Las Vegas obviously offers plenty for gamblers from around the world to enjoy but there are also a lot of great sights to see in the city away from the Strip that have nothing to do with doubling down or hitting your point at the craps tables.
Casinos in Las Vegas have worked hard to diversify their entertainment and shopping options so that they don't rely as heavily on gambling dollars for their profits each quarter but there are also plenty of great sightseeing options and trips available outside the air-conditioned environs of the mega casinos.
Below you'll find some of the most popular options when it comes to getting away from the slots and seeing a different slice of Vegas:
- Dig This: If you've ever dreamed of playing with big-boy toys such as enormous bulldozers and excavators, you can realize that dream at Dig This, which is located about 4 miles outside the city. The "Heavy Equipment Playground" provides exactly that, with the chance to not dig up and destroy all sorts of dirt with huge excavators and bulldozers but you can also shoot machine guns, rifles, and hand guns on their firing range.
- Red Rock Canyon: Located about 15 miles outside the city, Red Rock Canyon offers a scenic 13 mile drive for those who prefer the safety and comfort of their car as well as numerous hiking trails for those who prefer to get out and about in nature. Make sure you take into account the desert heat by dressing appropriately and bringing water, with the views at sunrise and sunset particularly spectacular.
- Richard Petty Driving Experience: Get behind the wheel of a real race car and drive a few laps at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with real Nascar stock cars giving you an up close and person taste of the racing life. If you're too scared to take the wheel yourself you can ride along with a professional driver who'll whip you around the track at dizzying speeds.
- Pinball Hall of Fame: Show off your pinball wizardry on more than 250 classic pinball machines, all in working order and available to play. Unlike most museums where you can look but never touch, this is a hands-on experience with old and new pinball machines alike to not just admire but to play yourself.
- Grand Canyon: The Grand Canyon isn't exactly in Las Vegas but a wide range of tours will handle all the logistics of getting you there -- including helicopter and plane tours -- to enjoy one of the natural wonders of the world.