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The Vegas Strip is a lot of fun, let's not fool ourselves there. However it may just be that step away from the neon and hordes of people and all you can eat buffets and it may be even more fun off The Strip.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

5 City Tips

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10 Places

Hoover Dam Bypass

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Bridges, Canyons

Desperado Roller Coaster

Theme Parks

Wild West Horseback Adventures

Horseback Riding Tours

Pinball Hall of Fame

Speciality Museums

Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar

Restaurants

Crown & Anchor Pub

Restaurants

Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon

Air Tours

Lee Canyon

Ski & Snowboard Areas

The Neon Museum

Speciality Museums

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Antony T's City Tips

  • Avoid driving The Strip unless at obscure hours. On the east side take Paradise Rd and on the West side take Industrial Rd.
  • Avoid buying snacks for your trips on The Strip. Head to a gas station or store off strip to save money.
  • Even in Winter the air is dry. Keep hydrated
  • If heading to the wilderness, especially around the mountains, check online first to make sure no wildfires as this closes roads.
  • Hire a car at the airport. Way cheaper than doing so at the hotel and some will pick you up from your hotel. Competition keeps prices low.
  • Hoover Dam Bypass
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Bridges, Canyons
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    Antony T Says:

    The Hoover Dam Bypass offers stunning views of that magical feat of engineering; The Hoover Dam. Park up below and take the walk across the bridge suspended high above the dam. It's amazing drive up to it too as Vegas gets smaller and smaller in the mirror as you climb higher and higher.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breathtaking views of the dam below. 22/05/2019
    • This place is so awe inspiring! 19/05/2019
    • Hoover Dam Bypass
    Address:
    U.S. Route 93
    Las Vegas, NV
    Phone:
    +1 702-494-2517
    Other:
  • Desperado Roller Coaster
    Theme Parks
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    Antony T Says:

    Vegas has had its roller coasters on The Strip over the years. The only real survivor is the Coney Island one at New York New York and to be honest as a Roller coaster it's so-so. At the far north of The Strip is the ridiculously scary Big Shot but for a true Roller Coaster head 30 minutes south to Primm and do a proper (Primm and proper?) big drop roller coaster. It's rickety but fast, high and a little scary. In other words, lots of fun.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Outside of Summer do not get there too early because it will not run until enough people are around to go on it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Primm
    • Five star thrills!! 18/02/2019
    • Needs new track!!! 08/10/2018
    • Desperado Roller Coaster
    Address:
    31900 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Interstate 15 at Exit 1
    Primm, NV 89019-7002
    Phone:
    +1 702-679-5160
    Other:
  • Wild West Horseback Adventures
    Horseback Riding Tours
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    Antony T Says:

    What a fabulous day out this is. We went in winter and the weather although a little chilly is way better than sweating on a horse in the summer heat. The views and trails are stunning in the late afternoon light. As the only novice in our group I could not have felt safer and the horses are well behaved but you are ultimately in control of them. You get picked up and dropped off at your hotel and then after the trip there is a nice traditional cowboy meal in the lodge around a roaring firepit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If off season you may get moved to a different time. Sometimes the breakfast trails do not fill up. If so you will be moved to the dinner one at no extra cost
    • Bring your camera. The guides take a photo with your camera of you on your horse with a phenomenal backdrop.
    • Double check with the company what entrance the minibus will pick you up at. Most have multiple entrances
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 277 Outdoor Activities in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hey up cowboy 07/04/2019
    • Amazing! 26/03/2019
    • Wild West Horseback Adventures
    Phone:
    +1 877-945-3978
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Pinball Hall of Fame
    Speciality Museums
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    Antony T Says:

    Think how quickly you can lose your money playing in the casinos. Grab maybe $10 and go here. Your money will last at least an hour or so. You can play all the machines in there, ones from the 40's and 50's up to the latest machines with the multiple side games, extra balls and stuff. Unassuming neighbourhood but easy reach from The Strip. You will have a smile on your face more than once being a kid again.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • FUN! 21/05/2019
    • Such a fun Pinball place! 21/05/2019
    • Pinball Hall of Fame
    Address:
    1610 E Tropicana Ave
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-6550
    Phone:
    +1 702-597-2627
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar
    Restaurants (Spanish)
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    Antony T Says:

    This place has been a must visit on the last few occasions I have visited town. Every time has been great except for the last, so I am going to put that as an anomaly. Less than $10 cab ride from The Strip and dinner for two and a sangria each for less than $50. The Strip cannot compete with that. An eclectic fusion of Spanish, Mexican, South American and American tapas on offer. The stuffed chili and lamb are top drawer but so is just about everything on there. And the drinks and service are on the money. The ambiance is lovely without being snooty and service is attentive without being intimidating. Dress however you want. Not quite as intimate as when it was a few blocks down but still better value and less waiting than on the Strip

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Book through Open Table before going or you may have a long wait
    • Ask the restaurant to call you a cab as you leave. Usually one will be there within 5 minutes
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 4,098 restaurants in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Tapas without the Vegas Strip Prices 14/05/2019
    • Delectable !!! 08/05/2019
    • Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar
    Address:
    3824 Paradise Rd
    Las Vegas, NV 89169-0903
    Phone:
    +1 702-369-3971
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • Crown & Anchor Pub
    Restaurants (Bar, British, Pub)
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    Antony T Says:

    An easy reach from The Strip and fairly close to the Pinball Hall of Fame. As a Brit visiting I don't normally fancy the same food overseas. However, the food here was great and authentic, aside from the massive portions! Delicious and compared to the Strip an absolute bargain. Even if you account for a cab ride there. The restaurant is very British, but the bar is very American in its vibe. They are attached to each other but more importantly it has excellent bottles of cider, served in a pint glass with ice.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The place has a garden that is dog friendly.
    • Come early on a Saturday or Sunday August-May to watch the English soccer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #798 of 4,098 restaurants in Las Vegas
    • Good food, good service, shame about the cigerette smoke 06/05/2019
    • Food is INCREDIBLE. Service makes the difference 05/05/2019
    • Crown & Anchor Pub
    Address:
    1350 E Tropicana Ave
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-6545
    Phone:
    +1 702-739-8676
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon
    Air Tours
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    Antony T Says:

    Quite possibly the most legal buzz you will ever have. This is one heck of a day out. If you have ever done a zipline then don't think this is a zipline. This is strapped in like a parachutist on ziplines on steroids going down wires that are a mile long! In the most beautiful setting of the Bootleg Canyon wilderness. The guides are helpful, funny but safety first and the views all the way across to Vegas amazing. However it is the four Flightlinez that make this a must do for thrill seekers. The shear drop and length is a technical marvel. How two pieces of metal stop you at the end of the runs I will never know, but they do. So hardcore was it that the day after we first went the team from a certain Johnny Knoxville show were scheduled to turn up.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Wear clothes you don't mind getting dusty or oily
    • Go on the first tour as then there will be no delays
    • Secure your camera or phone as the speeds are crazy
    • Not for those who struggle with climbing as there are a few little climbs up to the lines.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 27 Outdoor Activities in Boulder City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome Zips and Crew!! 16/05/2019
    • Didn't stop laughing start to finish! 22/04/2019
    • Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon
    Address:
    1644 Nevada Hwy
    Boulder City, NV 89005-1904
    Phone:
    +1 702-293-6885
    Price range:
    US$159 - US$159
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Lee Canyon
    Ski & Snowboard Areas
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    Antony T Says:

    I didn't quite believe it either until I saw it with my own eyes but there it is about 40 minutes northwest of The Strip and with real snow. A decent mix of slopes too for beginner to expert, although not too many in the intermediate category. Again, think how easy you could lose $80 on The Strip gambling or paying for overpriced food or drinks. This is a million miles away from that. The sky is usually deep blue and even in the summer the area is a good 20 degrees cooler than Vegas, but obviously lacking in snow.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear sunscreen even in winter. The snow creates glare and the altitude places you closer to the sun than normal
    • Come in the morning to get a decent parking spot
    • In summer, call or go online ahead of time to make sure there are no forest fires preventing access.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #90 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Skiing on closing weekend 18/04/2019
    • Nice little area 24/02/2019
    • Lee Canyon
    Address:
    6725 Lee Canyon Rd
    Las Vegas, NV 89124-9298
    Phone:
    +1 702-385-2754
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Other:
  • The Neon Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Antony T Says:

    OK, so technically on The Strip but really it's past where all the other activities and distractions are. this is how a museum/tour should be. I hate museums and tours, or at least usually dislike them. This is entertaining, funny, mind opening and ridiculously informative. The stories I learnt from this tour made me want to spend the rest of the stay online following up on the stories. Obviously I didn't, but have done since. And then there are the signs, loving kept and restored brought down to your eye level in all there gaudy glory. Bring water and try and visit outside of summer as you are on your feet and there is little shade.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Wear sunscreen
    • Tip the guide if they are good. They deserve it.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Overlooked museum 23/05/2019
    • A must see attraction 23/05/2019
    • The Neon Museum
    Address:
    770 Las Vegas Blvd N
    Las Vegas, NV 89101-2010
    Phone:
    +1 702-387-6366
    Price range:
    US$22 - US$22
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Antony T Says:

    The Strip is amazing, don't get me wrong, but often nature one ups all our man made glories. Well this one is kind of an inbetweener: This is nature at it's finest; water, fish, mountains, canyons and desert, but the lake itself is man-made; a massive reservoir for feeding the river and providing power to the local environs and beyond. The best fun to be had is on a jet ski which are available for hire at the main marina. You can jetski right up to behind the Hoover Dam and the breeze on the jetski is so welcome. Afterwards, check out the large carp around the marina and grab a snack. Only about 30 minutes from The Strip. Which can be combined with our very first thing on the list, The Hoover Dam Bypass

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Avoid the middle of the day. Crazy hot.
    • Avoid the weekend. Local boat owners come out to play and it gets busy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 1,025 things to do in Nevada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enormous lake in the middle of the desert 20/05/2019
    • Early drive and swim 12/05/2019
    • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
    Phone:
    +1 702-293-8906
    Other:
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