Exploring After the Show Floor Closes


Many of us return to Las Vegas and the NAB Show each year, so we have our favorite restaurants, favorite buffets and favorite things to do once we’ve finished our day at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

But if you’re new to the NAB Show and the city that never goes to sleep, two informative websites to begin your trip research are www.vegas.com and www.lasvegas.com.


If you’re looking for some evening entertainment, the following shows rank in the top 10 bestselling shows in Las Vegas according to www.lasvegas.com.

Cirque du Soleil — The production company offers eight shows in Las Vegas, each one unique and incredible. According to www.vegas.com the top three fan favorites are “O,” “Michael Jackson ONE” and “Mystere.”

Terry Fator at the Mirage — A singer who wows the audience with the voices of Elvis, Cher and Ella Fitzgerald, Fator also is an illusionist and puppeteer. A winner on television’s “America’s Got Talent,” he brings to life a hilarious range of characters including Winston the turtle, Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice and lounge singer Monty Carlo.

“Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas — Did you enjoy the music of the Four Seasons when you were growing up? Relive those times as the cast of “Jersey Boys” brings that music back to life. The musical tells the story of the group’s rise to fame.

Blue Man Group at Luxor — The Luxor describes the “Blue Man Group” as “comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. … It’s an outrageous multi-sensory experience you’ll never forget. New music, new design, new technology and a new finale to bring the entire audience together for a euphoric celebration of life in full color.”


If you have some time before NAB Show starts or once it is over, there is much to explore just outside of Las Vegas.

Rent a car and take a drive through the Valley of Fire or Red Rock Canyon, or to Lake Mead. Of course, there’s also the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam. Or, if you want to sit back and let someone else do the driving, there are a number of tour companies with multiple plans available.

Valley of Fire State Park — Nevada’s oldest state park, dedicated in 1935. Located just 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert, the formations of eroded sandstone and sand dunes appear to be on fire with the reflection of the sun’s rays. A gorgeous drive through the park features a Visitor Center, picnic and camping areas and several short trails.

Red Rock Canyon — A visit to Red Rock Canyon offers visitors a 13-mile scenic drive with spectacular views of the mountains, vegetation and the occasional wild horse or burro. There are almost 20 hiking trails of varying lengths with the shortest at .75 miles (in case you brought the kids) and the longest at 6 miles.

Lake Mead — Just south of Boulder City, this National Recreation Area offers boating, camping fishing, biking and hiking opportunities. Rent a canoe or kayak and explore the many coves or plan a paddleboat or rafting tour. Note that there is some road construction going on and visitors can experience some delays.

Hoover Dam — Attracting more than a million visitors each year, the Hoover Dam is just 35 miles from Las Vegas. Despite a remote location and harsh working conditions, construction began in 1930 and was completed in less than five years and under budget — unheard of in today’s world. A tour of the power plant is well worth the money and lasts about two hours.

Grand Canyon — According to the National Park Service, most people see the one-mile-deep Grand Canyon National Park from their car at overlooks along the South Rim, which is the most accessible part of the park and open all year. If you’re interested in seeing the Inner Canyon (everything below the rim), plan to backpack, ride a mule or take a rafting trip on the Colorado River.