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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? =)



38 Responses to Las Vegas, a city beyond Gambling!

  1. Candi

    I have a love hate relationship for Vegas. We used to love going there. Then we had children and didn’t wan’t them to be there. My mother in law is also there. So when we visit we just stay with her. I think its fun for adults only and there is a time and place for it.

    • jamiegall1930

      I only went to Vegas a kid under 21. I’ve had very fond memories that went way beyond the Casinos and Gambling. There’s a lot to do there even for kids.

      =) But I get the whole love hate relationship with the city. There’s a lot of not so good stuff happening in that city.

  2. Alexis Grace

    I still think Vegas is more of an adult locale. I don’t really consider Red Rocks or the Dam or Mt Charleston Vegan activities– more Nevada ones. But they are lovely activities!

  3. TBM

    We used to go to Vegas when I was a kid and I hated it. But they have really tried to change the city’s image and make it more kid friendly. They have succeeded to a certain degree. But I can’t spend too many days there.

  4. Debra

    I have never been to Vegas and if I did, would not go for the gambling.

  5. Angie Nelson

    I have not been to Las Vegas…yet. These sound like some great attractions to take in.
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  6. Maggie S.

    WOW Thanks for sharing this other side of Vegas. I had heard that about the buffets, but never anything about family friendly outdoor ideas.
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  7. Rachael~Tutus and Tantrums

    I don’t know how many times I’ve driven OVER the Hoover Dam (always in a hurry to get to that gabling/nightlife portion of vegas 🙂 ) and never once stopped to look at the scenery. I think a tour would be fun!
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  8. Cheryl

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve been to Vegas many times but haven’t ventured away from the strip too often. We’re heading back in October for the Bloggy Boot Camp (very excited!) so I’ll have to make notes of these new destinations to check out.
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  9. Raquel

    I love Las Vegas….although it is a bit hot in the summer…most days it is warm enough to sit by the pool and the shopping is incredible there (both the malls and the outlets)! There are also lots of restaurants that are very good! Happy SITS Day!
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  10. Kristi

    Vegas has never interested me but there’s a chance I’ll be passing through in the near future so maybe I should think about it a little. Thanks for pointing out something beyond the stereotype!
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  11. Denise Malloy

    You are so right, much to do there beyond what most folks expect. The outdoor scene nearby is pretty stunning as you’ve pointed out. I can tolerate the city part for about 24 hours, then it’s time to get out of there!
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  12. misssrobin

    I can’t believe how many people don’t know any part of Vegas except the strip. There’s so much more to it; it’s much bigger than just that small area. Thanks for showing that. Lots of wholesom fun to be had in the area if people are interested enough to look away from the bright lights.
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  13. Rebecca Rider

    These are cool tips! I’ve been to Vegas many times, but I’ve never been to the Hoover Dam! I’ll have to give it a visit next time!!
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  14. Jenny @ Creatively Blooming

    I visited Las Vegas last summer to visit one of my friends. My favorites were the Hoover Dam, the M&M Store, the lions at MGM, and the fountain show at the Bellagio. I never knew there was so much to do that didn’t involve gambling!
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  15. Classic NYer

    I’ve never been to Las Vegas, and frankly never had the desire to… but now I kind of want to go.
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  16. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos

    In my “recovering publicist” days, I would have to go to Vegas every three months for client gigs. I always enjoyed getting off the strip and exploring. I think on my next Vegas excursion, I might have to visit a few of these spots.
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  17. Sheila

    I love how your photos looked like Polaroids. If they aren’t Polaroids, how did you manage that effect?
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  18. Rachel Cotterill

    I’ve never been to that area, so this is interesting reading, thanks 🙂
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  19. Ashley Marie

    Thanks for the broadened horizons! I live in 29 Plams, California aka the desert and it is roughtly 3 hours south of Vegas. I had never been to Vegas until recently when my husband and I flew in and out on our way to North Carolina. When we flew back we had a day or two to check out what all the fuss was about. I had never seen Vegas aside from movies like The Hang Over so I was curious! It is a gorgeous city from above but walking the streets reminds me of New York! We went to several casinos and stayed in The Stratosphere! It was really neat! The only fuss I had was the fact that SO MANY kids were present in the casinos! I wrinkled my face often because parents were actually gambling with their kids around all of the alcohol and smoke! Yes, there are a few things for kids to do in Vegas but I recommend taking your kids to Disneyland. Unless of course you take mngirlinla’s advice! Thanks for the share!
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    • Jamie

      I’m actually really surprised that the casinos allowed the kids to hang around? Whenever I was with an uncle or aunt while underage security would always come up to us to move us along because I was underage. Hmmm.

      There are a lot of activities for children to do in the city, but yes, the main stretch of Vegas, and what it is known for is the Strip and the Casinos. I do love visiting those parts too 😉

  20. Roses Daughter

    I don’t gamble, but I lived in Vegas for a year! People are always amazed that I found do much to do there!! Happy SITS Day!
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    • Jamie

      There’s a ton to do there, isn’t there? Every visit my grandparents would find someone new to take us. A blast.

  21. krystle

    When I visited Vegas we were going to go to the Hoover Dam but I was sick all week with the croupe. Not fun at all.

    • Jamie

      Ugh, it’s never fun to get sick while on vacation. In the past whenever I took a vacation I always ended up getting sick because my body wasn’t use to the relaxation =) LOL everything seemed to catch up to me.

  22. TheFoodnatic

    Vegas… My Mister has been there before…lol…all he talked about was the buffets, I am guessing it was the only thing he figured I would be interested in. I know a lot of members of my church that live in the Vegas area, but I never ask them what family life is like out there. We don’t gamble or drink lol…and I don’t have a love affair with magic shows or Celine Dion… Being a photographer and a flogger (food blogger) I am sure I could find things to do, but it would take a lot of research for me to plan out what I would be able to classify later as an “awesome trip”. But then again…I’m from Duluth, MN. Its hard to top the North Shore, day trips to Bayfield, WI and getting lost in the boundary waters for a weekend. Military life has made me appreciate MN even MORE. Lol…didn’t know that was possible, but I have hate, hate, HATED everywhere we’ve been stationed so far…when I compare it to “home”. Love your blog! =)
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