The name Las Vegas came from the Spanish of “the meadows”. I know that when people here the name Las Vegas, they immediately think gambling, showgirls and acrobatics shows. But there are other things you can do in Las Vegas for a lot less than what you are willing to bet at the card tables and still giving you the best returns for your trip. Here are some things other than gambling you can do in Las Vegas:
Check out the Mob Museum – located not far from Fremont Street, this museum opened in 2012 exhibiting memorabilia and presenting various videos of the history of all things mobsters in the United States. The building of the museum itself was the old courthouses and post office (in one) in Las Vegas perfectly preserved and converted into a museum. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. the museum is open seven days a week except holidays. (www.mobmuseum.org)
See the Neon Museum – located north of the famous strip, the neon museum that includes the boneyard is an open-air museum that houses a collection of old hotel signs from the 1930’s onwards. Before you go, be sure to purchase your tickets in advance for your desired time and day as it is so popular with visitors. (www.neonmuseum.org)
The Eiffel Tower Experience – if you want a great view of the Las Vegas especially at night, taking the Eiffel Tower Experience at the Paris Hotel might be for you. This is another popular to-do with visitors so make sure you book in advance. (www.caesar.com/paris-las-vegas)
Have a gourmet meal – Nowadays every famous chef would have at least one restaurant in Las Vegas. Some of the dishes on the menu may be a bit pricey but it is not every day that you get to be in a restaurant by a famous chef enjoying a gourmet meal. Some if not most of these restaurants are located in the famous Las Vegas Strip or in one of the large hotels on this famous strip.
I can also advise Skydiving with Elvis impersonators on this list. Whether you would like to do this or not, its up to you.
There are also some things you can do outside Las Vegas if you are considering of doing a day-trip:
Visit the Hoover Dam – less than an hour east of Las Vegas, there are many tour groups whom you can join to see Hoover Dam. This is also a great place to play “hopping between borders” as it sits on the borders of Nevada and Arizona. If you have a car, you can drive to Hoover Dam to visit. Be sure to check their website (http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/), for information before you go.
Cruise Lake Mead – another activity less than an hour outside Las Vegas. There are several companies from Las Vegas offering day cruises to Lake Mead. This lake is not far from Hoover Dam and it meets with the Colorado River. You can ask the concierge to book your cruise or you can book directly with the company.
Check out Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area – for those of you nature lovers out there, here is something for you. It’s about 17 miles west of Las Vegas, there are several hiking trails to choose from. There are also tour groups available.
Some of these recommendations are best done during the day, especially when visiting Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon. Perhaps the hiking in Red Rock Canyon the best cure for a long night of gambling and partying in the Sin City.