Las Vegas is known as the capital of entertainment; an adult’s playground; the city of sin. However the in-city experts at the Las Vegas Power Pass have visited some of the more unconventional sites and attractions in Las Vegas – those more in tune with geeks than gamblers. Forget blackjack and casinos, this guide to Vegas is all about the unusual things to do from visiting the Atomic Testing Museum, to UFO spotting on the Extraterrestrial Highway.
1. Atomic Testing Museum
Nevada’s National Atomic Testing Museum is a great museum that attractions thousands of visitors each year to learn about the history of global nuclear programs and Las Vegas’ involvement in nuclear testing and its history as the ‘Atomic City’. Vegas’ tourism thrived on the atomic testing and here you can learn about everything related to the atomic age with over 10,000 artefacts and exhibits.
2. Extraterrestrial Highway
State Route 375 is a high-way in central Nevada which runs from Crystal Springs to Warm Springs and has been a source of multiple UFO sightings and alien activity for years. So much so that the route has been nicknamed Extraterrestrial Highway since 1966. Rachel, a small town nearby, caters to these sightings and visitors to the town can enjoy alien-related memorabilia and souvenirs to take away.
3. CSI: THE EXPERIENCE
If you love crime-scene dramas and investigation documentaries then get involved with CSI: The Experience to solve your own crime. This great interactive experience will guide you through the evidence with video media, including the examining evidence, from hair to bullet casings. Be the real crime scene investigator and try and solve the case.
4. Pinball Hall of Fame
The Pinball Hall of Fame is dedicated to the pinball machine. It’s the world’s largest collection of the games and you can find old retro models from the 1950s all the way up to the 90s. Make sure you bring lots of coins as each game costs a quarter – and the even better news is that all the money goes to charity. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon and more generous than gambling!
5. Madame Tussaud’s Marvel Exhibit at the Venetian
The iconic Madame Tussaud’s Las Vegas is currently running a Marvel Exhibit which features some of the greatest superheroes of all time. You’ll recognise the much loved characters such as Spiderman, Iron Man and the giant Hulk – to name a few. So if you’ve got kids, or are just a big kid yourself, and love the comic book characters then this is a great attraction for you!
6. Celestial Comics and Toy Shack at Neonopolis
There’s plenty in Las Vegas for comic book lovers, such as the Celestial Comics with its sci-fi fantasy starscape-themed décor. You’ll be able to find a huge array of comic books and everything related to comic books to bring back as a souvenir in their huge merchandise section and you can even sit back and relax on one of the sofas and indulge in your favorite story!
7. Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is one of the country’s most impressive feats of engineering so if you like your big buildings and structures then this one is for you. The Hoover Dam is the largest reservoir of water in the US in terms of volume so you’ll be stunned at just how big it is. Its hydroelectric power station pumps 100,000 gallons of water through it per second – so even the stats are impressive!
8. Countdown Live Escape Games
Blur the lines between fear and reality at the Countdown Live Escape Games. This is a great experience for any lover of logic or thrill-seeker as you’ll be stuck in a room for 60 minutes and will have to solve problems and complete challenges in order to escape. Play the victim for just one hour as you experience a true horror story and see if you can get out in time…
No self-proclaimed geek will ever say they don’t love Vegas. With a huge array of things to do from the weird and wonderful, to the downright nerdy, every passion can be indulged. Whether it’s engineering, to extraterrestrial sightings you won’t be short of things to do!