

Bring Your Own Water

The ban is for water sales inside the park only.  We are still allowed to bring in our own bottled water, just to please remind our guests to dispose of them properly.

Refill Here

The new South Rim filling stations are equipped to provide year-round access to water and are located at:

  • Hermits Rest (located near the other public amenities)
  • Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trailheads
  • Canyon Village and Desert View Marketplaces
  • Yavapai Geology Museum
  • Grand Canyon, Verkamp’s and Desert View Visitor Centers
  • Maswik Lodge (in the cafeteria).

water filling at the grand canyon
More information can be found here: NPS.GOV

Marta Becket to Retire/Amargosa Opera House

Marta Becket, Queen of the Desert, will have her final performance on February 12, 2012.  She turned 87 last year and has had serious health issues the last few years.

The Amargosa Opera House and Death Valley Junction will continue to operate as a hotel and tourist center.

Read the Story in the Pahrump Valley Times

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