On the cheap: Vegas tours for under $100

Just because you can spend a mortgage payment on tours while you’re in Vegas, doesn’t mean you have to. Consider us your fiscally responsible friends who always watch your back. Here are 18 tours that you can actually afford to check out, all for under $100.

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An aerial view of the Las Vegas Strip.

The Strip

Cost: $37-$99

Think you can’t afford a helicopter tour of the Strip? Wrong playa! You can lift off for right around a hundo. This is one of my favorite recommendations because nobody ever believes it. Tours like City Lights and Vegas Nights will fly you on a 20-mile loop over all the glimmering goodness of downtown Las Vegas and the Strip. You’ll never forget the time you went on vacation to Vegas and saw the neon lights from the sky.

If strapping your jittery self into a helicopter is guaranteed to give you the bubble guts, you’ve got the option to keep your feet on the ground and your lunch tightly packed in your intestines. Las Vegas Strip tours like A Vegas Evening Tour, Big Bus Tours and LV See The Lights Tour take you to Sin City’s most iconic attractions. You can ride or walk to sites like the world famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign, The Mirage volcano, the Statue of Liberty at New York-New York and so much more.

Joshua tree against a red rock background in Nevada.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Red Rock Canyon

Cost: $80-$85

Few places on earth manage to look like an entirely different planet (even if our unusual characters on Fremont Street could be mistaken for extraterrestrial), but Red Rock Canyon has this one in the bag. The park has a crazy selection of topography to explore, from arid and sun-scorched rocks to thick vegetation and even a hidden waterfall. The best way to explore it is with an SUV tour like Red Rock Canyon Tour, A Red Rock PM Express or Pink Jeep. If you don’t go with a guide, you’ll have no idea what you’re looking at other than a pretty pile of copper and cream sandstone. There are ancient roasting pits and pictographs from Native American inhabitants, a state park owned by eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes and fossilized sand dunes. Good luck finding it all on your own. But with these prices, you can afford a guide.

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The Hoover Dam.

Hoover Dam

Cost: $26-$92

Let’s all take a moment to thank the Hoover Dam for giving us water to drink, splash around in and for providing the main ingredient in wet T-shirt contests all over Vegas (among other things). This old timer was built in 1931 and was finished ahead of schedule and under budget. Who knows when the last time a government project was that successful. Tours like the Hoover Dam Classic, Hoover Dam Deluxe, and the Hoover Dam VIP Tour take you through in the inner workings of this engineering marvel and show you what it takes to keep it running. You’ll see the power plant, the generators and an observation deck with massive views of the Colorado River and Lake Mead.

If you’re going to be in the area, you might as well take a Lake Mead Cruise. Time is of the essence folks, if you’ve seen that gnarly bathtub ring around the lake, you know water is dwindling and these tours might disappear within your lifetime.

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The Pawn Stars cast.

Reality TV sets

Cost: $60

There hasn’t been an ordinary day in Vegas since 1905, and that’s why this is the perfect location for all your juicy reality TV addictions. You know all those crazy things you see (and do) while you’re here? They make for television gold and someone finally decided to cash in. On the Reality TV Insiders Tour, the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop Tour, and Vegas Car Lovers & Memorabilia Tour, you’ll get an inside look at real businesses that are so out-of-the-ordinary they warranted their own TV shows. You’ll go inside the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and the Toy Shack from the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars,” head over to the “TANKED” warehouse from Animal Planet, and see the Welder Up garage from the Discovery Channel’s “Vegas Rat Rods.” There are also additional stops to the Ultimate Sports Cards & Memorabilia store, the Shelby Museum and Las Vegas Harley-Davidson.

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Party bus on the VIP Club Crawl.

Offbeat Tours

Cost: $39-$89

Meep Meep. Actually, I cannot confirm nor deny that segways have horns, but they’re a still a lot of fun. Segway Las Vegas cruises through downtown on these two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transporters with an electric motor making it easier for you to see more but be less tired. You’ll roll past iconic downtown locales like the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop from the “Pawn Stars” show and Rick’s Restoration on the History Channel. There’s also the sustainable and unique Downtown Container Park, the vintage-inspired Neon Boneyard and the Mob Museum. Just remember to watch out for drunken tourists who mistook the curb for their hotel room.

Why party in one nightclub when you can party in them all? With club crawl tours like MaxVegas and VIP Club Crawl, you’ll roll around Sin City like the high roller you are, in a VIP party bus. Pop bottles and swing around that stripper pole you’ve secretly wanted to try out before your party host escorts you to the most exclusive clubs in town. Lines? What lines? These tours specialize in getting you into the hottest clubs in Vegas without the hassle, so your wild nights aren’t interrupted. You’ve got a lot of questionable decisions to make without worrying about waiting to get in, cover charges, or how you’re getting to your next hot spot.

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Born a Buckeye - raised a Hoosier. I grew up in a one-horse town that straddles the Indiana/Ohio state line and until 2006, was in two different time zones. There were three stoplights and a whopping 48 students in my graduating class. Fast forward a few years later, I was bitten by the travel bug and decided to head west. It seems like no matter how long I live here, there’s always something that still makes my jaw drop. That’s what I love about Vegas; you never know what you’re going to see next and that’s what makes living here so much fun. Basically, if you’re bored in this town, there’s something wrong with you…not the city. I’m an avid traveler with an incurable case of wanderlust so stay tuned for all the tours, attractions and shopping adventures that Sin City has to offer.