Are you wondering where can you drive a bulldozer? Land in the Grand Canyon by Helicopter? Climb a wall? Take a gondola ride and imagine you are in Venice?

In Vegas, if you can dream it, it can probably happen! During the IPW 2021 conference, I had some amazing adventures. See them below and at this video playlist!


I absolutely LOVED my experience at Dig This Las Vegas Sept 19, 2021! I drove a bulldozer AND an excavator! Do you want to Drive Heavy Machinery? This is the place to make your bucket list dream come true. My instructors, Mae and Dave, were AMAZING! They only supervise two people at a time but only one person is getting information at a time. It is very step-by-step and personalized. The machinery is climate controlled which was great! I highly recommend DIG THIS for your birthday, anniversary or any reason you are in Vegas. Next time I am going to CRUSH A CAR!

Land in the Grand Canyon with Papillon Helicopters

I went on the Papillon Grand Celebration tour! “Have you ever wondered what it would be like to land on the floor of the Grand Canyon? Our Papillon Grand Celebration tour is a Grand Canyon helicopter landing tour that includes breathtaking views of the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon West and a 3,200-foot descent onto a private plateau of the Grand Canyon’s floor. After landing, you’ll even get to enjoy champagne and a light picnic overlooking the Colorado River. This Grand Canyon helicopter tour from Las Vegas is the crown jewel of our tour selection. Truly a sightseeing experience unlike any other!”

Go on a Gondola Ride: Venice in Vegas at The Venetian Resort

My gondola ride reminded me of my time in Venice, Italy. I enjoyed the gondolier singing and the gorgeous colors at sunset. We picked an outdoor ride but you can also choose indoor! We floated beneath bridges and listened to the songs. If you cannot leave the country, you can feel like you are in Italy by going to Vegas.

Rock Climbing Wall at Canyon Ranch at The Venetian Resort

Ready for a 40 feet climbing wall? Thank you to Mike at Canyon Ranch at The Venetian Resort for my adrenaline filled experience. This is one of the largest if not THE LARGEST indoor climbing wall at a hotel. I LOVED IT!!

Flyover Las Vegas: Experience The Real Wild West.

Thank you to Flyover Las Vegas for a “immersive flight-ride experience” right on the strip of Las Vegas. I love 3D and 4D movies and this felt like another level up. There are no googles or 3D glasses. This seat feels like a ride at the theme park and moves so far over the edge—you cannot wear your flip flops! They might fall off onto someone’s head! There is a basket for your belongings so they do not topple! This ride has six degrees of motion.

Allegiant Stadium

Thank you Allegiant Stadium and IPW! I loved my tour Sept 19, 2021. I loved seeing the Al Davis Memorial Torch, the private suites and clubs including Champions Club, Twitch Lounge, Modelo Cantina Club, the Hall of Fame photos, trophies and of course the field.I cannot wait to see a concert and a game here!

In past Vegas trips, I have driven fast cars, cooked with famous chefs and donned chain mail to scuba dive at Shark Reef!

Christina Tosi from Milk Bar taught us to make cake truffles at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas March 2018.

My Five Star Luxury Dreams Came

Dream Racing

When you go to Las Vegas, you can make all your dreams come true. Have you always wanted an authentic driving experience on a race track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with luxury vehicles, professional instructors & simulators? I drove over 120mph in a Lamborghini Huracán GT with world famous driver Cédric Sbirrazzuoli as my instructor! I absolutely LOVED it! I cannot wait to go again! Thank you to the entire team at Dream Racing who made me feel so comfortable and ready to get behind the wheel! Thank you Cedric, Ashley, Steve and Enrico! “Dream Racing is the five-star driving experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and features the world’s largest and fastest selection of Supercars and the only one where you can get behind the wheel of a real Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche or Lotus Race Car. No matter which package you choose, we promise to deliver you a once in a lifetime exotic car racing experience. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to try your hand at racing these exotic cars.”

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Who gets to wear a full suit of chain mail and dive with sharks in the desert? I did it and if you are a certified diver you can too! This is a very unique and different experience at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef. Thank you to Jack, Theresa, Stacy, Trisha, The Life Support Team of the Aquarium, Mandalay Bay and MGM for this amazing adventure for my 50 things before I am 50 project! I LOVED IT! I sat on the bottom of the tank with many types of sharks swimming by and sang myself HAPPY BIRTHDAY! “Shark Reef aquarium is the home of over 2,000 animals including the saw fish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish and the rare golden crocodile. This unique exhibit gives you the chance to dive with a higher concentration of exotic sharks than you’d ever find in the wild.”

Fantastic Activities in Las Vegas
Lisa Niver at Shark Reef Aquarium

I loved going behind the scenes at the Bellagio Fountains

I will be back in Las Vegas for the Scuba show DEMA in November. I wonder what I will do NEXT??

Vegas IPW 2021 articles:

Luxury Las Vegas: My Stay at The Venetian Resort

Thank you IPW 2021 Resorts World Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas? EVERYTHING

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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