10 Tucked-Away Treasures To Include On Your Vegas Vacation
Whether you’re a rookie Las Vegas vacationer or a seasoned veteran, at some point everyone finds himself or herself wandering the Strip in hopes to find something different, new and exciting. With a plethora of casinos, buffets and entertainment shows to choose from, Sin City has it all! But if you truly want to experience Las Vegas through a different lens, and not just as a mecca for gambling and partying, let's count down the top 10 off-the-beaten-path ideas to do on your next trip to the desert!
10. Enjoy the outdoors
The Spring Mountains, and most notably Mount Charleston, is a great way to stretch your legs and walk away from the stresses of gambling (and the smoke-filled bingo halls). With temperatures about 20 degrees cooler than the city center, why not breathe in the fresh air and feel inspired to find adventure during the rest of your vacation?
9. Learn from the masters
If you’re a fan of great cocktails and are always inspired by the whimsical and robust flavors created by mixologists, I urge you to check out Monte Carlo’s Mixology Training and Tasting class. In this private two-hour class session, the Director of Beverage teaches the art of bartending and how to create the ultimate cocktail. The crash course is $95 per person and includes tastings. For bookings, call Monte Carlo Concierge at 877.459.0268
8. Become a speed demon
Although a bit pricey, thrill seekers can drive their dream car around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Located just 15 minutes north of the Strip, this private 1.2-mile racetrack allows drivers to test the speeds of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Corvettes, Aston Martins and much more! Featuring a 1,800-foot main straightaway and seven turns, you’ll get to feel the power of a true supercar at speeds of 140 miles per hour!
7. See the marks of history
Usually not the first thing that comes to mind for your itinerary, but Las Vegas has a few very cool museums that pay homage to the city’s charm and unique history. Learn about Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel and other notorious mobsters at the Mob Museum, see the vintage signage of old Las Vegas at the Neon Museum, or learn about the history of Area 51 at the National Atomic Testing Museum.
6. Survive the apocalypse
As you get ready to watch season 7 of “The Walking Dead,” have you ever wondered if you’d survive a zombie apocalypse? Well, you’re in luck! The Zombie Apocalypse Experience at Combat Zone allows you to do your best Rick Grimes impersonation. Armed with a paintball gun, your quick wit and a team of zombie killers, this interactive, high-adrenaline game allows you to take down drooling ghouls as you make your way to the safe house.
5. Escape the room
Choose from three different lockdown rooms with varying difficulty. The goal: escape the chamber before time runs out. You’ll have 60 minutes to solve puzzles and riddles, all while learning about the story in this fully interactive experience. Each escape room has varying difficulty and is ideal for groups of six or eight.
4. Play archery tag
Archery tag is a mix of archery, dodgeball and paintball. What more needs to be explained? If you need to burn off some steam, let out some stress or want to try something different, this might be a great addition to your trip. With foam tipped arrows, these 15-minute game segments are great for families, birthday parties and special events.
3. Explore a goldmine
If you’re looking for a nice road trip to add on your vacation and have already experienced the marvelous Hoover Dam, the Eldorado Canyon is a viable option. Here you can tour Techatticup, the oldest mine in Southern Nevada, discover old cars, buildings and movie backdrops, as well as rent canoes or kayaks for an afternoon paddle down the Colorado River. This “abandoned” western town is surely something you won’t want to miss!
2. Visit downtown
The Fremont Street Experience has recently gone through major renovations, which includes Slotzilla, a 12-story zip line that glides passengers under the famous light show canopy. If Slotzilla seems a bit too scary (it is for me!), gladly walk past it and explore Fremont East’s one-of-a-kind cocktails and bar bites. From there, keep heading south and you’ll see a fire breathing preying mantis in front of Downtown Container Park. A great family attraction, the park has boutique shops and restaurants, as well as live music and a giant tree house playground!
1. Take a Zappos tour
Zappos headquarters is located blocks away from the Fremont Experience, but did you know that we have guided tours? Get a glimpse inside the interworking of our business and creative culture as our Insights Team recites the company’s history and walks you through different departments. Are you an art fanatic? We also have an extended tour for you to view murals created by our very own employee artists!
With these things to do in mind, you can now create the most fun vacation ever by exploring everything that makes Las Vegas known. But remember, we are more than just one street. We are a city; we are a community; we are a culture. Happy travels!