Unique Places You Never Knew Existed in Las Vegas


Unless you are there for a conference or a wedding, chances are when you go to Las Vegas, you are going to gamble. The thing is, most casinos are like a maze full of untold treasures.  The chimes of the slot machine and the cheers from the craps tables as a seven or eleven rolls out can entice even the thriftiest of players.


Sure, everyone knows how to play blackjack or poker, but many don’t realize how many types of these games there are and how all the rules can differ. From Classic to European to Double Decker Blackjack, most don’t pay attention to the specific game they enter.  They only care if there’s room at the table.


The other thing most people don’t know is where to go to take a break from the lights, music and entertaining, yet windowless environment of the casinos.  Many take their breaks poolside, but there is so much more to do in Las Vegas these days.


Las Vegas is the home to the world’s largest Ferris wheel.  Built in 2014, the High Roller stands 550 feet in the air and rotates 28 air-conditioned chambers around, each holding 40 people.  A full rotation takes about 30 minutes, and the 1 foot per second speed means you can barely feel the pod move.  You can rent out the entire cabin and even bring on your own roll-on bar, making it quite a unique party pad.


If you have the need for speed, head on out to the Las Vegas Speedway where you can pay by the lap to drive Porches, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, or any other exotic motor you can imagine as fast as you can.  Yes, there is a safety briefing and a professional driver to take you if you can’t handle the speed alone.  You can even get a video of your The Fast and The Furious reenactment.


If speed on the ground is a little too much to handle, try skydiving without an airplane. The wind tunnel in Las Vegas was the very first of its kind to open in the United States, using the prop of a Douglas DC-3 attached to a 100 HP motor to keep participants afloat.  While a normal skydive only lasts about a minute, you can literally fall for hours in the wind tunnel. By the way, if you want to do the real thing, Las Vegas also has two real skydiving centers.


Want to go slightly tamer?  Try the 12-story zipline over old Fremont Street.  Aptly named Slotzilla, this sucker rises 12 stories into the sky and takes you up to 40 mph almost a quarter mile down the pedestrian walk. Flyers can sit, lay, or fly Superman style by 35-foot tall showgirls – not something you get to do every day.


Las Vegas offers heart-stopping thrills during the day and nonstop excitement at night.  No wonder it is the city that never sleeps!