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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
Las Vegas, often referred to as Sin City, is widely popular as a tourist destination worldwide due to its immense popularity in pop culture and mainstream Hollywood. There are several great things to do in Vegas, and its popular sites are what bring close to 40 million visitors to the city every year. While Las Vegas is primarily known as a gambling, shopping, and nightlife district, there is much more to explore in the Sin City, and visitors can find comprehensive guides for the same at Vegas Freedom.
If you are visiting Las Vegas anytime soon, given below are the top three things you should be looking forward to that do not involve a casino:
1. Go hiking at the Red Rock Canyon
Las Vegas has much more than party potential, and if you are in Las Vegas, you should be looking to explore the whole of Nevada too. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a few miles off Las Vegas within the Mojave Desert. It is breathtakingly beautiful and offers a stunning array of plants and wildlife. The Canyon features a couple of trails such as the Calico and the Ice Box. The Calico Tank Trail is a 2.2 miles long trail in the Canyon which takes about 2 hours to complete and has beautiful sandstone formations along the way. The Ice Box Canyon Trail is a truly unique one since despite the Canyon being very hot, the trail is comparatively cooler as this part of the canyon doesn't get too much sun. The Ice Box trail is 2.3 miles long, takes about 2 hours to complete, and features seasonal waterfalls along the way.
If you have a dog, checkout the: Best hiking trails for dogs.
2. Go see the fountains of Bellagio
The fountains of Bellagio are a stunning part of the Vegas Strip. The signature dancing fountains are composed of more than 1200 geysers, nestled together in approximately an eight-acre lake in front of the Bellagio resort. During the afternoon, visitors get to see the mountain erupt every half-hour and in the evening it erupts every 15 minutes or so. The fountains initially gained popularity through the Hollywood feature film Ocean’s Eleven. The fountains are set to music, and make a truly beautiful spectacle for everyone to witness. The fountains are free to watch for onlookers, resort guests, restaurant-goers, and any visitors alike.
3. Visit the National Atomic Testing Museum
During the 1950s, while residents of Las Vegas could be seen strolling alongside the strip, one could witness atomic clouds looming over the horizon. The history of the American nuclear testing program is both bizarre and yet awe-inspiring, and the National Atomic Testing Museum covers it in detail. The museum itself is home to the Silo Museum and the Ground Zero Theater. While the Silo Museum features a short film about the atomic test site in Nevada, the theater is a multi-sensory experience that explains the entire history of atomic testing. The National Atomic Testing Museum features multiple exhibits including radio badges, nuclear testing artifacts, artifacts from the Manhattan Project, and whatnot.
The fact that Vegas is almost always thought of as a partying destination is almost cliche, and it is high time that this image changes. Nevada and Las Vegas have a lot more to offer than casinos, and rightly so, visitors should be thinking of Vegas in the same light.
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