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How to Get Off the Beaten Path in Las Vegas
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The land of neon lights and casinos is so much more than a trip along the Strip these days. And while the glitzy hotels and gaming tables are must-visit attractions, you can escape the crowds at some of Las Vegas' off-the-beaten-path offerings. Here’s how.

Explore the Pinball Hall of Fame

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Close-up of a pinball machine. Photo: Senad Palic / Unsplash

It's not all slots and poker in Vegas.

Try your luck at a different type of game at the Pinball Hall of Fame, which features the world's largest pinball collection. As well as exhibiting machines and arcade games that date back to the 1950s, there’s an array of vintage machines that you can play.

Insider tip: For more, pick up the Go Las Vegas Explorer Pass and get included entry to Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf, where you can play Twilight Zone pinball and other arcade games.

Eat your way around the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory

Close up of some delicious chocolate in Las Vegas. Photo: Kit Leong / Shutterstock

Get your fill of local chocolates.

Located just off the Strip, this sweet spot offers family-friendly tours and tasting experiences that reveal how chocolate is sourced, refined, and produced. There’s also a 3-acre (1-hectare) cactus garden with more than 300 species of cacti and succulents, plus a gift shop where you’re given coolers to stop any purchases melting in the desert heat.

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Travel back in time at the Neon Museum

Exhibits in the Boneyard at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada
Exhibits in the Boneyard at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. Photo: Zyabich / Shutterstock

See signs from Vegas' shimmering past.

At the Neon Museum and Boneyard, wander among historic signs from Las Vegas' storied past. This outdoor museum exhibits 120 signs from old casinos and other businesses, and the visitor center is housed in the former lobby of La Concha Motel. Visit at night to see the signs light up.

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Learn more at The National Atomic Testing Museum

Young male biochemist working in the lab. Photo: Elnur / Shutterstock

Find out about Las Vegas' controversial history.

Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, this museum looks back at the history of the atomic age by focusing on the Nevada Test Site (Nevada National Security Site). Featuring more than 12,000 artifacts, the museum explores the impact of atomic bomb testing on the local Las Vegas community.

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Go outdoors in the Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas. Photo: Kyle S. Okada / Shutterstock

Get off the beaten path, literally.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (not to be confused with the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado) boasts scenic drives, hiking trails, and a campground. Located just a few miles west of the city, the area’s vivid rocks—which are made of sandstone and rise more than 3,000 feet (914 meters) into the air—can be seen from the Strip.

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