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Las Vegas, a city beyond Gambling!

Posted by on February 15, 2012

When you think of Las Vegas, you think of the plethora of Casino’s and hotels along the Strip.  You think of neon lights, strip clubs, and all the shows a person can partake in.

But, for a person that has traveled there since a child visiting family.  Let me tell you, Vegas has a lot to offer beyond Gambling.

Here is a list of some of my favorite things to do in Las Vegas, going beyond Gambling.

Credit: National Geographic

1) Red Rocks

One of my absolute favorite memories was the time my Uncle Ryan took me off the unbeaten path to the Red Rocks.  Literally, Red Rocks located on the outskirts of Las Vegas that people hike through and even climb.  Spending the day there, even for just a few hours was a memory completely ingrained in my head.  Bring plenty of drinking water as it can get HOT out in that desert, but also be aware of your limits.  These are little mountains, and some parts get pretty steep, so it’s best to do your research ahead of time.


2) Mt. Charleston

Las Vegas is situated in a valley with mountains surrounding it.  One of those mountains happens to be Mt. Charleston.  One summer, when out visiting my grandparents, they took us out to Mt. Charleston, and we spent the day there hiking and picnicking.  One thing is make sure you prepare for the cooler temperatures if you do go.  It may be 95 in Las Vegas, but once you hit the levels of Mt. Charleston, it can easily drop to 45.   Spending a day out here, and getting away from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas was pretty memorable, and a story for the record books.  You went to VEGAS and did what?  It’s guranteed to leave people shaking their heads after 😉

3) Hoover Dam

Just 34 miles away is the historic Hoover Dam.  A journey to one of most visited historic landmarks of our time.  And the tallest concrete built dam in our countries.

Just know this: It costs $30 dollars to take the Hoover Dam tour which takes you down to the depths of the dam and back up again.  No children under 8 years old are allowed on the tour.  And cars crossing the bridge are subject to inspection, based on our lovely new security measures.



Some of the best buffets I had in Vegas weren’t located on the Las Vegas Boulevard.  Instead, they were off the beaten path.

Some of my favorites: Buffalo Bill’s Resort and Casino in Primm, Nevada.  They also have an amusement park attached to their casino.

Fiesta Rancho Buffet in North Las Vegas.  A huge feature of this resort is the Indoor Ice Skating rink you can overlook through the windows and watch, or rent some skates of your own and join in.

5) Downtown Las Vegas

Head to Downtown Las Vegas to watch their historic “Fremont Street Experience” light show.  Show times are every hour on the hour from 8:30pm to Midnight.

A canopy light show located in the midst of the downtown casinos.  As you wait for the light show to begin, hit the various souvenir shops along the way and just enjoy yourself.  You have to at least see the show once while visiting Las Vegas.

Those are just some of my favorite “off the beaten” path things to do in Las Vegas.  What are some of yours? =)



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