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    Default Non-Vegas-y things to do in Vegas?

    I'm visiting a friend that lives in Vegas for a week next month and will have considerable time to myself - he will be working, so in all likelihood I'll be on my own during the days. I'm not a gambler, and won't have a ton of play money to see shows or go shopping (I'd like to avoid the strip as much as possible, anyway), but I'm wondering what other things I might be able to do during the day to keep myself entertained besides working on my tan with a beverage and a book in hand.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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    I had a free day in Vegas last year and rented a car and drove up to Hoover Dam and drove around the lake some and had a great time. I highly recommend getting out of the city!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinz 57 View Post
    I'm visiting a friend that lives in Vegas for a week next month and will have considerable time to myself - he will be working, so in all likelihood I'll be on my own during the days. I'm not a gambler, and won't have a ton of play money to see shows or go shopping (I'd like to avoid the strip as much as possible, anyway), but I'm wondering what other things I might be able to do during the day to keep myself entertained besides working on my tan with a beverage and a book in hand.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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    Would highly recommend getting out of the city as well....
    May be worth checking out how far wild horses can be found!!

    I had met a photographer at the NFR a couple years back that took shots in the area!

    Just a thought Have fun!

    Quote Originally Posted by rustbreeches View Post
    I had a free day in Vegas last year and rented a car and drove up to Hoover Dam and drove around the lake some and had a great time. I highly recommend getting out of the city!
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    The dam is great...take the tour. Check out the Red Rocks area...actually the city has grown right up to it. Wild horses and burros, nice park. There are horse back riding places in the area. Another park about an hour away with Indian
    markings (can't spell the real term). Head up to the top of Mt. Charleston.
    Take a trip on the boat that paddles around the lake.



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    And if you're feeling rich, an air tour of the Grand Canyon.



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    My Mom has a house a few miles from Red Rock Canyon. Gorgeous place to hike or even drive through.



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    Think it has closed but the Liberace museum was a hoot. There's also a chocolate factory that does tours along with a garden tour. Think it's free.

    Grab yourself some what to do books when you hit the airport in Vegas.



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    Thanks for the ideas, guys! Keep 'em coming!
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    Like others have said, the Hoover Dam was pretty cool and the tour was awesome.

    Hiking, biking and just walking as you take in the scenery is pretty great. I don't gamble and I don't drink, but I actually had fun window shopping at the casinos. I stayed at the Bellagio when I was there and I looked in all the fancy shops and just took in the sights. Walk around the hotels and they are awesome even if you really aren't there to do shopping or gambling. At least take one day and see the craziness of it all.

    @ Basque The Liberace museum has closed, which is a shame because it was a fun time.

    Really there is a bunch to do out of the city. Have fun!
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    I was in Vegas last weekend and ditto the recommendations for Red Rock Canyon and Hoover Dam. Both were well worth the trip.

    I found walking the Strip to be way more entertaining than I'd expected. Inside the casinos, not so much, but outside feels like a much more spacious Times Square -- it's a pretty good spectacle.
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    You have to see the Hoover Dam at night ... no one is around, it's all lit up,
    absolutely amazing. Last time I was in Vegas, we went there at night and
    it was completely different than during the day with all the people around !

    And Red Rock canyon is cool too - there is a little bit of hiking / rock climbing
    you can do, it's really pretty and peaceful.

    Mt. Charleston is nice - you have to have lunch at the restaurant at the top.
    Great view, good food, just a nice afternoon. And local Indians sell their
    handmade jewelry there very reasonably. Beautiful stuff, and very reasonably
    priced !

    In Vegas, we had a great time just walking around the casinos. The Bellagio (sp)
    has a great garden-type display that they change every so often; the glass flowers
    in the ceiling are amazing ! No charge for walking around and admiring the insides of
    the hotel/casinos.

    There is a pretty cool aquarium in Mandalay Bay; there are usually some cool exhibits
    around town too that don't cost too much. I saw the Titanic Exhibit in Luxor (I think),
    that was amazing. They have the actual 'big piece' that was brought up a few years
    ago.

    I've been to Vegas quite a few times, and I don't gamble ! It's a great hopping
    point to a lot of different things that are within an hour or so's drive.



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    Hoover dam! Omg been to Vegas 5x been to Hoover Dam 5x! Being from the east coast my first am in Vegas is always early because of the time zone change so I'm always at HD right when it opens and back at the hotel for a world class lunch and a big nap/pool. I never gamble, ton of fun stuff to do. Shop, watch people, EAT! Did I mention world class dining?



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    I second going to the Strip, the people watching is fantastic! There are also some neat stores in the area and a mall. The Bellagio puts on a beautiful water show, and Treasure Island does a pirate show. There's also the lions at MGM.

    One year I was out there, I grabbed a phone book and called the local boarding stables. I took a few tours and met some really nice people.



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    Well, I showed a dog when I was in Vegas. That was pretty much it. I think that was as "non-Vegas" as you can get. But I would love to see Hoover Dam.
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    My hisband and I spent a week there and didn't gamble once. We went to Hoover Dam and Valley of Fire, walked the Strip (A-MA-ZING people watching) and looked at the casinos. There's a really good hamburger place near the MGM Grand. Looks a little divey, but inexpensive and delicious.
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    We did the Hoover Dam dinner boat ride. Very nice. Also went to the Clark County Natural History Museum which, if my memory is correct, was a little north of town. It was a very nice local museum with good information.

    I enjoyed walking around old Vegas which is now Freemont Street. The lazer light show on the covered area is pretty cool. I felt claustrophobic as we walked through the new big casinos.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucked_Away View Post
    I was in Vegas last weekend and ditto the recommendations for Red Rock Canyon and Hoover Dam. Both were well worth the trip.

    I found walking the Strip to be way more entertaining than I'd expected. Inside the casinos, not so much, but outside feels like a much more spacious Times Square -- it's a pretty good spectacle.
    WALKING, EATING, SEEING SHOWS.

    I love walking through the casinos, especially Paris, Caesar's Palace, and the Venetian. Also, you must drive Las Vegas Boulevard at least once to see the fantastic facades of all the major casinos. My favorite is New York, New York. If you do this near sunset, you can see everything really well and still might luck out and pass the Bellagio just as a water show is going, or the volcano in front of the Mirage when it is erupting, or the pirates' fight in front of Treasure Island. It's even more fun in a convertible.

    My favorite pretty things to see:
    Bellagio
    garden/conservatory -- decorated to reflect the season, and amazing Dale Chihuly glass sculpture in the lobby ceiling:
    http://www.bellagio.com/attractions/fiori-di-como.aspx
    Also in the Bellagio is the world's largest chocolate fountain (they say). It looks better and more interesting than this picture:
    http://www.chocofountain.com/Bellagi..._Fountain.html
    The eclairs from that place are fabulous.

    Wynn
    The decor in general is pretty and quite amazing with a parasol theme. Here is one of the parasols:
    http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/Restaura...es/ParasolDown

    Just for fun, have an expensive drink in front of the amazing lake and waterfall. I looked at their website and can't figure out which bar it is (maybe it's not there anymore), but when you walk in it is near the escalator and the big multi-story glass windows that look at the lake, and on a terrace outdoors.

    I can't even begin to name the fabulous restaurants. Vegas has become a real foodie's paradise!

    Check out daytime shows before you go. There are free shows in some casinos which are good, such as Big Elvis and the Dueling Pianos (I think there are more than one but here is a review on Yelp for one of them) I think I saw the one at Paris:
    http://govegas.about.com/od/atozlasv...a/bigelvis.htm
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-piano-ba...rahs-las-vegas


    Don't forget that Shiloh Horse Rescue is about 45 miles from Las Vegas. They have limited public hours, so check their website and call before you go:
    http://shilohhorserescue.rescuegroup...ay?PageID=3767
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    Here is a website for the Red Rock Canyon tour. I have only heard good things about it and I really want to go!:
    http://www.redrockcanyon-tours.com/index.html



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