Originally published on 4/25/17.
When many think of Las Vegas, a common picture is painted: the lights, the casinos, the iconic strip. Many think of the famous city of sin and vice, yet there is so much more to the area than the famous Vegas Strip. In fact, you could spend an entire vacation without doing any activities in Las Vegas and only hit up the surrounding area. Of course, the city itself is going to play a massive role, but there is still a good time to be had without staying in the stereotype. Many are just unaware of where to find these cool activities, but they’re all around, both in Las Vegas and in the surrounding area.
One of the coolest parts of Las Vegas is that, all around, it’s like one gigantic amusement park due to all of the cool attractions. For instance, many are aware of New York, New York’s rollercoaster. Or, the Stratosphere is known for its fear rides on its upper levels. However, there are other thrills to be had in Las Vegas that are much lesser known. For example, the Rio has a zipline 51 stories high for those looking to truly see the skyline. For the weak of heart, there’s also the Slotzilla zipline that has two levels at 11 and 7 stories high, respectively, that travels over downtown Las Vegas. Attractions like these are all around the city and the surrounding area and can provide fun for those who are brave enough to try them.
Of course, venturing out of Las Vegas also proves to be worthwhile. There are many landmarks just a short drive away, such as the Mojave Desert or the Hoover Dam. These could easily encompass entire day trips just for sightseeing purposes and due to the history behind these locations. Similarly, there are many “ghost towns” in the surrounding areas. Many of these ghost towns lay abandoned, but some, such as Goodsprings, still have small populations. These towns were built in the 1800s and still have architecture of this time period. Again, there are many wonderful sightseeing opportunities to be had to encompass entire day trips.
While these are just some examples, there really is much, much more to the city than what meets the eye. Of course, activities will opened on what an individual person wishes to do, but with so much variety there will certainly be something for everyone, even if it defies the stereotypes!