* Show Vegas some much-needed love by enjoying it this fall
* Where to stay, where to eat and what to do
* Tips for unlocking the more local, less touristy side of Vegas
Fall is the best time to visit Las Vegas, and in light of horrific recent events, the city could use our tourism dollars now more than ever.
“Sin City” is especially fun during the fall because there’s fewer families on vacation, no college groups looking for The Hangover experience and the weather is enjoyable–not as scorching hot as it gets in the summer. Plus it’s easier to score deals on hotels, shows and attractions this time of year, even though Vegas never really has an off-season.
Like any great city, Las Vegas can be enjoyed in many different ways. The giant casinos and touristy hotels on the Strip are definitely worth checking out, but there’s a unique, mostly unknown side of Vegas that’s easier to tap into than you might think. To unlock this side of the city, check out our guides below for hotels, restaurants and activities that are less touristy, but still quintessentially Las Vegas.
Where to Stay
Whether you’re traveling with kids, can’t stand walking through smoky casinos to get everywhere, or just like retiring to a quiet hotel after a long night, finding the right accommodation can be a challenge. To help with the search, below are the six best non-casino hotels in Las Vegas.
Where to Eat
Vegas offers some incredible food if you know where to look. Read our list of the nine best restaurants, There’s options for everything from a quiet date night to a place to fill up before a long night out.
What to do
In Vegas, what you do for fun is equally as important as eating and sleeping. If you’re looking for some unique activities, check out our list of five unexpected things to do in Las Vegas.
Clark County Wetlands Park
One of the best places to soak in some nature while in Las Vegas is the Clark County Wetlands. The oasis features trails, a visitor center, and birdwatching. Best of all, parking and admission are free.
Just 3 miles west of downtown Las Vegas is the Springs Preserve, a 180-acre cultural institution that features museums, galleries, outdoor concerts, botanical gardens and a scenic, meandering trail system. It’s perfect for a sun-filled family outing and great as a hangover cure.
Nostalgia Street Rods
Nostalgia Street Rods showcases a multi-million dollar collection of street rods, scooters and race cars that have been collected over 50 years. Whether you’re into cars or not, this collection is worth checking out.
The Mob Museum
Hear the part of American history textbooks don’t talk about: the mob. Las Vegas and the mob have a long history together, but that’s only part of this comprehensive and entertaining museum.
Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah
See the opulent estate of Wayne Newton, one of Las Vegas’s most famous entertainers. The 52-acre estate features manicured gardens, opulent interiors, a classic car collection, private jet and incredible memorabilia from celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball.
The National Atomic Testing Museum
A fascinating part of Nevada’s history is the development and testing of atomic bombs. This museum provides interactive presentations and films that offer a history of atomic bombs from Hiroshima, through the Cold War, until today. Tickets are available as part of a hop-on hop-off bus tour.
Pinball Hall of Fame
The Pinball Hall of Fame is exactly what it sounds like. It’s one of the best hidden gems of Las Vegas, with over 2,000 positive reviews on Tripadvisor.
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