Beyond the Las Vegas Strip: Attractions off the Beaten Path

By on October 15, 2015

Millions of travelers come to Las Vegas each year to enjoy fine food, fast-paced gaming, and multi-million dollar productions featuring some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. After a few days of non-stop action, though, you might feel exhausted and tired of the neon and noise. When the quintessential Las Vegas experience becomes too much to take, you can explore some of the wonders of the Vegas area that offer a different side of Las Vegas:

1) The Mojave Desert

The Mojave Desert

Not far outside the lights and sounds of Las Vegas lies an expanse of natural beauty you won’t find anywhere else in the United States. You can take a helicopter tour for a quick view of some of the Mojave Desert‘s most famous features, including the Joshua tree and Death Valley. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, bus tours can take you deep into the desert where you can take breathtaking photos that will amaze your friends and family members. The Mojave Desert is also home to Lake Mead, where you can enjoy water sports such as kayaking and parasailing. During your tour, you can experience life in smaller Nevada towns such as Pahrump and Lake Havasu City.

2) Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

About an hour away from Las Vegas, you can experience another of Nevada’s natural wonders – the Valley of Fire State Park. Far removed from the electronic bells of slot machines and the shouts of rowdy craps players, you have the opportunity to explore one of the quietest, most serene settings in the greater Las Vegas area. Towering red rock formations, which sharply contrast with the deep blue desert sky, form the perfect backdrops for family photos. Once a site of conflict between Native Americans and westward-bound settlers, Valley of Fire also offers historical importance – Native Americans once hid among formations to escape attack.

3) Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Racing fans will find their personal Mecca beyond the towering casinos and sprawling shopping complexes of the Las Vegas Strip. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is home to a 1.5 mile oval track, which is used for a variety of racing events throughout the year. The Speedway also features a drag strip, a BMX course, and a go kart course. It hosts one of the NASCAR Nextel Cup races each spring.

4) Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Completed in 1936, the Hoover Dam is among the largest man-made dams in the United States. Just 30 minutes from Las Vegas, it offers plenty of opportunities to capture digital images of the Colorado River and Lake Mead. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can walk to the Arizona state line along the top of the dam. You can also enjoy a guided tour inside the dam and come away with a wealth of interesting facts about how it was built.

You can see most of these attractions in the span of an afternoon, which means you won’t have to spend too much time away from the excitement that visitors typically crave. When you return to the Strip, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take in more of the neon and glitz that Las Vegas is known for.

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