Las Vegas is one of those places which, in our opinion, everybody should visit at least once. There’s nowhere else quite like it in the world, with its lively boulevards, eclectic mix of entertainment and over-the-top extravagance.
However, although many people do travel to Vegas to indulge in the hedonistic lifestyle the city is famous for, there’s plenty more on offer than just casinos and bars. In fact, Vegas is actually home to some very interesting exhibitions, quirky museums and excellent food and shopping opportunities.
That’s why in this guide, we’ve decided to take a more unique approach to Vegas. Here you have the 5 best places to visit – all of which require you to leave your casino and hotel!
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5. The ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ Sign
Yes, we know its cliché. Yes, there will be crowds of people all trying to get the perfect selfie with the sign. And yes, you’ll have to wait around for a quite a while for your turn.
But chances are, you’ll want to wait. It may seem like the most unoriginal thing to do in such a stimulating city but imagine going home without having taken such an iconic photo. You’d almost definitely regret it.
4. Neon Boneyard
The neon signs of Las Vegas are one of the city’s most iconic sights, and if they could talk, we bet they’d have some remarkable and compelling stories to tell.
Well, if the history of the city does interest you, we’d fully recommend that you visit the ‘Neon Boneyard’. This one-of-a-kind outdoor museum displays over 200 now defunct neon signs, including notable pieces such as the original lamp sign from the Aladdin Casino and the famous red and white Wedding Chapel signpost.
Visitors need to book tickets to see the Neon Boneyard online before arrival and the guided tour lasts for an hour.
3. Valley of Fire
If the chaotic nature of Sin City is getting a bit too much, then why not take a trip outside of the hubbub to explore some of Nevada’s beautiful landscapes.
Valley of Fire is around an hour’s drive from the Las Vegas strip and is home to some of the most outstanding desert scenery in America. The vivid red rock formations are not only impressive, but their alien appearance has also led them to be used as the settings for many sci-fi films such as Star Trek and Total Recall.
The Valley of Fire state park is open all year round and can be visited by coach trip or car.
2. LINQ Promenade
Although shopping malls are abundant in the States, the LINQ Promenade offers so much more than retail-therapy. The open-air, pedestrianised mall opened in 2013, and stretches all the way from the Strip to the High Roller – which is the largest observation wheel in the world.
Alongside various other high-end shops and restaurants, the Promenade houses the city centre’s only In-N-Out burger franchise, Gordon Ramsey’s Fish and Chips restaurant, and Sprinkles Bakery – where you can buy cupcakes from an ATM machine.
1. The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
Although Las Vegas may seem like the most unnatural city in the world, visitors can enjoy a break from the consumerism and excess by visiting the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat.
This zoo-like oasis is housed within the famous Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino and, whilst small in size, it boasts over 60 exotic different breeds of exotic fish, turtles and birds – including a flock of Chilean flamingos of course.
The attraction is also one of the city’s best free things to do. The habitat is open to the public daily, which makes it the perfect place to retreat from the buzzing boulevards, yet to see the animals at their most active, make sure to visit during one of their daily feeding sessions (8:30AM or 2PM).