February 17, 2020 ·

5 Things to Do in Las Vegas Off The Strip

Things to do in Las Vegas off the Strip
This is in Valley of Fire, one of my top day-trip spots.

Las Vegas knows how to give people a good time, but there’s more to Sin City than the nonstop entertainment. Step off the Strip and you’ll find tons of ways to live your own Vegas lifestyle. There are endless things to do in Las Vegas. If you’re thinking of making the move to Las Vegas, then check out some of the exciting activities the city has to offer: 

1. Get Your Hike on at Sloan Canyon 

This 48,438-acre conservation area sits about 20 minutes south of the Strip, and just a few minutes west of Henderson. I’d describe it as stark, but captivating—a place where you often have to look down to appreciate details like desert wildlife or spring wildflowers. 

Sloan Canyon is also known for its cultural history, with many protected petroglyphs, which are rock art from native cultures. 

If you love to hike, you’re in luck. Sloan Canyon has a variety of hiking trails with amazing views.

2. Go Chocolate Crazy at Ethel M’s

If you love chocolate as much as I do, you will likely make regular stops at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson. This factory has been in town since 1980, making happy memories for several generations of families—mine included. 

Ethel M’s lets you watch them in action as they make chocolate treats, and they have a large store with everything from boxed chocolates to individual bonbons. I love watching their displays change with the seasons. At Christmas they have an amazing Christmas light display that you have to see.

Here’s a handy tip: when you buy their chocolates during the warmer months, make sure you get one of their complimentary ice packs to keep them from melting. When you’re done inside, don’t forget to enjoy their three-acre cactus garden, which is filled with more than 300 beautiful desert plants. 

3. Find Crime History at The Mob Museum

Crime buffs will find a lot to love at The Mob Museum. This museum opened in 2012 in the 1930s-era former courthouse, and it’s filled with all things organized crime. You can check out an old courtroom on the second floor and look at tons of exhibits, photos, and videos. You can even get hands-on with interactive displays. 

If you’re into speakeasies, head down to the basement. Not only are there more exhibits, but there’s a working bar and distillery too—complete with onsite moonshine. 

4. Feel the Zipline Rush at Flightlinez 

If you love outdoor adventures, give the ziplines at Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon a try. Flightlinez operates out of Boulder City, 30 minutes south of Las Vegas, and they take guests through ziplines across the Red Mountain and Bootleg Canyon. They offer day tours and sunset tours, with moonlight tours upon request. With four lines and amazing views, it’s no wonder spots fill up fast. I recommend signing up early, especially if you want to make it a group outing. 

5. Marvel at Valley of Fire State Park

This last one is a bit further out, but it’s a spot you won’t regret seeing. About an hour northeast of Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park is a 40,000-acre zone of geologic beauty. I love the red sandstone rocks, the contrast with the limestone, and the variety of wildlife. Coming here also gives you the chance to see petrified trees and ancient petroglyphs as you hike along canyons and trails. The park is perfect for solo sightseeing or an outing with the family.

Whether you’re interested in history, natural beauty, or delicious chocolate, Las Vegas has something for everyone. I’ve been saying it for years!

What’s your favorite thing to do in Las Vegas? Share it in the comments!

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