The designations, bestowed by WalletHub.com and Thrillist, obviously acknowledge Las Vegas’ rightful place as the Entertainment Capital of the World, but also place the spotlight on activities and attractions beyond the Strip that create an enviable quality of life.
Whether you are a visitor or call Las Vegas home, here are just a few of the many fun things to do.
Adventure Is Out There!
If you like mother nature, Las Vegas is a smorgasbord of outdoor recreation! You can hike the trails of the 200-acre Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just a few miles outside of Las Vegas and soak in the mesmerizing ancient petroglyphs at Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. Be sure to experience Valley of Fire State Park – about an hour northeast of Las Vegas – but truly, a world away from the glitz of The Strip featuring excellent hiking among picturesque crooks, arches and alcoves. For winter sports like skiing and sledding, head up to Mt. Charleston only 20 minutes outside the city.
Las Vegas Pro Sports
One of the best things about living in Las Vegas is the city’s growing professional sports scene. Since 2016 Las Vegas have built stadiums for and welcomed the NFL Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium, NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena and Minor League Baseball’s Las Vegas Aviators’ move to the new Las Vegas Ballpark. Those are in addition to The Las Vegas Aces, the city’s own WNBA pro basketball team which plays the Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and the Las Vegas Lights FC, professional soccer at downtown’s Cashman Field. And there are more sports teams on the way!
Downtown Las Vegas – A Giant Canvas for Arts and Culture
Downtown Las Vegas is a vibrant and diverse community full creative people with a dynamic landscape of visual and performing arts. From an assortment of uniquely Vegas museums like the Neon Museum, Mob Museum and Discovery Children’s Museum to a growing Arts District brimming with galleries, dining and even locally-sourced micro-breweries to the World-class Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the annual international Life is Beautiful festival, downtown Las Vegas is a must-experience arts scene.
The Dining Scene
As Eater magazine says: Las Vegas is full of restaurants to explore, new and old. The choices are so vast that the publication put together the ultimate “Dining 101: A Guide for Eating and Drinking in Sin City: Everything you need to know about feeding yourself, from classic values to essential splurges, in Las Vegas.” Updated in December 2021, the guide offers information on everything from breakfast and lunch, dinner and late-night dining to an overview of a variety of cuisines including Latin, Caribbean, seafood, novelty, Asian, Hawaiian, Classic Las Vegas, Healthy and more!