When most people think of Las Vegas, the first thing that comes to mind is the bright lights of the famous strip, with its many hotels and casinos for those people who want to want to embrace the party side of the city.

There is more to Las Vegas than partying and gambling however, and there are plenty of people who head to 'Sin City' with more interest in seeing everything else it has to offer.

But what are the alternative options to the pre-conceived norm? Here’s a few suggestions you might want to consider…

Bellagio Fountains:

Okay so they are located on the famous Vegas strip but one big plus when it comes to the Bellagio Fountains is that you can enjoy them without needing to spend a single dollar.

The musical fountain - which sits within an eight acre lake - is one of the signature attractions of the city and plays host to a series of spectacular displays that are set to music on a daily basis.

More than 1,200 jets capable of firing water over 400 feet into the air 'dance' to the music in each specially choreographed performance, which can include everything from 'Time to Say Goodbye' by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman through to Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas and more modern tunes from the likes of Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Tiësto, Faith Hill and BTS.

The Grand Canyon:

Trips from Las Vegas out to the Grand Canyon are universally popular, with the National Park located just a few hours away from the city.

There are various ways in which to explore the stunning sights around the canyon itself, which range from the Skywalk - a ten-foot wide, horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that extends 70 feet out over the rim of the canyon - to exclusive helicopter rides that allow you to marvel at the scenery from the sky.

There are also various visitors centres and museums that are to be found around the Canyon site.

Pawn Stars / Counting Cars:

A visit to a pawn shop might not sound like a 'must do' experience, but the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop isn’t your usual store having been made famous by the hit TV show 'Pawn Stars'.

As a working business, you can drop in and simply visit the shop in the hope that you might spot one of the main stars, or alternatively, special tours are offered that include the chance to go behind the scenes and get close to a number of special rare exhibits.

Count’s Kustoms is another Las Vegas business made famous thanks to a TV show - with 'Counting Cars’ following the fortunes of Danny Koker and his team as they restore and customise various machines.

Fans of the show, or cars in general, can examine Koker’s personal car collection with a free tour of the museum at the Count Kustom’s showroom or can book onto a special excursion that also includes visits to Shelby American and Nostalgia Street Rods.

The Mob Museum:

As the name suggests, The Mob Museum - which is located in the downtown area of Las Vegas - provides visitors with the chance to explore the history of the gangsters and organised crime groups who had a huge impact on life in Las Vegas and the wider USA.

Included within the museum is one of the courtrooms used for the Kefauver hearings in the early 1950s into organised crime as well as the remnants of the the brick wall where the Valentine's Day Massacre took place in Chicago in 1929.

The museum features a range of artefacts that belonged to some of the most famous gangsters in history - such as Al Capone - as well as exhibits from the law-enforcement side of things to tell both sides of the story.

Pinball Hall of Fame:

If you fancy a go on some arcade machines without heading into the bustling and busy casinos, then what what about visiting the Pinball Hall of Fame instead?

Whilst it might not look much from the outside, head indoors and you’ll be greeted by hundreds of machines which range from the historic through to the ultra-modern - all of which are available for you to play.

There is no fee to enter and you simply pay for the games that you want to try, with some of the money being donated to good causes.

Hoover Dam:

Located less than 50km from Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam is one of the most visited attractions in the area with more than a million people making the trip every year.

Built in the 1930s to help create the huge Lake Mead reservoir, the dam is home to a giant powerplant that can be explored as part of a special guided tour of the facility alongside the various dam passageways and the visitors centre.

Alongside a trip to the Dam, you might also visit Clark Country Museum, which is home to five heritage houses that take you back to bygone eras to show what life was like from the early 1900s through to the 1950s.

High Roller:

If you are looking for an alternative view of the Vegas Strip then the High Roller is the place to go. Opened in 2014 as the tallest ferris wheel in the world - a record it held until 2021 - the High Roller is located near to Caesars Palace.

Capable of carrying more than 1,000 people at a time, the wheel stands at a height of around 550ft, which makes it more than 100ft taller than the London Eye.

Open daily until midnight, a trip on the wheel is particularly impressive once the sun has gone down to fully appreciate the bright lights of the city around you.

Bellagio Conservatory:

We’re back at the Bellagio to round off the list with Bellagio Conservatory - which features all the colours of the Strip but in a much more sedate way. Rather than flashing neon lights, you’ll instead marvel at a kaleidoscope of colour thanks to the seasonal displays that are created by an expert horticultural team in the impressive botanical garden.

It’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for some peace and relaxation - just prepare to be amazed by installations that are created by a team of more than 100 people.