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Continued: Step away from the Strip and do Vegas like a local

  • Article by: HELEN ANDERS , Cox Newspapers
  • Last update: July 27, 2013 - 2:00 PM

5. Hike like a local when it’s cool enough to hike. And that would not be now. Many locals like to hike Red Rock Canyon (redrockcanyonlv.org), about 5 miles west of the city, when the weather’s cooler. Do keep in mind that Red Rock offers a 13-mile drive through its gorgeous redness, and you can do that in air-conditioned comfort.

6. Do what locals do when it’s hot, like it is now: Jump in a pool.

“When it gets hot like this, we find a friend with a pool and hang out and barbecue,” says Amy Chasey, who handles marketing for the Golden Nugget and lives in Summerlin. You’ll have to skip the barbecue, but your Vegas hotel probably has a pool. The Nugget has one with a fish tank you can zip through in a tube as well as an adult pool.

Enjoy your foray into the Vegas locals’ world, but know that even locals do occasionally venture into the bright lights of tourist territory. John Unwin, CEO of the Cosmopolitan Hotel on the Strip, tells me he spotted a familiar face recently at his hotel’s Chandelier Bar.

“It was Tony Hsieh,” said Unwin, who stopped to ask the downtown entrepreneur what he was doing in enemy territory.

Hsieh’s reply: “I come here all the time.”

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