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Old Posted Dec 17, 2017, 8:40 PM
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Yes I agree the American side is kind of depressing, and here are a few words I would describe the Canadian side:

Schlock, campy, cheesy, lame, kitschy.

There I said it.

The first side to totally re-do their strip and make it into even a cheap knock off of Vegas with shows and casinos wins..That says a lot about Niagara Falls right now.
I cringe whenever I see a Niagara Falls coffee mug which was made in the 70's but sold recently, or a shirt that says "I went to Niagara Falls, and all I got Was This T-Shirt" in front also from the 70's but sold as new stock.
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Canadian side has the better view of the falls

The better view means Canadian side will get most of the hotels, casinos & tourist traps.
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Old Posted Dec 19, 2017, 2:31 PM
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The better view means Canadian side will get most of the hotels, casinos & tourist traps.
I doubt it. The Canadian side, with it's nicer view is still too apathetic to reach higher..It's like a house which still has shag carpeting...I get that the gambling laws are different in that Casinos are provincially run vs privately run here, but even at that, Niagara Falls can be updated and can use an injection of Grandeur..More shows, etc..More Adult Play land to go with the Falls..There's just something missing.It's a shame really, because it already has that tourist draw because of the Falls. It's just really short of what it could be IMO. Vegas was carved out of the desert with no built in draw like Niagara Falls...Nothing.
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Old Posted Dec 19, 2017, 2:49 PM
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^The surrounding area of Las Vegas is unbelievably interesting and beautiful. Quick half day trips get you to the Hoover Dam and Red Rocks. A bit more and you have Death Valley. It's four hours to the Grand Canyon as well. It's an insanely interesting place geographically.
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^The surrounding area of Las Vegas is unbelievably interesting and beautiful. Quick half day trips get you to the Hoover Dam and Red Rocks. A bit more and you have Death Valley. It's four hours to the Grand Canyon as well. It's an insanely interesting place geographically.
I doubt this matters, at all. Vegas visitors aren't traveling there to look at rocks. The vast majority never leave the Strip.

And a four hour drive isn't remotely "close". That's crazy far for a weekend tourist.
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Old Posted Dec 19, 2017, 3:29 PM
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Yet people still flock to the Grand Canyon (to the tune of around 4 to 5 million visitors a year). I know it's hard for some east coasters to understand driving more than two hours to see anything, yet the number of Nevada and California license plates seen around Northern Arizona (there's other natural landmarks, parks and monuments here in addition to that giant fucking hole in the ground) in the summer months suggests that if you're that close to said giant fucking hole (the speed limit on I-40 is 75mph) from Vegas, apparently the four hour drive is worth it to some people. It's either that or a three and a half hour drive from Phoenix. As miserably hot as it gets in the Summer, at least Vegas has gambling.
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Old Posted Dec 19, 2017, 3:34 PM
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Sounds like a high speed rail option would be worthwhile to connect with the canyon. So long as it’s true high speed like in Europe or Asia that’s actually high speed.
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Yet people still flock to the Grand Canyon (to the tune of around 4 to 5 million visitors a year). I know it's hard for some east coasters to understand driving more than two hours to see anything, yet the number of Nevada and California license plates seen around Northern Arizona (there's other natural landmarks, parks and monuments here in addition to that giant fucking hole in the ground) in the summer months suggests that if you're that close to said giant fucking hole (the speed limit on I-40 is 75mph) from Vegas, apparently the four hour drive is worth it to some people.
I'm not doubting the fact that GC is wildly popular and that people travel great distances to visit GC; I'm doubting the claim that Las Vegas weekends are based, in part, on Grand Canyon visits (or really anything outside the Strip).

I have never heard of anyone visiting GC while on a Vegas trip. People don't even lease cars; they go from airport to resort and back again.
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back when i used to go to vegas (about a half-dozen times in my late 20s/early 30s for friends' bachelor parties), i only ever left the gambling hell of the strip and downtown vegas once, and that was to see hoover dam. it was on one of my later visits when i had started to really sour on the whole vegas experience, so i decided to rent a car one afternoon and roped a couple of other nerds on the trip to head out to the dam with me while the rest of the group did their gambling/drinking thing on the strip.

it was really freaking cool and well worth the one hour drive out of town, but certainly no more impressive than seeing two of the largest waterfalls in the world at niagra.
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Old Posted Dec 20, 2017, 2:15 AM
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My one and only trip to Vegas, I went to the Grand Canyon.
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Sounds like a high speed rail option would be worthwhile to connect with the canyon. So long as it’s true high speed like in Europe or Asia that’s actually high speed.
It would never happen. From Las Vegas or Phoenix, there are too many mountains to go around, and there are National Forests and Indian Reservations surrounding the National Park. There is, however, a little airport there. There's also a little airport in Flagstaff, which is less than 90 minutes away from the canyon.
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I know quite a few people who have visited the GC while on a trip to Vegas, it's definitely not an unusual occurrence.
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