Beyond the Casino: Las Vegas isn’t all about GamblingLas Vegas is much more than glitz, glamour, and gambling.
Las Vegas is famous for its gambling scene and lively nightlife, but this desert metropolis offers more than poker and slot machines. There are many other attractions in Vegas, from museums to golf to extreme sports.
Whether you’ve spent all your gambling money or you’re not interested in gambling in the first place, the following are a few ideas on what to do when you want to venture beyond the casinos.
Visit a Museum
You may be surprised to find that Las Vegas is home to quite a few interesting museums. The Atomic Testing Museum gives an interesting glimpse into the atomic era, when bombs were tested in the nearby desert and Las Vegas even had a Miss Atomic Bomb pageant. The Springs Preserve will teach you how Vegas came to be in addition to intriguing stories about the silver mines and the railroad.
One of the most interesting museums in Las Vegas is the Neon Museum. It celebrates the history of the neon signs that are such an important part of the Las Vegas cityscape. There you will find the neon boneyard where some gorgeous classic signs have found their final resting place. See hotel, casino and business signs from the 1930s to the present. You can book a tour through the Neon Boneyard, but make your reservations in advance as they are quite popular.
Enjoy Extreme Sports in the Desert
If you want to take a break from slot machines and cocktails, rent a car and head out toward the Mojave Desert to enjoy some adventure sports. Many mountain bikers and rock climbers head to Red Rock Canyon and the Valley of Fire, which both offer stunning natural rock formations. If you’re visiting during the summer, be sure to go in the early morning or the evening, as the mid-day temperatures can soar.
If you’d like a natural thrill, you can fly through Bootleg Canyon on a zip line or try land-sailing on a dry desert lake. You can also head to nearby Mount Charleston. The higher altitude cools things down and you can hike to some beautiful waterfalls. In the winter, this is a great place to ski and snowboard.
In Las Vegas, you’ll find some of the finest championship golf courses in the world, designed by renowned golf-course architects including Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio. There are many excellent courses, so you’ll be able golf as many times as you like, challenging yourself with diverse and interesting terrain every time.
Why not try your skills at the Silverstone Golf Club? This superb course offers the longest hole in Nevada, 653 yards long. The Revere at Anthem is also a great course to visit, as its diverse terrain challenges golfers of all skill levels. If you’re looking for gorgeous scenery, the Badlands Golf Club is the course for you. Golf architect Johnny Miller designed its 27 holes featuring cliffs, deep canyons and ravines. The most conveniently located golf club is the Bali Hai Golf Club, found next to the Las Vegas Strip.
See a Show
Las Vegas is famous for its fantastic entertainment and seeing a show during your visit is a must. From Cirque du Soleil, to flashy musicals, there’s a show to fit any taste. To save some money, check out the Half-Price Ticket Booths. They offer last-minute deals on the day of a show so you can enjoy Vegas entertainment for less.
Las Vegas has much more than casinos; there’s a lot else to see and do in this great city.
About the Author: Leah Rogers is a freelance travel writer with a blog devoted to creative travel ideas. She loves staying in hotels near Vegas so that she can save on all this great city has to offer.
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