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Top Las Vegas attractions… beyond The Strip

- October 4th, 2012
Las Vegas Strip. (Shutterstock)

Las Vegas Strip. (Shutterstock)

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, more than 1.7 million Canadians headed south to Las Vegas last year. Seems we can’t resist the chance to gamble big, enjoy a show or two and indulge in all the adult delights of Sin City.

While most tourists stick to “The Strip” after arriving — that famed stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard that hosts some of the largest casinos, hotels and attractions in the desert city — 81% of Vegas residents told Expedia.ca that tourists are missing out on the real Vegas when they do.

In the new Expedia survey, which gathered responses from 502 adults living in the Las Vegas area, residents reveal their must-see sites in Vegas and the surrounding area that tourists often miss out on. 

“Las Vegans know their city is an exciting and unique place to visit because of The Strip. However, the locals we surveyed were equally enthusiastic about other attractions and activities in and around Las Vegas that they felt visitors should make a point of experiencing,” Sean Shannon, vice president and managing director of Expedia Canada, said in a press release. 

With 29% of residents’ votes, Red Rock Canyon was the top choice. Located about 25 km west of Vegas, the unique red rock formations, sandstone walls and sparse vegetation of Red Rock Canyon provide an unusual, nature-driven escape from the lights of the Strip. 

A perfect area for rock climbing, biking and hiking, this national conservation area welcomes 1 million guests from across the world annually. Locals themselves say Red Rock Canyon is a popular destination for their families, with 73% of respondents saying they’ve visited the area.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. (Nicole Feenstra/QMI Agency)

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. (Nicole Feenstra/QMI Agency)

Mount Charleston was the second most popular suggestion for tourists from locals, with 13% of votes, followed by the Hoover Dam in third with 9%. Other attractions named include the eclectic Fremont East Entertainment District and the uber cultural Downtown Arts District.

Despite there being so many other attractions in the Vegas area worth seeing, 70% of respondents to the Expedia survey acknowledge that Vegas’ casinos are still a must-see attraction for visitors. Catching a Las Vegas show is considered a must by residents as well, with 65% of respondents recommending tourists find time to take in a show.

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