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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
Las Vegas has long been heralded as one of the most thrilling cities in the world. While gaming may be the main draw, there are countless other attractions to keep you entertained. Massive casinos may get all the attention, but here are some other great additions to your itinerary for when you're planning your next vacation to Las Vegas.
Attend a Home Game
For a long time, Las Vegas had to go without any major sports teams. The recently added ice hockey team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, was a major turning point. However, the addition of the Las Vegas Raiders has really put this city on the map.
After many lackluster seasons in Oakland, CA, the decision to move the team to this new market was met with both criticism and optimism. Now more settled, the Raiders are clearly turning it around. As the team gets acquainted with their new home and accustomed to their hopeful fanbase, their NFL betting odds are steadily increasing and they have started to build their offensive scheme.
Things are certainly looking up for the once bottom-tier team, and the community here is thrilled to have them. If you are planning a vacation to Las Vegas, a trip to the Raider's home stadium for a game should definitely be on your to-do list.
Take a Food Tour
One thing that may shock your average traveler is just how great of a food city Las Vegas really is. Sure, you may have heard all about the prime rib buffets that are a staple on the Strip, but there is a lot more to dig into in this city.
To start off, there is Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen, a restaurant made famous by the television show and Ramsey’s signature outbursts. Luckily, all you will have to endure here is fantastic 5-star cuisine and amazing plating that is perfect for your Instagram pictures. Their beef wellington is highly recommended.
Next is the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, known for its breathtaking view of the city that you can enjoy as you get started tucked in to their three courses dinners. This is an intimate and romantic venue, perfect for a date, and the menu is divine. With roasted racks of lamb, foie gras, caviar and more, this is a dinner you will certainly remember.
Las Vegas is absolutely full of great dining experiences like this. Regardless of your budget, you can certainly find something that is perfect for you. Don’t forget about their food tours that will take you through many different streets to sample a wide array of treats and beverages.
Dive Into Vegas History
For those who are less interested in gaming and more interested in the lore and history of Las Vegas, there are many different attractions and tours that would suit you better. Las Vegas is a marvelous city with a rich story to tell, and the details are everywhere waiting to be explored. From the iconic buildings to the well known landmarks, you can make an entire day trip centered around visiting these great locations.
Aside from the Las Vegas Strip and the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, there are some more landmarks that you must see. The Mirage Volcano is a great free attraction for everyone in the area. A few times every evening you will see this volcano erupt, with accompanying music. The Fountains of Bellagio is another must-see for visitors to the city, and also has elaborate light and water shows every night for tourists. Another well known spot, the Stratosphere Tower, is a popular fixture on the Las Vegas skyline that provides a 360 degree view of the magnificent strip and nightlife.
Of course, for those who want a real trip down memory lane, there are some places that cater more to history buffs. The Neon Museum is dedicated to preserving the remnants of old Las Vegas among an ever-changing landscape. Here you will find an assortment of signs and promotions that were present in the older days of this city. There is also the interesting Mob Museum, a provocative collection of exhibits that pay tribute to and honors the infamous founding history of this city and mafia activity across the US. In addition, it’s always worth taking a visit to some of the oldest casinos in the city like The Flamingo, to really get a sense of the classic Las Vegas appeal.
Helicopter Rides Around the Area
One popular attraction that goes right over the head of most tourists, and often gets overlooked by residents too, is the Las Vegas helicopter tours. They are very enjoyable and definitely within your budget. What better way to see the strip lit up at night than by a helicopter tour that circles the city? In addition to this, you can book a day trip that will take you to the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam, to the gorgeous hot springs around Lake Mead and more. This is truly the adventure of a lifetime and something far different than the norm.
The Incredible Live Entertainment
Of course, what would this city be without the world renowned live entertainment? The amazing thing is that regardless of what you are interested in, there are plenty of different shows to satisfy you. There is something for every price range and most shows have more than one performance per night!
First off is the classic magic shows. Penn & Teller have been performing here for years, and they still regularly bring sold out crowds. David Copperfield is one of the most famous and certainly among the wealthiest magicians alive. His Las Vegas show has run nonstop for 13 years and counting. For the more modern crowd, Criss Angel is another popular magic show here that is always worth checking out.
One name that you have undoubtedly heard many times in your life is the world famous Cirque du Soleil. This entertainment company has been thrilling crowds for decades and regularly has massive performances in Las Vegas. The best thing about this group is they are constantly changing up their performances, bringing in fresh new acts and taking the entire evening in an entirely new direction.
From music, to comedy, performing arts and more, Las Vegas has plenty of live events that will keep you coming back time and time again.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV