Viva Las Vegas

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When you hear the words “Las Vegas,” chances are your mind immediately goes to glitz, glamor, gambling, and casinos. Did you know that Las Vegas has much more to offer? Many people don’t realize there’s more to Las Vegas than the famed Strip. Let’s explore some of the best things to do in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Strip 

We will start with the number one thing visitors come to Las Vegas for—The Strip. The Strip is definitely the most famous part of Las Vegas. It is 4.2 miles of sights that tickle all of your senses. Resorts, casinos, and shopping malls line the boulevard. Street performers and restaurants vie for your attention at every turn. Feast your eyes on the fountains of Bellagio or be launched from a twelve-story tower and zip line for 1,121 feet. The Strip can be enjoyed at any time of the day, but the lights at nighttime are truly a sight to behold. 

The Mob Museum 

If you have an interest in organized crime, you’ll definitely want to visit The Mob Museum. Get a glimpse of what went on in back alleys of some of America’s most famous cities. Take a tour and learn about actual events in mob history. The museum is housed in a restored 1933 former courthouse and post office building and offers interactive exhibits. You’ll see some law enforcement and mob artifacts collected over the years. This immersive experience will leave you feeling like a 1930s crime boss. 

The Hoover Dam 

If you don’t mind a short trip outside the city, the Hoover Dam is a can’t-miss opportunity. Located about forty-one miles from Las Vegas, choose to drive out or hop on a tour bus to travel to one of the most recognizable landmarks in the United States. Ride along the 2,000 foot bridge and grab some Instagram-worthy photos of the Hoover Dam and the Colorado River. For an up close and personal experience, you can sign up for a fully-guided tour. You’ll see the inner workings of the dam and learn the history behind the highest concrete arch bridge in the world. 

The Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck 

Experience Las Vegas high in the sky from the Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck. About 1,149 feet above the Strip, the Stratosphere offers unmatched 360-degree views of the city. Choose from the indoor or outdoor observation decks, each a unique experience. Atop the tower you’ll also find a restaurant and several thrill rides for adventure seekers.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area 

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is perfect for nature lovers. Explore colorful rock formations and you hike through one of the many hiking trails. Pack a picnic lunch, choose a spot and just sit and enjoy the scenery. Book a bicycle or scooter tour and watch the beauty pass slowly by. This is the perfect place for a calming and grounding experience outside the hustle and bustle of the city. 

More Than Meets The Eye 

Most people view Las Vegas as a place to go and gamble or take part in a quickie marriage ceremony. There’s so much more to do. Dine at one of the many highly rated restaurants or wander down The Strip and take in the many sights along the boulevard. Take a day trip to the Hoover Dam or hike in the Red Rock Canyon park. Whatever you choose, you’ll remember this trip for a lifetime.