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Away from its neon center there's a whole different Las Vegas that offers its own great experiences for you to enjoy. These 3 to 7 hour excursions are low cost, easy to enjoy and refreshingly different than the usual things this city is so famous for.
Most everyone knows Vegas has world class casinos, shows, restaurants, shopping, nightclubs, concerts, lights, neon, events and more going on.
And it's all in a relatively small area known as 'the Strip' - the place that inspired the 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas' slogan ... and that's one thing we've always been about.
Nonetheless, year in and year out many visitors I've come across have asked me ... "so what else is there to do here in Vegas?".
My answer is always the same.... plenty!
Whether you're a tourist, a Vegas local or drive in weekender, it's likely you don't know enough about this 'plenty'.
That's the reason for this website. Discover a fantastic variety of different and memorable things for you to do within a 3 to 7 hour time span that can easily fit into your budget and schedule while doing Vegas.
These are the Vegas experiences you'll want to tell everyone about.
You'll experience incredible geologic formations, sweeping vistas and colors, along with traces of their ancient history.
The lands you’ll see are the same lands native indians, explorers, pioneers, cowboys, missionaries and settlers lived in or traveled upon over many centuries.
In these beautifully scenic and wide open spaces you'll naturally feel the free wind and spirit of the ole' American West.
The subtle majesty of these lands, preserved to remain very much as they were back then, have a way of quietly touching that sense of freedom in mind and soul.
If your budget needs relief from those enticing, computerized wallet-farmers (slot machines), why not spend an afternoon exploring a different kind of science and technology with our very own engineering marvel - Hoover Dam.
Whether just visiting the Street Level Exhibits or opting for a tour that takes you right into the structure of the Dam, you'll see how this incredibly huge undertaking produced the largest and first of its kind in the world during the years of the Great Depression.
If staying on the Strip, an easy 2 mile jaunt down the street from Bally's is the little known but fascinating Atomic Testing Museum , an affiliate of the Smithsonian Museum.
The dawn of the Atomic Age transformed our world unlike any other epoch in the history of mankind.
A little more than 75 miles away from Vegas lies the most important place central to much of that crucial atomic work - The Nevada Test Site.
You'll discover many advancements, whether secretly or openly operated, have gone on here since its creation.
Area 51 is the most popular area of the Nevada Test Site but as you'll see, there is so much more within this critically important national site.
If you're up for the most unique history ever of any city, and the influences that brought it about, you won't find a better place than the Mob Museum in which to experience that.
It not only includes the city, but the very building in which so much of that history played out in.
If you’ve been wanting to do Downtown, the Mob Museum and Neon Museum during the day, then the Fremont Street Experience in the evening is a perfect way to do that. You can even get a discount on a combo ticket for both museums.
If you’ve been wanting to do Downtown, here's a good way to do that. You can go to the Neon Museum first since it's just a one hour tour, grab a lunch downtown before heading to the Mob Museum and then party the night away at the Fremont Street Experience in the evening.
If a family vacation or family reunion is what you're planning, make sure you check out the sections on The Springs Preserve, Bonnie Springs Ranch, Spring Mountain Ranch and Mt. Charleston Recreational Area. These four are great choices along with a few more for you to check out.
*The same goes for my fellow Las Vegans. If you're looking for things to do with your kids, parents, visiting family and friends, or something different to check out on your day off, you'll find some great spots within my site for you to discover too!
If there's future wedding plans, whether yours or someone else's, and an Elvis chapel minister isn't your style, there's some great locations here to look into that can make for a beautiful and unique Las Vegas wedding.
If you're in town flying solo and needing info for one, check out the Vegas Solo for some great ideas. The author does her solo take on a few of the places I feature here.
What ever plans you've made for your Las Vegas trip, you'll find something within my website that can easily fit your schedule while visiting.
Since arriving here in '77, I've enjoyed all of these places time and time again over the years. My love of these places and sharing what I know about them will not only help you discover them, but also help to fully enjoy what they have to offer.
And if you have ideas, questions or suggestions for this site, let me know. I plan to keep adding and improving it, so feedback is always welcomed. Leave a comment below or you prefer, shoot it my way via my contact me page.
Here's hoping you have a great time in Vegas, a little luck and enjoy your time discovering these places within my site.
Welcome to Las Vegas! ... and welcome to Vegas No Neon!