Nellis AFB & The Speedway ~ North Las Vegas

Nellis AFB & The Speedway ~ North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas has plenty to offer in the way of entertainment off the Las Vegas Strip, even though Las Vegas Boulevard runs all the way north to the end of town.  The City Of North Las Vegas begins just north of Fremont Street and covers the ground along the I-15 corridor all the way to Nellis Air Force Base, so this is a sizable chunk of land. Most of North Las Vegas is comprised of working class neighborhoods and local hangouts, so the touring experience is low key.

In the past, the casino resorts in this end of the valley have catered to the locals and visitors that attend events at the Las Vegas Speedway or Nellis AFB.  Now that the Great Recession of 2007 is a thing of the past, there is hope for casino resort modernization in North Las Vegas.

The dining options in North Las Vegas are wide ranging. There are many interesting ethnic restaurants in the working class neighborhoods and some of the best Mexican food in the valley can be found here. Many hospitality businesses in North Las Vegas cater to the needs of the Nellis Air Force Base personnel, so down home style food, Chinese food and good BBQ can be found near the military neighborhoods. Local saloons, gaming taverns, craft breweries and local nightclubs can be found throughout North Las Vegas too.

The two traditional main attractions in North Las Vegas are Nellis AFB and the Las Vegas Speedway. The Nellis Air Force Base Visitors Center is Located at North Las Vegas Boulevard and Craig Road, so this destination is easy to find.  While there, I captured a few nice photographs of a jet flying overhead when visiting this North Las Vegas attraction!

Nellis AFB is the home of the Thunderbirds! At Nellis AFB, the fun really starts when the USAF Thunderbirds practice tight formation aerobatics within view or when a Thunderbirds Air Show is taking place. Nellis Air Force Base is the home of many great events that include antique air shows and the general public is welcome to attend.  The visitors center offers good information and there is plenty of Air Force memorabilia to take home.  There are good spots to watch the fast jet pilots do their stuff and spectators sure do get a thrill out of hearing the powerful engines roar!

The Las Vegas Speedway in North Las Vegas is literally located right across the street from Nellis AFB.  NASCAR puts on the biggest race of the year in Las Vegas and this city is flooded with race fans during the NASCAR weekend. The NASCAR parties on the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street do get pretty wild, so there is never a dull moment!  Nearly every major casino resort books top country western musical acts during NASCAR week just to make the race fans feel right at home.  

Local racing, dirt track racing and NHRA Drag Racing events also take place at the Las Vegas Speedway.  Exotic Racing is the name of a local company that rents sports cars and track time to people that want to do a little bit of racing on a real race track while visiting Las Vegas.  Those who always dreamed of running a Corvette or Ferrari over a challenging road race track can do so by booking track time with this company in advance.  

The Electric Daisy Carnival is another famous event that takes place at the Las Vegas Speedway.  Hundreds of thousands of party animals attended the three day EDC concert event, so this is quite a big music festival extravaganza!  Tickets for EDC usually sell out the first day, but local ticket handlers sometime have some in stock.    

There are a few old casinos from the golden age of Las Vegas that can be found in the north end of the valley. The old Poker Palace, Jerry’s Nugget and the Siver Nugget Casino are old favorites of the locals.  The Silver Nugget is an old bowling alley casino that offers a chance to step back into yesteryear. There are a few new modern casinos in North Las Vegas that offer good value too, but the quality of the experience can be hit or miss, depending on how the economy is going.

Overall, North Las Vegas is well worth checking out, especially if there is a big event going on at Nellis AFB or the Las Vegas Speedway! North Las Vegas development has lagged behind the rest of the valley in recent years, but this is starting to change. For now, North Las Vegas is where to go to find locals casinos and some good south of the border food. For some visitors of Las Vegas, this is like a dream come true!


Author: wildwestdestinations

I worked as a chef in remote resorts and National Parks, which provided the time to explore western travel destinations. I have a BA Degree in Culinary Management with high honors and currently I am working on a Masters Degree in Adult Education. My food and travel blog writing began as a means to generate income during college and now photo journalism has become my lifestyle.

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