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Las vegas lunch and valley of fire question

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Las vegas lunch and valley of fire question

we are a group of 4 and meeting up in Vegas to head to St George for So Utah exploration (St George, Zion, Bryce and possibly Kodachrome) before heading back to Vegas for a Sat night/Jersey Boys to finish off the trip.

I have 2 questions:

I would like some suggestions for a lunch stop on our first day in. Our plan is to get the car and head over to Costco (must have wine and beer!) and on out to St George and looking for something on the way from airport and Costco. I thought about the Yard House but we tried it down here and were not impressed with any of the 4 meals we got. Maybe lunch is better than dinner.... Not looking for fancy at all- just something to tide us over but a step above subway type stuff. They do not like sushi, but just about anything else. we all fly in about 11:30 so hopefully on the road by 12:30ish on a Saturday. I even thought of Whole Foods but it does not look like it is a big store with all the food islands that we have with multiple soup stations, burgers/smoked meat station, sandwich/pizza, sushi, veggie bar, beer and wine bar- but not sure. Gal on the phone was not helpful with food questions (weird...)

One the way back after our week exploring So Utah, I was considering a drive through the Valley of Fire as I've never heard of that before and it looks interesting. We have 4 hours to kill between check out (St George) and check in at the Best Western near the Mirage. If it is not worth the stop we will probably just head over and explore the strip. Mom and sister have never been- but I've always thought it was MUCH more interesting at night so looking for something to fill the daytime.

any thoughts about either of these?

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1. Re: Las vegas lunch and valley of fire question

Im trying to decipher your questions, between a lot of words

Are they where should you eat lunch and should you go to the Valley of Fire?

On the lunch part I think I understand you are going to Costco, if so which Costco, knowing that would be helpful on suggestion a lunch spot.

VoF-If you have time why not?

Another question I have is why The Best Western?

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2. Re: Las vegas lunch and valley of fire question

Sorry for the wordiness- Yes- you deciphered my questions well

We're going to the Costco on MLK Blvd as I thought it was the least out of the way as we're going up I-15 so anything near airport or on the way there would be ideal.

Valley of Fire- just wondering if it is worth the detour- it looks interesting, but I've never heard anyone talk about it other than being very HOT in the summer. We'll be there Feb 1 so not an issue there. I guess just wanted to know if it was something not to miss.

We've stayed in the fancy places before- but this is just for an overnight to have a bed to sleep in after the show, I am adhering to a budget for Mom, want walking distance to the Jersey Boys at Paris and free parking- So- Best Western Casino Royale fit the bill. We are coming from a resort with nice pool etc the rest of the week so we'll have done our R&R.

Thanks again for the input!

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3. Re: Las vegas lunch and valley of fire question

We visited Valley of Fire last month for the first time and loved it. However, after you see Bryce, Zion, etc., I'm not sure it will be that interesting to you. We've been to those before, but not on this recent trip.

That said, if you're driving in that way and have time to kill, I agree with GoodBeer. Why not? Keep in mind that its a fairly good drive through the desert after you exit the interstate.

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4. Re: Las vegas lunch and valley of fire question

Yes, definitely see the Valley of Fire State Park. It is adjacent to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which is also worth driving through. Check out their website. We plan a trip to these places each year, and we've been many times. The park has some rather interesting red rock formations and hiking trails. Do you like to hike? VOF is a good place to so that. Even if you don't like hiking, the sightseeing is beautiful. We like being at Lake Mead because even though it is so close to Vegas! it seems as if it's another world.

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5. Re: Las vegas lunch and valley of fire question

thank you! And I am planning on getting a cheap ice chest as well my collapsible cooler for other Costco goodies for the couple hours through the desert.

Yes- we do hike and will hopefully do quite a bit of that on this trip I think (just bought the treads for everyone's hiking boots today in case of ice at Zion and Bryce)

I did not think of Lake Mead- is there a good drive along that as well? Is boat rental out of the question in late Jan/early Feb? Or any reason to do that?

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6. Re: Las vegas lunch and valley of fire question

Just was at valley of fire this week.....and it was very nice. It was a sunny day which made it spectacular.

Its about a 20 minute drive off of I-15 to the park. There are things to see immediately upon getting into the park; entrance fee is $10.00. The visitor center is OK but not a "must stop" at spot - they do have flush toilets there though and a small gift shop; plus some video centers to watch a short TV film on the park.

In terms of Zion, Bryce, Arches, etc. - its a B level type park. Nice park; but not as amazing. If you do have some time though its an easy park to see. We drove back via Lake Mead area (again a $10.00 fee as this one is national versus state fees) but no traffic on the road and way more fun drive than highway 15. It gets you to the airport side of Las Vegas.

With 4 hours, easy to do both of these drives to get to the airport.

Would I go out of my way to see it if you are already doing Zion, etc. No

But since its on your way Yes

If you were just staying in las Vegas and wanted to see it, I would highly recommend it.

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