Go Off the Strip!
Beyond Las Vegas Boulevard
By A’Dia G
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? I mean we all love to think so. However, it never fails. The moment I come back from visiting Sin City, I have way too many stories to tell. Now I’m not giving away any secrets from the Girl’s trip but there is always something to talk about. From the outrageously themed resorts to the amazing concerts and shows, Vegas has it all. Please… don’t even get me started on the restaurants! If you never been to Vegas, it can be pretty overwhelming to determine what to do and where to go. For you first time I would always recommend having the true "on-the-strip experience”. Stay and play on the strip! Now if you’re like me and have been several times then I would recommend veering off from the tourist attractions and to see other parts of the city. There are so many attractions to see that are just minutes away (or not that far away from) from the Strip.
#1: Seven Magic Mountains (25 mins)
They definitely stand out in the desert! The Seven Magic Mountains are amazing to see in person. There isn’t a cost associated with visiting these multicolor towers. Many visitors take advantage of the colorful background, taking photos in their all white or color-blocking attire. It’s fun for all as families and friends gather around just to look at the amazing installation by artist Ugo Rondinone. Since the site is open twenty-four hours, I would recommend getting there early to avoid heavy crowds. Also, this is the desert so remember to bring water with you and to be prepared. FYI the nearest bathrooms are five miles away.
#2: Café Lola (20 mins)
OMGee! Whether you are on a date with the girls, bae or just on a family outing, this cute café offers the perfect décor, drinks and food to start your morning or afternoon! Their menu offers a variety of drinks- from specialty lattes to frozen drinks. The food is also amazing! Options from the lightest fare to the surprisingly big-sized (at least for a café) burgers and sandwiches, there is truly something for everyone. I would recommend that your party selects different items from the menu so that you can experience the presentation of the food.. You may not want to share your Strawberry Shortcake waffles, but at least let your friends get to see it! The café is first come, first serve so be sure to get there early!
From left to right: The veggie scramble, a regular latte and the strawberry shortcake waffles.
#3: Meow Wolf (10 mins)
Have you experienced a place so quirky that you can’t believe it exists? From secret pathways to interesting produce, OmegaMart is an experience. The grocery store attraction is all a front! If you can find the secret pathways in the store prepare to have your mind blown. OmegaMart offers cool sci-fi themed attractions, with its interactive exhibits and also fun (and apparently from the screams…. scary) slides. It’s a great way to beat the Vegas heat.
If you have time, also try to check out Area 15, the main area outside of OmegaMart. Entry is free but requires a pass certain activity. There is so much to do, click here for the map of attractions..
#4: Rail Explorers (30 mins)
If you like to get your heart pumping, then you may want to check out the Rail Explorers in Boulder City, Nevada. This fun excursion allows you to pedal a four-mile train track while enjoying nature’s best view. It’s so much fun that even the dogs are seen enjoying the ride! To beat the heat (during the summer), I would suggest skipping the Southwest Summer Soaker option!
#5: Fremont Street (15mins)
It might be considered “Old Vegas” but Fremont Street can still draw a crowd! There are free outdoor concerts with the Free Concert Series at 3rd Street Stage. Feeling adventurous? You can zipline from SlotZilla with options to fly while seated or super hero style. The Neon and Mob Museums are also available to check-out. It wouldn’t be Vegas without the many places to eat, drink and gamble!
Personally, I have yet to experience Fremont Street. Hopefully I will be successful on my next trip to Vegas.
Now when visiting Vegas, I would always recommend doing the following:
1. Brunch: Whether you make a reservation for a Drag Brunch or a brunch at one of the many famous Vegas restaurants, go to brunch! Start your day off right with good eats and drinks! A personal fav is Flights by Alex Hult.
2. Other Good Eats: Along with brunch, make sure to eat at any of the famous Vegas restaurants for lunch or dinner. A few recommendations: Black Tap, é by José Andrés, Tao Asian Bistro and Amalfi by Bobby Flay. There are so many options to choose!
3. Experience a Residency: When you hear someone is having a concert in Vegas… get the tickets! Vegas concerts are on a whole different level. The outfits, the stage production, the crowd… it’s just impressive! Totally worth the experience.
4. Exploring the Strip and Hotels: The best time to be on the Strip is at night! My favorite part of exploring the strip is visiting the hotels. I love experiencing the "theme" and looking at the decor of each at hotel. Must-See Hotels: The Venetian, The Cosmopolitan, The Bellagio, and Caesars Palace.
Please remember that Vegas has endless options of things to-do and see. Make sure to hydrate and pack your good shoes for this one. Go with the flow… and the right crowd, and you are sure to have a good time!