What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think Las Vegas? Is it the tourists watching the fountains at the Bellagio, or the $29 all-you-can-eat crab buffets? Trust us, there is so much more to see beyond the glitz and glamor of the Las Vegas Strip. When you’re ready to take your wanderlust beyond the neon lights of the city, consider our list of exciting destinations near Las Vegas.
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Visit a Speakeasy?
If you’re looking for something a little different than your normal downtown Las Vegas bar, take a spin over to The Laundry Room. This 28-seat space is in a backroom of the Commonwealth in DTLV, and requires you to text a secret number to make a reservation. You’re then given covert instructions on where to meet!
Participate in an Authentic Luau?
At Tahiti Village, an island-inspired resort just two miles from the Las Vegas Strip, hotel staff members host an authentic luau during the summer season complete with live Polynesian entertainment, drink specials, an island-inspired buffet, and more – all starting at 7 pm every Sunday.
Visit the MGM Lions?
Travel just ten minutes from the center of Las Vegas and encounter the Lion Habitat Ranch, home to more than 40 lions on a 7-acre property. This is the permanent home for the MGM lions, and you can see them up close and personal. You can even feed them if you want!
Drop by the Pinball Hall of Fame?
Visit Tim Arnold, owner of more than 1,000 vintage pinball machines and the driving force behind the LVPCC, or Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club. Arnold hosts “fun nights” that are open to the public, with proceeds going to charity. Everyone at the Pinball Hall of Fame works as a volunteer.
Fly Through the Air?
Do you have a desire to fly at speeds of up to 60 mph? If so, Flightlinez Ziplines is for you! First, complete a short hike up a moderate hill. Then, strap in and get ready to glide across the open expanses of Bootleg Canyon. They’ll even come pick you up from your hotel if you’re an out-of-state visitor to Las Vegas!
Check out Zappos Headquarters?
Downtown Las Vegas has undergone a major revitalization over the past several years, and Zappos has been central to the rebirth of this area. You can now tour the Zappos facility and see just how much the company’s culture shines through in everything it does.
Vegas is home to so many hidden gems that will captivate those of all ages. Break away from the Strip and seek out new opportunities to explore this incredible city and its surrounding areas.