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Top five attractions in Vegas, away from the Casinos

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Most visitors to Las Vegas go there for the gambling casinos, 5-star entertainment or to attend a convention. In the past this was mainly what Las Vegas was known for but times have changed and Vegas has grown into a destination that offers, not only many 5-star restaurants, exotic pools, a revitalized downtown at Fremont street, but also exciting attractions in the city as well as the surrounding areas.

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1. Dream Racing

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

7000 Las Vegas Blvd N

Las Vegas, NV

Phone: (702) 605-3000

Website

This 5-star driving experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway gives visitors the chance to get behind the wheel of some of the world's most exotic cars. For those who love to see the landscape flying past they can experience the joy of speeding in super cars and ultra expensive race cars such as the Ferrari GT. At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway they can attend top events such as the NASCAR Spring Cup Series and a visit to the website gives in-depth information and details about the cars.

2. The Mob Museum

300 Stewart Ave

Las Vegas, NV

Phone: (702) 229-2734

Website

Hours: Sun - Thur 10 a.m. - 7 p.m; Fri & Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Parking: $5

The Mob Museum opened last year in downtown Las Vegas, in one of the cities historic buildings, in the Fremont Street area. Inside the museum one can get the facts about the Mobs influence when Vegas began, and the battles between the mob and law enforcement. There is 'Al Capone' the most famous mobster of all; 'Lucky Luciano' said to be the father of organized crime; 'Bugsy Siegel' a visionary who oversaw the construction and operation of the Flamingo Hotel and Spa. Read all about the famous mobsters and Federal agents here.

3. SCA

Sky Combat Ace

1420 Jet Stream Drive Suite 100

Henderson, NV

Phone: 888-494-5850

Website

Thrill seekers have the chance to choose the experience of a life-time from the many offered at the 'Sky Combat Ace' located just 20 minutes outside Vegas in Henderson. Experience what it is like to be a fighter pilot with aerial dog fighting or take a ride to Hoover Dam in one of the Waco Open Cockpit Bi-planes. There are these and more exciting experiences that let you soar through the air at 250 miles per hour, just check out the website, choose your experience and book it.

4. Valley of Fire State Park is Nevada's oldest and largest state park, home to 3,000-year old Native American Petroglyphis, limestone rocks, ans red sandstone formations. It was also the filming location of a 'Star Trek" episode where Captain Kirk fell to his death. Open all year round, the park is 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas, it has hiking trails, picnic areas, recreation trails for both motorized and non-motorized use, and camp grounds. Many events are hosted in the park, one such is the Feb 8 start of the "Dutch Oven Cook-off Competition which allows the public to attend and sample authentic Dutch Oven fare.

5. Flightline/Bootleg Canyon, just 30 minutes from the Vegas Strip, near the Hoover Dam is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. With 1.5 miles of zipline over the course of four seperate lines, going at 60 mph, this exhilarating experience cost only $159 per person, and the guides are always happy to help while ensuring your safety. While there do not miss the chance to enjoy historic Bootleg Canyon with it's breath-taking scenic views, Big Horn Sheep, Red-tail Hawks and other desert wildlife.

Recommended sites: http://www.downhillmike.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoover_Dam
http://www.lvms.com/

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