Top Five Things to Do In Las Vegas For Non-Gamblers


View of Grand Canyon from the South Rim. Photo by Barry Inouye.

If you go to Las Vegas, most of you will be going to gamble right? But what if you go to Las Vegas with family members or friends that don’t gamble? Or what if you need to convince a non-gambler to travel with you to Las Vegas? What can you do if you don’t like to gamble? Fortunately, there are lots of things to do in Southern Nevada if you don’t like to gamble. Here’s our top five list for such people.

1. Visit Nearby National Parks – Las Vegas is well within a half day’s drive to some of the most spectacular national parks in America. You can reach the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona by car in less than 4 ½ hours. You can drive to neighboring Utah to see Zion National Park in around 2 ½ hours and then reach Bryce Canyon National Park in another around 2 hours. California’s Death Valley National Park is less than 2 ½ hours by car from Las Vegas. The national parks might be America’s greatest treasure; but it might also be one of its best deals too.  If you buy an annual pass, you can get up to 4 people in at any national park during a 12 month period for only $80.  If you’re 62 or older, you can get a lifetime annual pass for only $10.

2. Check Out Area 51 – While it’s not possible for you to enter the grounds of mysterious Area 51, which must be America’s most well-known secret military base, you can still visit the nearby quirky town of Rachel, Nevada and enjoy tasty, but out-of-this world, burgers at the iconic Little A’Le’Inn restaurant as well as buy an assortment of Area 51 related souvenirs. Nearby, you can even drive up to one of Area 51 entry gates to get a sense of what makes this place so fascinating to UFO conspiracy enthusiasts. The town of Rachel is about a 2 ½ drive north of Las Vegas.


The A’Le’Inn in Rachel, Nevada. Photo by Barry Inouye.

3. Museums Galore – Las Vegas has a variety of museums appealing to a wide range of interests including history and science enthusiasts. The Springs Preserve is Las Vegas’ largest museum complex, telling the complete story of Las Vegas when it was only a remote watering hole in the Mojave Desert to today as the entertainment capital of the world. Other interesting museums are the Atomic Testing Museum, which explains Southern Nevada’s role in developing nuclear weapons during the Cold War, the Mob Museum, which traces Las Vegas historic ties to organized crime, and the Neon Museum, which showcases classic neon signage from iconic Las Vegas hotels and attractions of the past.

4. Get Your Kicks on Route 66 – While historic Route 66 never passed through Las Vegas, significant parts of what still remains of this iconic national byway are within relatively close driving distance to Las Vegas. Route 66 passes the towns of Kingman, Oatman and Seligman in Arizona and Amboy, Oro Grande, Barstow and Victorville in California. Such places have a number of museums, stores and attractions promoting and still contributing to the nostalgia and colorful history of America’s so-called “Mother Road.”


Route 66 in Amboy, California. Photo by Barry Inouye.

5. Spend a Day at Lake Mead and Hoover Dam and Vicinity – While many who come to Las Vegas have seen Hoover Dam, it still remains one of America’s greatest engineering marvels. So it’s definitely worth seeing, especially if anyone in your traveling party has not seen it yet. What is fairly new is the O’Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge, which is the largest concrete arch bridge in the Americas, and offers spectacular and breathtaking views of Hoover Dam. Many may not be aware that Lake Mead is a national recreation area managed by the National Park Service and extends far southward of Hoover Dam, including nearby Lake Mohave and Davis Dam, all the down to Laughlin, Nevada.  The Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers visitors a wide range of water-related activities, including skiing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, fishing and swimming.


View of the O’Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge. Photo by Barry Inouye.

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