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Calendar >  Travels With TR – What Else is there to do in Vegas?

Travels With TR – What Else is there to do in Vegas?

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When most people travel to Las Vegas it is with the intent to gamble, maybe take in a show and eat at some of the many restaurants or buffets on the strip or downtown.  If you look deeper in what Las Vegas has to offer you will see there are a multitude of other interesting options available. You must realize that these other options will have entrance fees, so you will not be winning money for taking part in these activities, but you will win in having an entertaining experience.

Some of the typical activities tourists to Las Vegas take part in, other than what is offered on the Strip, are things like a side trip to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, or a trip to the Valley of Fire State Park or Red Rock Canyon, or the Fremont Street Experience (the pedestrian promenade downtown).

Some even venture as far as the south rim of the Grand Canyon to walk on the clear glass Grand Canyon Skywalk that extends out over the edge of the Grand Canyon. There a number of options available.

But, what else does Las Vegas have to offer?  Many of the hotels on the strip have special exhibits or performances other than the stage shows.  Some of these include the “C.S.I. Experience” at the MGM Grand – adult cost $28.  Attendees can take part in solving crimes as on the T.V. show. At the Luxor, guests can see over 250 artifacts from the sunken cruise ship the Titanic in the “Titanic – Artifact Exhibition” – adult cost $32.

 

 

The Venetian has the Madame Trussaud’s Exhibit featuring over 100 life sized recreations of famous personalities. Guests can get up close and personal for pictures – adult cost for entrance is $29.95.  The figures range from Shaquille O’Neal to Leonardo DiCaprio to Lady Gaga and include classics such as Elvis, Wayne Newton and for kids of all ages super heroes like Captain America and Iron Man.

Also at The Venetian isDaVinci – The  Exhibition”, an interactive look at the artist’s work with 60 life sized machine inventions and 3-D models of Leonardo’s most notable mechanical drawings.

Adult cost for entrance is $27.50. At the Wynn Hotel the Penske Ferrari-Maserati Museum is a 3,500 sq. foot exhibition of 30 amazing automobiles, each valued at $300,000 or more.  This is Nevada’s only authorized Ferrari dealership.  Cost for entrance is $10.00.

One of the more peaceful exhibits is Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in the Mirage Hotel.  Adult price for admission is $19.95. Many of the famous magician’s tigers, including the white tigers, can be viewed in beautiful surroundings.

Many tourists arriving to Las Vegas like to make a stop just south of the Mandalay Hotel on Las Vegas Blvd. to get a picture taken in front of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.  Parking is limited and the sign is in the middle of Las Vegas Blvd. with a small area to stand for pictures. No cost for this experience and memory.

Getting married in Las Vegas is the goal of many visitors.  The marriage chapels available are worth the visit, even if you are not contemplating marriage – but renewing vows could be an experience itself. Some of the more unique chapels include the famous Little White Wedding Chapel – Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow were married here in 1966, the Viva Las Vegas Chapel and Graceland Wedding Chapel offer Elvis to perform the ceremony, and the Wee Kirk o’the Heather Chapel has been around since 1940 in the design of a Scottish church.

There are a number of drive-up chapels that could be part of the Vegas marriage experience, including a chance to be married in an Elvis pink Cadillac.

One of the newer attractions on The Strip is the High Roller Ferris wheel. This slow moving Ferris wheel takes between 30-45 minutes to make a revolution, offering time to fully take in the sites along The Strip. Construction on the Ferris wheel began in 2011 and it opened in 2014.  The 28 cabins on the wheel hold 40 passengers each. There are different prices for riding the wheel depending on whether you ride during the day or night – adult cost is $24.95 for the day and $34.95 for night.

If you head away from The Strip you can find some unique experiences to take in. The Mob Museum, also known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is located in the former historic downtown Las Vegas federal courthouse. The museum is packed with memorabilia from past crime and law enforcement personalities, like Rudy Giullani, J. Edgar Hoover, John Gatti, Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and the infamous Bugsy Siegel – who began The Flamingo.

The museum has a high tech theater and numerous artifacts, including a brick wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.  Cost for entrance for adults is $19.95.

Another interesting museum is the National Atomic Testing Museum.  This museum is 1 of 37 congressionally mandated national museums.  There are over 12,000 artifacts relating to the beginning and history of the atomic age.  This range covers everything from the creation of the atomic bomb, testing, controversies, radiation facts and much more.  The museum also features an Area 51 Exhibit that deals with the secrecy of this area, myths, programs and the mysterious Groom Lake. Adult cost for entrance is $22.00.

The Pinball Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club has the world’s largest pinball collection.  Pinball machines from the 1950’s to 1990’s are shown.  Many of the machines still operate.  The museum is on Tropicana about 10 miles off of The Strip.  It opened in this 10,000 sq. foot facility in 2009. There is no charge for entrance to this museum.

Another interesting museum in the Las Vegas area is the Neon Museum located on the north side of downtown Las Vegas past Fremont Street on North Las Vegas Blvd. This new facility opened in 2012 on 2 acres of land.  There are a number of ways to see the sights here.  An hour long guided tour is offered that will take you to 6 completely restored Las Vegas Hotel signs, 150 historic signs and 60 additional signs such as ones from the Palms and New York New York.  In the museum there are 9 restored signs.  There is also a self-guided tour where you can see signs like the Lucky Cuss Motel and Silver Slipper. Guests check in at the La Concha Motel Lobby, a shell shaped building that was originally constructed in 1961 and saved from demolition to be relocated to this site for use as the entrance to the Neon Museum and “Boneyard”. There are several options and costs for entrance.  Adults are $18.00 for day and $25.00 for night entrance.

Three unusual stores to visit are the Coke Store, the M & M Store and the Hershey’s Store.  Each of these has anything and everything related to these three well known products.  The Coke and M & M Stores are made-up of multiple floors of items. The Coke and M & M Stores are located across the street from the Monte Carlo and the Hershey’s Store is in New York New York.  What is interesting is the variety of products sold here that cannot be found in “normal” stores in your hometowns.

One restaurant that I would like to mention that is well worth the dining experience is the Hofbrauhaus, located several blocks off of The Strip.  This German restaurant is modeled off of the original 400 year old Hofbrauhaus in Munich and is the first and only German microbrewery in Las Vegas. It is noisy inside filled with folks having a great time with great beer selections and tremendous German food selections. The facility comes complete with a German band, beautiful décor and a beer garden and the prices are reasonable.

Las Vegas is one of those destinations where visitors can spend day after day seeing an incredible variety of sites, exhibits, museums, shows, and the list goes on and on.  Or visitors can simply relax by a pool, eat at one of hundreds of restaurants or buffets and watch the amazing Fountains of Bellagio and be completely satisfied with the experience.

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2 Comments

  1. ann jensen says:

    Do you have anything on Paso Robles, CA?

    • TR says:

      Haven’t spent any time in Pas Robles other than driving through on 101. I do know it has a huge festival called Pioneer Days in October and is the home of a Mid-state Fair similar to the San Diego County Fair. It is also the home of numerous wineries. I am making a trip to Santa Barbara, over the mountains and into Solvang in December and will be doing an article on Solvang, the restaurants/wineries, etc. There is also a great tri-tip b-b-q spot we are eating at in the mtns. of Santa Barbara. Next weeks article is on Lake Powell and surrounding area. Interested in traveling to Croatia?
      TR

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