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Off the beaten path in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is more than just casinos and expensive shows. If you know where to look you can find a lot of interesting things to do.

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  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

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14 Places

Pinball Hall of Fame

Speciality Museums

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Geologic Formations, National Parks, State Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Canyons

Rick's Restorations

Gift & Speciality Shops

Casa Di Amore

Restaurants

Hoover Dam Bypass

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Bridges, Canyons

Mount Charleston

Mountains

Las Vegas Natural History Museum

Natural History Museums

The National Atomic Testing Museum

Speciality Museums

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, State Parks

Springs Preserve

Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

State Parks

Nevada State Museum

Speciality Museums, History Museums

Gold & Silver Pawn Shop

Antique Stores

Desert National Wildlife Refuge

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Phoenix_dream's City Tips

  • In order to enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer beyond the Strip, renting a car is essential.
  • Pinball Hall of Fame
    Speciality Museums
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    If you grew up loving pinball machines, you must include a visit to this 'museum'. I've never seen so many pinball machines in one place! There are machines dating back as early as the 1940's. All are in working order, and they don't charge outrageous prices for you to play.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Spending money to play the machines is optional. You can stop in just to take a look for free, or keep your significant other busy while he relives his childhood.
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • 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:
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
    Geologic Formations, National Parks, State Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Canyons
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    If you are looking for a feel of the beautiful west within half an hour's drive of Las Vegas this is the place. Beautiful scenery along a nice drive, and hiking of all levels for those who have the time and interest. Recently they have updated the visitor center, so it is worth a stop there even if you only have time to drive the loop and see the sights.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wee-ends and holidays can be busy - go during the week if you can. You can use your National Parks pass for entry.
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Many Photo Ops 21/05/2019
    • Great hiking and drive! 21/05/2019
    • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
    Address:
    3205 Nevada 159
    Las Vegas, NV 89161
    Phone:
    +1 702-515-5350
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Rick's Restorations
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    If you like the show you will enjoy a short stop here. It won't take long to see it all, but it is fun to see the shop, and if you are lucky you may see some of the television stars working on restorations.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Best time to go is in the morning on a week-day
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 192 Shopping in Las Vegas
    • Not worth the money 08/05/2019
    • Pretty Cool and Kelly Topped it Off 18/04/2019
    • Rick's Restorations
    Address:
    800 W. Mesquite Avenue
    Las Vegas, NV 89106-4601
    Phone:
    +1 702-366-7030
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Other:
  • Casa Di Amore
    Restaurants (Italian, Bar)
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    If you want a quiet, romantic dinner, go elsewhere. If you want to experience a lively, traditional, old school Italian restaurant that has been here for years this is the place.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There may be music on the week-ends, which can make it quite loud inside.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 4,102 restaurants in Las Vegas
    • Abbondanza 12/05/2019
    • Off Strip Gem 09/05/2019
    • Casa Di Amore
    Address:
    2850 E Tropicana Ave
    Las Vegas, NV 89121-7354
    Phone:
    +1 702-433-4967
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$28
    Hours:
    Mon
    5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Wed - Sun
    5:00 PM - 4:00 AM
    Wed
    12:00 AM - 4:00 AM
    Other:
  • Hoover Dam Bypass
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Bridges, Canyons
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    If you have never been to Hoover Dam, it is definitely worth the trip down here to see this man-made wonder.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • This place is so awe inspiring! 19/05/2019
    • Beautiful. 17/05/2019
    • Hoover Dam Bypass
    Address:
    U.S. Route 93
    Las Vegas, NV
    Phone:
    +1 702-494-2517
    Other:
  • Mount Charleston
    Mountains
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    Visiting Las Vegas when it is 110 degrees and longing for a cool breeze? Looking for a nice hike in the mountains that look nothing like the desert down below? You will love a visit to Mount Charleston.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In the winter, keep an eye on the weather before visiting. They do get snow on the mountain regularly throughout the winter.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • We love Mount Charleston! 21/05/2019
    • Beautiful 15/05/2019
    • Mount Charleston
    Address:
    Robbers Roost Trail
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    Phone:
    +1 702-872-5486
    Other:
  • Las Vegas Natural History Museum
    Natural History Museums
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    This might be a place you would want to bring your children if they are interested in seeing a lot of animals (albeit of the stuffed variety).

    Good for
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • The most fascinating natural history museum this side of Chicago 06/04/2019
    • We all loved it and learned a lot! 02/04/2019
    • Las Vegas Natural History Museum
    Address:
    900 Las Vegas Blvd N
    Las Vegas, NV 89101-1112
    Phone:
    +1 702-384-3466
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • The National Atomic Testing Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    Who would think to look for this type of museum in Las Vegas? It is definitely worth a trip if you are interested in the development and deployment of the atom bombs. Of particular interest to Baby Boomers and older, it is a good history lesson for younger people as well.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can often find coupons for this museum - sometimes as 2/1. Do some research before you visit.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Fun and fairly large collection of items and information from this part of Vegas history 20/05/2019
    • if you like odd history, medium sized museum and lots of reading then this is for you. 07/05/2019
    • The National Atomic Testing Museum
    Address:
    755 E Flamingo Rd
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-7363
    Phone:
    +1 702-794-5151
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, State Parks
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    There was a time when Las Vegas was not one casino after another. Learn some history of what came before Bugsy Siegel.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Better enjoyed in the more temperate months, rather than summer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #116 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Nice, Seldom Thought of Museum in Old Las Vegas 18/04/2019
    • The beginnings of Las Vegas 06/04/2019
    • Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort
    Address:
    500 E Washington Ave
    at Las Vegas Blvd. North
    Las Vegas, NV 89101-1000
    Phone:
    +1 702-486-3511
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$3
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
  • Springs Preserve
    Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    A little slice of gardening heaven right in the heart of a Las Vegas neighborhood. If you enjoy plants, and walking around, then this is a nice change of pace for an hour or two.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Best visited in the temperate months. Look for coupons as this can get pretty expensive. If you have a membership at another arboretum or botanical garden, check to see if this is part of their reciprocal program - it is for ours.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Springs Preserve 21/05/2019
    • Walk in the spring desert 17/05/2019
    • Springs Preserve
    Address:
    333 S Valley View Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV 89107-4372
    Phone:
    +1 702-822-7700
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
    State Parks
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    Near Red Rock Canyon, this is a great side trip before heading back to your hotel on the Strip. A little bit of history, and some nice outside scenery.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take the long way around using Blue Diamond Road and you can hit this park, Red Rock Canyon, and Bonnie Springs Ranch
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Blue Diamond
    • Missed The Window 21/05/2019
    • Who Knew? 09/05/2019
    • Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
    Address:
    Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
    Blue Diamond, NV 89004
    Phone:
    +1 702-875-4141
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Nevada State Museum
    Speciality Museums, History Museums
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    Fairly recently relocated, this fine museum is now a part of the Springs Preserve (separate admission). You can make a nice afternoon of it by doing both.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can visit this museum or the Springs Preserve, but I believe there is a discount ticket if you visit both.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #100 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Fantastic museum 04/05/2019
    • Showcasing the natural history of Nevada and the development of Las Vegas 06/04/2019
    • Nevada State Museum
    Address:
    309 S Valley View Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV 89107-4372
    Phone:
    +1 702-486-5205
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Gold & Silver Pawn Shop
    Antique Stores
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    If you like the show, you have to stop and see this place! Don't get your hopes up that you will see any of the stars of the show - it seems they rarely show up anymore. But it is fun nonetheless to see where it all began.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you want to avoid very long lines, go in the morning.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #111 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Smaller than I thought but worth a visit. 21/05/2019
    • Cool place! 19/05/2019
    • Gold & Silver Pawn Shop
    Address:
    713 South Las Vegas Boulevard
    Las Vegas, NV 89101-6755
    Phone:
    +1 702-385-7912
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Desert National Wildlife Refuge
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Phoenix_dream Says:

    Most of this refuge is accessible only to well-equipped off-road vehicles, and that is not an exaggeration. It is still worth the drive out, though, as there is a nice path outside the newly renovated visitor center which is great. Currently you need to drive two miles on an unpaved road to get there, but they told us that will be paved sometime in the near future. Unless it has recently rained a lot, any vehicle can make the drive to the visitor center without issues.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't plan on exploring beyond the visitor center pathway unless you have a fully equipped off-road vehicle and plenty of water. Make sure to stop and sign in at the center before venturing out as there is no cell reception and the preserve is the second largest, behind only the one in Alaska.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #126 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Nice place to take a break from the Vegas strip 01/03/2019
    • Great for birdwatching; weather permitting 23/02/2019
    • Desert National Wildlife Refuge
    Address:
    16001 Corn Creek Rd
    Las Vegas, NV 89124-9301
    Phone:
    +1 702-879-6110
    Hours:
    Thu - Mon
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
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