3 Things in Las Vegas (Off the Strip)

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.

Pinball Hall of Fame Museum

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.

Indiana Jones – My fave
Super low-key signage

The Neon Museum

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.

Signage from the La Concha Motel. The visitor center is housed inside the former La Concha lobby.
A pink neon Liberace sign – that says Vegas
A bit of luck o’ the Irish in Vegas.

 

Red Rocks State Park

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?

 

5 thoughts

  1. So agree; Vegas is more than the strip (even thought I always spend a day or two in town). Our next visit, I’ve got the National Atomic Testing Museum on my list, and I’d love to see the Neon Museum. Thanks for the heads up about the tours! Additionally, I want more time at Red Rock and Valley of Fire. I spent a day at each, not nearly enough time.

    Previous trips we’ve visited Hoover Dam (do the tour, so much more info and places to see that are off limits to the public). I’d also recommend spending some time in “old” Vegas, although much of it has been transformed. Still, a visit to Fremont is well worth a visit. The roller coaster at NYNY is $$, but fun.

    1. I visited the Hoover Dam but didn’t have an opportunity to do one of the tours. Hope to do more in Vegas itself including Fremont.

  2. Hi Lauren–
    Nice to read a post from you. 🙂
    I was wondering what had happened.

    I love being off the strip in Vegas. There are so many fund things to do.
    My favorite, by far is watching the sunrise at The Red Rock State Park.
    I also enjoyed wandering about the used and new bookstores there.
    🙂
    Thanks to those experiences and many more, I keep wanting to go back to Vegas. ( And to play a little poker. 😉 )

  3. I have been to Vegas once and was not a huge fan, maybe because we are not into pokies or casinos!
    Great to see what it’s actually like, but don’t think I would return back there. 🙂

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