Fathom Favorites : Las Vegas Sites

1. The Strip

The Vegas Strip is a wonder precisely because the casinos can be one giant, over-the-top, tacky theme park. You can paddle gondolas at The Venetian, ride up the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, watch Greek gods battle at Caesars, admire Warhols at the Bellagio, train dolphins at Mandalay Bay, ride a roller coaster at New York, New York – and that’s just the beginning.


Las Vegas,

2. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

A beautiful new performing arts venue in art deco style with a design scheme inspired by the Hoover Dam. The home of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada Ballet Theater. The rich and varied program offers dance, jazz, cabaret, symphonies, and Broadway shows.

361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas, 89106

3. Poker Lessons

Poker Lessons

If you don’t know your Texas Hold‘em from your Omaha High, take a free poker class at Mandalay Bay (Mondays - Thursdays at 2 p.m.). Cheat sheet: "splashing" has nothing to do with water and a "brush" has nothing to do with hair. When in Rome...

Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, 89119

4. Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon

Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon

When the neon lights get to be too much, head to the Mojave desert for some nature counterprogramming. Fly over Red Mountain on a zipline. There are four runs in all, covering 1.5 miles. You’ll drop 450 feet in the first 15 seconds, but you’ll have plenty of time to take in the incredible views of Las Vegas valley, Lake Mead, Eldorado Valley, and The Strip you left behind

1512 Industrial Rd.
Boulder City, 89005

5. First Friday

First Friday

On the first Friday night of every month, galleries stay open late, artists show their works, food trucks serve it up, and more than a dozen bands perform. The action is concentrated downtown in the Arts District and Fremont East.

1025 S 1st St
Las Vegas, Nevada

6. Machine Guns Vegas

Machine Guns Vegas

This is how civilians should engage with guns: in a contolled, safe, and more than a little ludicrous environment. Go to indulge your action figure fantasies or, per their themed packages, your Mob, Femme Fatale, World War II, Seal Team IV, and Gamers dreams. Then go back to your regular life.

3501 Aldebaran Ave.
Las Vegas, 89102

7. X Burlesque University

X Burlesque University

Learn how to walk, shimmy, dance, pose, and keep the false eyelashes on like a Vegas showgirl at X Burlesque University – and bring a whole new meaning to your visit to “The Strip.” Classes are offered daily in the afternoon, in time to show off your new moves in the evenings. 

Flamingo Las Vegas, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, 89109

8. Mob Museum

Mob Museum

An incredible mafia-themed museum housed in a former courthouse and post office building. On display is an amazing collection of memorabilia and interactive exhibits: wiretaps, letters from jail, weapons, even John Gotti's white suit and matching white shoes.

300 E. Stewart Ave.
Las Vegas, 89101