Top 3 Offbeat Attractions in Las Vegas

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Just as sightseeing in Paris is not solely about the Eiffel Tower, and Sydney is far greater than the Opera House, so too is Las Vegas more than just the Strip. Of course, there’s plenty of glitz and glamour to be seen there , however we know that Aeroplan members like yourself may want to branch out beyond the familiar. Here’s our list of 3 unique attractions that are definitely worth checking out during your next visit to Las Vegas.

Red Rock Canyon
The Red Rock Canyon offers a real glimpse into the landscape of the Mojave Desert. Located just 17 miles west of downtown Vegas, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a day-trip and explore the great outdoors. Feel free to book a tour with a local guide if you want to see a bit of everything, or venture out on your own for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding or visiting one of the many outdoor exhibits. Red Rock Canyon was actually the first place in Nevada to gain status as a National Conservation Area in 1990. Add this to your itinerary if you’re looking to see a different and scenic side of Las Vegas.

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Lou Ruvo Center
The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health opened in 2010 and was designed by world-class architect Frank Gehry. Although not a usual destination for tourists, the stunning building is a sight to behold for fans of architecture and design that should not be missed. Frank Gehry, a Toronto native, has a style that is hard to pin down but is instantly recognizable—he also designed the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Do yourself a favour and take a detour out to the Lou Ruvo Center to see this one-of-a-kind spectacle shimmering in the desert sun.

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Emergency Arts
Emergency Arts is unlike anything else housed in Las Vegas: it’s four floors of creative space repurposed from the first medical complex ever built in the city. It is now home to galleries, workshops and studios, plus it features vintage clothing stores and record shops to pick up a souvenir or two. It gives an inside look at not only the incredible art but the artists themselves that inhabit this eclectic city.

Bonus: there’s a great nightclub, Beauty Bar, right down the street from Emergency Arts. It has a nostalgic 50s-style salon décor with a focus on specialty cocktails and features live music!

As you can see, there is more to Las Vegas than neon lights and flashy casinos. Round out your trip with these great detours from the main Strip and enjoy the full experience that this great city has to offer. And if you have any suggestion for more hidden gems we may have overlooked, drop us a comment below and let us know!

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