Casinos. Nightlife. Performance. Las Vegas has a truly incredible amount to do along its famous two-mile Strip. However, there are a few attractions off the Strip that tourists should consider adding to their itinerary for a well-rounded experience of one of the country’s liveliest cities.
8 Minutes from the Strip
What better place to explore the history of good versus evil than Sin City? Also known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, the Mob Museum offers guests a uniquely immersive experience of history’s most infamous bad guys and the crimes they committed between four floors. The interactive exhibits, digital displays, and real artifacts are sure to leave a lasting impact.
10 Minutes from the Strip
Everyone knows that Las Vegas comes to life at night under the glow of its many larger-than-life neon signs. But have you ever wondered what happens to these signs when they’ve been retired from the Strip? The Neon Museum and its outdoor exhibit, the Neon Boneyard, are dedicated to protecting these legendary works of art. Tourists can learn about the history of each piece, including where pieces were located, the roles they had on the Strip, and the artists behind them.
10 Minutes from the Strip
Built around Las Vegas Springs, the city’s original water source, Springs Preserve is one of downtown’s lesser-known destinations. It features beautiful desert botanical gardens, 3.5 miles of nature trails through wetlands and cottonwood groves, and live animal habitats. Inside the preserve is the Nevada State Museum, which houses several interactive exhibits, engaging galleries, and much more.
Red Rock Canyon
30 Minutes from the Strip
For those that don’t have enough time to take the day trip to the Grand Canyon, Red Rock Canyon is the next best thing. Trust us—you won’t be settling. The 13-mile scenic drive is a treat in itself, showcasing the region’s striking desert beauty and, you guessed it, famous red rock formations. Twenty-six hiking trails cut through and around the canyon, ensuring that hikers of all experience levels get to experience the surrounding natural flora, fauna, and wildlife. To commemorate the journey, patrons should stop by the Visitor Center’s gift store, or check out the facility’s educational exhibits.
45 Minutes from the Strip
Even further removed from the hustle and bustle of the Strip is one of the world’s greatest engineering wonders. The Hoover Dam stretches 736 feet up and 1,244 feet across to separate Black Canyon from the Colorado River. Photos simply don’t do this structure justice; seeing the Hoover Dam up close in person is sure to make a memorable mark on any trip itinerary. Aside from the views outside, travelers can also venture inside the Dam for some fun, interactive exhibits fit for the whole family.