After a difficult few years Las Vegas is finally seeing a resurgence with a 70% increase in tourists. This is because there are all sorts of can’t-miss attractions in Vegas, with most being part of the Strip — the famous casinos and poker rooms, indulgent pools and spas, countless restaurants, and internationally famous night clubs. All of them are worth exploring and enjoying, but there’s also a lot of fun to be had in Vegas away from the Strip. If you are ready to go beyond the Strip, read on to find out what else Las Vegas has to offer.
1. Fremont Street Experience
Though this isn’t where the major resorts are, there are some fun places to play poker (or slots), like the Four Queens, Fremont, and the Golden Nugget Casino, without the pressures of the big resorts. But there are other things to do as well, like see sharks! The Golden Nugget houses a 200,000-gallon shark aquarium, which people can view from behind a large glass.
At night, people (both locals and tourists) flock to the Fremont Street Experience to enjoy the free live bands, walk the “old Strip,” and watch the amazing Viva Vision show on a gigantic LED screen. An article at ReviewJournal.com points out that ever since the Fremont Street Experience brought back its “Downtown Rocks,” the liveliness and the people are coming back.
2. Poker at The Orleans
It doesn’t matter where you go in Vegas, poker is popular in every casino. But have you played poker at The Orleans? Poker.org claims that The Orleans is a fun alternative to bigger and more famous poker rooms such as the Bellagio and Aria. The Orleans poker room features 35 tables that hosts cash games, low-stakes daily tournaments, and a mix of different limit games – all of which locals and tourists absolutely enjoy.
3. Hike in Red Rock Canyon
As we pointed out in a previous piece about traveling around the U.S., national parks like the Grand Canyon are popular destinations, and some people even visit it from Vegas. But Red Rock Canyon makes for a great substitute for the Grand Canyon and it is located just outside the city, making it ideal for a day hike to break up your casino activity. Both locals and tourists gather at Red Rock to enjoy the natural beauty of the great outdoors. There are numerous trails to walk on, but if you’d like to drive, there is a one-way 13-mile scenic drive you could pass through with your car.
4. Ride a Roller Coaster
Younger generations embrace thrilling rides, so Vegas has increased its offerings over the years. The Fremont Street Experience is home to the original zipline in Las Vegas. There are two choices for people who dare: Zip-Zilla Zipline or the Superhero-Zoom.
For the most breath-taking view of Las Vegas, you could ride the Big Shot located atop The Strat’s Skypod. When you settle into this ride, you’ll be launched to a height of 1,049 feet above ground prior to free falling back to where you started. This is easily one of the most exhilarating Las Vegas experiences ever!
5. Shop at the Outlets
Las Vegas is home to some of the best shopping centers, from the fancy expensive boutique shops to the affordable outlets. The Las Vegas North Premium Outlets is a great shopping destination as it has some of the world’s most coveted brands – at discounted prices! You’ll find names like Banana Republic Factory Store, NIKE Factory Store, and the Coach Outlet, among others. This is an amazing place to shop for your luxury items for a fraction of the price.
6. Dine Where Legends Feasted
Vegas is known for having amazing restaurants, but not everyone knows about the famous ones off the Strip. For a high-end USDA Prime cut of beef served in a classic style steakhouse, the Golden Steer is a must try. This place was founded in 1958 and has served the legends of Vegas, like Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Marilyn Monroe, to name a few.
Everyone knows Vegas, but only a handful knows the best of Vegas off The Strip. Check these places out and have a unique Vegas experience with Vegas’s best kept secrets!
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