When it comes to never ending fun and liveliness, there is no rival to the Las Vegas Strip. There is never a dull moment when you are on the Strip, but the heat and crowds can eventually take their toll, especially in the summer months.
Of course, when you go to Vegas, you usually take part in the typical activities like gambling, taking in a show, eating a buffet, touring the different casinos and even a gondola ride at the Venetian. Spending time on the Strip can be exhausting, and you may find yourself in need of a change of scenery. Whether you are there for a week or you make many smaller trips, a change of pace can be welcoming.
Look into stepping away from the Strip to take in some other highly recommended spots while in Vegas.
1. Fremont Street
Many revitalization efforts have taken part in recent years for the Downtown area of Vegas. Millions of dollars of renovations and improvements have spiced up the area. Still, with its Old Vegas charm, the downtown scene is a fun stop, especially with its modern upgrades.
Vintage casinos are still around, but a more vibrant scene now surrounds them. The Viva Vision Light Show has caused this section of town to now be considered an entertainment hub, bringing people from all walks of life. The dazzling light canopy is not only the largest in the world but delivers a great sound system and impressive and mesmerizing imagery.
Shows are offered every hour starting at sundown, and there is always a variety of entertainment choices daily. For your more adventurous side, be sure to try the SlotZilla zip line and soar over the crowds directly below the light canopy.
2. Red Rock Canyon
While Vegas is not super far from the Grand Canyon if your time is limited you can always visit the Red Rock Canyon instead. Only about thirty miles from the Strip, this scenic conservation displays breath taking desert vistas. You can capture the perfect photo for your computer screen saver.
The easiest way to get there is by car, but if you are without wheels, there are several affordable tour options. There is a 13-mile one-way loop that circles the area so you can experience the views panoramic style. You can also enjoy one of several hiking trails in the park. Admission prices are reasonable at only $7 per car or $3 for pedestrians and cyclists.
3. National Atomic Testing Museum
Back in the 1950’s when Vegas deserts hosted atomic testing, people would flock from every corner of the world to see the large mushroom clouds. You can now experience this time in history again by visiting the National Atomic Testing Museum. Here you will see the largest most comprehensive collection of nuclear history.
For those interested in Area 51, there is also a dedicated exhibit of the top secret facility. The entry price of $22 may seem steep, but you get access to both museums, and if you stay for at lease two hours, you definitely get value for your money.
4. Downtown Container Park
Probably the most unique shopping center in the world, Container Park is constructed entirely from recycled shipping containers. There is a huge emphasis on local community growth, and only local vendors are accepted. Not only is the scenery one-of-a-kind, but you will also find more unique souvenirs and dining choices.
Even if you are not interested in shopping, Container Park is still worth checking out. The creative construction alone is fantastic, but you can also get some good local food. There are also many non-shopping attractions to entertain you. The 360-degree projection dome offers frequent entertainment and live shows as does the large open outdoor space. If you still are not convinced, then the massive fire-breathing praying mantis should get your attention!
5. Pinball Hall of Fame
Slot machines and cards are not the only games in Vegas. Housing fully operational vintage pinball machines, the 10,000 square foot Pinball Hall of Fame is fun for all ages. No game costs more than 75 cents, and all the proceeds go to the Salvation army. Let nostalgia take over as you revisit your childhood days playing a wide assortment of games from every era. There are even pinball machines from the 1930′ that are fully functional and waiting for you to play.
If the Strip has zapped too much energy, plan to take a low key day and visit any of these fine Las Vegas attractions.