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The casino resorts (or resort casinos) on Las Vegas Blvd., the Strip, are designed to discourage you from leaving to visit (and most importantly to gamble at) other properties. Owners want you to spend your time with them, gamble with them, shop with them, dine with them, and be entertained by them. This philosophy is outdated of course. People want to explore other venues. And there are several groups of properties that share owners and don't, as a result, mind sharing amenities. But the Strip was not really designed to be pedestrian friendly. Sidewalks are narrower than the volume of foot traffic would suggest they be, and walking from property to property requires crossing numerous roadways that provide access to the casinos for vehicular traffic.

But if you have the time and the interest, do put on your walking shoes and venture out, properly dressed for the summer heat or winter chill to explore the sights along the Strip. Keep in mind that each property has its own shopping and restaurants, and they are quite varied. One of our favorites is the Venician with its canal and graceful gondolas.

If you arrive by car or fly and drive and want to venture off the Strip, here are just a few ideas, many of them free of charge:

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located a short drive west on West Charleston Blvd. The city ends abruptly and you will find yourself in desert surrounded by mountains, marked by deep red rocks. A few miles past the freeway on your right will be a very comprensive visitor center and a loop road for sightseeing. Overlooks provide starting points for hikes, so if you like exploring on foot, wear appropriate shoes and clothing and bring water.

West Charleston itself loops around and becomes Blue Diamond Road, bringing you back to the City at the southern end of Las Vegas Blvd., where you will find the Silverado Resort Casino and the Bass Pro Shop.

 

Waterfall in Bass Pro Shop

Along the way you will pass Cactus Joe's, the place to view and buy cactus, large and small, for your yard or home.

 

Cactus Joe's

 

The Bass Pro Shop is a huge building loaded with camping, boating and hunting equipment and supplies. Not just for shopping, the place is loaded with stuffed animals in various settings and water features that include huge aquaria for fresh and salt water fish and a multi-story waterfall.

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