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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
When people mention Las Vegas, the first thing that comes to their mind is the cavalcade of gambling outlets that are available. Players have access to the biggest and most impressive gambling options in the whole world when in Vegas. But, there’s more to “sin city” than just gambling. The casinos offer some of the most impressive outdoor attractions you can imagine. It means that hiking your way around Vegas can give you an amazing life experience, without even having to step foot inside the casinos if you don’t want to.
So, what can you see when hiking around the Las Vegas strip? We’ve covered some of the best sites that are there for you to enjoy.
Are you a thrill seeker? If you can’t hide your excitement when it comes to adrenaline rushes then Las Vegas is one of the best places you can visit. There are a lot of different coasters all around the Vegas strip, so you can easily get the rush you need without having to wander off from the main area. Here are some of our favorites and what they have to offer to you.
The Big Apple: The Big Apple is located at the New York New York Hotel and Casino. It offers spins, twists and turns as it takes you in and out of the different landmarks from New York that are located at the casino. It’s a great ride, although it’s not cheap so if you’re on a tight budget this could be one to avoid.
XScream: XScream is one of the simplest and most terrifying roller coasters in the world. It’s essentially a single piece of track. What makes it so scary is that it’s at the top of the Stratosphere Tower. The tower itself is more than 900 feet up in the air. This means that even without moving, XScream is already a scary prospect. The piece of track acts like a teeter totter, and swings the cabin back and forward pointing down towards the floor, all that distance down below. The brakes on the vehicle are all that stand between an adrenaline rush and a messy end down below. This ride takes nerves of steel, but it’s well worth the entrance fee.
The Luxor Hotel and Casino
With most of the other venues on the strip focusing on fashionable destinations, the Luxor takes things to a different level. The Luxor has a huge pyramid as the basis for its building. It takes inspiration from the great pyramids that are located in Egypt. It’s a highly impressive structure and uses elevators that are on an incline to move guests up and down the huge structure. Not only does the building itself look incredible, but it also houses a record breaker at the very top of it. The spotlight that’s located at the top of the point holds the world record as the strongest beam of light in the world. So, while you can certainly stand and admire how impressive the building is, make sure to avoid looking directly at the light.
This is one of the latest additions to the Vegas strip and it provides a nice change to the endless stream of hotels and casinos. This is more of a change in tone for Las Vegas. It provides people with some restaurants to visit, which is a great change to the endless buffets that are on offer inside the casinos. On top of the various eateries, there’s also a water feature included in the middle of The Park. This splits the water across to the sides of the feature and allows people to walk right through it. If you ever wanted to feel like reenacting a scene from the Bible, then this is your moment!
It also has a huge statue of a lady dancing. On the whole The Park is a nice change of pace where people can go to just take in the sights and take a step back from the endless energy that Vegas seems to encourage.
The Linq Promenade offers everything that you might need to really enjoy the strip. Firstly, it offers a fantastic shopping precinct, that’s completely open air. You can walk around and enjoy the sights and do a little bit of shopping. After all, even when hiking it’s nice to indulge in some retail therapy now and again. The shopping precinct is great to look at, but it’s not the main attraction when it comes to the Linq.
The High Roller is an observation wheel that allows you the opportunity to take a good look at the entire strip. It’s the tallest observation wheel in the world, so you can take in the sights of Vegas from a jaw dropping 550 feet up in the air. This is without a doubt the main reason to come to the Linq. You’ll be able to see all of Las Vegas like you’ve never seen it before.
The Bellagio Fountains
How could any list about what the Las Vegas strip has to offer be complete without mentioning the fountains at the Bellagio. It’s one of the most iconic visuals there is when it comes to talking about Vegas. The fountains are made up of more than 1,000 different individual fountains, with the sprays going off at different heights and in different directions. With some of the sprays reaching heights of almost 500 feet up in the air, it’s certainly an impressive sight.
The water show is complemented by a soundtrack that is guaranteed to get your toes tapping and a light show that sparkles through the spray of water. It’s truly one of the most incredible visual spectacles you will ever set your eyes on. If you’re hiking through Vegas, this is the one sight you really don’t want to miss out on.
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