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Last Days in Las Vegas

November 21, 2019

Conference activities are winding down, but that doesn’t mean the Las Vegas experience has to be over! Whether you’re waiting for a flight home or purposefully planned an extra day or two, there are myriad activities to fill your remaining time. While the Las Vegas Strip offers easy access to classic Las Vegas attractions, there are plenty of other unique options that let you customize your experience in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

For those who want to fully experience the history of Las Vegas, there are a number of attractions that capture its distinctive personality. The Neon Museum, located north of the Strip in Downtown Las Vegas, is a two-acre collection of restored vintage neon signs from some of Vegas’s most famous casinos, while the nearby Mob Museum provides an interactive look at the history of organized crime, housed in a former post office and city courthouse that was built in 1933. Visitors can also check out the National Atomic Testing Museum, an interactive experience that presents multiple viewpoints of the history and impact of the work conducted at the Nevada Test Site.

For a mix of the region’s history and natural beauty, Springs Preserve features 180 acres of museums, trails, and natural spaces. The preserve includes the Origen Museum, with exhibits on a variety of topics such as early railroads and the construction of the Hoover Dam; Boomtown 1905, a recreated historical streetscape representing early Las Vegas; and numerous gardens and exhibits that showcase Mojave Desert plants and wildlife.

While these attractions specifically connect visitors to Las Vegas history, there are many unique attractions that capture the spirit of a quintessential Vegas adventure. For more down-to-earth thrills, visitors to Dig This! have a chance to try out heavy machinery, including bulldozers and excavators. You can also drive exotic supercars around a racetrack at Dream Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There are less adrenaline-packed options, as well, including the Pinball Hall of Fame, home to around 200 vintage pinball machines available for play (bring quarters!).

For those who want to escape the city for a day, Las Vegas is surrounded by natural beauty. The nearby Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area offers both a scenic drive and miles of hiking trails through beautiful desert landscape. Las Vegas is also close to the Grand Canyon, and helicopter tours offered by Maverick Helicopters and Papillon will take visitors on scenic trips. Often, these trips will also provide views of the nearby Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.

While Las Vegas may be known for its nightlife, there are endless ways to spend your last daylight hours before heading home.