From the abundance of casinos, clubs, venues, and attractions open nearly 24/7, to the yearly festivals that gather thousands of people from all over the world in one location, like the Electric Daisy Carnival and iHeart Radio Music Festival, Las Vegas is truly a dream city for residents and tourists alike - well, those who like excitement anyway.
Basically, there is nowhere else in the United States like Sin City, and as if it wasn't already great as it is, this list of surreal places that you won't even believe exist puts Las Vegas at the top of our amazing-destination scale.
Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum
Where: 600 E Charleston Blvd
You probably know him from TV, and you probably hate how much your girlfriend ogles over him in his delightfully tight black shirts, spiky black hair, charming disposition - I'm totally not fangirling - anyways, TV show host Zak Bagans, of the extremely popular ghost hunting series Ghost Adventures opened his very own haunted museum in Las Vegas, complete with an unnerving warning sign.
During his travels, he collects notoriously haunted items and displays them in his museum for the public to see, like the Crying Boy painting, dybbuk box, Ed Gein's human-cooking cauldron, and Bela Lugosi's Mirror - to name only a very short few. Once in a while when he has some spare time, Zak mingles in with his visitors and gives them a personal escort to some of his favorite objects (I swear I'm not jealous).
The Neon Boneyard
Where: 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North
This is where the neon signs of Las Vegas' past go to die. There are tons of notable signs here, and even if you don't particularly recognize any, they sure make a cool and unique background for an #instapic. Tours of the grounds must be reserved online. Hashtag LIT.
Seven Magic Mountains
Where: S Las Vegas Blvd
While these seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high don't serve much more purpose than being an amazing work of art - they sure do make for a unique and exclusive roadside attraction. And you thought your rock balancing skills were impressive.
Frankie's Tiki Room
Where: 1712 W Charleston Blvd
Need a Hawaiian getaway? Well, unfortunately, the island is a little too far away for an evening trip - but Frankie's Tiki Room is totally the next best option when you're stuck in a landlocked state. Honestly by the end of the night and after all those margaritas you won't even remember you're not actually in Hawaii. It's five'o'clock somewhere, right?
Where: 3012 S. Rancho Dr.
This is the revolutionary adult playground we never knew we needed. Dig This is a construction-based theme park, opened by a man who had a dang ol' good time while renting some heavy machinery. He wanted to share that same feeling with others, and this is the result. We totally dig it.
National Atomic Testing Museum
Where: 755 E Flamingo Rd
This gives a whole new meaning to Fallout: Las Vegas. Games and wordplay aside, this museum gives you an inside look at all things nuclear, particularly emphasizing America's nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test Site and the impact it had. Check out a nuclear reactor and personal atomic weapons here for a radioactive amount of fun. I wonder if those Atomic FireBalls are secretly Jimmy Neutron's perfect candy.
Where: 3720 Las Vegas Blvd South, Suite 103
You're probably wondering what you're looking at here, it's part of an art project called "Akhob," by James Turrell. Louis Vuitton commissioned the artist to fill a hidden space on the fourth floor of their City Center store, which he turned into a colorful exhibit of color-changing and rotating lights that few know of, but those who do thoroughly enjoy it.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Where: 1000 Scenic Loop Dr.
To get an amazing view of some of Nevada's outstanding terrain, the Red Rock Canyon offers nothing but the best. Over thousands of years, iron in the soil has given the landscape its stunning red appearance, while erosion has situated the boulders towering high above the surrounding valleys.
Pinball Hall of Fame
Where: 1610 East Tropicana Avenue
If you got 25c you can buy yourself a good time at the Pinball Hall of Fame. Choose from hundreds of unique pinball machines - nearly 10,000 sqft worth - and play 'em for a measly quarter. What makes this spot super interesting is that some of the pinball machines have been played and enjoyed by some extremely famous fans.
Lonnie Hammargren's House
Where: 4318 Ridgecrest Drive
Two words: weird things. Now to get a little more specific, the Lonnie Hammargren's House is owned by none other than Lonnie Hammargren, a retired neurosurgeon, former lieutenant governor, and lifelong random memorabilia collector.
He didn't want to keep his items hidden from the world, so he opened his house to the public as a museum, one with no specific theme, so you never know what you might find here. I feel like I'm being watched... Oh, nevermind, it's just the totally normal alien staring out of an aircraft.
St. Valentine's Day Massacre Wall
Where: 300 E Stewart Ave
Everything in Sin City isn't all fun and games. The bloody outcome of infamous mobster Al Capone's carefully planned St. Valentine's Day Massacre is immortalized on the very wall, complete with bloodstains and bullet holes.
Berlin Wall Urinal
Where: 200 N Main St
While we're on the topic of iconic walls, let's talk about the Berlin Wall urinal. Admit it, you've said "ah, p*ss on history" before in your life, and now is your chance to actually do it (kind of). A portion of the Berlin Wall is encased by glass to prevent damage behind urinals inside the men’s bathroom of the Main Street Station Hotel and Casino. So go ahead, show history exactly how you feel.
High Roller Ferris Wheel
Where: 3545 Las Vegas Blvd South
No need to stop partying while you ride this one-of-a-kind Ferris Wheel. Las Vegas is no basic b*tch, nor is the High Roller - it features spacey inclosed cabins that ascend over 500 feet above the Vegas skyline, making it the tallest Ferris Wheel ride in the world! What's wheel-y exciting is that you can totally bring your drink on board.
Johnston's J-Bar-B Stables
Where: 7529 W Gowan Rd
There are horse ranches, and then there are horse ranches. Okay, so I don't know where I am going with that but basically, J-Bar-B Stables is an atypical ranch full of whimsical scrap metal artwork, including a vintage KFC Colonel Sanders logo. The ranch is private property but most of the artwork can be seen from outside of the fence anyway.
Casa de Shenandoah
Where: 3310 E Sunset Road
Want a glimpse into the life of luxury? Wayne Newton's 52-acre estate and all of his priceless belongings are on display for the public to gawk at, including a room of cars and a private jet. Newton opened his home to tours in 2015, giving the world an inside look at his extravagant lifestyle.
As of the time this article is posted, the estate is undergoing some renovations and a reopening date for tours has yet to be scheduled. More information is available on the website below.
Mystic Falls Park
Where: 5111 Boulder Highway
Las Vegas may not be known for having an abundance of forest land, but the Mystic Falls Park kind of makes up for it in the most city-slicker way possible. Complete with animatronic animals that make sounds, a waterfall, and fake greenery, you will feel like you're miles away from the middle of an indoor park within Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall. The best part: it's free.
The Big Edge
Where: 2600 W Harmon Av
Usually, you see boats in the water, but if there's one thing we've learned about the Sin City is that normal is abnormal. The Big Edge is no exception to the rule; this sculpture is made entirely of over 200 full-sized aluminum canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and sailboats suspended in a cluster together in the air. I can't even carry my one-person kayak, so this is definitely an amazing feat.