Festivals are held year-round in the Las Vegas Valley and include the Aloha Pacific Festival, Taste of Vegas, Renaissance Festival, Gem and Mineral Fair, "Strut Your Mutt" dog show, the National Finals Rodeo, Oktoberfest, Christmas programs, and Fourth of July fireworks displays.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada's oldest and largest state park is located 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Hidden canyons, unique rock formations, petroglyphs and the remains of ancient Indian civilizations can be found throughout the park.
The Thunderbirds precision flying team calls nearby Nellis Air Force Base home, and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway?home to NASCAR's "Las Vegas 400" and a host of other world class motor racing events?is just north of the city. Sports fans can attend a triple-A baseball game or a PGA or LPGA golf tournament, and root for the UNLV "Rebels."
Museums & Cultural Sites of Interest
The Clark County Museum celebrates the history of southern Nevada. From prehistoric times to the Age of Entertainment, exhibits, dioramas and presentations cover nearly 10,000 years. A full-sized pueblo, Native American artifacts and a walk-in mine filled with treasures are a few of the displays that make the Clark County Museum one of a kind. A most astounding exhibit of historic homes and businesses from the early 20th century can be toured on Heritage Street. The Boulder City train depot, along with historic rail cars, is also on display. A trail leads through the museum's "desert" to a recreated ghost town.
Not just a gambling Mecca, Las Vegas is rich in history, which can be viewed at the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society and the Las Vegas Museum of Natural History. The Zoological-Botanical Park features a four-acre zoo of desert plants and animals. Cultural activities include visits to the many art galleries and museums or a night at the Nevada Symphony, Nevada Dance Theatre, Winchester Center Theatre or the Clark County Amphitheater.
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