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Laughing in Laughlin

I've known Joyce since elementary school. My family had recently moved back to the states, and I was wanderng about amusing myself until I made friends. I rode my bike by her house regularly, and when I saw her outside, I would ride back and forth. After a few times, I stopped and talked w/ her. I found out we were in the same grade, and that we had a lot in common. She says she knew I was okay to be her friend when I wasn't afraid to ask her to repeat something she said .... she was used to folks nodding and pretending they understood everything, then wandering off.

We spent our summers (between family road trips) playing the girlfriends of various TV characters .... Starsky and Hutch, CHiPs, Hardy Boys, Battlestar Galactica were favorites. During the school year we'd get into trouble for sitting together and talking in class ......... these are the things that build lifelong friendships :)

We hadn't seen each other in a very long time ... I say about 10 years, she says more like 8 years. Regardless, we knew a girls-weekend was mandatory. She and I talked online, and decided to chose someplace almost halfway between her home in San Diego, and my home in Albuquerque. So she told me to come to Laughlin.

A different Point Of View .....

Lauglin is a reminder of 'old Las Vegas' ... it's cheaper, more outdoorsy, and a different kind of fun than Vegas. Were Vegas is more glitz, Laughlin is more casual and has lots of 'river rat' activities.

Expect to get some info on all of the hotels in Laughlin from my buddy's POV - she's been coming here since the 70's and gave me all sorts of info to share ... being 'disabled', she allowed me to travel with a different perspective on what makes a place good or bad to tour.

I placed her impressions of the various hotels and casinos under 'General Tips' since I hadn't stayed in them myself.

The Colorado River ......

I KNEW Laughlin was on the banks of the Colorado River but ...... I never realized just how pretty that river is!

I was amazed at the blue, comfortable temperature, and life of the river ...... across the river from Laughlin, NV is Bullhead City, Az - they are so close, yet different ....

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Cheap, fun, sleepy gambling town, lots of day trips available to explore the area
  • Cons:Hot, mediocre nightlife, need a car for day trips ...
  • In a nutshell:Worth the visit, relaxing yet fun!
  • Last visit to Laughlin: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    I imagine it has grown in recent years, but still more serene than the Vegas. I like Reno and Elko as two more quite

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2006 at 4:28 PM

    great tips!

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2006 at 12:39 PM

    I have never heard of this place before, but sounds quite nice, but what is a roll-on shower!

  • jojocan's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2006 at 10:06 PM

    skidooing is great. skiing not so good. i enjoyed watching other people ski....

  • Jan 24, 2006 at 3:37 PM

    damn you're smart!

  • Little_Lou_Lou's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2005 at 9:47 PM

    AKA "A**hole" :) Night dearie, off to bed now!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2005 at 2:21 PM

    Seems like a fun place to loose your money!! Very interesting place!

  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2005 at 6:30 PM

    Okay can I tell you HOW VERY annoying I'm find a certain Scan Male VTrs self-promos?! Christ! NO WAY I'd back him...

  • Katmosphere's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2005 at 5:57 PM

    What's so frustrating?

  • keida84's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2005 at 3:57 PM

    Edgewater is OUT!!! I enjoyed all the accomodations info. I have never been to Laughlin & when I do I knowwho's page to come to. Joyce looks like a great gal & I was surprised to see you with dark hair!! Why did I think you were strawberry blonde?? k


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