Las Vegas isn’t just about the casinos and flashing lights lining the strip. It can be a sports lovers paradise if you know the right places to look. From sports bars, amazing golf courses and even racing a NASCAR stock car, any sports fan will find something to enjoy. If you are unsure about heading to ‘Sin City’ because you fear there will be nothing to entertain you, these 5 must-visit spots will put to bed any unease.
1. Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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Boasting a full calendar of activities, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway always has an event to attend. Their largest events are the Pennzoil 400 Weekend in March and South Point 400 Weekend in September. The weekends are full of activities to entertain the whole family.
If you are looking for an adrenaline rush like none other, the Andretti/NASCAR Racing Experience will give you a chance to feel what it’s like to be a race car driver hitting triple-digit speeds on the 1.5-mile superspeedway! You have the option the either ride along in a NASCAR stock car or a formula-1 car or take the wheel yourself and experience the thrill of LVMS’ 20-degree banking in the turns and the lightning-fast straightaways. NASCAR fan or not, this experience is something you will be bragging to your buddies about for years to come.
2. Paiute Golf Course
The Paiute Golf Course sits just 25 minutes northwest of the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip. This beautiful resort lies in the heart of the desert, providing an oasis-type atmosphere with not just one, but three sprawling golf courses.
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Each of the courses provides a full 18 holes amongst the awe-inspiring Nevada landscape. With water accents and lush green grass, they are a unique contrast to the dry desert that surrounds you. The three courses – “Snow Mountain”, “Sun Mountain”, and “The Wolf” all offer unique experiences and give you the opportunity to spend multiple days here testing out each one.
When it’s time for a break from the sun and fun you can head on into their Bar and Grill for some delicious eats. They only serve breakfast and lunch until 5 pm, so don’t miss your chance at trying their phenomenal menu. The huge windows in the bar and grill give a great opportunity to sit down, have a drink and really take in your surroundings.
3. T-Mobile Arena
The T-Mobile Arena is a multi-use facility in Las Vegas that is sure to have an event to entertain any sports lover. Yearly college basketball tournaments, huge musical performances, and even UFC tournaments are hosted at this 650,000 square foot arena.
The Arena has also recently become home to the first professional sports team in Las Vegas, the NHL Golden Knights. Capable of seating 17,500 to view the icy action as the Knights battle other NHL teams. This arena opened in 2016 and boast some very high tech features like the huge outdoor LED screen that greets visitors as they approach the arena. Be sure the check the arena’s schedule of events for your trip.
4. The Still Sports Bar
If you’d rather view the game from a more comfortable seat while enjoying cold drinks and delicious eats, find a spot at the Still Sports Bar. The Still is located in the heart of the Mirage hotel right on the Vegas strip, placing you right in the middle of the action.
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The best Las Vegas sports bar, The Still features 27 TVs and a comfortable 8,000 square foot environment perfect for cheering on the Golden Knights. Perhaps hockey isn’t your sport of choice, well don’t worry they host viewing parties for basketball tournaments, rodeos, baseball and more! If the sports don’t entice you to come (how could they not?) the food and unique atmosphere will. The founders of the Still actually brought an Airstream trailer they found abandoned in the back hills of Tennessee and turned it into a fully functional kitchen! Nicknamed Bud Bud’s, the trailer is a unique addition to the bar and adds to its industrial whimsical atmosphere.
5. Sports Memorabilia
Once you’ve had your fill of viewing or participating in the action, it’s time to get some souvenirs to remember your experience. For the run of the mill sports gear such as jerseys, ball caps and graphic tees proclaiming your love for the teams of Las Vegas and beyond head over to Fanzz Sports Apparel in Meadows Mall. Here you’ll find a souvenir for yourself and maybe even for your loved ones back home.
For more die-hard fans who want a real piece of history, we recommend TRISTAR Sports Memorabilia. With two locations, TRISTAR is home to authentic autographed sports and celebrity memorabilia. Both locations are known for hosting signing events with some of the biggest names in sports, so you never know who you may run into!
Sports fans rev your engines and get yourself ready for your fun-filled Las Vegas vacation today!
WHEN TO VISIT LAS VEGAS
The best time to visit Las Vegas is from March to May and from September to November. While you’ll find plenty of travel deals throughout the year, the spring and fall shoulder seasons offer the most moderate weather.
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Traveling To Las Vegas Soon? Here are a few tips:
How to get there: McCarran International Airport is the main airport in Las Vegas. There are flights on a multitude of airline carriers. Las Vegas is also just a four-hour drive from Los Angeles.
Where to stay: There are many places to stay in Las Vegas, Nevada. There is a wide range of hotels, from budget to luxury. For a luxury hotel that won’t break the bank, I recommend the Wynn Las Vegas, which is currently the #1 hotel on Tripadvisor. For a mid-level hotel, I suggest the Aria Resort & Casino. Finally, for a budget hotel, try the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. You can also check HotelsCombined for the best Las Vegas Hotel Rates.
What to pack: In Las Vegas, seasons can change pretty fast. It’s hot in summer and can drop into the low 30’s in the winter. Number one– you’ll want a good pair of walking shoes. You can easily walk miles daily. Just getting from one casino to another can be a trek (I love Keen). Vegas gets cold in Winter, you’ll want to pack layers including a light sweater or scarf.
Las Vegas Trip Essentials
6 Indispensable Items to Pack for a Las Vegas Vacation
- Get the Fodor’s Las Vegas (Full-color Travel Guide).
- Bring a good quality mirrorless camera for getting those beautiful Las Vegas shots. I use the Sony Alpha a6000 .
- Summers in Las Vegas it’s not as bad as you think, but make sure to bring Neutrogena Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 45
- A great cross body travel bag. Crossbody bags prevent theft and are much easier to access.
- Don’t forget sunglasses for the beautiful sunny days. A.J. Morgan Unisex Sunglasses are a great choice and very affordable!
- Bring a pair of dressier shoes and wear your solid walking shoes on the plane.
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