Casinos and theme parks might draw Hispanics to their top five destinations — Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Laughlin, and Atlantic City, according to Scarborough Research. But it turns out these vacation spots offer much more than blackjack and Mickey Mouse.

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1. Las Vegas: Assorted Escapes

Some people never see beyond the glitz of Las Vegas, says Heidi Knapp Rinella, 51, author of Quick Escapes: Las Vegas. So she recommends Mount Charleston in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, 40 miles from Vegas. In the summer, it's a delightful 20 to 30 degrees cooler, she says, and in the winter, you can ski the snow-covered peaks. Go from nature to engineering marvel Hoover Dam. Take the Discovery Tour to view the dam's inner workings and learn how the waters were tamed.

2. Los Angeles: Tour and Learn

"Many travelers want to learn and expand their horizons," says Olga Garay, 54, executive director of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The way to do that is to venture beyond the beaches and Disneyland.

Consider touring the Hollyhock House, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Los Angeles Conservancy offers city lovers a number of downtown walking tours, including free, self-guided podcast tours.