Las Vegas is the most populous and the principal city of the state of Nevada in the United States. 

It’s a great place to visit year-round. The city is an international major resort, famous for its 4-mile strip, luxurious hotels, thousands of casinos, gambling, entertainment, and nightlife – this you likely knew already.

However, there are fun and unique things to do in the city other than gambling and partying. 

For starters, You’ll find the opportunity to explore unique museums and national parks, drive Ferraris, shoot machine guns, go for zip lining, and many more. 

Not to forget the Grand Canyon, which can be a helicopter ride away (if you want better use of your gambling dollar).

Plus, many of the hotels are attractions in and of themselves. Most feature free street side shows and other countless things to do. We are going to help you with eight of these countless things.

Walk Along the Strip at Night

Stop to take a walk. Take it all in. Don’t rush to enter any particular building. 

The strip is 4,2 miles long and runs through the city from the northeast to the southwest.  Here you’ll find Las Vegas' most iconic landmarks, including the Bellagio Fountains, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid, and much more. 

The strip is particularly impressive at night when the city is illuminated by an endless succession of glittering neon signs.

Visit the Mob Museum

The Mob Museum is located in the city’s downtown area. 

It was put together by mobsters and law enforcement officers alike. It contains interactive exhibits and pieces of Vegas history; the good, bad, and the ugly - AKA, a must-see. 

Here, you will get to learn how to handle a weapon, partake in a digital autopsy, analyze fingerprints, learn about DNA samples and other forensic evidence, and much more.

Explore Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

The world-famous Hoover dam is an impressive structure that was built way back in 1930.

It is located in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. 

The dam confines Lake Mead which is the largest reservoir in the United States. 

The Hoover Dam welcomes more than one million visitors each year as one of the most recognized landmarks. 

The facility exhibits gallery features, audio, visual and interactive exhibits. There is also a theatre that shows a 10-minute film about the dam. You can walk across the dam to take an incredible view.

Visit Aria Fine Art Collection

Tired of the idea of gambling? Well, may we interest you in a bit of Las Vegas culture?

The Aria Fine Art collection is a fabulous outdoor gallery housing works by top contemporary artists. It is a free, self-directed walk, so you can take all the time you need.

Visit Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Vegas is ringed by mountains and canyons which are wonderful for hiking. The desert park Red Rock Canyon offers plenty of hiking and biking trails for anyone who wants to enjoy nature. 

No matter how you choose to explore the park, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the beautiful Mojave Desert and its signature red hills.

If you’re not into hiking, you can drive a 13 –mile loop through the park for a taste of the scenery. 

You may venture on your own or take a guided tour.

Dine at a Celebrity Chef Restaurant

A key charm of Vegas is the magical way in which it blends high-value entertainment with your reality. If you don’t want to feel like you are in the Hangover movie, well Vegas offers you the experience of a cooking show.

For a fabulous Vegas food experience, book a table at one of the chef restaurants in town like Thomas Keller, Gordon Ramsey, and Bobby Flay.

Watch the Bellagio Fountain Show

The Bellagio Fountain show is impressive and famous in Vegas. It combines the dance of water with music and light which is a real feast for the senses. 

The geysers are nestled in the eight and a half-acre lake in front of the resort. 

The fountain erupts every half-hour in the afternoon and every 15 minutes throughout the evening until midnight.

Visit the Grand Canyon

We alluded to this earlier but we aren’t kidding. What better time to do something nuts, if you can afford it. 

Book a helicopter ride from Las Vegas to have a great view of the Grand Canyon

Soar over Lake Mead and Hoover dam en route the magnificent canyon. 

Helicopter rides are pricey but worth it. 

For those who’d rather stick to the streets, a drive from Vegas takes about 5 hours. This will give you the flexibility to stop along the way and enjoy other scenes.

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