Some are hesitant to go to Vegas because they hate gambling, nor they are interested in drinking. They just do not find the Vegas strip appealing.

But not everyone that goes to Vegas, and loved it there, are fond of casinos. They, however, made it a point to explore past the hotels and resorts. I can’t say they went off the beaten path but there are just several things that you can do outside of Vegas.

Yes, it’s easy to get stuck around pools and the gaming area, not noticing the time passed by. And next thing you know, you need to take your flight out of Vegas.

If you’re looking to go to Vegas this year or anytime soon, make it a vow to see more that the place offers more than the glitz and glamour it is always associated with.

Do try checking these places out and you might just appreciate Vegas but not as a gambling mecca it is famous for.

The Grand Canyon

Declared as a UNESCO heritage Site on October 24, 1979, and a treasure for geologists, the Grand Canyon is among the sites near Vegas that is worth visiting. The rocks are a billion years old and is continuously transforming.

There are several companies offering day trips to this place. You can also rent a car and drive by yourself which is around five to six hours.

The commute no doubt consumes a lot of time. Chances are you will not be able to stay that long at the Grand Canyon. But if you aren’t sure when you can get the chance to see this again, then the site is going to be worth an addition in your Vegas itinerary.

Boulder DamHoover Dam

Found on the Black Canyon on the Colorado River bordering Nevada and Arizona states, Hoover Dam is around an hour travel time from Las Vegas.

If you are a history buff then you will love touring this place. Aside from the scenery, day tours also include a trip to the historical collection of the hoover dam – news clippings, museum items, historic and modern photographs, information about the construction and operations of the dam.

There are also plenty of opportunities to take pictures around, although those who are afraid of heights might need to stay a little far back.

Red Canyon Rock

If you are the type who loves outdoors then you should not miss this spot in Nevada. It’s a favorite hiking and rock climbing destination.

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management and is protected as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area, the Red Canyon Rock is one of the state’s gems.

Rock formations here that date back 600 million years ago. You can arrange for a day tour, drive the loop, or rent a bike, in case you’re an experienced mountain biker.

The whole canyon is ringed by a road and you can find a parking lot where you can drop your things leave your car as you begin your hike.

Note as well that summer temperatures can however get so hot so it’s best that you go there either early or late in the day.

Lake Mead

This place is ideal to visit all year-round. With the wide array of activities that people can try while they are here, no doubt, Lake mead is a recommended stop in Vegas.

This is the Lake that Hoover Dam built, and is where three desert ecosystems meet – Sonoran, Mojave and Great Basin.

It is no longer surprising that this place attracts hikers, swimmers, wildlife photographers, fishermen and yes, even sunbathers.

If these suggestions still do not interest you, then I no longer know what does. So when you get there to Vegas, do not focus on the Strip alone. Wander and do more.

N. Gray is grateful for her friends who introduced her to other attractions in Vegas aside from hotels and casinos. Otherwise, she probably would have only checked how online roulett and other games work in land-based casinos.