If you are traveling to Las Vegas, chances are you have your mind on the casinos, the great live performances, and exceptional hotels. As most of what makes Vegas so great happens at night, however, you have plenty of time to see something more unique during the day. There is so much to see and enjoy about Las Vegas that isn’t on the infamous strip.
So rent a car with us and get to enjoy these top things to do in Las Vegas away from the strip:
SkyDive Las Vegas
Fly over Nevada and check off that bucket list wish once and for all, because SkyDive is the best skydiving facility in the entire state. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time or fifth, with their expert staff you will have the most incredible experience that you will remember forever.
The Hoover Dam
When it comes to one of the most famous things to do in Las Vegas outside of the strip, the Hoover Dam will always be at the top of the list. This is the tallest dam in the west, and at 725 feet is definitely something to see. It is also what generates an astonishing 4 billion kilowatts of electricity, and powers much of Las Vegas’ partying habits.
Anyone above the age of 8 can visit the dam, due to safety. It is also important to note that as the dam is a functioning facility there are no accessibility features, so those who have difficulty walking cannot be accommodated for. To get a dam tour you can expect to pay $30 per person. You cannot reserve these tickets, as they are bought on a first-come, first served basis. Anyone, however, can go to the power plant tour. Adult tickets are $11, children and senior tickets are $9, and children under 3 can go for free.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is an absolute must to see, though visiting the actual park will take four hours out of your day. If you have planned for a Las Vegas/Grand Canyon trip, this is essential, but if you were hoping for a quick day trip there are options.
The closest canyon you can get to from Las Vegas is known as the West Rim. It is completely doable with one of the rentals and can be done within the day.
Old School Las Vegas
If you love the history and the flair of old school Las Vegas, don’t worry. Though the strip has changed and the entire city is trying to move on from its days as a mobster haven, there are still pieces of those old days left.
Some of the best places to go to see some old school Las Vegas include:
This is an absolute must of the things to do in Las Vegas outside of the strip. Here you can see all the old, infamous neon signs that once light up the strip and have made their way into cult history. It is a great sight and a fun museum to visit when in Vegas.
This museum, officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is where you can go to learn all about the cities mobster past. It’s actually located in the courthouse where many of these men were tried in court. Considering the mobsters were so instrumental in making Las Vegas what it is today, this is a worthwhile museum to explore.
This is a great natural history museum that hosts Boomtown 1905. Go here for a meticulously created life-size recreation of Vegas as it was first created. Technically, you will be visiting the strip, but as it was before the casinos moved in!
Clark County Historical Museum
Another heritage street, this one full of relocated and restored historical homes that you can explore, making it one of the most unique things to do in Vegas. Go in and explore these restored properties to get a sense of the start of Las Vegas.
Most of these great activities and sights outside of the Las Vegas strip will need a car to get to, so rent a vehicle with us so that you can make the most out of your Las Vegas trip. Whether you go and visit the Grand Canyon, or want to see any of the natural history parks there are in the area to see up close and personal what Las Vegas looked like at the very begging, there are so many great places you can only get to by car.