If roulette makes you dizzy and losing money leaves you queasy, don’t worry: Las Vegas has more to offer than eye-popping casinos and opulent floor shows
BY RUDIE OBIAS
National Atomic Testing Museum
If you think you know what an atomic explosion sounds like, you might want to read this. And then plan a trip to the National Atomic Testing Museum, which features artifacts and exhibits dedicated to nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site, located just north of Las Vegas during the 1950s. The museum—which became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 2011—also features a Ground Zero Theater that shows guests what it feels like to watch a nuclear test. There’s also an exhibit about the infamous Area 51.
Neon Museum and Boneyard
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun) has been putting big smiles on spectators’ faces for more than 20 years in Vegas. Their unique brand of theatrics and acrobatics has branched off into a number of new shows, such as The Beatles LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, and Zumanity. Cirque du Soleil even has a partnership with Criss Angel MINDFREAK, who mixes magic and wonder into one big mind-blowing theater experience.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
For people who can’t get enough about this tragic piece of history, check out these 13 little-known facts about the Titanic and then plan a trip to Vegas. Located inside of the Luxor Hotel & Casino, the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibitionshowcases the complete journey of the RMS Titanic from construction to sinking to recovery. On display are actual artifacts recovered from the “unsinkable” ship, such as floor tiles from the first-class smoking room, passengers’ luggage, a window frame from the Verandah Cafe, the ship’s whistles, and an unopened bottle of champagne from 1900. There are even some full scale re-creations like the “Grand Staircase” that might make you feel like you are on the former luxury ship liner itself, or on-set of the James Cameron movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.