Sin City. City of Lights. The Gambling Capital of the World. If you're the kind of person who doesn't need what happened in Las Vegas to stay in Las Vegas then you may want to consider these seven fun activities.
Think beyond the cheesy chapel and Elvis impersonator. The Valley of Fire is just an hour north east outside Las Vegas and there are many wedding packages available to tie the knot in this majestic landscape.
Channel Your Inner Rambo
There are numerous gun ranges in Las Vegas that are only a short taxi ride off the strip. At The Gun Store even beginners can choose automatic or machine guns.
Test Your Skill at the Pinball Hall of Fame
With no admission fee it's worth a stop by this arcade, which is home to over 200 games. You're sure to relive old memories when you find an old childhood favorite and see just how far technology has come in the pinball world.
If you've always wanted to parachute out of a plane but are afraid of heights this is the perfect activity. Indoor sky diving simulates the experience without the fear of plummeting to your death.
Satisfy Your Need for Speed
Feel the thrill of five laps around a race track without all the costly car payments. Exotic cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin and are available to rent with beginners classes included.
Take in a Spectacular Fountain Show
A fountain show doesn't sound appealing but it's more like fireworks with water. In the evening the show runs every 15 minutes and is worth popping by.
Take a Break from the Party
One of the biggest complaints about hotels on the strip is that you need to walk 20 minutes to through the casino to leave the hotel.
The endless excess continues at the pool where many are more like a water-themed dance club. While the strip attracts wild parties you can choose a hotel not attached to a casino like the Hilton Elara and you'll find a much more laid back atmosphere and a pool that is relaxing.
Shop 'Til You Drop
The pricey designer clothing stores on the strip may leave your credit card with a questionable balance. Instead check out the premium outlet stores for a better deal. With one located in the north and one in the south you can find many brands at a discount price.
Visit the Neon Boneyard
Where neon signs retire with dignity, take a tour of vintage neon signs in the two-acre campus of restored electrified history.
Take Mini-Golf to the Next Level
The KISS-themed Monster Mini Golf is a sensory overload with a glow in the dark indoor experience. If you're a KISS fan, or just want a good laugh, you're sure to find it here.
Master the Art of All-You-Can-Eat
The Buffet of Buffets pass gives you 24 hours access to five buffets for $54.99, and valid at Harrahs, Flamingo, Paris, Planet Hollywood and Rio. Think you can eat your money's worth?
The Villas at the Mirage have an affirmed reputation as havens for high-rollers and A-listers — and it’s no wonder. The private gated entrance ensures extra privacy, and each villa comes with its own heated pool, putting green, and 24-hour butler. See more photos of Villas at the Mirage >>
The Palms Casino Resort, an off-the-Strip hotel is known for its crazy parties and celebrity stopovers, certainly has A-lister-worthy accommodations on offer. Penthouse A has a fireplace, private pool on an outdoor terrace, pool table, and stunning views. See more photos of Penthouse A >>
Skylofts is the luxury section of MGM Grand, offering some of the most exclusive accommodations not just within the hotel but in Vegas. All of the rooms are one-, two-, and three-bedroom duplex lofts (they start at 1,400 square feet) with big living areas and sophisticated but understated urban decor; prices are usually upwards of $1,000 a night. High-end extras include airport transfers in a Rolls-Royce Ghost limousine. See more photos of the Two-Bedroom Loft >>
The Bellagio, a 3,933-room Italian “villa,” is the embodiment of Vegas luxury — an extravagant five-pool courtyard; formal room service; a superb fitness center and spa; the best buffet on the Strip; and attractions like the indoor botanical gardens and the famous dancing fountains. The stunning Penthouse Suites start at a whopping 1,500 square feet, and come with sprawling living and dining areas, wet bars, and whirlpool tubs. See more photos of the Penthouse Suite >>
A 4,004-room mega-resort, Aria stands as the shiny centerpiece of the $11 billion City Center, opened in December 2009. Everything at Aria is done on a grand scale, from the soaring ceilings to the 16 restaurants, and not at the expense of good service, either. The 2,000-square-foot Executive Hospitality Suite is one of the hotel’s most luxurious offerings, and has its own private 12-person conference room. See more photos of the Executive Hospitality Suite >>
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