Attractions and Activities
Just because you are traveling to Las Vegas for medical reasons does not mean you can’t have a little fun. There are a dozens of “soft” activities and attractions that are perfect for medical travelers to njoy. The mild Las Vegas desert climate offers a varied menu of year-round outdoor fun in the sun. Enjoy an array of championship golf courses, plus a variety of sports, recreational activities and spectator vents throughout the year. From water sports to snow skiing to plunging thrill rides and museums; Las Vegas offers all the recreation you could want, on the Strip and far beyond.
Everybody knows Las Vegas for its world-class entertainment. But now, more and more people are coming to know this desert oasis as a world-class golfing paradise. Play where the pros play on more than 60 championship-caliber layouts designed by some of the greatest names in golf. Duffers and experienced golfers alike will also enjoy varied terrain from mountain scenery, verdant tree-lined fairways and elaborate waterscapes to the rugged natural desert environment.
Titanic Exhibit at Luxor
Descend into the murky depth of the north Atlantic to relive the tragic yet inspiring story of the Titanic. The 25,000-square-foot exhibit features numerous items from the Titanic, including luggage, the ship’s whistles, floor tiles from the first-class smoking room, a window frame from the Verandah Cafe and an unopened bottle of champagne with a 1900 vintage. In addition to the artifacts, the exhibit also eatures amazing replicas from the Titanic. One of these includes the staircase replica. Viewed by more than 20 million people worldwide, the Exhibition is among the highest attended in history.
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
Sharks are about the last thing you’d expect to find in the middle of a desert…but here at Mandalay Bay truth is stranger than fiction. Here you will come face-to-face with some of the earth’s most fascinating creatures in North America’s only predator-based aquarium and exhibit.
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is not your average aquarium. Completed at a cost of nearly $60 million, the fully themed facility was designed with the idea of immersing the visitor into this underwater world in the desert. Fourteen state-of-the-art exhibits have been designed to educate and awe visitors. The largest exhibit is the 1.3 million gallon shipwreck where visitors experience an almost 360-degree view, teeming with sharks and fish, through an acrylic tunnel. Visitors will be awed by the sheer number and variety of marine species including sharks of all kinds, sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellies and the rare golden crocodile. In all, there are over 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of water.
Madam Tussauds – The Venetian
Get up close and personal with your favorite stars at the world Madam Tussauds in Las Vegas. Hang out with wax figures of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, dance along with Elvis or simply marvel at dozens of incredibly life-like showbiz, sports, pop and cultural icons. Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was.
The Eiffel Tower Experience
Located at the Paris Las Vegas, just south of the intersection of the Vegas Strip and Flamingo Road, the Eiffel Tower Experience offers visitors a panoramic, bird’s-eye view of the Las Vegas Strip from 460 feet above ground.
The tower was constructed by master craftsmen according to Gustav Eiffel’s original plans, and is a half scale exact reproduction of the original world-famous European landmark.
After boarding the glass elevator at the Alexander III bridge, you’ll soar to the sky while an experienced elevator guide points out some of Las Vegas’ most famous landmarks.
Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck
Towering 1,149 ft over the desert, the Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. The tower offers spectacular vistas of Las Vegas and far beyond.
The way to the top is on a doubledecker elevator that whisks you up to the viewing deck in less than 30 seconds and at a speed of 1,800 feet per minute. A slowly rotating restaurant offers you gourmet cuisine while you enjoy 360-degree view of the city and the surrounding desert. If you are traveling with a thrill-seeking companion, then he or she may want to enjoy some of the thrill rides available at the top of the tower including Big Shot, Insanity, and XScream.
Other Popular Attractions Fountains of Bellagio
Graceland Wedding Chapel
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
Fremont Street Experience
Day Trips Outside of the City
In addition to Las Vegas, Southern Nevada is home to several smaller destinations that also offer celebrity entertainment, hotel-casinos and access to amenities and activities such as spas, golf, hiking extreme sports and water recreation.
Boulder City, Laughlin, Mesquite and Primm/Jean are well-known towns within easy driving distance of Las Vegas. All are located near Las Vegas, which makes them popular drive-in destinations for those traveling to Nevada from neighboring states.
Those looking for a getaway in an easygoing setting appreciate the relaxed atmosphere offered by these destinations. While enjoying a less frenetic pace, visitors know that plenty of gaming, ntertainment and recreational opportunities are within easy reach.
Scenic Day Trips - Natural Attractions
Many travelers are drawn to the lights and excitement of Las Vegas, but too few are aware of the spectacular Southwest landscape that surrounds them. Rugged mountains, red rock canyons and deep desert valleys offer stunning scenery and myriad outdoor recreational opportunities. The region’s favorable climate makes outdoor activity around Las Vegas an attractive option year-round.
Mount Charleston is 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Las Vegas, with its highest elevation at 11,918 feet (3,615 meters). An average of 20 to 30 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, Mt. Charleston is perfect for skiing, picnicking, hiking and horseback riding. In addition to year-round hotel accommodations and tours, full-service camping is also available from May through September.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon in western Arizona lies approximately 300 miles (480 kilometers) or a one-hour flight from Las Vegas. Over millions of years, the Colorado River carved this natural wonder that is one mile deep and 277 miles long. Sightseeing air tours and ground tours of the Grand Canyon depart Las Vegas daily for half-day, full-day and overnight excursions.
Grand Canyon West, a destination owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe at the Grand Canyon’s western rim, opened The Skywalk. This modern-day marvel is the first-ever cantilever-shaped glass walkway to suspend more than 4,000 feet above the canyon’s floor and extend 70 feet from the canyon’s rim. Envisioned by Las Vegas-based entrepreneur David Jin, The Skywalk was designed by MRJ Architects and is located 120 miles east of Las Vegas at Grand Canyon West’s Eagle Point.
Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is just 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Las Vegas. It is a scenic area of rock formations and desert with a 3,000-foot (910-meter) escarpment produced by a thrust fault. Open to the public year-round and a popular destination for hikers, bikers, joggers and rock climbers, Red Rock Canyon offers a Bureau of Land Management visitors center and is home to feral horses, wild burros, bighorn sheep, coyotes and a variety of desert plant life.
Hoover Dam is an engineering wonder of the world just 35 miles (56 kilometers) southeast of Las egas. Formerly named Boulder Dam, this historic man-made creation tamed the mighty Colorado River and created North America’s largest man-made lake, Lake Mead. The 726-foot-high, arch-gravity dam is 660 feet thick and forever changed the face of the western United States. On-site tours of the dam are available to the public throughout the year.
Lake Mead National Recreational Area is just 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Las Vegas at its closest point. With more than 550 miles (880 kilometers) of shoreline, Lake Mead Recreational Area offers outdoor enthusiasts year-round opportunities for swimming, water skiing, camping, boating, fishing, tours and cruises.
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