The best things to do
off the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas off the Strip: Top things to do

Is there any other city in the world that has slot machines right at the airport?

Yet, if you came to Las Vegas and only saw the hotels and casinos, you'd be missing so much. Here are 10 great ideas that don't involve the gigantic resorts.

Visit Seven Magic Mountains, the striking desert art installation created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. It opened to the public in 2016 and you'll find it about 15 minutes outside of Las Vegas.

Drive out to the Hoover Dam, a massive concrete dam located on the Colorado River just outside of Las Vegas. The Dam tour is fascinating. 

Or you could take a Grand Canyon helicopter tour that flies over the Hoover Dam. (MAIN PHOTO) It's pricey but I would put this under the "once-in-a-lifetime" category and it's so worth it. Our tour included a champagne brunch right on the floor of the Grand Canyon and it's something I'll never forget.

Explore the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, a stunning desert landscape with hiking trails and rock-climbing opportunities. Red Rock is much closer to the city than Valley of Fire.

The Neon Museum has a stunning collection of historic neon signs from Las Vegas' past.

The Mob Museum tells the story of organized crime in America, with a focus on Las Vegas.

Las Vegas off the Strip: Top things to do
The Valley of Fire State Park is worth the drive.

Take a scenic drive to the Valley of Fire State Park, known for its unique red sandstone formations. It's about an hour out of the city.

Lake Mead, a large man-made lake located just outside of Las Vegas, is worth a look for its boating, fishing and other water activities.

Visit the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, which features exhibits on the natural history of the region, including dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.

Browse the Las Vegas Arts District, an area of the city with a thriving arts scene that includes galleries, studios and street art.


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