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Notable natives share their favorite Las Vegas experiences

Lake Mead is a favorite destination of local show producer (and Las Vegas native) David Saxe.
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News 3 anchor Mackenzie Warren digs al fresco lunch at the historic Las Vegas Country Club—for the chicken fingers and the mingling with longtime local power players.

Neon Reverb Radio host Donald Hickey is a fan of cycling down the bike lane on Alta. “I love that I can ride my bike from Downtown to Boca Park or even to Red Rock.”

Artist and musician Ginger Bruner gets her live jazz fix at Artifice (Sundays), Ferraro’s (Mondays), Osaka (Thursdays) and the Dispensary (Fridays and Saturdays). It’s an all-you-can-hear buffet of culture.

They don’t call him “Big Country” for nothing. UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson lives 10 minutes from Mount Charleston and loves the escape for the drop in temperature. (That impressive beard would make anybody sweat.)

Show producer David Saxe has a boat parked at Lake Mead’s Las Vegas Boat Harbor, where he relishes downtime with his kids. Aww.

She might be a Southern Methodist University grad, but Warren rightly cheers for the hometown Runnin’ Rebels. “It’s not original, but it’s my favorite thing, because there’s such a sense of community at those games ... it’s a blast.”

Carolyn Goodman is not a native, but she is the mayor—and a diehard patron of Luv-It Frozen Custard. Her go-to is chocolate with marshmallow cream and sprinkles. Sometimes the marshmallow isn’t available, but just like a politician, Goodman has a backup: butterscotch.

Ride the Stratosphere’s elevator to the observation deck just before sunset to experience the city’s sights from daylight to dusk—it’s a simple must-do that Bruner says “nobody ever does” (and we’d have to agree with her). “It’s a killer view.”

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