Las Vegas Tourist Attractions
Situation and characteristicsLas Vegas, the largest city in the state of Nevada, lies in a pale brown desert landscape surrounded by barren hills.
To the east are the Muddy Mountains, with Lake Mead beyond them, to the west of the Spring Mountains. It hardly ever rains in Las Vegas, and in summer the temperature can rise above 104°F/40°C.HistoryIn 1855 a party of Mormons established a settlement in the valley of Las Vegas (Spanish, "fertile plains"), on an old Spanish trade route between Santa Fe and California, but three years later, after unsuccessful lead-mining operations, they moved on. The real history of Las Vegas began in 1905, when the Union Pacific Railroad reached here. A small railroad workers' settlement grew up, equipped with saloons and shops. By 1911 Las Vegas was large enough to be incorporated as a town. A boost was given to its development by the construction of the massive Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, when several thousand men found work in the desert. The power provided by the new hydro-electric station enabled Las Vegas to become a city of light, flashing with gaudy neon signs. The relaxation of marriage and divorce laws brought further visitors to the city. The first hotel in Las Vegas, El Rancho, was built by Los Angeles investors in 1940 - the nucleus of what is now the Strip. Other huge hotels soon followed, and some rather dubious characters discovered that big money was to be made quickly in Las Vegas. Visitors continue to stream to Las Vegas - over 20 million of them every year.The main focus was downtown Las Vegas until the first mega-resort, the Mirage, was constructed in 1989. The new Chinatown of Las Vegas rose up in the early 1990's consisting of many Asian businesses and shops. As the Las Vegas Strip expanded it took more tourists away from the downtown core, until the completion of the Fremont Street Experience and the Neonopolis. In 2005, the World Market Center opened for business as a renowned furniture warehouse showroom.
The Las Vegas Strip runs along Las Vegas Boulevard and is lined with all the most famous hotels. Many of the large resorts feature free outdoor shows which can be seen by simply strolling down the street.
McCarran International Airport
Visitors arriving and departing by air from Las Vegas will pass through McCarran International Airport. This airport is very busy and is in the midst of a multi year expansion to meet the heavy demands of the city's air traffic. The McCarran International Airport has restaurants and all the regular amenities found at other international airports.
Official site: mccarran.com
Address: 5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard, Box 11005, Las Vegas, NV 89111-1005, United States
Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum
Housed within McCarran International Airport, the Cannon Aviation Museum features aviation history from the first flight in 1920 to the use of jets. The focus is primarily on aviation history related to the state of Nevada.The main exhibits for the museum are located above the Baggage Claim with additional displays in ticketing and at the "A" and "B" gates.
Fremont Street Experience
The Fremont Street Experience is one of the great free Las Vegas experiences. Fremont Street has been covered over with a canopy of LED lights. Each night a fantastic music and visual show takes place overhead. The Fremont Street Experience is located in downtown Las Vegas, a few kilometers from the new hotel groupings such as Treasure Island and Caesar's Palace. It is best to take a taxi to get there.
Official site: www.vegasexperience.com
Address: 425 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101-5609, United States
Liberace Museum (closed)
Any illusions that wealth and good taste necessarily go hand in hand are dispelled by this museum dedicated to showbiz pianist Liberace. Exhibits include a Rolls Royce with snakeskin trim.Fans of this legendary performer, also known as Mr. Showmanship, will want to see this small Las Vegas museum devoted to preserving his legacy. The Liberace Museum is located off the main Las Vegas Strip, but is easily located on one of the major streets of Las Vegas. Inside visitors will find the great man's clothes, pianos, and all manner of memorabilia.ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.
Lied Discovery Childrens Museum
If the little ones are looking for something to do when you are in Las Vegas, head for the Lied Discovery Children's Museum. Here you will find a multitude of fun and interactive displays that are sure to thrill children of all ages. One of the most interesting exhibits is the Bubbles Area. Here children (and adults) can make huge bubbles. The Lied Discovery Children's Museum also has a wide variety of other fun exhibits in addition to the Bubbles Area and frequently hosts traveling national and international exhibits.
Official site: www.ldcm.org
Address: 833 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV 89101-2030, United States
Las Vegas Art Museum
Considered one of the finest art museums in Nevada, the Las Vegas Art Museum provides a wonderful assortment of art in its galleries devoted to traveling exhibitors. The Las Vegas Art Museum has a constantly changing repertoire of exhibitors, so be sure to check in to see what's on display. The Las Vegas Art Museum also features an education program and for those wishing to take home a souvenir, a gift shop is on the premises.
Official site: www.lasvegasartmuseum.org
Address: 9600 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89117-5959, United States
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum at 900 Las Vegas Boulevard North offers an interesting survey of the natural history of the desert state of Nevada.At the Las Vegas Natural History Museum visitors will be treated to a variety of displays showcasing the natural history of planet earth with a focus on Nevada. The museum also hosts traveling national and international exhibits, be sure to check their website to see what's on display.
Official site: www.lvnhm.org
Address: 900 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV 89101-1112, United States
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park
The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historical Park is located in the city of Las Vegas. Visitors can tour the park and will see the remnants of an adobe fort that doubles as the visitor's center. Inside the visitor's center are a series of displays detailing the life and times of the early Mormon settlers in the area.Mormon Fort State Historic Park is dedicated to the first permanent, non-native settlers in the Las Vegas Valley.
Official site: parks.nv.gov/olvmf.htm
Address: 500 East Washington Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101-1000, United States
Southern Nevada Zoological and Botanical Park
Also known as the Las Vegas Zoo, the Southern Nevada Zoological and Botanical Park makes for a great outing. The park has a variety of species of flora and fauna and is located only 15 minutes by car from the famous Las Vegas "Strip". The animal-reptile collections are expanding to include many more endangered/rare species. The Southern Nevada Zoological and Botanical Park is spread out over 3 acres and there are many shady spots to escape the intense desert sun.
Official site: www.lasvegaszoo.com
Address: 1775 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89106-1020, United States
Vegas Indoor Skydiving
If you want to do something truly unique when in Las Vegas, Vegas Indoor Skydiving, is a good place to visit. Here visitors will get to experience what actual skydiving is like, without an airplane or parachute. Qualified instructors escort you to a vertical wind tunnel where you are suited up in all the gear required. Once they turn the fan on, you float effortlessly in the air as if you had just jumped from a plane. No experience is necessary.
Official site: www.vegasindoorskydiving.com
Address: 200 Convention Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109-2020, United States
Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
Looking for some fast paced racing action when in Las Vegas? Head over to Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix. This attraction has 4 racetracks catering to four levels of racing. Kiddie Karts, Go Karts, Sprint Kart Speedway, and Adult Gran Prix cars. In addition, there are four amusement rides, the latest arcade games and a 600 seat restaurant. This is a great outing for the whole family.
Official site: www.lvmgp.com
Address: 1401 North Rainbow Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89108-1864, United States
Las Vegas Monorail
The Las Vegas Monorail offers tired travelers smooth and efficient transport around the Las Vegas Strip area. The Las Vegas Monorail consists of seven stations: Sahara, Hilton, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, Flamingo/Caesar's Palace, Bally's & Paris Las Vegas, and MGM Grand. Single, two ride, ten ride, unlimited one day, and unlimited three day passes are available.
Nevada State Museum and Historical Society
Located in Las Vegas, the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society provides insight into the natural history of Nevada. The Nevada State Museum and Historical Society has three permanent exhibits including Biological Sciences, Regional History, and Earth Sciences. The museum also hosts national and international traveling exhibits in its gallery spaces.
Address: 700 Twin Lakes Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89107-2104, United States
Star Trek: The Experience (closed)
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.Fans of the Star Trek television show should head to the Las Vegas Hilton to take in Star Trek: The Experience. Inside this attraction visitors are transported forward in time to the 24th Century on two interactive rides. Also on site is the History of the Future Museum, Quarks Restaurant, and a large retail store selling all manner of Star Trek merchandise.
University of Nevada
Perhaps better known by its acronym UNLV, the University of Nevada Las Vegas is one of the nation's finest research establishments. The UNLV campus is open to the general public and one of the most interesting sights is the arboretum. Athletics also plays a big role at UNLV; several of the university's teams are ranked in the top tier of their respective sports.
Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery
If you are a fine art aficionado and you find yourself in Las Vegas, be sure to visit the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery located at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Here you will find unique and interesting pieces of art from local and international artists. The gallery is constantly changing exhibits so be sure to check in to see what's on display when you will be visiting.
Official site: donnabeamgallery.unlv.edu/
Address: University of Nevada, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-5002, United States
Marjorie Barrick Museum
The Marjorie Barrick Museum is located in Las Vegas. A visit to this museum is worthwhile for its amazing displays of pre Columbian and Native American cultures. The Marjorie Barrick Museum also has several collections of fauna including reptiles, birds, and insects. The museum is located on the campus of University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
Official site: barrickmuseum.unlv.edu
Address: University of Nevada, 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-4009, United States
Thomas and Mack Center
The Thomas and Mack Center is located in Las Vegas on the campus of UNLV. The Thomas and Mack Center is where all the large spectator sports in Las Vegas take place. This venue is part of a three building complex - the other two buildings are the Cox Pavilion, and Sam Boyd Stadium.
Official site: www.unlvtickets.com
Address: University of Nevada, 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Box 450003, Las Vegas, NV 89154-0003, United States
This work of art was created by Claes Oldenburg, to be a symbol for the University of Nevada. This 38-foot black steel flashlight is mounted lens down.
Walker African American Museum
If you are looking for a bit of history when visiting Las Vegas, stop in at the Walker African American Museum. Here you will find a wide variety of African American historical items on display such as photos, figurines, along with newspaper and magazines. Also on display are fine works of art and hand made dolls which are sold in the gift shop.
Official site: www.churchesinlasvegas.com/walkermuseum/
Address: 705 West Van Buren Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89106-3042, United States
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Fans of fast cars will want to head over to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is home to NASCAR races among many other racing events. The Speedway features multiple restaurants and for those wishing to stay overnight, camping is available.
Official site: www.lvms.com
Address: 7000 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV 89115-1708, United States
Laser Quest is the place to go in Las Vegas if you are feeling the need for an adrenalin rush. Visitors to Laser Quest suit up in futuristic outfits and carry a laser gun in order to tag other players. The game is played in the semi darkness of a warehouse filled with all manner of obstacles to hide behind.
Official site: www.laserquest.com
Address: 7361 West Lake Mead Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89128-1040, United States
Nevada Opera Theatre
The Nevada Opera Theatre Company is located in Las Vegas and performs some of the best-loved opera productions. Featured performances change throughout the year, be sure to check their website for the latest show information. Performances have include La Boheme and Tosca.
Address: 1601 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119-5278, United States
Pueblo Park is located in Las Vegas and is surrounded by residential development. The park is 62 acres in size and offers visitors amenities including a desert interpretive garden, jogging and walking trails, basketball courts, and play areas for children.
4th Dimension Virtual Game Center (closed)
The 4th Dimension Virtual Game Center in Las Vegas is a good spot to fill that need. Here visitors will find state of the art arcade games that will delight those of all ages.
Art Encounter was established in 1992 to provide an opportunity for visitors to discover vast art styles and mediums. This fine art gallery hosts over 100 international, national and local artists.
Official site: www.artencounter.com
Address: 5720 S. Arville Street, Suite 119, Las Vegas, NV 89102, United States
Lisa Livingstone Gallery
When in Las Vegas, be sure to visit the Lisa Livingstone Gallery. Located not far off the famous Las Vegas Strip, the gallery highlights works of art by local residents. Shows are always changing, be sure to check in to see what's on display.
Address: 3335 Cinder Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89103-3025, United States
Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Movie Museum (Closed)
The Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Movie Museum is now closed.
Address: 305 Convention Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109-2098, United States
Huntridge Theater for the Performing Arts (Closed)
The Huntridge Theater for the Performing Arts closed on December 31, 2001.
Scandia Family Fun Center (Closed)
The Scandia Family Fun Center is now closed.
Address: 2900 West Sirius Avenue, United States
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