It may be tough to see past the glare of the permanently bright lights on the Strip, but there's snow in them thar hills. In winter, Mount Charleston, about an hour from downtown and at an elevation of 7700 feet, sees lots of the white stuff. Mount Charleston Sleigh and Carriage Rides has been offering 30-minute treks since the 1980s through beautiful, snow-covered Lee Canyon in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and it follows up the rides with time around an outdoor campfire.
Skip the Resort Theater, See The Smith Center
Those spectacular Strip shows feature world-class magicians, comedians and rockers year-round. But The Smith Center has become a haven for the culturally curious, hosting some of the world's top symphony orchestras, dance companies and speakers, and at ticket prices that tend to be quite affordable. Look for the handful of family-friendly shows that take the stage throughout the year.
Skip the Casino, See a Museum
For a lot less than you might leave behind at the casino, you can visit a plethora of unique Vegas museums. The Mob Museum made news when it opened in 2012, spotlighting the notorious relationship between law enforcement and organized crime both in Vegas and throughout the U.S. And the Las Vegas Natural History Museum is a big draw for its dinosaur displays. But Vegas is also home to quirky museums dedicated to Liberace, Elvis, clowns, the history of atomic testing in Nevada and even neon.
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