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Unique Things to do in Las Vegas, On and Off the Strip

Updated: Jun 14, 2023




Everyone should go to Las Vegas at least once, whether you're a gambler, a fan of glitz and glamour, or seeking experiences that are more low-key and off the beaten path. Even the famed Las Vegas strip has hidden sights, unique experiences and delicious food options.

Dining in Las Vegas

High profile restaurants in L.A., New York City, Napa Valley and elsewhere have Vegas locations, and many are located within casinos, making getting there part of the fun.


Eggslut, Milk Bar and Jaleo by Jose Andres can be found in The Cosmopolitan, as can é by José Andrés, an intimate private dining experience. Cronut magnate Dominique Ansel has an outpost at Caesar’s Palace. French Laundry chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery are in the Venetian. Off the strip, check out Randy’s Donuts (a Los Angeles transplant,) and visit Take it Easy Roasters in Las Vegas’ Chinatown for coffee and Colombian pastries.


Art in Las Vegas

colorful rocks stacked high in the desert in seven tall forms
"Seven Magic Mountains," by Ugo Rondinone, Las Vegas.

Beyond the Las Vegas Strip's glowing neon you’ll find public art, displayed collections and in-the-know, funky experiences.


ARIA's public fine art collection includes works by James Turrell, Sanford Biggers, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin, and many other contemporary artists.


It’s worth getting a rental car to explore Las Vegas off the strip. The stacked, brightly colored rocks of Ugo Rondindone’s “Seven Magic Mountains” sculpture is a desert installation located just out of town. Travelers of all ages can enjoy the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden, the world's largest cactus garden. Swing through the Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas for a stop at The Writer’s Block, and indie bookstore with a striking, plant-filled interior.


giant cat sculpture with its tongue out
"Snowball," by Jesse Smigel. Public art in the Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas.

Only in Las Vegas

Interior of the "Omega Mart" portal, Meow Wolf Las Vegas.


Immerse yourself in another world at Area 51 and Omega Mart, Meow Wolf’s Las Vegas portal. Set up as an uncanny, quirky supermarket theme, Omega Mart “customers” can peruse the shelves for — and purchase — product packing objects like Pigeon Mousse for Cats, Rumored Associates Muslii and Honey Clumps of Hmmm, Who Told You This Was Butter? and more.




Visitors with more time to spare can take in Las Vegas’ natural beauty, including its proximity to the Hoover Dam, and charming small towns like Boulder City.


 

Whether you spend your time on the Las Vegas Strip, off the strip, further afield or a mix of all three, Las Vegas has plenty of things to offer for both gamblers and non-gamblers, and travelers of many interests!


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