Las Vegas, the 26th most populous city in the United States, is known for its world-class cuisine, casinos, bright lights and entertainment. However, the fast-paced but community-oriented city also has many activities for locals and tourists outside of the Las Vegas Strip.
Here's a list of some additional attractions you can experience.
The Fremont Street Experience: The Fremont Street Experience is a pedestrian mall and attraction in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Fremont Street Experience covers five city blocks with direct access to eight downtown hotel casinos.
Besides being an entertainment walkway connecting most of the hotel and casinos downtown, the outdoor space features a zipline, outdoor bars, restaurants, a stage for live musical entertainment and a bevy of permitted street performers.
Area 15: Area 15 is an immersive retail and entertainment complex with sculptures and other art displays, along with alien-like 'out of this world' exhibits reminiscent of UFOs and the infamous Area 51.
Visitors can do everything from axe throwing and shopping at the massive convenience-like store known as the Omega Mart to participating in a psychedelic art-house-meets-funhouse experience or the immersive Van Gogh show.
The Gateway District: The primary attraction in the Gateway District are the Showgirls and the Gateway Arches. Both the arches and showgirls are illuminated, creating the perfect Instagrammable moments for those who like to take photos.
The arches are 80 feet tall and form a gateway to downtown Las Vegas. The arches are located at the base of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, on Las Vegas Boulevard between St. Louis and Bob Stupak avenues.
A short distance from the Gateway Arches is the Showgirls. The showgirls' sign features dice, poker chips stacked high enough to sit on, a roulette wheel, the city of Las Vegas logo, and 50-foot-tall showgirls. It is located at 1810 Las Vegas Boulevard South on the corner of Main Street and Las Vegas Boulevard.
Elements of the sign light up, highlighting the beautiful hues, so it's gorgeous whether it's day or night.
The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, better known as The Mob Museum: The Mob Museum provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories dating back to the birth of the mob to today's headlines.
The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor's "Top 25 U.S. Museums," one of USA Today's "12 Can't-Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits," and "A Must for Travelers" by The New York Times.
Outdoor Activities: Mt. Charleston, Lake Mead, Red Rock, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs
Mt. Charleston is a beautiful green wilderness located in the Spring Mountain Range. It's a place beautiful for hiking in the summer months because the weather is always 10+ degrees cooler than the weather in the Las Vegas valley. Mount Charleston is the highest peak in Clark County at 11,916 feet elevation. It's also home to the Lee Canyon Ski Resort, which features tubing, skiing, snowboarding and sledding during the winter months.
Lake Mead is a manufactured lake that came about when the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s. It's one of several reservoirs along the Colorado River. Lake Mead is America's largest reservoir. It's more than 750 miles of shoreline, so it's popular during the summer months for people who like boating, swimming and or just lounging on the shore.
Tours are also available at the Hoover Dam.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a U.S. national recreation area in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona popular for camping.
Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada's first National Conservation Area. It's located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. Known for its scenic views and miles of hiking trails that are often posted by visitors of the park on social media, Red Rock Canyon is visited by more than two million people each year. It also has rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing, a 13-mile scenic drive, a visitor center with indoor and outdoor exhibits and a book store.
Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs is a welcomed oasis of greenery with its 680-acre park with wildlife, such as geese and peacocks. There's lush vegetation, lakes and views of the Sheep and Spring Mountain Ranges.
The historic Tule Springs Ranch is tucked inside the park and provides opportunities for visitors to learn about the traditional working ranch and early Las Vegas lifestyle. There are also plaques with historical knowledge along the walkways.
The 18b Las Vegas Arts District, including Brewery Row: The Arts District, is one of the jewels of downtown Las Vegas. The area is eclectic, featuring some of the finest cuisines, popular street food, art, bars, clothing stores and other shops that sell handmade goods to Brewery Row.
The 18b Las Vegas Arts District is located from Main Street between Charleston Boulevard and Wyoming Avenue.
Brewery Row has become a well-known scene for craft beer lovers in the Arts District. Breweries & tap rooms officially part of Brewery Row are the following:
- Able Baker Brewing
- Beer District Brewing
- CraftHaus Brewery
- Hop Nuts Brewing Downtown
- HUDL Brewing Company
- Nevada Brew Works
In addition, Tenaya Creek Brewery and Banger Brewing, although not in the incentive area are included.
- Servezah Bottle Shop & Tap Room
- The Silver Stamp
- Three Sheets Craft Brewery Bar
Neon Museum: The Neon Museum is a true destination to enjoy the grandiose days of old Las Vegas and the neon signs that have welcomed visitors for decades. The campus includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, a visitors' center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby and the Neon Boneyard North Gallery, which houses additional rescued signs.
There's even a special show at night that takes visitors back in time with music, back to old Vegas, when the many signs lying still in the Boneyard were bright and lively in their hay days.
Symphony Park, made up of Discovery Children's Museum and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts: The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is located in downtown Las Vegas' in Symphony Park. It's a five-acre performing arts center consisting of two buildings.
There are three theaters and it regularly houses acclaimed singers, dancers and performers from Broadway tours, such as Wicked, Hamilton and Cats, on its stages.
The DISCOVERY Children's Museum is a kid's educational playground. Three-stories tall in stature, the DISCOVERY Children's Museum's 58,000-square-foot building is home to nine-themed exhibition halls. Children can dress as firefighters, shop in a grocery store, and learn about science.
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets: Las Vegas North Premium Outlets is one place those who like to "shop until they drop" can check out.
Shoppers can explore 180+ top luxury brands or eat in one of 11 different dining experiences.