Ah…..Las Vegas. When you’re a local, living and working and doing all those normal things people do every day, it’s easy to forget about the fact that “Hey! I live in a city that people all over the world want to come to!” (That works both ways, of course…they normally think we all live in hotels and work in casinos, right?)
Seriously, though – life in Southern Nevada really does offer a whole lot more “awesome” than most of us give it credit for. Certainly the Las Vegas Strip provides entertainment galore – but the sheer volume of recreation, events, and things to do outside of the Strip is so vast that we can see why it takes people several trips to fit them all in.
Seems like a shame that so many of us “locals” still haven’t done a lot of this stuff (that we’ve listed below). Or have you?
Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour. The truth now – you’ve known about them for a loooooong time. But have you ever? This one has been such a mainstay of Las Vegas for so long, we’re actually curious how many of you have done the “tourist” thing and flown it?
Nature & Wildlife Tours. Those pink Jeeps have piqued your interest before when you’ve seen them on the road, haven’t they? They should – because this is the #3 Outdoor Activity for Las Vegas, according to Trip Advisor. Take your pick of guided tours – from the “Bright Lights City” to Death Valley, Hoover Dam, or the Grand Canyon. Oh wait, don’t forget about the Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon!
Extreme Aviation Experience. Sky Combat Ace – now that’s a company name that conjures up images, eh? Go solo, take a group with you – then pick your experience. Aerial Dogfighting? Check. Aerobatics? Check. Flight Training? Check. A bit on the pricey side (so just make it one of your once-in-a-lifetime bucket list items) – but think of the stories you’ll have to tell!
Dive with the Sharks. While Las Vegas is well known for its poker sharks, very few visitors know that Mandalay Bay’s aquarium, Shark Reef, is one of the few in the world that allows SCUBA certified guests to get in the tank and swim with actual sharks, such as the fierce Sand Tiger.
Swim with the Dolphins. In the same vein, while several resorts worldwide let you swim with dolphins, only the Mirage offers a Dolphin Trainer For The Day Program – and even Dolphin Yoga!
Drive a Lamborghini. At Speed Vegas, you can take the wheel of a quarter million dollar Lamborghini Gallardo or Huracán – or how about a Ferrari? Or a Porsche Cayman GTS? Pretty much any of those options are going to give car aficionados the serious “speed fix” they’re looking for.
We’d love to fill you in on more of the incredible “experiences” offered around town, but hey – we have day jobs, too! The point of all this, though, is that like we said…. when you’re local, you forgot about all the options available right here at-hand. Let us know when you decide to try some of these out – or come up with even more exciting ones you can share!