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Must see &do on or off strip, that are worth the Time ?

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Must see &do on or off strip, that are worth the Time ?

Looking to check out some of the must sees and do's..

Thinking about neon museum, is it a time killer ?

Also 7 magic mtns..

Any other Must she's that are worth the Time.


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1. Re: Must see &do on or off strip, that are worth the Time ?

The Neon museum is worth a visit especially at night

Red Rock canyon is 30 minutes from the strip, Valley of Fire is about an hour. Both are great for hikes and scenery

Pioneer Saloon in Good Springs is the oldest operating saloon

around. They also offer paranormal investigations which is a lot of fun

Erotic Heritage Museum is really interesting too

Edited: 22 October 2021, 06:00
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2. Re: Must see &do on or off strip, that are worth the Time ?

I would highly recommend the Neon Museum. Be sure to reserve in advance.

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3. Re: Must see &do on or off strip, that are worth the Time ?

Red Rock Canyon is always a must for us. Reservations are now required.

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4. Re: Must see &do on or off strip, that are worth the Time ?

Here are my must do items, not necessarily the best.

Walk the Strip, check out casinos that interest you.

Im a sucker for mirage volcano. Bellagio fountains. Luxor lobby.

Go to Fremont. Visually its stunning. I like historical places so i had to see "old" vegas.

Vegas is a great food town. Pick you favorite cuisine and select a highly regarded restaurant, on of off the Strip.

Pick a show and do the same. Careot Top. Love. Absinhe top my list.

Have fun!

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6. Re: Must see &do on or off strip, that are worth the Time ?

Plenty of stuff to do off strip.

Definitely check out the Neon Museum - tons of LV history from back in the heyday located there to be seen. Best time to go is around dusk. You can extra & do the tour there along with the"Brilliant" light show afterwards across the street.

While downtown for that, you could also pay a visit to the Mob Museum - again, tons of old mob themed stuff from years gone by located there.

Are you into cars at all? If so, you've got the likes of Counts Kustoms & Welder Up off TV to see - they are free to visit. Another good car spot is Nostalgia Street Rods, there's a charge for that, but I enjoyed it.

Are you a bit of an adrenaline junkie like myself? If so, you've got the indoor skydiving experience located up the north end of the strip behind the famous Peppermill restaurant.

Another great place is Dig This where you can drive bulldozers & excavators - not cheap, but that's one of my all time favourite Vegas experiences.

How do you fancy a gun range? Plenty of those around town if so. Battlefield Vegas is my go to spot for such an activity. Just give them a call & they'll come pick you up in one of their cool vehicles.

Does Axe Throwing sound like something you'd do? There's a spot downtown that does that if so. Good fun, but I remember my arm felt like it was hanging off the next day! Lol

Some of the things above are most definitely "only in Vegas" right?!!

In terms of some trips out & about, as mentioned already, Red Rock Canyon is a nice spot to visit & only about 30 mind drive from the strip. Plenty of walking to do there & can have some lunch at the ranch once owned by Howard Hughes.

Even better than RRC, imo, is Valley Of Fire - that's gorgeous. It's about an hour away from the strip, so again, not far to travel. Would recommend going really early in the morning to catch sunrise in the nice tranquil setting before it gets too hot & busy.

You doing the Hoover Dam? If so, on the way you stop by in Boulder City, that's always a place I enjoy going to for a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the strip. Some antique type shops, good eating and drinking places out there, along with some different museums. Also out in BC is the excellent Bootleg Canyon Zip lines - that's a far better zipline experience than anything the strip or downtown has to offer. I remember going horseback riding there once aswell when my mother was travelling with me one trip.

Maybe check out some of the ghost towns that aren't too far away - El Dorado Canyon, Chloride and Oatman etc - I enjoyed heading out that way before.

Just throwing a few ideas out there to get you started. Hope it helps a bit.

As long with these aforementioned places above, there's also loads of really good eating & drinking places located off the beaten track a bit that alot of tourists don't really know exist. After going to LV so many times now, I actually prefer heading to the locals bars & eating joints tbh & always end up striking up a conversation with someone somewhere - as soon as I open my mouth and the locals hear my British cockney accent it seems to get their attention and from there I'll end up meeting people & having a chat & a laugh along the way in the process. Met many great people over the years in such places, some of which I've kept in touch with via social media and then have met up with them again upon my return to Vegas. If you want any suggestions for good off strip bars & restaurants in yen feel free to message me for more info & I'll be happy to give you a list of many of my favourites.

Enjoy your trip 👍

Edited: 22 October 2021, 07:00
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7. Re: Must see &do on or off strip, that are worth the Time ?

Seven Magic Mountains is definitely NOT worth the time.

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8. Re: Must see &do on or off strip, that are worth the Time ?

Combine Seven Magic Mountains with a visit to Goodsprings and the famous Pioneer Saloon. Perhaps eat there.

The Neon Museum is best visited after dark when the neon signs are lit up.

The Techaticupp Gold Mine in El Dorado Canyon is a fun place to visit.

We always take our out of town visitors to the Venetian starting there with a latter breakfast at Le Bouchon (probably the most enjyable one you'll ever have) preferably outdoors in the quiet patio, followed by a walk through the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace (we like the antique Western place there, Kemo Sabe) and then the fountains and conservatory at the Bellagio with a stop there for their excellent ice cream.

Red Rock Canyon now requires reservations. Next door to it is Spring Mountain Ranch State Park which we prefer as it has burros, excellent desert vegetation, and the historic ranch house. Someone earlier suggested eating there (reference to Howard Hughes), but there is no food there. The closest place to eat out that way is the Cottonwood Station in Blue Diamond. Note that these places were on the Old Spanish Trail between Santa Fe and Los Angeles because of the aptly named Spring Mountains for a source of water.

The Springs Preserve has one of the Nevada State Museums and numerous interesting displays elsewhere. The flash flood exhibit is fun. It's also a nice place to have an inexpensive lunch with distant views over the Strip.

There are numerous activities that you can do, some only in Las Vegas. You can operate heavy construction equipment, take numerous ziplines (the best are east in Bootleg Canyon), indoor or outdoor sky diving, fire all kinds of weapons, take rides about a 1000 feet above the Strip at the Strat or jump off of it, drive all kinds of exotic or NASCAR cars, etc.

Oh, have lunch or dinner at The Top of the World at the Strat. Excellent food while you rotate around 360 degrees. You'll occasionally see those jumpers falling past the window in front of you!

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9. Re: Must see &do on or off strip, that are worth the Time ?

Gatesy already mentioned Battlefield Vegas and Axe Throwing. Most people have no access to full auto firearms, and Vegas offers these. Although you are from Chicago, where full auto weapons seem to be inexpensive and readily available -- just not legal!

Diva is right that seven piles of rocks painted bright colors is a complete waste of time. Even though I was driving right by this "attraction" anyway, I really regretting wasting the five or ten minutes to pull off the highway to see these. Especially while I was wondering if any taxpayer money was wasted on them (including the highway signs).

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10. Re: Must see &do on or off strip, that are worth the Time ?

Play some poker at Aria or Wynn. Well worth a few hours.

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