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If you’ve ever considered visiting Las Vegas, you’ve probably also imagined throwing some money at the slot machine and hoping for the best. But there’s so much more to this city than just a few casinos and a bunch of famous attractions. Whether you want to explore the city’s fascinating history or enjoy the culture that makes Las Vegas so unique, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained. Here are some ways to enjoy your time in Sin City even more.
1. Visiting the Neon Museum
The Neon Museum is a great place to learn about Las Vegas’s history and heritage. The museum in downtown Las Vegas is a must-visit for anyone who loves old-school Vegas. It’s home to more than 400 vintage signs from the city’s most storied establishments, including the Moulin Rouge and the Stratosphere, and allows visitors to roam through the exhibits without an admission fee.
You can explore the building’s exhibits, which include neon art, the history of neon lights, and a replica of a 1940s-era drive-in movie theater. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is also home to the Las Vegas Sign Museum, which offers an even better opportunity to explore the city’s rich sign history.
2. Exploring the Venetian
The Venetian is one of the most iconic hotels in the world and is a must-visit for anyone who loves old-world Vegas. The Venetian is home to the Grand Canal Shoppes, Waterfall Atrium, and the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. You’ll also find the TAO Beach Dayclub, an ideal location for pool parties in Las Vegas.
The Venetian is also one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, with over 4,000 rooms and suites, over 40 dining options, and a sprawling lobby that’s set to become a part of the hotel’s new $2 billion expansion. The Venetian offers visitors an opportunity to experience the city’s famous gondola rides, which are available for adults and children.
3. Voyaging into The Red Rock Canyon
Las Vegas isn’t just about the glitz and glam of the Strip. In fact, the city has a whole lot more to offer visitors, including the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This 2,000-acre area is great for exploring the city’s desert landscape and offers many hiking and biking trails. You can book a gondola tour through the Red Rock Canyon or head to the base of the red rocks for a horseback tour.
You’ll find a wide variety of wildlife in Red Rock Canyon, including bighorn sheep, coyotes, and rattlesnakes, and you’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of the Las Vegas skyline in the distance. The mountains are also home to one of the best rock-climbing destinations in the country.
4. Witnessing the Mirage Fire Show
The Mirage is home to one of the best fire shows on the Strip, which has become a must-see for visitors. The show takes place nightly at 8:30 p.m. and is the perfect opportunity to experience a little Vegas magic. The show features fire dancers and a choreographed display of fire, smoke, and light that is choreographed to music. It has more than 400 performers, including aerialists, dancers, and singers, who perform in front of a huge fire pit. The fire show is so popular that visitors often must wait in line for up to an hour to get in.
5. Exploring the LINQ Promenade
The LINQ Promenade is great for exploring the city’s food, entertainment, and shopping scene. You’ll find various restaurants on the Strip, including Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, which offers a wide variety of comfort food favorites, and Sake Rok, which offers some of the best sushi in Las Vegas. The promenade is also home to the High Roller, the world’s biggest observation wheel, which offers visitors a bird’s-eye view of the city. You can also head to the Flamingo Hotel for a taste of the city’s dining scene and to explore a variety of shops and attractions, including the Mob Museum.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned veteran, Las Vegas has plenty to offer both young and old. Most visitors to Las Vegas spend at least a day exploring the city, and those who spend more than a day will discover much more about the city than the Strip.