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Las Vegas is so much more the glitz and glamour of the Strip. There’s also history, art, museums, and nature. Las Vegas is always a fun vacation but sometimes it’s fun to also leave the casino floor. Here are some of the best historical hotspots and landmarks around Las Vegas.
Goodsprings, NV 89019
Located in Goodsprings, NV (20 miles south of Las Vegas), The Pioneer Saloon is a taste of the old west today. The Pioneer Saloon is the oldest bar in Clark County at over 100 years old. Next to the Pioneer Saloon is the still operational Goodspring General Store. It’s even supposedly haunted! The Pioneer Saloon is available for bachelor parties and corporate getaways. It’s worth the trip out for any fan of the Wild West.
2525 Kyle Canyon Rd
Mt Charleston, NV 89124
West of Las Vegas, are the Spring Mountains and the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area. Better know to the locals as Mount Charleston, the Spring Mountains are a can’t miss spot for anyone who wants to get away from lights of the Las Vegas Strip. The Spring Mountain National Recreation Area has become a popular destination for hiking, picnicking, and skiing.
3205 Nevada 159
Las Vegas, NV 89161
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area was the first national conservation area set up in Las Vegas. Located 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock Canyon offers hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and camping. Biking the loop road to the Red Rock visitor center has become a very popular cycling route and bicycle tours are available.
333 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
The Springs Preserve is a three mile trail of natural habitats, desert botanical gardens, museum galleries, and archaeological sites. Tourists are invited to explore, walk, or bike throughout this slice of Las Vegas history. The Botanical Garden has over 1200 native species of plants, trees, and desert foliage.
770 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Las Vegas’s Neon Museum is the only way to see the Las Vegas of our memories. The Neon Museum restores and maintains historical casino signage that was on the verge of being destroyed by time and the elements. The Neon Boneyard City Park, right next to the museum, showcases some of the most iconic signs of old Las Vegas including the Landmark, The Silver Slipper, Binion’s Horseshoe, the Stardust, Desert Inn, and Caesars Palace.
500 E Washington Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort buildings are the oldest non-Native American structure built in Nevada. They are open to visitors interested in exploring Las Vegas history before it was even a city. Mormon missionaries established the fort in 1855 as a mail service spot between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.
The Hoover Dam is one of the top tourist designations in Las Vegas. Located on the boarder of Nevada and Arizona, it’s considered one of the greatest construction achievements of the 20th century, and has been open for tours since 1937. This is the most popular tourist attraction outside the Strip, and more than a million people visit the Hoover Dam each year. Learn more about Hoover Dam tours and shuttles.