Although Las Vegas may be known more for its many attractions that encourage certain vices - its nickname is Sin City, after all - Nevada's largest metropolitan city provides a number of options for all travelers to enjoy. If you haven't been back to the area since your bachelor days, book your tickets and set your mind into overdrive (but not your Las Vegas rental car) for a journey of the mind, spirit and soul.
Go old school
When you think old Las Vegas, you may think most are simply referring to the old Las Vegas Strip - from the Golden Nugget to the giant neon cowboy above the Pioneer Casino. However, if you're looking to dig into Vegas' most historical attractions, head to the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Located just a few minutes from downtown, the preserve is a quick drive in your car rental in Las Vegas, and is worth the effort of leaving the bright lights behind for a few hours. From cactus gardens to a palm oasis, the natural hues of this landscape shine here. The Reserve is also the locationg of the Nevada State museum, where you can explore the history of the state - after seeing prehistoric residents of the First Nations who lived among the landscape for thousands of years, you're sure to see Las Vegas in a whole new light.
See the world in minutes
If you begin to tire of the quintessential Nevada sights, you can drive your rental car in Las Vegas to world-class "landmarks throughout the city. Although the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas may only be half the size of the original, the giant remains a great sight to see while in town. Be sure to include New York, New York, on your route - you wouldn't want to miss Lady Liberty, now would you?
Wet and wild
After spending a few hours with your Las Vegas rental car in the heat of the dry climate (daytime temps can reach up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit!), you may be in the mood for something a little more sea-like. Although you've likely visited your fair share of aquariums, especially when your kids were young, Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel is one of the area's most interactive marine environments you are likely to encounter. From jellyfish to endangered green sea turtles to the rare golden crocodile, the aquarium is a sight for all ages. Best of all, the touch tanks allow you to gain a tangible aqua experience. If you're especially brave, you can even dive with the resident sharks!
Take in a show, test your luck at the casinos or hit the clubs on The Strip. With a Las Vegas car rental from Thrifty, it’s all within reach. And because you’ll always get the lowest price, guaranteed, you’ll also have money to spare on the hottest games in town! So whether you’re looking for the latest SUV, a sexy convertible, a sensible sedan or even a sleek compact car, you’ll find what you’re looking for – for less.
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With your Las Vegas rental car keys in hand, it’s time to explore “Sin City” the right way. Some must see spots that should be on everyone’s to-do list include:
- Richard Petty Driving Experience. In Northeast Vegas, you can experience the real-life thrill of either riding along in a two-seat NASCAR-style stock car or learn the rules of the track and take command of the wheel yourself.
- Adventure Balloons. Drive your Las Vegas car rental out to the launch site between The Strip and Red Rock Canyon, and take in the expansive vistas of the city as you fly high into the air with an FAA certified pilot.
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Just 15 miles west of Las Vegas, you can hike, cycle and picnic at this breathtaking location filled with historical and geological exhibits, a cactus garden and even a bookstore. If you’re not in the mood for hiking or biking, there’s also a 13-mile scenic loop drive you can take in our Las Vegas rental cars. It’s completely paved and offers visitors the chance to see desert wildlife, red and cream sandstone formations, waterfalls and petroglyphs.
Once your outlying adventures are over, don’t miss the chance to drive the Strip. The bright lights of Vegas are always fun to see… and the drive will give you the perfect opportunity to plot your in-town experience. Book your Las Vegas car rental online and discover all the delights of this world-class playground.