Top 5 Hidden Spots in Las Vegas to add to your Grand Canyon Trip!

There is more to Las Vegas travel than glitz, glamour and gaming. If you’re up for adventure, get off the beaten strip, get away from the neon lights and explore the other side of Vegas. We’ll help you get started. Include these hidden spots with your grand canyon trip.

todds-unique-diningTodd’s Unique Dining
Local celebrities call Todd’s a “hidden gem” and it is talked-up as “a chef’s choice”. Nestled in an obscure strip-mall in Henderson, you’d have to be going there or you’d miss it.

Succulent samplings from Todd’s “unique” menu: watermelon salad, with lime and cayenne dressing; signature short ribs on jalapeno mashed potatoes or catch-of-the-day.

Attentive servers, cozy ambiance and 5-star-worthy food, add up to a don’t-miss experience! 

mt-charlestonMt. Charleston
If you get weary of the neon nightlife and sizzling summer afternoons, our next hidden jewel spells escape! Just 35 scenic miles from the strip, Mt. Charleston Mountain rises up from the desert to greet you.

At the mountain’s peak, a pleasant breeze and nature trails covering 52 miles will welcome you. Watch for hummingbirds, desert tortoises and wild burros. Trees such as mountain mahogany, aspen and juniper are bountiful.

If you prefer, join a tour with a naturalist guide to learn about the indigenous flora, fauna and animals.
A perfect addition to your grand canyon trip.

GreenValleyRanchPoolGreen Valley Ranch
When locals take staycations, Green Valley Ranch is the go-to choice. Dubbed as “the best kept secret in Las Vegas”, you’ll find the refined atmosphere, jaw-dropping views, awesome amenities and plush accommodations fit for royalty.

This resort-spa is about 25 minutes from the Strip, perfect for the discerning traveler who prefers flair over flurry. If your idea of Las Vegas travel translates to gambling, you’ll be enamored with the European style casino, featuring around the clock action.

Get pampered like never before, with a Green Valley Green Tea Wrap, at the elegant spa. For golf enthusiasts, four championship courses are close by.

lucielles-bbqLucille’s BBQ
If you’re craving comfort food, served with a side of Southern hospitality, you’ll find it at Lucille’s BBQ. Kids get to ring a cowbell each time staff fills the Southern Pride smoker with meat.

Genuine Southern appetizers, such as scratch biscuits and apple butter are must-haves. Enjoy sweet tea from a mason jar and munch on Southern-fried sides like green tomatoes and dill pickles. Get pleasantly stuffed with Lucille’s hickory smoked beef brisket.

If you go out on Saturday night, venture into the Flying Pig Lounge where live musicians perform the blues.

galleria-mall-nvGalleria Mall
Galleria at Sunset is frequented by locals, making it the perfect off-the-grid mall to add to your Las Vegas travel itinerary. It’s worth the drive to Henderson to spend a leisurely afternoon in this cool, clean and cheerful shopping mall. The overhead “sky” windows provide plenty of sunlight to simulate shopping in nature.

Because Galleria isn’t packed with tourists, parking is plentiful. Take advantage of a security escort to the parking lot when you are all shopped-out.

Bottom Line: Make your Las Vegas travel experience more memorable by seeking out these hidden spots. If youre planning a grand canyon trip soon, put these spots on your list.