Recently, I took a spontaneous trip to Las Vegas to visit some friends that own residency near the strip. I’ve been once before and had a somewhat typical ‘Vegas’ experience, in which I endured the binge drinking, free club entries, the shows, and the interesting humans that inhabit the strip.
This time I craved a more unique experience, so I began researching online and asking locals for any of the hidden gems in the city that are often times overlooked.
Thus, this post is for those who visit Las Vegas and aren’t looking for casinos, strip clubs, and night clubs. Rather for those who are looking for the more unusual and offbeat places that Vegas has to offer as well as some epic landscapes that are in reasonably close proximity.
1| Pinball Hall of Fame
The worlds largest pinball collection located at 1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas NV. It consists of 10 thousand square feet of nothing but new and old pinball machines. Some other spots that are similar to the pinball hall of fame are the Neon Museum, the Clown Factory, The Elvis Museum, the Barry Manilow Store.
A pedestrian mall that is great for people watching and provides a small taste of the “Vegas” experience without the commitment.
3| Springs Preserve
Nature-focused walking paths in close proximity to a chocolate factory.
4| Frankie’s Tiki Room
Frankies Tiki Room is a cozy little hole in the wall bar. The style is a combination of south seas exotica and modern primitivism. A neat little spot that is easy to miss and is worth checking out!
5| Valley of Fire
The largest and oldest state park in Nevada yet is only an hour drive from Las Vegas. The park lives up to its name with the enormous red sandstone formations and shifting red sand dunes.
6| Zion National Park
A 2.5 hour drive from Las Vegas is the breathtaking canyons and iconic geologic features.