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Expert overall rating:5.0 (out of 5)

One of the natural wonders of the world. If you can spare the time, you must visit.

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Red Rock Canyon

Price guide: Budget
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Best for Chilling out -
Expert overall rating:5.0 (out of 5)

A stunning national park just 20 miles west of the Strip.

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Hoover Dam

Price guide: Free
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Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

One of the most iconic architectural structures in the States, this is breathtaking.

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Neon Boneyard

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

A vison of how Vegas used to be.

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Eiffel Tower Ride

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

Wonderful views of the Strip from the Eiffel Tower - it's romance central come night time.

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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

The classic introduction to Vegas.

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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A gondola ride in a fake canal is far more exciting than it should be!

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Valley of Fire

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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A huge park area of desert backed with flame-coloured rocks, this is the ultimate escape.

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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Amazing views of the Strip - at 67mph.

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Atomic Testing Museum

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

An unexpected history lesson just off the Strip.

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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

A taste of Old Vegas with casinos and live music.

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Bodies

Price guide: Expensive
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A gruesome but interesting look at how the human body functions.

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Few things irritate me more than people putting down Las Vegas by saying there's nothing to do off the Strip or outside the casinos. No, it's not a cultural centre, and I doubt it ever will be, but there's plenty to do - you just have to look for it. The Neon Boneyard is a brilliant way to learn the history of the town, and the Bellagio Fine Art Gallery will satisfy those of you who can't visit a town without stepping inside an art gallery, but Vegas' main attractions are outside. And the beautiful thing about them is that many of them are free, or charge only for parking. 

Speaking of which, I highly recommend you hire a car, at least for a day or two. Taxis are expensive here and car hire is pretty cheap - and if you come to Vegas without seeing any of the natural attractions (Red Rock Canyon or the Hoover Dam is the minimum, if you ask me), you really are missing a huge part of what's on offer. I find the landscape here some of the most beautiful in the world (it's actually a large part of why I moved here) and when I used the word "breathtaking" (which I have a lot in these listings), I'm not exaggerating. The desert has a huge amount to offer - it's up to you to get out there.

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Vegas is gloriously manageable since the Strip is so concentrated and most of the attractions don't take long to get through. I've covered a range of things to do from the obvious (the Bellagio fountains and the Welcome sign are essential for first timers) to the less so. And you'll find several ideas for outside trips, too - even if you're not active, I can't recommend getting out into the desert enough. This is America, home of the "scenic drive", after all - you can visit national parks and barely need to leave the car.  

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Vegas is gloriously manageable since the Strip is so concentrated and most of the attractions don't take long to get through. I've covered a range of things to do from the obvious (the Bellagio fountains and the Welcome sign are essential for first timers) to the less so. And you'll find several ideas for outside trips, too - even if you're not active, I can't recommend getting out into the desert enough. This is America, home of the "scenic drive", after all - you can visit national parks and barely need to leave the car.