Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located just a few miles west of Las Vegas, is named for the deep red 3000 foot (914 m) high sandstone cliffs that are perched above the dusty wastelands in this part of the Mojave Desert. The view from any part of the park is breathtaking: mostly nature fills the view, but from some points you can make out the entire Las Vegas Strip in the distance! The Red Rock Canyon has long been home to people in the area, due to its water and resources that were elsewise scarce in the desert. Native Americans have been inhabiting the area since 11,000 BCE. Today, a visitor's center provides information on area history, geology, flora and fauna (visitors may encounter burros, big horn sheep or desert tortoises). You can also pick up a map of the park with detailed hiking routes (beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels). Rangers offer guided tours as well.
A visual water symphony choreographed to music provides an unforgettable welcome to the Bellagio Hotel Casino. The water jets span more than 1000 feet (304 meters) and can shoot up to 250 feet (76 meters) in the air while seeming to dance to choreographed lights and romantic classical music. It is a spectacular sight and one worth taking the time to view while strolling along the boulevard. Be sure to bring a camera as this is one of Vegas' best attractions - and it's free! The magic happens every 30 minutes until 8 PM, after which shows are every 15 minutes. Please note that shows may stray from this schedule due to the weather.
The Mob Museum is located in what used to be a courthouse. Built in 1933, it was one of the 14 courthouses in the nation to hold the Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime. This makes it a perfect backdrop for The Mob Museum, an authentic view of the mob's impact on Las Vegas history. The Mob Museum presents the story from the perspective of both the organized crime syndicate and law enforcement. Visitors get to be part of the action through theater presentations and interactive environments. Visitors can shoot a simulated Tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes, and take part in FBI weapons training. The museum can also be booked for private events.
The High Roller is certainly high! At 550 feet (167.6 meters) tall, this is one of the largest observation wheels in the world. Step into an enclosed glass cabin and enjoy a view of The Strip like no other. One trip takes about 30 minutes, ensuring that you'll have plenty of time to take photos from every angle. Each cabin can hold up to 40 people, so bring along your friends and enjoy the view. Prices change depending on the time of day, so check the website for more details.
Springs Preserve, located about three miles (five kilometers) west of Downtown Las Vegas, is a natural park and cultural center devoted to commemorating the history of Las Vegas and promoting sustainability. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it's filled with desert botanical gardens, museum galleries, outdoor concerts and events, an indoor theater, a historic photo gallery, wildlife exhibitions, and plenty of walking trails. Lectures and classes are offered on topics such as cooking, arts & crafts, bird watching, cultural studies, archaeology, and sustainability.
When most people imagine Las Vegas, the first thing that comes to mind is The Strip - the four mile stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard with all the famous casinos and hotels. Bordered by Mandalay Bay on the south and the Stratosphere on the north, visitors can enjoy over 30 casinos which are attractions themselves. Fabulous shopping, dining, and world-class entertainment can all be found here. Pick up the latest designer bag in the boutiques at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace Hotel Casino. Or peruse the Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian Resort & Casino. Watch the dancing Fountains at Bellagio, or take in an imported Broadway show. Attempts have been made to make The Strip more pedestrian-friendly by adding footbridges, free shuttles, cable-pulled trams, and the Las Vegas Monorail.