GET YOUR THRILLS BE­YOND THE STRIP

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While the Strip will steal your at­ten­tion, make time to gain a rounded im­pres­sion of Ve­gas with a few off-Strip gems.

Not much hap­pens around dawn, save for a few sorry souls mak­ing the long walk back to their ho­tel after a big night, which is a shame: early morn­ings in the Ne­vada desert are one of the most in­cred­i­ble sights you’re likely to en­counter. And where bet­ter to wit­ness that mag­i­cal morn­ing light than fly­ing over the Grand Canyon? Whether you choose a he­li­copter or light plane, you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of one of the world’s most in­cred­i­ble nat­u­ral won­ders. As the light shifts, the shad­ows move to re­veal and cloak the fis­sures, sheer drops and the glis­ten­ing Colorado River be­low.

While some Amer­i­can cities boast some­thing re­sem­bling a her­itage, Las Ve­gas is a rel­a­tive baby. Born in the age of neon, it is a liv­ing tes­ta­ment to the art of at­ten­tion. As the city has evolved, a few wise souls saw fit to sal­vage some of its most iconic pieces of bright-light his­tory, and they can be seen and cel­e­brated at the Neon Mu­seum (770 N Las Ve­gas Blvd, neon­mu­seum.org) in all their bro­ken beauty.

For a more lo­cal vibe, head down­town to Fre­mont East (fre­mon­teast.com), home to a num­ber of shops, eater­ies and bars worth check­ing out. Drop in for a mescal on ice and New York-style pizza at Evel Pie (508 Fre­mont St; evelpie.com), ded­i­cated to the feats of mo­tor­bike stunt per­former Evel Knievel. The Con­tainer Park (707 Fre­mont St; down­town­con­tain­er­park.com) precinct houses food and out­door art installations, and a walk around the blocks sur­round­ing it re­veals some of Las Ve­gas’s re­stored neon signs; pub­lic art in its nat­u­ral habi­tat.

Soak up that Old Ve­gas at­mos­phere at the far northern end of the Strip – there’s a lot to love about pink Cadil­lacs, Lit­tle White Chapel wed­ding, street art, dive mo­tels and pawn shops. It's this colour and vi­brancy that gives the town depth and hu­mour. And speak­ing of hu­mour, watch for the Godd Hu­mor (good­hu­mor.com) ice cream van. Re­tiree Steve Daniel hand-fin­ished the mov­ing piece of his­tory that serves ice creams and snow cones.

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