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. It 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.
O solo mio! You will be the recipient of a vocal performance as your personal gondolier (trained by masters in Venice, Italy) takes you on a trip you will never forget. These gondolas navigate the canals that run through the Grand Canal Shoppes located at the Venetian Hotel Casino. Reservations are required if you want a singing gondolier to take you on your journey.
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.
Before Bugsy Siegel made it to town, the Mormon Church created this tiny settlement in 1855. It boasts the oldest European-American building in Nevada. The site was purchased by the State of Nevada in 1990 and restored as a state park. Tours are available that outline the harsh life that the first settlers endured. The old fort was once a rest stop for those heading to California to seek their fortune during the gold rush. This section is also a part of the Cultural Corridor that lies close to the University area. No credit cards are accepted.
The historic home of Antonio Morelli, the famed musical director and orchestra conductor of the Sands Hotel's legendary Copa Showroom, stands tall as a reminder of the city's illustrious past. The house is a charming example of Midcentury Modern architecture, featuring glass walls, an open floor plan and the use of natural building materials; a style that was typical of the houses constructed during the 1950s and 1960s in Las Vegas. While the architecture of the house alone is emblematic of Las Vegas in the 1950s, the house was also an after-hours meeting place for the Rat Pack, including the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole. Although a little known treasure, the Morelli House is a place of pilgrimage for fans of the midcentury legends of entertainment. The Morelli House was rescued, relocated and restored by the Junior League of Las Vegas, and now serves as their administrative headquarters. Tours, open days and special events are often organized, however, if you would like to visit at any other time you must schedule a visit by contacting the Junior League.
As you might expect, the world's largest hotel-casino, the MGM Grand, offers the most interesting and unique wedding packages you can imagine. For instance, you can choose to boogie down the aisle at Studio 54, surrounded by mirrored disco balls, strobe lights and dancers. If you opt for more traditional but equally grand ceremonies, choose a classic romantic movie package, such as Casablanca, An Affair to Remember or From Here to Eternity, including a suite for one or two nights. Prices vary by package.
Wedding Chapel At The Rio has thought of everything for the bride and groom. Your wedding can be as simple or elaborate as your wishes and budget dictate. One package includes a wine tasting excursion to the resort's wine cellar. Another offers a ride on the 'Carnivale Parade' where you can be part of the show. There are also several packages, which include a specially designed honeymoon suite for one or more nights. All the services you might need to plan your perfect day are right here.
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.
UNLV Solar Site studies and researches the use of solar panels to collect solar energy to help produce electricity. And also how their large scale deployment will help in supplying the the power needs of the nation. UNLV also offers courses in renewable energy. The site is open to visitors for tour, please call ahead or email for more information. The Solar site is located within the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus.