Balloon Rides

If you’ve never done this, you should.   Balloons carry about eight people on a silent ride about the trees and houses to the west of town.  They don’t go close to the Strip, but you get a good aerial view of it.  A balloon ride giives you a perspective of Las Vegas the community, where over two million people live and work, most of whom have no direct connection with the hospitality or gaming industries.  You’ll see the miles of new neighborhoods, mostly cookie-cutter homes built frantically in the 1990’s up until the Great Recession, and the stark beauty of the native desert and mountains around the fringes of town.  Ballooning is always dependent on calm winds, and Las Vegas is often windy especially in the fall and spring, so don’t be disappointed if your flight has to be postponed to another day.


Soaring

This location is really in Jean NV, about 30 miles south of Las Vegas. You can take the I15 S. or, if you want some fun go south on Las Vegas Blvd. You can’t miss it, there is only that road or the I-15.  It is a fascinating experience, but if you’re prone to motion sickness, better take some Dramamine first.


Skydiving

This is a unique experience. They dive at the Boulder city airport. From there you can see Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, the Colorado River, Las Vegas etc. Very unique.  Flights take off fairly early in the morning, before the winds kick up.