Venture beyond the strip lights and explore the hidden side of Las Vegas
Long Live Las Vegas ! Where do you begin your stay in the American capital of bling-bling, alcohol, gambling and debauchery ? You can of course explore the Strip and try your luck in one of the many casinos there. But there are also many other (less well-known) things to do in Vegas.
Gift: Game lessons
When you play cards, can’t you recognize the good games of the bad ? Do you have a hard time remembering the value of the chips ? Vegas wants you to bet money. To attract new players, many casinos offer free courses where you will learn how to roll the dice well, how to sort your cards, casino jargon, as well as some rules of good conduct not to bother your table neighbor. The Luxor organizes classes every day of the week at noon. At Circus Circus, You can learn the basics of blackjack at 10: 30 in the morning, roulette at 11: 30 in the morning, dice games at 12: 30 and slot machines at 2: 00.
You’ve lost all your money in the dice game and feel like it’s the end of the world… well, what if it really is the end of the world ? Don’t worry : Las Vegas has found a solution to this impending disaster : the zombie Apocalypse store. You can buy first aid kits, stun guns, books on how to survive a zombie invasion and much more. You can also register to participate in hell paintball.
Visit : Neon Museum Boneyard
Spanning nearly one hectare, The Boneyard Neon Museum houses 150 sign neons – both motel neons and Casino characters. Be sure to take a guided tour of this unique museum.
Activity: Kayak near Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam is a 40-minute drive from Vegas. Built during the 1930s, it measures 220 metres high and holds back the waters of the Colorado which contributed to the formation of lake Mead – a huge lake of 180 kilometres long.
You can walk to the top of the dam or paddle in its lower part. In fact, Evolution Expeditions organizes kayaking trips downstream of this dam, which will allow you to explore the crack Canyon, as well as a cave where there is a well hidden hot spring.
Culture: 18b Arts District
Vegas isn’t just about neon lights and casinos. The 18b Arts District tries to give a soul and substance to the downtown core, to encourage people to frequent the neighborhood. This area is home to a wide range of art galleries, artist studios, independent boutiques and gourmet restaurants. A festival is held on the first Friday of each month where you can listen to music, discover local artists and eat street food. The creative atmosphere is at its peak !
The Fremont East Entertainment District is where locals go for a drink. The area is home to many trendy bars such as the “Griffin” (a popular hipster establishment) and the “Insert Coin” bar where you can play retro video games. Be sure to visit the Commonwealth, a bar that will remind you of the pre-prohibition era. You can enjoy delicious cocktails in the bar located on the rooftop terrace of the building.
Playground: Red Rock Canyon
The Red Rock Canyon is Mother Nature’s response to the stripper’s overkill. Located just 27 kilometers west of Vegas, this natural park is – in its way-equally ” outrageous “. The sandstone on the rock faces has fantastic colours ranging from orange to red , and many dinosaur fossils are buried in Paleozoic limestone.
If you’re tired of the sound of slot machines, Red Rock Canyon is the perfect place to recharge your batteries for a day. The site has 19 hiking trails as well as a 21 km panoramic road that you can ride by bike. Do not hesitate to camp at night in the desert surrounded by these grandiose mountains. This magical night will be forever forged in your memory.