If you ask someone what they think of when they think of Las Vegas, casinos are definitely going to be on the top of that list. Sometimes, casinos are not for everyone, and you just want to mix it up a bit. Take advantage of the awesome weather, and see new sights you can’t see anywhere else.
Fun Things to do in Las Vegas that DON’T Involve Casinos
Take a Las Vegas Architecture Driving Tour
Coming SOON: Here’s an awesome place to start your trip off the Strip in Vegas: Take a self-driving tour of Las Vegas architectural highlights. The city is full of unique structures, historical oddities, and modern marvels. This self-guided tour takes place in the comfort of your own vehicle. Google maps will guide you around to all the best spots, and your virtual tour guide will tell you everything you need to know.
See the Neon Museum
The Neon Museum is a see-it-to-believe-it outdoor collection of thousands of neon signs, some towering stories high, lit up and glowing in the desert. The museum aims to preserve the vibrant visual history of Las Vegas by salvaging and restoring neon and other lit signage. You’ll need to make space on your camera roll to catch it all.
Behold the Mob Museum
You guessed it right, the Mob Museum is THE national museum for organized crime and law enforcement. If you’ve been fascinated by Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, or even John Gotti, the history and artifacts are here. Looking for an update on Jimmy Hoffa’s whereabouts? Right here. The wall from the St Valentine’s day massacre? A real Tommy gun? Tickets to the very rigged 1919 World Series? All right here at the Mob Museum.
Visit the Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is still one of those “must-sees.” Most of the massive structure can be viewed with tours- walk through the original construction tunnels, get amazing views, and even (if you get the heartily recommended extended package) see the actual Colorado River flowing right through the inspection ventilation shaft deep inside the dam.
Take in Red Rock Canyon
Right in the heart of the Mojave Desert, Red Rock Canyon has yet more rugged terrain to explore. A big chunk of the conservation area can be seen by car or bike on a 13-mile scenic loop, don’t forget to book your time ahead. There are lots of hikes and climbs in and around the famous red rocks. Check out the wall of petroglyphs dating back 2000 years!
Spend a day in Valley of Fire State Park
Since you’re out in the desert for the day, you cannot miss Valley of Fire State Park. Brimming with iconic desert landscapes, Valley of Fire has incredible gorges, hoodoos, and arches. The red rocks give the whole area an otherworldly feel.
Visit a Vegas Brewery
Vegas is full of craft breweries, so many that it can be hard to choose. Many visitors recommend places like CraftHaus Brewery, Nevada Brew Works, or Tenaya Creek. Not to be missed is the two-story atrium at the Ellis Island Front Yard where you can get views of the strip from any angle.
Try Exotics Racing
Just because you can’t afford a Ferrari doesn’t mean you don’t get to drive one in your lifetime. Exotics Racing has you covered. Want a professional to whip you around a track drifting? They’ll do that. Want to drive a Lamborghini, Porsche, or McLaren? They can help you there too. The team can also take you out in Baja trucks offroading or send you whipping around a massive outdoor go-cart track.
Las Vegas is loaded with amazing things to see and do. When it’s time to step out of the casino and see the sights, check out any of the items on this list, and have a vacation you’ll remember.