Are you moving to Las Vegas? Or have you lived here for years, and are just trying to get out of the house a little bit more? Whatever the case, there are a few unique experiences that every Las Vegas local has got to do in order to proclaim themselves as such.
Here are 5 amazing Las Vegas experiences that are must-dos for locals.
1. Go to a Show or Music Festival
Las Vegas is truly one of the best entertainment cities in the United States, so while you’re living here you should hit some of the amazing shows and music festivals that are held here. There’s an awesome variety of attractions, from musician residencies, to magic shows with high production values, to Broadway tours (in fact, Hamilton returns to the Smith Center next year).
If you’re a fan of music festivals, you’ll love this one-of-a-kind EDM music festival in downtown Las Vegas: Life is Beautiful. The Life is Beautiful festival always has a great lineup of bands and DJs.
With the best actors, musicians, and entertainers performing in Las Vegas regularly, there’s no better place for you to indulge in some high-value live entertainment.
2. Cruising in Luxury (drive through beautiful desert backcountry)
Who hasn’t dreamed of driving a luxury vehicle down the Las Vegas strip? All right, so if you’re a Las Vegas local, that might sound a little bit touristy. But there are so many other cool places in and around the city that are more than worthy of a pleasure cruise.
Anyone who thinks the desert isn’t beautiful obviously hasn’t driven around the Vegas backcountry. Hop in a used or rental luxury car, like a Mercedes-Benz or VW, and cruise through the gorgeous desert wildness on the outskirts of town. You can drive out and over Hoover Dam, or you could even take a short road trip out to the Grand Canyon. Before you go pleasure cruising, just be sure to get your luxury car checked out at a Mercedes or VW service in Las Vegas—nothing’s worse than your car breaking down in the middle of the desert.
3. Visit the Museums
Unlike tourists, a true Las Vegas local knows the history of Sin City. There are a handful of amazing museums you can visit that detail the rich history of the town. Some of the great Vegas museums include:
- The Neon Museum: Las Vegas is full of gorgeous neon signs. The Neon Museum features a collection of vintage neon signs from various decades of the city’s history.
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition: Just like what it sounds. This haunting exhibition features historical artifacts that were recovered from the wreck of the RMS Titanic.
- Las Vegas Natural History Museum: This museum is dedicated to the history of Las Vegas wildlife and geological features.
- The Mob Museum: This museum details the mob’s involvement in the creation of Las Vegas.
- Erotic Heritage Museum: This is a fun and titillating museum for adults that discusses the history of all things erotic.
Those are only a few of the amazing museums in Las Vegas! There’s truly something for everyone in this crazy town.
4. Take in the Views from Above
One of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas, for both tourists and locals, is a helicopter tour. There are a variety of different companies that operate helicopter tours, but no matter which one you choose, you’re guaranteed to get a jaw-dropping view of the Las Vegas cityscape and of the expansive desert that surrounds it. Some helicopter tours will even take you over the Grand Canyon! Probably not the best tour for the faint of heart.
5. Hit the Downtown Container Park
While tourists can’t get enough of the Strip, locals know that Downtown Las Vegas is actually the place to be. One of the most unique places in Downtown Vegas is the Container Park, which is a dining, shopping, and nightlife district in which every venue is housed inside a shipping container—yes, the very ones that are hauled on cargo ships.
The Downtown Container Park has a fun variety of places to eat, drink, and shop, and is a fun place to hang out on the weekends if you’re not in the mood for all the manic glitz of the Strip. Check it out—it might become your new local hang out.
Once you’ve tried these exclusive Vegas experiences, you can now claim the title of “True Las Vegas Local.” Go get to it!