Why It Should Never Just Be About The Strip in Las Vegas

The Strip has a reputation—quite well deserved, actually—of being the marquee destination in Las Vegas, and is described as “the epicenter of any Vegas getaway” by US News.  After all, what lies beyond that iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign along Las Vegas Boulevard South is sure to give tourists a grand, good time, not to mention opportunities to visit some of the state’s most iconic landmarks like the Vegas’s own Eiffel Tower, The Venetian’s Grand Canal, and The Luxor’s pyramid and sphinx.

Stretching a little over 4 miles, The Strip is lined with state-of-the-art entertainment centers, plush malls, high-end residential high-risers, and world-class restaurants. It is also home to opulent casino-hotels, including Aria Resort and Casino, Bellagio, and MGM Grand, all of which made PartyPoker’s list of best casinos in Vegas to play poker. These establishments, of course, are more than just poker havens, as they provide various other enjoyable games and a bevy of other top-of-the-line services, such as accommodation and amenities, like spas, fitness centers, and pools.

But as the aforementioned sign correctly points out, Las Vegas is, indeed, fabulous, and that is true even away from The Strip. In other words, there is more to Las Vegas than this stretch of historic road. The rest of Sin City, for instance, boasts its fair share of luxurious casino-hotels, including Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, and Fremont Hotel and Casino all in Fremont Street; Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa Casino and Sunset Station in Henderson; Suncoast Hotel and Casino in Summerlin; and Cannery Casino and Hotel in, North Las Vegas.

NEON MUSEUM, AKA "THE BONEYARD"

NEON MUSEUM, AKA “THE BONEYARD”

The rest of Las Vegas also offers a variety of attractions that are sure to make anyone’s visit truly memorable.  A guided tour of the Neon Museum offers visitors a unique learning experience, with local historians leading you on an illuminating walk-through 200 pieces of old Vegas signage laid out on the desert floor for all to see and admire. The Mob Museum on Freemont Street, once Las Vegas’s federal court, is worth a visit, too, as it houses interactive exhibits about America’s admittedly rich mob history. Visitors here will discover the life and times not only of notorious gangsters such as Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, and John Gotti but also of dedicated men like J. Edgar Hoover, Eliot Ness, and Harry Anslinger, who worked tirelessly to quell crime all across the US.

INSIDE MOB MUSEUM

INSIDE MOB MUSEUM

For another uniquely Vegas experience, visitors can head on over to S. Rancho Drive, where Dig This Vegas is located.  Dig This Vegas is pretty much a heavy equipment playground that lets people young and old operate earth-moving machinery like bulldozers and excavators, and it is currently the only one of its kind in the US (the other being halfway across the world in New Zealand). Those who love the outdoors, meanwhile, can trek the Historic Railroad Trail, where parts of the 1977 movie ”The Gauntlet” were filmed; Ice Box Canyon, and Cathedral Rock Trail. They can also visit Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Corn Creek Road or Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary in Racel Street.

ICE BOX CANYON

ICE BOX CANYON

There is certainly more to Sin City than The Strip, and the key to unlocking the wonders of the city, so to speak, is to explore every nook and cranny of The Entertainment Capital of the World.

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About Charlene Mixa

Seeing new places, learning about cultures and seeing the sights has always been my dream. Growing up I was blessed with parents that enjoyed traveling and thought nothing of taking a family of seven on excursions. My career in Human Resources and later as a consultant for an international Human Resource firm offered some travel, but I knew as my husband and I approached retirement, my goal was to do more traveling and broader trips. The nine years since retirement has been filled with fantastic adventures from short local one day trips to several week excursions. Living in Florida, it is especially enjoyable to be away in the summer to cooler climates. Multi-week driving trips across the good ol' USA, settling in for a month in the mountains to explore the local area, or a combination of both fill much of our summer season. Our travels are predominantly self-orchestrated, bringing the fun and challenge of getting everything to click. It's all about doing and sharing! Experiencing a travel adventure is exciting. Reliving a special travel moment with a friend or family is exhilarating. I feel my heart race and pulse quicken, as I sharing that special moment. Thank you for joining in my travel adventures and allowing me to hear your stories.