Nevada is a beautiful state nestled between California and Utah. Your First time visit to Nevada, can’t complete without visiting Las Vegas. Even if you don’t want to try your luck in Casino, this city has a lot to offer. Along with Entertainment Capital of the World, this state has beautiful structures and activities which are must visit. This article will help you in planning your week’s budget trip to Nevada. At the end of article customized maps will be quick help. If you are on trip for 15 days you can do Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California together.
1. Las Vegas
You can spend 2-3 days in Las Vegas to enjoy the city vibes. Book your stay in advance on Las Vegas Strip; it will be as cheap as $30-$50 per day. Commute by bus. You can have 24/48 hours bus pass to travel anywhere in Las Vegas to save some money.
Free things to do in Las Vegas
i. Visit Hotels on Las Vegas Strip
Every hotel has unique interior to offer. Top hotels to visit are Bellagio, The Venetian, Caesars Palace, Paris, New York New York, Wynn. Also visit Excalibur castle look-like hotel, Circus-Circus and Luxor. Most of them are in walking distance and accessible by bus and monorail. Download Monorail route map below.
ii. Bellagio Fountain show
Fountain show in front of Bellagio hotel is every 30 minutes from 3pm to 7pm Monday through Friday and every 15 minutes from 7:00pm to 12:00am. It is best free thing to do on Las Vegas Strip.
iii. Pictures with your favorite character
You will see many dressed up in costumes of classic cartoon characters, superheroes, celebrities lookalikes on Las Vegas Strip. Get some fun memory by clicking pictures with them but not for free. We bargained from $30 to $10.
iv. Visit to Fremont Street
Fremont street is on 10 minutes drive from Las Vegas Strip. You can reach here by bus or cab. This street is unique in its own way. You can enjoy free live music, dramatic light show on ceiling. 12 storeys slot machine-inspired Zip-line is one of the best thing to see in Las Vegas.
v. Take some funky souvenir
What if you get one of these magnets for your sweet tooth craving? You can get it from hotel Flamingo, Las Vegas Strip. It costs around $3-$5. There are many funky souvenirs around the city.
vi. Volcano Show at the Mirage
This is one of the best free things to see in Las Vegas. This show lasts for 5 minutes. Show timings are from 6pm-11pm.
vii. Photo at Las Vegas Sign Board
This sign board is nearby Las Vegas Airport. It is on 10 minutes drive from Las Vegas Strip. It is in middle of the road and generally crowded by visitors. To get one best click tourists form line to make sure they don’t spoil others’ click.
You can also visit Neon Museum, Springs Preserve, The Mob Museum, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, High Roller at the Linq.
2. Seven Magic Mountains
It is Desert art installation featuring 7 painted boulder totems up to 35 ft. high by Ugo Rondinone. It is one of the most instagrammable picture in Vegas. It is on 30 minutes drive from Airport
3. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. It’s known for geological features such as towering red sandstone peaks and the keystone thrust fault, as well as Native American petroglyphs. Panoramic viewing spots dot the 13-mile Scenic Drive. You can also climb, hike on Canyon. It is on 30 minutes drive from Las Vegas strip and Airport. Cost to go to Red Rock Canyon is $15 per vehicle.
4. Hoover Dam and Lake Mead Recreation Area
Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It is named in the honor of Herbert Clark Hoover, 31st President of United States. Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States by volume. It is an hour drive from Las Vegas city.
5. Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. Visitor center provides exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park and nearby region. You can do camping only in designated areas. It is an hour drive from Las Vegas city.
Best season: Winter months are the best to visit Nevada. December end is busiest time. Party-goers across the world visit Las Vegas Strip on New year’s eve. Enjoying fireworks from Las Vegas Strip street is the best free thing to do on NYE.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found some good budget things to do in Nevada. I would love to hear about your experiences in comments below.