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Things to See in Vegas Outside the Casinos

There is no denying that what makes Las Vegas famous is the ability to gamble through the night. Sure, you can do that just about anywhere, but no other place makes risking money quite as colorful or thrilling.

You’re no lock to exit Las Vegas a winner when it comes to your financial prospects, but this is a destination trip filled with adventure. Oddly enough, I’m not even talking about the many high-end casinos or The Strip.

With gambling being more online based than ever, heading to Vegas isn’t just about hitting the poker tables and trying to win big money. Because you can do that from the comfort of your own home (or hotel room), there has to be more incentive to hit up Nevada.

Luckily there is plenty to do in Las Vegas that has nothing to do with gambling. Here are some of the best spots you’ll want to check out, whether you plan on hitting the tables or not:

Fremont Street Experience

If you can break away from the casinos and The Strip, you should soak up the bright lights of the Fremont Street Experience. This five-block area of Fremont Street is laced with lights, entertaining acts and a cool LED-lit canopy gracing the sky.

Free concerts, street shows and fine eateries grace the streets for you to peruse. The world’s largest video screen, The Viva Vision screen, hangs over the mall and stands as the centerpiece of the Fremont Street Experience.

Bright lights, music, food and a massive video screen not enough for you? Hop on the SlotZilla zip line, located 12 stories above the street. Fly seated seven stories high ($25) or pretend you’re Superman ($45) while flying from 11 stories high.

Whether you’re playing make believe as a superhero or partying the night away, the Fremont Street Experience will keep you busy and most of all, entertained.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Not in Arizona but got a hankering to see one of the greatest natural landmarks in world history? Hop in a helicopter in Vegas and take a spin in the skies.

You can just hover over the Las Vegas Strip if you’d like, but there also happens to be a special tour that takes you to the Grand Canyon.

It won’t be cheap, as these Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour packages can start at over $300, but the views are more than worth the investment. Besides, if you’re not blowing cash at the craps table, why not spend it on a tour over beautiful desert scenery that you’ll never forget?

This isn’t just about the Grand Canyon, either. Tours oversee the Hoover Dam, the Colorado River and more. 

They’re also included with hotel pickup, a private landing and champagne. Champagne!

Cirque du Soleil

You can’t go to Vegas and bypass a Cirque du Soleil show. The now 34-year old act unites circus-style performances while incorporating unique stories and themes.

Each show is a sight to behold, whether you’re taking in performances commemorating Michael Jackson and The Beatles or unique productions like O, Mystere and Ka.

Whatever show you decide on, prepare to be floored. Cirque du Soleil is typically appropriately priced for the awesome experience and thrilling visuals. 

Just about everyone can agree that The Beatles are one of the greatest bands ever, and The Beatles LOVE show is as good as any to display what Cirque du Soleil can do. 

Impressive aerial acrobatics, glamorous special effects, iconic music and stage performances highlight one of the most expansive and engrossing shows you’ll ever have the pleasure of taking in.

It doesn’t stop at The Beatles, though. 

Cirque du Soleil is constantly pushing the envelope with new shows and special tributes. Whatever is playing when you’re in Vegas, be sure to take the time to check one of the shows out. You won’t be disappointed.

Stratosphere Tower

Don’t have time for a show or trying to stick to a budget but still want to be entertained? One cheap Las Vegas thrill you shouldn’t pass up is checking out the Stratosphere Tower.

Impossible to miss on the Vegas skyline, the Stratosphere stands out as a 1,149-foot fixture. Take the hike up to the top to enjoy thrilling activities like the SkyJump or Insanity, or bask in the glory of scenic views from the outdoor observation deck.

Either way, you’ll get a unique view of Vegas and unlimited ride passes start as low as $43.

Paris Hotel and the Eiffel Tower

Another view that’s worth seeing and is even lighter on the pocket book ($16) is the Eiffel Tower at Paris las Vegas. Amazing views of the strip can be accessed here, while you also get to breathe in the famous French monument without ever leaving the states.

You’re getting serious bang for your buck here, as this romantic ascension up 46 stories to a panoramic deck offers amazing Vegas views you arguably can’t get anywhere else. 

The Mob Museum

There are other great Vegas educational or artistic spots (namely the Neon Museum), but you get an insider’s look at the U.S. mafia like never seen before. It’s also a mild discount compared to a few other indoor hotspots and costs just $25 to peruse legendary mobsters and tickle the brain.

Learning about the mob sounds a bit sinister, but it’s a fantastic educational experience littered with countless artifacts and stories you’ve never heard of. Casting a wide net that touches on more cultural hits like The Sopranos and The Godfather, The Mob Museum is a must for fans of cinema and mafia lore.

The list of Las Vegas hotspots you’ll want to enjoy is arguably endless. Other great must-see endeavours include Mount Charleston, Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and so much more.

This isn’t even touching on the many resorts and casinos that offer their own delightful attractions, whether it be indoor skydiving, magic shows and various acts.

Vegas is a great place to go to gamble and party, but it’s also an amazing vacation spot where you can take in numerous sights and attractions you simply will not find anywhere else.

Victoria Brewood
vbrewood@gmail.com

Although very much British, Victoria always felt like she was meant to be living the 'American Dream'. She loves the US and has travelled to over 14 states.

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