21 Exciting Experiences Beyond The Las Vegas Strip


Vegas is an easy and quick getaway for many. While the strip does have unquestionable appeal for the ‘trouble’ you can get into in a short weekend, fun in Las Vegas is not only on the strip. From downtown Las Vegas to as far as a day trip to the Grand Canyon, there are many experiences to keep Las Vegas a fresh and interesting destination with every visit.

Our suggestions below will give you a better understanding of the area and will be well-worth your effort to venture a little farther. There are always so many great main attractions to choose from in Vegas, but you’re really missing out if you never venture off of the beaten path.

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Here Are 21 Experiences Beyond The Las Vegas Strip:

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Fremont Street

Fremont Street is a street in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. The exuberance of neon signs earned the street the nickname of “Glitter Gulch.” The flashy and free Viva Vision light show is a must-see after dark. You’ll love it if you love casino hopping, always having a drink in hand, live entertainment, souvenir shopping, and people watching. At times, the abundance of flashy bright lights and noise can get a little overwhelming, but Fremont Street is a must-see. If you’re brave, you can zipline halfway down the Freemont Street Experience (850m), 77 feet in the air. To find all the best places along Freemont Street, take a walking tour.

Skydiving

Skydive Las Vegas is Nevada’s premier professional skydiving facility. Experience free falling from 12,500 feet up in the sky, at 120 + MPH as you enjoy fabulous views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Colorado River, the Las Vegas Strip, Valley Of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, and Mt Charleston. The views are spectacular.

It was such a thrill when I went skydiving in Vegas and a memory that I still talk about to this day. I felt completely safe and in good hands as I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane for the first time. It will be one of the most incredible experiences of your life!

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Skydiving… Without The sky!

If you’re unsure about jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, you can still feel the rush of skydiving while safely indoors. It is a great way to makes the dream of flight a reality in a safe and fun environment.  Using a vertical wind tunnel, guests are able to simulate the feeling of freefall, surrounded by a mesh trampoline floor and padded walls instead of an airplane and parachute.

You’ll go through a brief training class, get suited up in the flight gear, and take off in flight in the tunnel. There are some weight restrictions though, to ensure the tunnel be able to generate enough lift for you to fly. For men, the guidelines are between 190lbs and 245lbs, depending on height. For women, the guidelines are 170lbs to 210lbs, depending on height.

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Natural History Museum

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum contains a multi-million dollar, world-class collection that creates an interactive learning experience. Learning about everything from the desert to the ocean, from prehistoric times to the present, and from Nevada to Africa, you’ll be taken on a fascinating trip around the world.

It is also a great museum to visit to learn about the desert surrounding Las Vegas. You’re sure to see artifacts that you will not find elsewhere.

If you get a Go Las Vegas All-Inclusive Pass, you could include your visit to the Natural History Museum!

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Rail Explorers USA

A short 20-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip, you can have the unique experience of exploring the Nevada desert, River Mountains, and Eldorado Valley by a 4-mile downhill ride in a pedal-powered railbike. Each ticket also includes a ride in a historic train back up the hill and entry into the Nevada State Railroad Museum.

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Dig This Vegas

Enjoy the heavy equipment playground where you can drive real earth-moving machines. You can choose from a variety of experiences: Caterpillar D5K Track-Type Bulldozer, Caterpillar 3I5CL Hydraulic Excavator, Skid Steer, or Mini Excavator.

You start with an overview of what to expect and safety procedures that must be followed. An instructor will walk you through every possible thing-a-majig you can press to control the machine. Before you know it, you will operate the machine with ease!

Warning: If you fail the breathalyzer test, your dig is non-refundable. Also ensure you arrive dressed for outdoor conditions, including hard-soled, and closed-toed shoes.

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Drive An Exotic Car

Drive the car of your dreams on a Las Vegas racetrack! You can pick your favorite supercar to take for a spin, or choose a combo of multiple cars to get a feel for some of the most exclusive supercars. There are several price options, so you’ll be able to find fun within your budget.

After selecting what you would like to drive, you’ll get some coaching, and take some practice runs to ensure a safe and thrilling ride. If you have ever dreamed of racing an exotic car, the Supercar Driving Experience is truly the experience of a lifetime!

Best of all, there are no speed limits. You are able to race as fast as you like in your exotic car, within safety precautions, of course.

Race Car Drive

With the Richard Petty Driving Experience and NASCAR Racing Experience, you can drive a NASCAR race car at the Las Vegas Speedway.  You can choose to drive a race car by yourself, or go for an exhilarating ride along with a professional driver. For the ultimate experience, the Richard Petty Driving Experience offers timed racing sessions with no lead car to follow and no instructor riding with you; putting you in full control!

We went for ride alongs with professional drivers when we were in Vegas and it was one of the highlights of our trip. It was a truly exhilarating experience and we loved the adrenaline rush as we whipped around the track.

If you get a Go Las Vegas All-Inclusive Pass, you could include your ride-along in a race car!

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Neon Boneyard

When you first think of Vegas, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Neon, and lots of it. Dedicated to the collection and preservation of iconic Las Vegas signs, the Neon Boneyard is an interesting visit. Learn the history of the signs and the efforts that help bring them back to their former glory.

The Neon Museum has multiple spaces: the Neon Boneyard outdoor exhibit, a visitor center inside the former La Concha Motel lobby, and the North Gallery, where you’ll find additional signs and it is reservable for special events.

Book ahead for a guided walking tour of the Neon Boneyard, during the day, or while the neon is shining in the evening.

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Seven Magic Mountains

The Seven Magic Mountains is a desert art installation that features 7 painted boulder totems that reach up to 35 feet high. According to the artist, Ugo Rondinone, “Seven Magic Mountains elicits continuities and solidarities between human nature, artificial and natural, then and now”.

To get to the Seven Magic Mountains, it is a 20-minute drive south of Las Vegas. The popular exhibit is located off of Las Vegas Boulevard in Henderson, Nevada.

Take a tour to Seven Magic Mountains and Red Rock Canyon to make a full day of fun.

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The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum has a mission to advance the public understanding of organized crime’s history.  During your visit, you will come to better understand its impact on American society and on Las Vegas history. You’ll learn through experiencing hundreds of engaging exhibits, theatre presentations, and artifacts. The Mob Museum houses the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia.

The Mob Museum is also included in the Go Las Vegas Pass!

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Red Rock Canyon

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located less than twenty miles west of the celebrated Las Vegas strip. With 195,819 acres within the Mojave Desert, the Red Rock Canyon is a popular area for worldwide geologic interest and scenic beauty.

The Red Rock Canyon features the popular 12-mile scenic drive. During this route, visitors can explore the canyon from their car or bicycle. There are many scenic stops and trailheads along the drive. There is a minimal entrance fee of $15 per vehicle per day (yearly passes also available at special rates), which helps to support the visitor facilities and upkeep for this popular drive. Or, take a tour to experience the beauty of Red Rock Canyon.

Red Rock Canyon is also a popular spot for climbing and biking.

The Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. It is located on the border between Nevada and Arizona. The Dam was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and on September 30, 1935, was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Hoover Dam is famous because it protects California and Arizona from dangerous flooding, provides water to farm fields, and supplies water and power to cities to LA and those that are rapidly growing within the Southwest.

If you get a Go Las Vegas All-Inclusive Pass, you could include a Hoover Dam Highlights tour.

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Fly Above the Strip

Take a flight above the Entertainment Capital of the World for a birds-eye view of all the action in Las Vegas. Take a night tour to see the strip lit up in all its glory and enjoy Sin City’s downtown skyline and beyond.

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Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon

Only thirty minutes from the Las Vegas strip, you can fly through the sky across 1.5 miles of zip line over the course of four separate runs. Flightlinez uses thicker cables and advanced trolleys, to give guests faster speeds and enhanced safety.

You may even spot some wildlife as you zip down the lines as the canyon is home to red-tail hawks, chuckwallas, and bighorn sheep.

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Wild West Ghost Town

If you’re looking to feel some chills up and down your spine, Nelson is one of the easiest to visit from Las Vegas. Just 45 miles outside of the Las Vegas strip, Nelson is one of the most photogenic ghost towns. The town is strewn with the ruins of buildings, vehicles, and odd movie props, like the plane from the movie 3,000 Miles to Graceland. This Wild West landscape has been featured in many movies, television shows, and magazines. You may also find the occasional movie shoot happening! Nestled with Eldorado Canyon, you’ll also find the most famous gold mine in southern Nevada, Techatticup Mine. Take a mine tour to find out what all the fuss is about.

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Rip Through Desert Dunes

While many visit Vegas for the nightlife and party, it is also a great place for those who love to experience the outdoors. Explore the desert and take a dune buggy on a spin as you rip through the dunes of the Mojave Desert. Even if you do not have any experience off-roading, there are many great options that you will feel comfortable with for a first thrilling experience. There is a mix of providers that do rentals and guided tours; each will give you a different experience of Nevada.

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Pinball Hall Of Fame

Las Vegas is known for the unusual and offbeat. It is no surprise that there is also a Pinball Hall of Fame, with its display of the world’s largest pinball collection. With a variety of old arcade games, some as old as the turn of the 20th century, it is an inexpensive and fun afternoon just 10 minutes from the Las Vegas strip.

Impressively the games belong to just one club member, Tim Arnold.  The pinball machines range from the 1950s to the 1990s, with older games from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s being most prevalent as that was the “heyday” of pinball. You will also find a few arcade novelty games.

The museum is non-profit, so its excess revenue supports non-denominational charities. Have some fun, and feel good about helping to give back!

Segway Or Electric Scooter Tour

Glide through Las Vegas as you pass many of the iconic sights. Choose from a variety of different tour options and once you have had your segway or E-Scooter training, you’re on your way!  From foodie tours to Downtown Las Vegas, to viewing the neon lights, or street art, there is sure to be a tour you’ll love.

See and learn about what made Las Vegas a famous destination that people flock to. Full of little-known facts and tales of the most iconic places in Vegas, you’ll be able to unravel more of the mysteries of Vegas through any tour you choose.

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National Atomic Testing Museum

If the ghost towns outside of Vegas did not give you the chills, this museum surely will. The National Atomic Testing Museum is a science and history museum located just off of the Las Vegas strip. The museum is an affiliate museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

At the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, you can explore the history and pop culture surrounding the Cold War that caused panic for bomb shelters, nuclear weapons, and the Nevada test site. You will learn through interactive exhibits, photographs, videos, artifacts, and scientific reports that cover the 70 years of testing in the desert outside of Vegas.

Also, many of the volunteers were employees of the testing site. They have plenty of tales to tell about what working with the bombs and government was like.

 

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a few hours away from Vegas, but if you’re willing to have a long day, it is definitely worth the journey. Considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, you witness breathtaking views around each corner.

If you’re only doing a day trip, you may want to drive around the popular South Rim.  There are several areas to pull over at all the impressive viewpoints. To reach the South Rim, it will take you between four and five hours from Las Vegas. Make sure you get an early start to make the most of your day.

If you want a shorter drive, the Grand Canyon West Rim is two and a half hours from Las Vegas.

 

Get Off The Las Vegas Strip

There are SO MANY things to do around Las Vegas; do not spend your entire time on the Strip. There is more to Las Vegas than casinos, a good party, and themed hotels.