Bright lights, never-ending days, vivid nightlife, time that loses its meaning in the glittering casinos, eye-catching buildings on the verge of kitsch, gambling, and parties. Las Vegas might be well known for all these, but certainly, there’s more to it than that, and there are alternative ways to visit and understand this city.
So if you are tired of spending your time visiting casinos and attending parties, check out these ideas of what to see and do in Las Vegas:
Visit the Mob Museum
The Mob Museum or “The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement” tells the story of organized crime in the United States. Through pictures, artifacts, and interactive exhibitions, you are immersed in the lives of the most famous American gangsters in the middle of the Prohibition period. You learn more about the first casinos and the illegal gambling methods, how the FBI was born or what’s happening in a crime lab. And if you’re passionate about Prohibition, visit the Underground – here you can visit a fully operational speakeasy and distillery, opened in 2018. The museum covers three floors, so it takes at least 1 – 2 hours to cover everything.
Explore Fremont Street
Fremont Street is an entertainment district in downtown Las Vegas – with live shows, concerts, glittery lights, and a zipline, and along with the Strip, it is one of the most famous streets in the city. It’s an excellent place to immerse yourself in the classic Las Vegas atmosphere without entering a casino (even though you find casinos on Fremont street, of course). And did you know Fremont Street was the first paved street in Las Vegas?
See the city from the tallest observation tower in the United States
The Stratosphere Observation Deck is the tallest observation tower in the United States, with a height of 1,149 feet. So for panoramic views of the city and surrounding desert, this is the place to go. There are also restaurants and bars where you can have a cocktail with this incredible view and more indoor and outdoor decks. And if sipping from a cocktail while enjoying the breathtaking views it’s not enough, then you can try the SkyJump or the thrill rides.
Watch the Bellagio Fountains
Although the Bellagio Fountains are one of the most touristic things to do in Las Vegas, the water, music, and light show is mesmerizing and is part of what makes Las Vegas unique. It takes place every half an hour during the day and every 15 minutes in the evenings. All shows are free.
Visit the Neon Museum
And find out more about the history of Las Vegas through neon. This is an open-air museum and its main exhibition, the Neon Boneyard features more than 250 restored neon sights. Adjacent to the main exhibition, there’s also the North Gallery (open-air as well), where you can see more unrestored neon signs. Besides the signs exhibited in the museum, another nine iconic signs can be visited throughout the city twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
See the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
Everybody knows this iconic sign, of course. And if you’re in Las Vegas, why not see it in real life? Did you know the sign was posted in 1959 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places?
Visit the Clark County Museum
This museum guarantees a step back in time – you will discover Nevada state from ancient times to the present. Clark County Museum features an indoor exhibit – which tells Nevada’s story, and outdoor exhibits: a ghost town with old houses and old trains. Some of the highlights of the outdoor exhibition are the Beckley House – a house built in 1912, once located in downtown Las Vegas, a print shop, a trailer home, and the Candlelight Wedding Chapel.
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See the most famous wedding chapel in the world.
That’s A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. More than 50,000 weddings have been held in this marriage chapel, and some of them have had pretty famous brides and grooms: Frank Sinatra, Britney Spears, Michael Jordan, and Bruce Willis. Oh, and if you want to get married here, you only need $77, a photo ID, and be 18 years old.
Take a day trip
If you’re staying in Las Vegas for more than a weekend and want to escape the city’s tumultuous lifestyle, take a day to visit one of these locations: Red Rock Canyon (45 minutes drive), Hoover Dam (1-hour drive), Valley of Fire (Nevada’s oldest state park – 1-hour drive), Death Valley National Park (2 hours drive) or Grand Canyon National Park (4 hours drive).