Finding Value Off The Las Vegas Strip

Off The Las Vegas Strip Deals

 The Vegas Strip is where all the famous resorts are–but what happens off the Strip? Is the rest of the city just for locals? Not at all, there are many unique destinations all around the valley, and great deals to be found if you’re willing to explore. An inexpensive Las Vegas vacation can easily take you into the neighborhoods and surrounding areas off the strip.


Level 108 Lounge, Stratosphere: Want to get to the top of the Stratosphere without paying? Tell the elevator hostesses that you are headed to the Level 108 Lounge overlooking the Top of the World restaurant (21 and over, only). From there, you are welcome to take another elevator or stairs up to the open observatory deck at your leisure. Of course, they’d appreciate it if you bought a drink or something to eat, but that’s on your honor. This is such a great deal at Happy Hour that I never fail to mention it. It is as good as it gets for budget travelers in Las Vegas. Technically, The Stratosphere Tower is on Las Vegas Boulevard. You should also note, the rooms have recently been renovated, the pool deck is nice and the food options are all affordable. This is the best value bet in Las Vegas.

Imperial Health & Spa: Not far off-Strip lies this semi-hidden surprisingly large spa facility that also offers a variety of specialized treatments. For the standard facility fee (around $20, but even cheaper deals can be found), you’ll get access to separate male and female areas with showers, hot and cold plunges, aromatic steam rooms and saunas, as well as common areas (uniforms and sandals are provided) with clay ball pits, infrared saunas, cold rooms, and relaxation areas. Service is friendly but not at all obtrusive. Consider combining with a trip to the legendary Lotus of Siam restaurant across the street. 1070 E. Sahara Ave.(702) 382-9700

Container Park, Downtown Las Vegas: Just East of the El Cortez Hotel on Fremont Street, this unique urban center made of repurposed shipping containers offers a large treehouse-style playground for kids, revolving free entertainment, interesting boutiques and a variety of patio seating where you can enjoy inexpensive wines by the glass and a variety of eats and treats including Mexican tacos, gourmet hot dogs, gastro-pub bites, vegan dishes, and a variety of frozen desserts.

Clark County Wetlands Park: Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead are the better known natural attractions in Las Vegas, but for something completely different, explore this 210-acre nature preserve with 13 miles of trails housing some 200 species of birds and 70 mammal and reptile species. Dawn to dusk daily, free admission. 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, (702) 455-7522

Las Vegas Premium Outlets: The Vegas Strip already offers an incredible array of fashion retail. Could it get any better? It could, in fact, if you’re willing to travel a little bit North toward downtown, or South (a few minutes past McCarran Airport), to two outlet malls–one outdoor, one indoor–offering all kinds of deals on well-known brands. In the North outlet, find Armani, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, Tory Burch and over a hundred more. In the South outlet, find Adidas, Bebe, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, True Religion and nearly as many others. 875 South Grand Central Parkway and 7400 Las Vegas Blvd. South (702) 474-7500

Ethel M Chocolates Factory Tour: A few minutes East of the McCarran Airport, this small factory is actually the gourmet boutique division of huge chocolate company Mars. During regular hours, they offer a free self-guided tour and complimentary samples of their European-quality chocolates. There is also an extensive open cactus garden on the grounds, and of course, a large retail store. 1 Sunset Way, Henderson, NV (800) 438-4356

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