If you are a fan of gambling, Las Vegas is probably on your list of places to visit while traveling around the globe. If you're not, then it would probably be on the least of your choices. While that is understandable, it is also a bit short sighted as the region has much more to offer than just gambling. Let's take a quick look at what there is to see and do in the Vegas regions without ever having to wager inside of a casino.
One of the greatest undertakings of the early 1900 in America, Hoover Dam was built as a way to control floods, provide irrigation to the region, and to provide hydroelectric power. At present, it provides power to parts of Nevada, Arizona, and California and at present over 1 Million people tour the dam a year. It is a testament to American ingenuity and an impressive structure to visit.
A reasonable drive from Las Vegas you have one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It isn't the largest canyon on earth, but it is one of the most spectacular visual sites that anyone will behold. The canyon spans 277 miles in length, is 18 miles wide, and over a mile in depth. It allows for amazing views, as well as hiking and plenty of photo opportunities. Tours here range from self-guided tours, bus tours, and even helicopter tours.
To look at Vegas from a distance, you would think that there would be very little opportunity for outdoor adventure. However, just a short 30 minutes down the road you have Mt. Charleston, which is easily one of best spots for anyone that loves the outdoors. Make sure that you have all your supplies before making your way up as there are no stores to be found once you make you descent. Whether you love hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, or even skiing in the winter, you can find it here. You will quickly forget that just a 30 minute drive will take you back to the Vegas desert.
While Las Vegas is known for its casinos and its reputation as "Sin City", the region offers more to the global traveler. By doing a bit more research, you will find other activities in the area that you would not expect. Whether or not you are a fan of gambling, a trip to the Vegas region is a safe bet.