Las Vegas Off The Strip, Neon Museum

A Photo Essay: Las Vegas, Nevada

We have never been that intrigued with Las Vegas—sure, it sounded fine, but it really isn’t our style. While we enjoy visiting cities here and there, our favorite adventures are adrenaline packed and out exploring nature, and that isn’t something widely associated with Las Vegas. Throughout the years, Vegas trips have come up in conversation, but they always ended up getting pushed aside for another destination. So, when a trip to California for a family wedding popped up and we found that tickets were way more affordable to Las Vegas than to San Diego or Los Angeles, we decided to plan a little side trip.

After doing a lot of research, I was happy to find a copious amount of activities “off the strip”, and suddenly I was wondering if the 4 days I allotted would be enough. We were planning on spending the first two days of the trip doing more nature oriented activities, then head to California for the wedding and spend our last two days on the strip just to see what it was all about. The days ended up getting mixed up a bit with both on and off the strip activities, but we managed to pack a ton in and had a great time doing it! We explored Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, went ziplining through Bootleg Canyon with Flightlinez BC, kayaked the Colorado River’s Black Canyon, stopped at the Hoover Dam, visited the Neon Museum, sat inside a Chandelier Bar, went back to the 20’s and visited a secret Speakeasy style lounge, walked around Fremont Street and Container Park, went Indoor Skydiving at Vegas Indoor Skydiving, dined at the famed Lotus of Siam and of course wandered the strip to check out all the glitzy lights.  One thing we didn’t do? Gamble! Who would have thought.

As I expected, we weren’t too enthused with the strip; however, I was surprised to find we actually enjoyed the Fremont area, and our adventures off the strip were just as amazing as I hoped. Although we were ready to head out after our 4 days in the area, we really did enjoy ourselves. The glitz and glam of the Las Vegas clubs may not be our style, but the adventurous desert activities and the old school 1920’s style lounges definitely were!

Here’s a look at a slightly different side of Vegas:

Welcome to Nevada Sign, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas Neon Sign, Las Vegas, NV

Street Art, Las Vegas, NV

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV

Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, NV

Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Kayaking the Black Canyon

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Kayaking the Black Canyon

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Kayaking the Black Canyon

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Ziplining Bootleg Canyon with Flightlinez BC

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Ziplining Bootleg Canyon with Flightlinez BC

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Ziplining Bootleg Canyon with Flightlinez BC

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Ziplining Bootleg Canyon with Flightlinez BC

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Indoor Skydiving

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Neon Museum

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Neon Museum

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Neon Museum

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Neon Museum

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Container Park, Fremont Street

Las Vegas Off The Strip, Container Park, Fremont Street

Commonwealth Bar, Las Vegas, Nevada

High Roller, Las Vegas, Nevada

Fountains in Las Vegas, Nevada

Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV

Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, Nevada

Luxor, Las Vegas, Nevada

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, Nevada

 What are your thoughts of Las Vegas? Do you feel the same way as us?

 

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  • Catherine
    Posted at 15:09h, 25 August Reply

    Love the photos! Thanks for sharing another side of Las Vegas 🙂
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  • Fran
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    Posted at 04:42h, 26 August Reply

    Yes there is loads more to do than gamble. I wanted to see the new bridge near the dam this time as it was just being started on the visit before. Normally we would have not gone back – like you many other options to consider first – but we were taking some first time visitors. First time around we did a helicopter trip into the cannon is one of the best “tourist” rides you can have.
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  • Angela Travels
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    Posted at 14:47h, 26 August Reply

    Amazing photos as usual. I loved your post! I am not a gambler and have flown into Vegas a few time. We even slept in a parking garage (in our rental car) instead of paying for a hotel. We always head to the national parks to climb or hike. I am glad you pointed it out. Vegas is a gateway to the outdoors. You just have to get out of the lights and the strip.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 02:09h, 05 September Reply

      Thanks, Angela! Definitely agree–it is a great spot to get out and enjoy the outdoors! And, I don’t blame you for saving a few bucks and staying in your car–not a bad idea!
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  • Hannah Logan
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    Posted at 17:00h, 26 August Reply

    You have some really great photos there! I especially like the second one- it looks almost like a toy city, which is pretty appropriate since it’s where people come to play.

  • Margherita
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    Posted at 17:01h, 26 August Reply

    What an awesome post, showing there’s a lot more to Vegas than the Strip and glitzy hotels… I’ve never been, but if I ever get to go, I would be doing a similar trip!
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  • Marysia
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    Posted at 17:24h, 26 August Reply

    Nevada is such a beautiful place outside of Vegas!
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  • Raphael Alexander Zoren
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    Posted at 17:56h, 26 August Reply

    Great photos of the lake! I bet not many people know about it! 😀
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  • Alli
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    Posted at 18:55h, 26 August Reply

    The kayaking photos are stunning. When I go back to Vegas I would love to do something like that.

  • Samantha
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    Posted at 19:01h, 26 August Reply

    Now this is the side of Las Vegas I hope to see when I visit! I’m not a big ritzy club person either and I’d love to explore more of Vegas besides the casinos and hotels. These are great photos and it makes me more excited to finally see Vegas with my own eyes, knowing there’s more to it than just the strip. But um is that a roller coaster I spot in the first picture? Do they really have those on the strip?!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 02:01h, 05 September Reply

      Yay, glad you like’d the other side of Vegas, too! 🙂 And yes, New York, New York has a roller coaster! There are actually quite a few rides throughout some of the hotels–it would be fun to give them a try next time!
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  • Debbie
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    Posted at 23:11h, 26 August Reply

    Totally agree with you. Everyone is always going to Vegas and there are a zillion things I would do before going back again. We passed through on our last road trip and there is definitely more to Vegas than just the strip. Great photos!

  • Claudia
    Posted at 15:05h, 27 August Reply

    The desert around the city looks amazing, and I would love to go eventually. It just is the city that looks so not appealing to me. Definitely agree with you 🙂

  • antonette - we12travel
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    Posted at 15:18h, 27 August Reply

    Ahh we felt the same about Las Vegas. We’re into the outdoors and nature, however as it was along our way we decided to stop over and OMG – we did have fun. We stayed for just two nights though which was more than enough but next time we’re around, we’ll definitely check out the surroundings a bit more…
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  • Chris Boothman
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    Posted at 13:04h, 29 August Reply

    Enjoyed our two previous visits to Vegas! Spent quite a bit of time on the main strip visiting all the main attractions along the way including the various casinos (and losing of course!) and Bellagio fountains but I would encourage folks that like a dabble in gambling to head to Old Vegas aka Fremont Street because I had quite a bit of success there. Plus its really cool to see the indoor precinct that they have designed.

    We also headed to Red Rock Canyon which was really cool and of course took a trip to the Hoover Dam. Thanks for bringing back so many great memories, even though our last trip to Vegas was only early this year, I am already ready to head back!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:46h, 05 September Reply

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed your visits to Vegas! We didn’t gamble at all, but I’ll take your tip for next time and give it a try around Fremont Street. Maybe luck will be on our side 🙂
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  • noel
    Posted at 17:50h, 29 August Reply

    I definitely enjoy the downtown area better, so much more creative and funky which I enjoyed completely.
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  • Ron
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    Posted at 18:57h, 01 September Reply

    Great photos, it really brought me back to the days I’ve been there. Personally, I really like Vegas. Granted my usual style of travel is more along the lines of off-the-beaten-path but I do enjoy splurging and just going crazy every once in a while! lol 😉
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  • Jeff
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    Posted at 21:15h, 01 September Reply

    loved the kayaking and hiking photo’s. Vegas is on the list but way down. If we do a Lake Powell trip, Vegas will be the sidebar.

  • Ashlea Wheeler
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    Posted at 20:06h, 11 September Reply

    These are some fantastic photos. Hoover Dam and the desert look just fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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