Las Vegas is known for its glitz, but underneath the spangles lies a trove of interesting activities that one wouldn't normally associate with Sin City.
Las Vegas is known for its glitz, but underneath the spangles lies a trove of interesting activities that one wouldn't normally associate with Sin City. Writer Anne Burke takes you there.
- These people are serious about their books : You won't find many bookstores on the Strip, with one notable exception. And watch out; it ain't cheap.
- Leave the Strip to find where hip trumps hot : The Fremont East district offers the cool side of Las Vegas' sizzle.
- Food truck heaven : It's not all five-star eateries and buffets. Know where to look and you'll find a delectable and varied menu on wheels.
- Pinball wizard in pinball nirvana : Enormous and affordable, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a hands-on ode to the light-up game.
- Saddle the horses, we're going for a ride : It's easy to forget it when you're standing on the Strip, but Las Vegas is smack in the middle of cowboy country. This is an easy way to revisit those roots.
- Pawnshops doing gangbuster business : Pawned items in Las Vegas have long held particular allure, due to the relative desperation of their owners for some quick cash. Now, with the popularity of TV's "Pawn Stars," the industry has exploded.
- Kitsch spoken here:  What's a trip to Vegas without a tour of some traditional Vegas tack?
- Biking adventures in Sin City : There's no better way to explore the desert roads of Red Rock Canyon than on two pedal-powered wheels.
- Chic hotel stay off the Strip : The El Cortez Cabana Suits offers a stylish alternative to more glitzy fare elsewhere in town.
This blog post was first published in January 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.