Viva Las Vegas!
When you are thinking of taking a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, it might strike you as odd to think about doing anything outside of shooting craps, catching a show at the Hard Rock Hotel, or enjoying all the bottomless drinks you can find on the Las Vegas strip. Believe it or not, there is more to the city than gambling and drinking. Ready to check out the real Vegas?
Most tourists are aware of the popular activities on the famous strip that’s bright enough to see from your flight into the Las Vegas airport, but a worldwide local will make their experience better than the norm. Explore an inside look of Vegas’s best local spots.
Where to Go for a Bit of History
One of the coolest museums in downtown Las Vegas is at the Neon Museum. This museum offers guided tours of the old marquees representing the neon history of vintage Vegas. A few years ago, the museum became an entirely different experience. The introduction of Brilliant, a light and video display by artist Craig Winslow, brings the signs to life, without them being plugged in. Accompanied by the music that has come through Vegas over the years, the attraction is based more on pride than the predictable kitsch. By the time you are done here, you will be a little more in tune with this city.
For the Adrenaline Junkie
Have you ever gone zip lining? Ok, but have you ever gone zip lining between two buildings? Well, in Vegas you can do just that! At the Rio Casino you can ride the VooDoo zip line from the 50th floor of the Masquerade Tower down 800 feet to the Ipanema Tower, speeding across the line at 35 mph. Talk about giving you a rush!
Worldwide Local Tip: Make an afternoon visit to the Downtown Arts District. Not only are you going to find some amazingly vibrant pieces of art, but there are a ton of stores where you can find some really cool secondhand knick knacks. A visit to Antique Alley is one of the funkiest things to do in Las Vegas. Grab some drinks at Velveteen Rabbit to escape the dry Las Vegas weather, or stop in for dinner at Esther’s Kitchen.
What to Watch
Truly, a trip to Sin City isn’t complete without checking out at least one of the phenomenal Las Vegas shows on the strip. Enjoy any of the fantastic shows by Cirque du Soleil. One of the shows staged at the Mirage, is set to the soundtrack by the Beatles. With the lights show, dancers, acrobats, and performers, you will experience a trippy, psychedelic trip to the 1960s.
Travel the World--Without Leaving the Block!
Do you dream about visiting Italy one day and taking a romantic ride down the canals of Venice? Well, if you are without a passport and the budget needed for a big trip across the Atlantic, then visit the Venetian, which is thought to be comparable. All of the themed casinos are worth taking a wander through because they have worked so hard to create a likeness to locations they represent. Some examples include Venice, New York, and Paris. For less than $30, you can take your loved one on a romantic ride down the Venetian Canals. Travelers can get a real taste of what life is like in the Queen of the Adriatic thanks to the Venetian’s Streetmosphere program. The program offers singers, stilt walkers, and living statues, replicating a scene in the real Venice for those who opt to spend the day perusing the wares in the Grand Canal Shoppes. To take a break from shopping, stop off for lunch in one of the best Las Vegas restaurants.
Stop for the Famous Fountain Show
While you are on the strip, you will have to hang out long enough to see the Bellagio’s fountain show. For a real enchanting time in Las Vegas, visit at night. Every 15 to 30 minutes, the water and lights are choreographed to music, making it truly a treat. After you are done enjoying the show, head over to the New York-New York Casino to ride the Big Apple Roller Coaster. This ride takes you through different aspects of the New York skyline and will give you a rush around every swooping corner.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you’re a photographer, an artist, or just a fan of funky art, then you’ll LOVE taking a stroll through the downtown’s funky public art exhibits. Some of the local highlights include Graffiti art on East Fremont Street, a cat head sculpture on First Street, and a peeing fountain (seriously!) at the D Las Vegas.
Lastly, if you really want to experience the true local Vegas--get off the strip! You could spend your entire trip checking out the fancy Las Vegas hotels and bars on the strip, but if you do, you will be missing out. Go down and check out Fremont Street, this is where the original Vegas was founded, and this is where you will find the most local color. It is a magical and quaint experience. It even has “old school” slots and they seem to be much looser than those on the strip.
Enjoy Las Vegas as a Worldwide Local
When you get past the neon lights of Vegas, you will see that this show town is really a fascinating place to visit. There are hidden pockets of amazing things to do and experiences that are perfect for families, couples, thrill-seekers, and fun-lovers alike. For an unforgettable adventure, spend your time as a worldwide local and you’ll be certain to love every moment!