National Atomic Testing MuseumJOE CAVARETTA AP REX Shutterstock
If you think you know what an atomic explosion sounds like, you might want to read this. And then plan a trip to the National Atomic Testing Museum, which features artifacts and exhibits dedicated to nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site, located just north of Las Vegas during the 1950s. The museum—which became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 2011—also features a Ground Zero Theater that shows guests what it feels like to watch a nuclear test. There’s also an exhibit about the infamous Area 51.
Neon Museum and Boneyardvia neonmuseum.org
If you’re a fan of neon America, Las Vegas is the place for you. (You might also appreciate these top retro burger stands.) Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum features old neon signs from defunct casinos and restaurants in the town’s past. The Boneyard refers to the six acres of land in which the signs are restored and put on display for the public. Some notable classics include the La Concha Motel and the Stardust Hotel and Casino.