18 things to do off las vegas strip

18 Things To Do Off the Las Vegas Strip

When you think of Las Vegas, what are the first things you think of? Bright lights, slot machines, and all-you-can-eat buffets?

There’s a lot more to Vegas than casinos, showgirls, and abundant food and drink – all you have to do is leave the Strip. From nearby downtown Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, there are activities, sights, and experiences to keep any adventurer entertained – even the pickiest of kids!

Here are some of our favorite places to visit off the Las Vegas Strip.

1. Fremont Street

Distance from the Strip: 7 miles

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Fremont Street, also known as “Glitter Gulch”, is the heart of downtown Las Vegas. Only 7 miles from the Strip, Fremont Street is a pedestrian-only thoroughfare jam-packed with experiences and attractions like casinos, live music, ziplines, and light shows courtesy of the LED-lit canopy.

If you’re in Las Vegas, you can’t miss Fremont Street. Visit their website for more information.

2. The Mob Museum

Distance from the Strip: 7 miles

A trip to the Mob Museum is like a trip back in time, right into Vegas’s seedy underbelly. Experience both sides of the battle – the law versus the mob – as you explore this interactive downtown museum and immerse yourself in the history of organized crime, from the birth of the mob right up until today’s newspaper headlines.

The mob truly comes to life through the Museum’s many multi-sensory exhibits, artefacts, and immersive storylines. Visit the Mob Museum’s website for more details.

3. Visit the Grand Canyon

Distance from the Strip: 125-280 miles

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Did you know that one of America’s most iconic sights is only a few hours away from Las Vegas? You can reach the South Rim in about five hours, or visit the Grand Canyon West region in only 3 hours! Explore the Grand Canyon Village, take a walk on the glass-bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk, or descend deep into the heart of the Grand Canyon on a helicopter tour. You can even enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Colorado River.

You can visit the Grand Canyon on your own or take a guided tour.

Check out our guided Grand Canyon tours and book yours today.

4. Drive a Fancy Car

Distance from the Strip: 2 miles

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Do you dream of driving a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or even an Aston Martin? Exotics Racing lets you choose your dream car from the largest fleet of exotic flights in the world. Reach speeds up to 130 mph as you zoom around the 1.2 mile racetrack, complete with 1800 foot straightaway and seven turns.

Book your experience at Exotics Racing.

5. See the Neon Boneyard

Distance from the Strip: 7 miles

Neon Boneyard Las Vegas

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See a historic collection of Las Vegas’s iconic signage at the Neon Museum, home to over 200 of Vegas’s famous neon signs. Learn the story behind them and the city’s rich history as you explore the “Neon Boneyard” on a guided tour. Tours run daily, seven days a week.

Learn more about the Neon Museum.

6. Explore Red Rock Canyon

Distance from the Strip: 17 miles

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Experience the true desert beauty of the Southwest, complete with towering red cliffs and abundant wildlife, only a short drive from the Strip!

Explore Red Rock Canyon on one of our guided tours, departing daily from most major hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Get up close and personal with the red sandstone cliffs on an SUV tour, complete with 13 miles of off-roading.

See all of our Red Rock Canyon tours.

7. Visit a Shark Tank

Distance from the Strip: 7 miles

Get to know the ocean’s most misunderstood inhabitant at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas. Tour the shark tank, or even take a slide down the three-story waterslide.

Visit the Golden Nugget’s website for more details.

8. Check out Death Valley

Distance from the Strip: 125 miles

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Learn why it’s called “Death Valley” and explore Scotty’s Castle on this amazing tour of the hottest place on Earth! Earn your official Death Valley Explorer Certificate, visit an actual ghost town, and see truly spectacular geological formations in a comfortable luxury sightseeing van on our Death Valley Bus Tour.

9. Explore the Botanical Gardens

Distance from the Strip: 6 miles

The desert is teeming with life! See for yourself on a visit to the Springs Preserve and explore their many attractions and gardens, including an extensive botanical garden containing the largest collection of Mojave Desert cacti and succulent plants, and even a butterfly habitat.

Learn more about Springs Preserve.

10. See the Hoover Dam

Distance from the Strip: 35 miles

Hoover Dam

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Visit one of the world’s most spectacular engineering marvels. Descend deep inside the Dam and see the massive generators, or even combine your visit with a trip to the Grand Canyon or a leisurely cruise on Lake Mead or down the Colorado River.

See all our Hoover Dam tours and book yours today.

11. Jump Around at a Trampoline Park

Distance from the Strip: 5 miles

SkyZone Las Vegas is the world’s first indoor trampoline park, and it’s a great destination for families, groups, and parties. SkyZone offers Open Jumping, a Foam Zone, Ultimate Dodgeball (dodgeball on a trampoline, anyone?), and even “SkySlam” – or trampoline basketball!

Fly high at SkyZone – find information on rates and book your jump time here. 

12. Visit the Atomic Testing Museum

Distance from the Strip: 2 miles

Atomic Testing Museum Las Vegas

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The Atomic Testing Museum tells the story of America’s nuclear weapons testing program. Explore 70 years of nuclear testing and see a replica of the Control Point where the countdown for each nuclear bomb detonation occurred.

Visit the Atomic Testing Museum’s website for more information.

13. Fly Above the Strip

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See the Strip from an entirely new perspective! Experience the dazzling lights of Sin City from a specially designed sightseeing helicopter on our Las Vegas Night Flight Helicopter Tour.

14. Engage with the Arts at First Friday

Distance from the Strip: 5 miles

On the first Friday of every month, artists and artisans from all over Las Vegas gather together to share their work. Take in visual and performing arts, live music, and delicious food, only five miles off the Strip.

Learn more about First Friday.

15. Explore Eldorado Canyon

Distance from the Strip: 45 miles

Experience the Old West in all its glory as you explore historic (and haunted!) gold mines. You can even pan for gold on one of our Eldorado Canyon adventures! Our Eldorado Canyon tours aren’t your standard guided tours – get your adrenaline pumping on an ATV adventure. Book your adventure today.

16. Explore the Wetlands

Distance from the Strip: 10 miles

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Learn about the wildlife and ecology of the Las Vegas Wash as you explore the lush habitats of over 300 species of plants and animals at the Clark County Wetlands Park. Enjoy guided discovery walks, family programs, and other events, only 10 miles off the Strip.

Get more details at the Clark County Wetlands Park website.

17. Fly A Plane

Distance from the Strip: 15 miles

Calling all adrenaline-junkies! Fly a mock air combat mission and learn aerial dogfighting skills, test your piloting chops on a recon mission, or enjoy an aerial roller coaster ride complete with spins, loops and rolls at Sky Combat Ace, just outside of Las Vegas! Or, for the more relaxed adventurer, simply enjoy unobstructed views of the spectacular landscape.

Book your flight with Sky Combat Ace.

18. See the Valley of Fire

Distance from the Strip: 55 miles

Valley of Fire

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Named after its distinctive red sandstone formations, the Valley of Fire was formed by shifting sand dunes dating all the way back to the age of the dinosaurs. Hike into the inner canyons and see formations like the Rainbow Vista as you hunt for petrified wood – if you find a piece, it’s yours to keep! Discover why it’s called the “Valley of Fire’” on and SUV tour.

See all our Valley of Fire tours. Book yours now!

Get Off the Strip!

There are simply too many things to do in an around Las Vegas to spend your entire vacation on the Strip. Many of our Grand Canyon and Southwest tours include complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off at most hotels on the Strip, so there’s no excuse to strap on your walking shoes and explore Sin City and the surrounding area.