Everyone knows about the luxurious resorts, endless restaurants, high rolling casinos, and elaborate shows that Las Vegas offers, but the so-called “Sin City” holds many secrets too. There are many hidden gems that most visitors miss, so whether you’re planning a trip and want to explore some of those treasures or purchased one of the Las Vegas houses for sale and are ready to go beyond that well-beaten path, be sure to check out some of these options.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
While the Vegas Strip is jam-packed with people year-round, you’ll find a completely different world just 17 miles west in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Center. Designated the first National Conservation Area in Nevada, it hosts more than 30 miles of enchanting hiking trails. Close to the visitor center are the Calico Hills, which you can access from multiple points along a trail running from the building to Sandstone Quarry. You’ll see the red stone ridge before heading into the heart of incredible boulders and rocky hills. While the route traverses six miles, you can hike a shorter portion that makes it easy to accomplish on a short day trip from the city. Another option is the 4.4-mile White Rock-Willow Spring Loop, which showcases everything from mountains and pine trees to desert landscapes dotted with cactus. Visitors can even discover wildlife like bighorn sheep and marvel at petroglyphs.
The Mob Museum
If you want to visit a one-of-a-kind museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, also known as the “Mob Museum,” will show you how organized crime has impacted law enforcement, with a focus on crime in Las Vegas. It covers three floors with fascinating items that include part of the wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and bullet fragments, along with various exhibits like a sound booth that plays the real-life tales of La Cosa Nostra.
Well, it may no longer be a “best-kept secret,” but the High Roller does have a feature many don’t know about. This is the place to go for a bird’s-eye view of the city and well beyond. From its highest point at 550 feet above ground, you can look over all of Vegas, from The Strip and the airport to the surrounding valley. But what few are aware of, is that by paying a little extra, you can even take advantage of an open bar while on the ride.
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While the Cosmopolitan certainly isn’t a secret, it is home to Vegas’ most exclusive restaurant, hidden inside the popular hotel. There is no sign out front, but it’s nestled in a small, private room that sits adjacent to Jaleo’s lively bar and paella grill. It features a creative tasting menu for a table of up to eight who enjoy a 20-course dinner. You’ll indulge in course after course, for a meal of a lifetime, something that should be on the top of the list from any food enthusiast.