Tour Las Vegas And Discover More Than Just a Casino

Written by: Darlene Berkel

Tour Las Vegas And Discover More Than Just a Casino

Booking a Las Vegas tour can open the possibilities to more than just visiting a bunch of casinos and catching the nightly shows, though those are still fun things to do when visiting Vegas. What else is there to do than sit at a blackjack table or a slot machine? I'm glad you asked. Let's take a look.

Las Vegas (often informally abbreviated to "Vegas") is one of the most dynamic cities in the world. It has "reinvented" itself as an internationally known vacation, shopping, entertainment, and gambling destination. In short, it has become a hotspot for dining, vacationing and shopping over the years. Much more than just casino's.

The Grand Canyon

For the geographically challenged you'll be pleased to note that visiting the Grand Canyon is available while on a Las Vegas tour. The park was founded as Grand Canyon National Monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt, and became a national park in 1919.

The Grand Canyon we visit today is a gift from past generations. It is a massive canyon carved over several million years by the Colorado River. One of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world, Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers to visitors on the rim. Visit the south rim of the Grand Canyon and see just where they get all those great shots on the post cards, or take a helicopter trip 4,000 feet down to the base and have a picnic.

While down there you could take the time to explore some American Indian land. The Grand Canyon is among the most popular of camping and hiking destinations, and is more than 217 miles long. At its narrowest it is a mere 4 miles across, while some pieces of it stretch a yawning 18 miles wide. Try your hand at whitewater, or calm water, rafting in the Colorado River that flows along the base of this amazing canyon.

Ghost Towns

Ghost towns are another popular choice when taking a Las Vegas tour, with Potosi Ghost Town being one of the first ghost towns in Nevada. Originally settled by Mormon pioneers, it was their drive for self-sufficiency economically that led to them mining for lead. About 9,000 pounds of lead was recovered from the "Mountain of Lead" 30 miles southwest of the mission at Las Vegas Springs before smelting difficulties forced the remote mine to be abandoned in 1857. In 1861 interested parties in California reopened the Potosi mine and what is now called the Union Pacific was built through the area in 1905. A lot of history resides in these old ghost towns you can visit during a Las Vegas tour.

Secret Garden of Siegfried & Roy and the Dolphin Habitat

Fun choices for the animal enthusiast on a Las Vegas tour, the Secret Garden is a natural habitat that allows you a chance to get a closer look at the rare breeds Siegfried and Roy use in their nightly shows. Catch a glimpse of the famous Royal White Tigers, Bengal tigers, the panthers and snow leopards as well as an Asian elephant. Right next door at the Mirage Hotel you can watch the dolphins play in a habitat that is as close as you can get to natural in the middle of a desert. If your Las Vegas tour doesn't include these sights in the plan, you might stop by to see them anyway, as the admission covers both locations.

Elvis-A-Rama Museum

Interested in seeing a massive homage to one of the biggest musical stars of all time? Check out the Elvis-A-Rama Museum on your Las Vegas tour and see over $3 million worth of Elvis memorabilia in this unique tribute located behind the Fashion Show Mall. Among the more notable pieces in this collection are the 35kt red star ruby ring and many custom designed Hollywood movie outfits he wore. Even his fantastic automobiles and first ski boat are on display, along with an 80 foot long Elvis-A-Rama mural by artist Robert Shappy which is noted as the world's largest tribute to the "King".

With a shark reef inside Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, circus shows inside Circus Circus, and tropical birds to be seen in the Tropicana you rarely need to leave your hotel to see interesting sights. But for the best in Las Vegas adventure, be sure to book yourself a Las Vegas tour.

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