Southern Nevada offers more than just the Las Vegas Strip. For those interested in botanical wonders and man-made wonders, tours showcase both the history and desert beauty surrounding Las Vegas. With the revival of downtown Las Vegas, a unique walking tour encompasses the social aspect of urban Las Vegas with a fun aspect. Ghostly adventures and culture are also available along with experiencing the Strip from a unique perspective. Below are our top tour choices to understand Las Vegas from many different aspects.
Alibi The Show
707 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Alibi Las Vegas is a combination walking tour and interactive show in downtown Las Vegas celebrating its resurgence. Along with experiencing downtown bars, restaurants and shops, the tour group will also interact with comedic actors in humorous situations in various locations. Along with enjoying food and refreshments, clues are offered to find the next setting with another interesting character. Each tour lasts over two hours and is family friendly (although it is recommended that children should be at least six years old) and no casinos are entered during the tour. Participants should be able to comfortably walk for long periods.
Haunted Vegas Tours
The Royal Resort
99 Convention Center Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Las Vegas has its share of ghostly places and ghost hunter Robert George offers his paranormal investigation during Haunted Vegas Tours. During the bus ride with stops and experienced guides, actual locations of death including notable celebrities such as Tupac Shakur (along with his haunted house) are toured. The depths of Flamingo Las Vegas are explored with stories of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel still walking the halls with his famous car buried underground. The infamous Las Vegas “Motel of Death” will be seen and an interactive paranormal investigation will be conducted in a park that was the scene of a horrific death.
Black Canyon Area River And Historic Tours
Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures
Boulder City, NV 89006
Hoover Dam, the Black Canyon and the Colorado River are an integral part of Southern Nevada history. Black Canyon Area River and Historic Tours offers a fun day trip on a motor-assisted raft with a knowledgeable guide. View desert wildlife and the beauty of the river and terrain while gliding on the river. See a view of Hoover Dam that cannot be experienced from a car or the bridge overhead. With the Hoover Dam project created in 1930s, the walkways and other remnants of buildings remain a testament to the men and women who helped to create a new era in Las Vegas. The tour is about five hours with lunch and a rest stop included.
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Big Bus Tours
2101 Western Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Big Bus Tours features a double decker bus with an open top to experience Las Vegas’s most famous landmarks either in the open air or covered vehicle. Knowledgeable guides provide a real insight into the city of Las Vegas with colorful stories about the history of the casinos and its operators that made Southern Nevada what it has become in the 21st century. The day tour offers the hop-on, hop-off options. The night tour features both downtown and the Strip with its glitz and glamour. No food or beverage is offered and guests sit during the entire tour.
The Smith Center For The Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is part of the cultural center of Southern Nevada. Along with offering shows, musical performances and theater, it also features visiting art installations and commissioned pieces throughout its campus. Las Vegas and international artists are showcased and the architecture of The Smith Center was designed to be an exhibit itself. Free, guided walking tours throughout the center are offered featuring the art, architecture and history of The Smith Center. Tours are 60 minutes on Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and limited to 20 patrons. Participants should be able to comfortably walk for long periods.
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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.