More Sights To See In Las Vegas
BONNIE SPRINGS RANCH
An “Old Nevada” 1880’s mining town theme, enjoy a western atmosphere that features a good guys vs. bad guys gunfight show and great horseback riding. Admission is $20 per car (up to 6 persons) or $3 per person (via bus). Open daily, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 1 Gunfighter Lane, in Blue Diamond. 702-875-4191.
Located 20 miles from Las Vegas, Boulder City was initially created to house the workers who built Hoover Dam. Constructed in 1931 in the midst of the Great Depression, Boulder City today continues to provide an inviting, family-oriented atmosphere, great for day trips or overnighters. 702-293-9256.
EIFFEL TOWER / ARC DE TRIOMPHE
Located at the Paris Hotel, its 50-story Eiffel Tower and its two-thirds-size Arc de Triomphe are both authentic reproductions of the Parisian originals. Open daily, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Admission is $10 adults, $7 children/seniors; adults are $15 (Express Pass $22) from 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 702-946-7000.
ETHEL M FACTORY AND CACTUS GARDENS
Chocolate (and cactus) lovers will love a trip to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and its accompanying two-acre Botanical Cactus Gardens. Free tours are presented daily, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Located at 1 Sunset Way in Henderson, just a few miles east of The Strip, at Mountain Vista. 702-458-8864.
FOUNTAINS OF BELLAGIO
Designed to romance your senses, enjoy this free show of water, music and light as you walk The Strip, thoughtfully interwoven to mesmerize observers. Mon.-Fri., 3-8 p.m., every 30 min., and 8 p.m. -12 a.m., every 15 min.; Sat./Sun., 12-8 p.m., every 30 min., and 8 p.m.-12 a.m., every 15 min. 702-693-7111.
FREMONT ST. EXPERIENCE
Located in historic downtown Las Vegas, this world famous, seven-block, open-air pedestrian mall features live entertainment, concerts, and Viva Vision, the largest video screen on the planet, presenting graphic light shows nightly at the top of the hour from 6 p.m. until midnight. 702-678-5777.
HOOVER DAM / LAKE MEAD
30 miles southeast of The Strip via US 93 South, this historic dam is one of the world’s great engineering wonders, while Lake Mead, among the world’s largest man-made lakes, is the source of our valley’s water supply. Inner dam tours are $11 adults, and $9 seniors, juniors and military. 702-471-7155.
LAS VEGAS SPRINGS PRESERVE
Las Vegas’ birthplace, this is a 180-acre cultural institution featuring museums, galleries, outdoor events, botanical gardens and a 1.8 mile trail system. Admission free; museums and galleries are $6.95–$18.95 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Three miles west of downtown, at 333 S. Valley View Blvd. 702-822-7700.
MIRACLE MILE FOUNTAIN
Located at Planet Hollywood in the Miracle Mile shopping mall, this multi-million dollar fountain shoots water 50 feet high and features beautiful lighting and sound effects with color-changing fog, all choreographed to original music. Operates daily at the top of the hour, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. 702-785-5555.
A world famous outdoor Strip feature, the Mirage first erupted it in 1988. Today, it features more fireworks than ever and amazing state-of-the-art sounds by legendary Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and Indian tabla sensation Zakir Hussain. Erupting nightly every hour on the hour until 11 p.m. 702-791-7111.
An hour’s drive north on US 95, Mount Charleston in the Toiyabe National Forest is great for camping, picnics, and enjoying nature. In summer, it’s a great place to beat the heat. In snow-covered winter, enjoy the rustic ski resort (702-385-2754); or stay at the Mount Charleston Lodge. 702-872-5408.
MYSTIC FALLS PARK / SUNSET STAMPEDE
At Sam’s Town Hotel on Boulder Highway, it’s a picturesque indoor park with a state-of-the-art laser and light show entitled Sunset Stampede, a unique journey of the Western pioneer experience choreographed to a symphonic score. It plays daily at the waterfall area, at 2, 6, 8 and 10 p.m. 702-456-7777.
RED ROCK CANYON
20 miles west of Las Vegas off State Highway 159, it encompasses 197,000 acres within the Mojave Desert, an area of world wide geologic interest and beauty, great for picnics and hiking. Open daily 6 a.m.-8 p.m. at $5 per car, $2 for motorcyclists/tour bus riders, free for bicyclist/hikers. 702-515-5350.
STREET PERFORMERS AT GRAND CANAL SHOPPES
Located in the Venetian Hotel’s St. Mark’s square, this is home to a variety of unique performing artists such as magicians, puppeteers, astonishing living statues, stilt walkers and other fabulous free entertainment (and shopping). Daily performances are at 12, 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. 702-733-5000.
VALLEY OF FIRE
50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, this is Nevada's oldest state park. Its rough terrain and jagged walls contain brilliant formations of eroded sandstone and sand dunes more than 150 million years old which appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun. $6 per vehicle per day; add $8 for camping. 702-397-2088.