Las Vegas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in America. It is known for its casinos, gambling and endless buffets above anything else. But there are some great things to do and see in Vegas that step outside the stereotypical box and that are off the beaten tourist path. Of course riding the stratosphere and playing a little blackjack is fun. And who doesn’t love gorging on lobster and filet minion for $20 and sleep in a hotel that looks like a castle? But sometimes straying away from the norm is advantageous to getting a fully rounded Vegas experience.
A Vegas Without Shows and Gambling
If you don’t want to sleep in an Egyptian themed bedroom or stay in a hotel that looks like a circus, you may just want simple luxury. The Tropicana Las Vegas hotel can be booked for bargain rates and offers sophistication without over-the-top themes being thrown in your face. Their world-class dining, pools and spas offer a relaxing atmosphere.
The Bellagio is another example of a sophisticated hotel without knights and clowns running amuck. From its iconic fountain to its luxury fixtures and fine styling’s, you will feel like royalty staying here. The Bellagio also has its own conservatory and gardens that offer a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Strip.
Be sure to check out the Flamingo Hotel—the oldest existing hotel on the Strip today that dates back to the golden era. With old Hollywood historical interest and ties to Bugsy Segal this is a great classic spot to spend your evenings.
Forget souvenir stands and chic couture on the Strip. Why not buy an old piece of Vegas history like a vintage poker chip from the Dunes Casino or some 1940s barware pieces from the Sands Hotel? You could even get a civil war era musket or a piece of fine art. Made famous on the History Chanel, Gold and Silver Pawn offers a unique shopping experience with exciting ties to television. Furthermore, exploring this shop is like walking through a small museum.
Another unique place to shop (and that might leave you with a stomach ache) is at the Ethel M Chocolate Shop. Here chocolate lovers can tour the factory and even design their own chocolates. These can be enjoyed on your vacation or brought home to a loved one.
With its dessert location being over two hundred miles from the Pacific Ocean, most people would not think there is scuba diving in Las Vegas. ‘USA Today’ highlighted Las Vegas scuba diving sites as offering a lot of versatility in diving options. If you want to dive the Great Barrier and see sharks but you can’t afford the trip to Australia, consider diving the Shark Reef Tank at Mandalay Bay Hotel. They have a dive program that is a great introductory program to the sport of diving and gets you up close to some beautiful Caribbean aquatic life.
If you want to do a full open water dive Lake Mead is a great spot. And just because you will be diving a lake, don’t think for one second you will be bored. The lake boasts over 2000 dive sites and is a reservoir for the Hoover Dam. As a result the lake floor and its slopes are strewn with relics from the dam’s construction in the 1930s. There are even shipwrecks and caves that sparkle with quartz deposits.
There are a few dive shops in Vegas to choose from that can get you trained and certified in 3 to 4 days. Dive certification is a great family activity, perfect for couples or even fun to do as an individual.
Explore your options
Taking in a show and playing a game of chance at a local casino is something everyone should do when visiting Vegas, but for those who want to find adventure and accommodations away from themed tourist flocks, there is a plethora of options out there. Ask locals what they do for fun, and explore your options.
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