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Although I had been to Las Vegas a few times in the past, I spent 3 months there during the pandemic and discovered many areas outside of the strip.
There are a ton of places to visit if you are looking for a getaway outside of the typical Vegas vacation.
What to Do Off the Strip in Las Vegas
The Neon Museum
Las Vegas is known for their iconic lights and signs. Walk amongst them in this non-profit’s “Neon Boneyard”. You’ll be amazed at the history and size of what was once a part of “Sin City”. The biggest decision is touring them during the day or at night, when they are all lit up.
Container Park and Street Art
Want the inspiration and passion of art without the museum? I always check to see if a city has an Arts District, and Las Vegas has a great one with the Container Park. The park features restaurants and stores all made out of containers, as well as tons of street art. And make sure to check out Felipe Pantone’s mural to feel like you’re on the cover of an 80’s album.
Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is a great option to escape the city views for rock formations. The park is a 13-mile one-way scenic highway, with many chances to stop and hike. Even though it isn’t a state park, the National Parks Annual Pass allows you to get into the park for free. Otherwise it is $15.
Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden
I was shocked to see just how big cactus grew in the wild, with some that seemed bigger than a house. But if you don’t have the time to hike, the Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden is a great way to view different types of cactus in one place. This free garden is the biggest botanical garden in Nevada. And once you’ve walked through the garden, be sure to also check out the chocolate factory.
Valley of Fire
I know most people think of Red Rock Canyon when they think of hiking in Vegas. While it is beautiful, Valley of Fire is just a short drive away from the city. It is absolutely worth the drive and will still allow you to soak in some gorgeous red sandstones.
Lion Habitat Ranch
If you want to view some wildlife, the Lion Ranch is a great place to visit. For $25, you can see many lions and Ozzie the Giraffe, who even paints! They also offer some special experiences, all for a roaring good time!
Seven Magic Mountains
Swiss artist, Ugo Rondinone, created a large art installation 20 miles south of the strip called the Seven Magic Mountains. Visiting these larger than life rainbow boulders is free, plus it is a great place to snap some Instagramable photos.
If you want to do something a little out of the ordinary, the Clark County Shooting Complex is a great option. You can choose from a variety of equipment and ranges depending on your experience level.
If you want an easier trail that still elevates you above the city, the Whitney Mesa Trail is a great option. There is a slight incline until you get on top of the mesa, and then it’s a flat walk.
Las Vegas Sign
Everyone should visit the Las Vegas Sign at some point in their life. It is the best way to start or end your trip, but expect long lines unless you go at less than ideal times. Plus, you’ll feel like you’re leaving with a souvenir photo from your trip!
Today’s guest post was written by Jillian Pfennig, a writer, photographer, fashionista, foodie, and all around over person. Check her out on Instagram to see her work.