We all know of the many Casinos and the shows that are a permanent fixture in Las Vegas. If you are on vacation, there is so much more to see and enjoy during the day.
If you are willing to travel a short distance, there are many beautiful and exciting things that you can do to pass the time until the neon lights come back on and the famous strip looks as we all know if.
About thirty minutes from Las Vegas (south-east) lies the Hoover Dam. This man-made structure spans the whole of the Black Canyon and restricts the flow of the Colorado River. This creates Lake Mead which happens to be the largest reservoir by volume in the United States. This magnificent structure was constructed in 1935 and has over one million visitors each year.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
If you do not mind a quick trip and are in for a bit of hiking, there is no better way to see what the desert is all about. You can embrace the silence away from the slots and the jingling of coins. You can stay in the comfort of your vehicle and drive the 13-mile scenic route, or you can opt for your legs and venture up the many hiking trails that abound.
High Roller Observation Wheel
If you want to stay closer to the strip, you can kill an hour or so by taking a spin in the worldslargest observation wheel. Jump in one of the handcrafted Italian sightseeing pods and catch a full birds-eye view of Vegas. Adults can opt for the happy hour (half hour) and make use of the complimentary bar that accompanies your quick spin into the sky.
Who does not enjoy a good gangster yarn and what better way of looking back to what influenced much of the modern-day Las Vegas? Located in the old federal courthouse, you can now feast your eyes on exhibits that expose America’s mob history.
From the times of the early Mob activity to the gambling scams that are still in operation today, you will feel as if you have taken a step back in time, and Al Capone or Eliot Ness is just about to burst through the door.
This used to be a street full of have been Casino’s, yet now it has been brought up to date and vies in popularity with the strip itself. You can feast your eyes on the 12 million plus LED lights that transform the area above the other distractions. From the many food cartsand souvenir shops.To a zip line which is ten stories above the sidewalk, this is one place to visit during an evening to get the best overall atmosphere.
This is just a few handpicked activities you can visit. Many of the casinos have their unique tourist attractions. The Venation Casino and Grand Canal. Spend a while floating down the canal before visiting the New-York, New-York experience or the Eiffel Tower. There are more than enough options to keep you occupied throughout your vacation in Vegas.
No matter what time of day or night, you will find something to keep the big kid inside of you amused.