Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located just a few miles west of Las Vegas, is named after the deep red 3,000-foot (914.4 meters) high sandstone cliffs that are perched above the dusty wastelands of the mighty Mojave Desert that encompasses it. The site has served as ancestral homes for the tribes of Paiute, Patayan, Anasazi, San Dieguito and Pinto since 11,000 BCE and thus features a diverse and rich network of vivid petroglyphs that can be been scattered all along its canyons, making the conservation area a popular destination for admirers of Native Indian culture and traditions. An ecosystem rich in flora and fauna, the Utah desert-parsley, the Mojave yucca, the ponderosa pine, the desert bighorn sheep and the endangered desert tortoise is some of its most notable inhabitants.
Nestled within close proximity to Downtown Las Vegas, Springs Preserve 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, the preserve is a rich repository of desert botanical gardens, museums, and galleries. It is home to several life-sized displays, exhibits, and entities centered around building a green environment. this insightful preserve also hosts classes, lectures, and workshops built around the disciplines of cooking, archaeology, sustainability, arts, crafts, cultural studies and more. Serpentine trails cleave many wetlands and lush desert terrains at this sprawling preserve which is also home to an indoor theater and a historic photo gallery. A seamless synergy of nature, education, and conservation, Springs Reserve is a noble step towards replenishing the global environment.
The Stratosphere Tower is one of the most renowned landmarks in Las Vegas. At the height of 1,149-feet, the tower itself is one of the tallest towers in the country that offers rides such as Insanity, XScream, Sky Jump and Big Shot. The names of the rides are true to the kind of adventure they promise to provide. So, if you are on Insanity then get ready to be thrown off the edge of the platform for up to 1,000 feet and circle around at 70-degree angle with a spectacular view of the valley. X-Scream is bound to make your heart skip a beat or two as you dangle back and forth for 27 feet in the air on a teeter-totter device at the side of the 100-story tower. The best of the lot, however, is the Big-Shot, which is a breath-taking free fall from a height of 160 feet along with a spire. A controlled free-fall from the 108th floor known as Sky Jump is the latest addition to the list of extreme adventure rides. Whether you want to simply enjoy the views from the tower, enjoy a cocktail by the pool or indulge in the adrenaline, the tower has it all for a perfect Vegas experience.
Located in the Springs Preserve, the Desert Living Center is made up of five buildings which are all Platinum LEED certified. This means that they were built in a sustainable way and are energy efficient. There are various events and exhibits at this ecologically focused establishment. Kids will enjoy learning about green living through the Compost Crawl and Garbage Truck Theater attractions. It's also home to the NV Energy Foundation Sustainability Gallery, which teaches visitors about recycling and other eco-friendly practices through interactive exhibits.
Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is a tropical paradise dedicated to the wild things. You will find many exotic animals housed here, from panthers and leopards to elephants and tigers. This exhibit is presented in an effort to spotlight the need to protect vanishing species. There's also the intriguing Dolphin Habitat. You will thoroughly enjoy watching the antics of these amazing creatures that love to show off for onlookers.
Vegas makes the impossible a reality; a good example of that is this beach in the middle of the desert. This world-famous playground offers a wave pool, lazy river, three swimming pools, a jogging track, and 2700 tons (2,449,339 kilograms) of real sand. Relax in a chair by the water, or enjoy the scenic views from the comfort of a private cabana. Depending on the season, you'll also find concerts hosted here from time to time!
Located on a lush 15-acre (six-hectare) landscape at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino, this wildlife habitat is home to exotic birds, fish and turtles, rare to find in the Nevada desert. Surrounded by waterfalls and breathtaking flora, explore ponds filled with koi fish and turtles, and islands dotted with pelicans, ducks and swans. The flamingo island, home to a flamboyant flock of pink flamingos is especially popular. This attraction promises an enjoyable time for the whole family. Admission is free.
The New York-New York Hotel & Casino has wonderfully imitated the city of New York. This roller coaster takes you for a joyride past replicas of Big Apple landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Speeding up to 67 miles per hour (108 km per hour), the ride's high point culminates in a 203-foot (62m) drop. The hotel also offers packages, which include unlimited rides, souvenir T-shirts, food, drinks, and clown dolls. As for the experience - it's absolutely dizzying!
Cruise past rock formations and scenic vistas and then land at a ranch on the Grand Canyon Plateau where you and your wedding party will be met by a horse drawn wagon and taken to a historic Ranch House or romantic vista at which to wed. Sip champagne and cut your cake with amazing rim views. Your return flight will allow you to enjoy breathtaking nighttime views of the Las Vegas Strip in all its brightly lit glory.
The Papillon Helicopter takes off from the South Rim and flies over the canyon for over 40 minutes. Get a birds eye view of the widest and deepest points of the Grand Canyon. The views of the canyon and the mighty Colorado River are unbelievable. If you want to experience the most amazing views of the canyon, this flight is sure to leave a lasting impression.
If you're a thrill seeker, take a ride through Red Rock Canyon Desert Area or Valley of Fire Desert Area in an all-terrain Hummer. This off-road experience will show you the desert as you have never seen it before! There is a two-person minimum for both tours, and when air tours are cancelled due to weather, the Hummer keeps going. Closed only on Christmas, Desert Fox offers two tours daily, departing at 9a and 2p.