For most people, the mere mention of ‘Las Vegas’ conjures up images of Elvis, The Rat Pack, flowing streams of money and general gangster glam. It’s these images that cement Sin City as a solid bucket-list favourite, but it doesn’t always have to be about casinos and card games. The city may be built around gambling but there’s plenty to keep you away from the poker tables. Simply divert your eyes from those potential piles of money and step out onto The Strip.
The Neon Museum
Remember all those old casinos that featured in the classic gangster movies? Well, the casinos themselves may have been knocked down to make way for all the modern-day hotel complex’s but the chances are their signs have been saved. The Neon Museum saves the old signs from destruction as a way of charting Las Vegas’s glittering history. Taking a tour around the ‘boneyard’ is pretty impressive so grab your camera and check it out.
If you fancy a bit of thrill-seeking which doesn’t involve having to re-mortgage your house, loads of the casinos on The Strip feature rollercoasters and thrill-rides. Head to the north end for X Scream – a ride that shoots you out over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower, get drenched by plunging 60ft into water on Rim Runner at Circus Circus, or simply experience the more traditional rollercoaster at New York New York. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Vegas has got it!
If you’re thinking ‘natural history’ then stop. This is Vegas after all. The museums here are a little different – and by that I mean they’re centered around Elvis and Liberace. Elvis-a-Rama (yes, really) boasts the biggest collection of genuine memorabilia in the world and The Liberace Museum offers a costume collection that would make Lady Gaga envious.
Red Rock Canyon
If you fancy a drive and a day away from the bright lights of Vegas, then head 15 miles west of the city to one of Nevada’s beautiful National Conservation Areas. The scenery is spectacular, you can walk, rock climb, cycle or drive, and you can even learn about the canyon’s resident desert tortoises.
If none of these offerings take your fancy then there’s plenty more – why not head to a show, shop in one of the many malls or visit the famous ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign? Like I said – loads to do. Thank goodness Vegas is open 24 hours!
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