Viva Las Vegas. We visited Las Vegas back in November (I’m just getting around to blogging about it now). The casinos in Vegas are over the top and worth visiting. However, I’m less interested in the shopping and gambling opportunities they provide. Fortunately, Vegas is also worth visiting for its smaller, quirky attractions, as well as the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds it.
1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas NV 89119
Love pinball? This is less a museum, more a fun, low-key place to spend an hour (or more). It’s filled with restored pinball machines from the ’50s through ’90s (and some classic arcade games — hello, Ms. Pacman).The machines require quarters (there are change machines available), but there is no entrance fee.
770 Las Vegas Blvd., North
The Neon Boneyard is a final resting place for classic Vegas signage at the Neon Museum. To visit the boneyard (the museum’s outdoor exhibition space) you need to book a guided tour. The tours gives a good overview of the history of classic Vegas (through individual signs), as well as the technology and artistry that goes into these creations. A selection of signs are lit during evening and nighttime tours – but book in advance, those tours go fast.
One of the best things about Vegas (in my opinion) is how easy it is to get out of the city and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds it. Red Rock Canyon is a 30-minute drive outside of the city . The 13-mile scenic loop offers plenty of opportunities to park and hike a variety of trails, or just wander and enjoy the views.
We’ll Be Back
I am most excited to go back to Vegas to explore more of the national parks and general natural beauty in this part of Nevada. And check out more of the sometimes quirky, sometimes dark history of Vegas. This is my bucket list for future visits:
- The Valley of Fire National Park
- The National Atomic Testing Museum
- The Mob Museum
- Sterling Brunch at Bally’s
What’s on your bucket list for Las Vegas? And if you’ve been what are your top recommendations?