When someone says “Las Vegas” what do you think of? Many would say their first thought would be of The Strip, with its brightly coloured neon lights, casinos, roulette wheels, and 24 hour gambling. While it is true that most people come to Las Vegas to enjoy some gambling fun, there is a lot more to this city than a throw of the dice or watching the reels spin on a slot machine!
There are many other options to enjoy in Las Vegas that have nothing to do with gambling. Some say that these options would not even be in the city were it not for the popularity of the casinos. If the casinos did not draw such enormous crowds, there would be no need to have other sights to interest those who may have accompanied someone who came to Las Vegas strictly for the gambling!
It must be remembered that Vegas is a city first, and a gambling mecca second. It may be known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World” but the city is home to many people who never enter any of the casinos. To them, Las Vegas is like any other city, but has more options for entertainment than most. Yes, there is entertainment to be had in Vegas besides gambling! As the 28th largest city in the United States, with a population of around 2.5 million people, you can find attractions and venues in Las Vegas to please almost anyone.
Recreational winter sports are available at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. Ice skating is also available in Vegas year round. Hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, fishing, and boating are just minutes away from the Strip. Museum lovers can enjoy the Liberace Museum, the Venetian Hotel’s art exhibits and the Bellagio Hotel’s Gallery of Fine Art, the Atomic Testing Museum, the Nevada State Museum, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and for those 18 and over, the Erotic Heritage Museum. The Imperial Hotel in Vegas hosts a Classic Car museum that will appeal to those who appreciate these beautiful old vehicles.
If you have enough time for an afternoon or a day trip, you can find many tours via helicopter or bus that will take you sightseeing in and around Vegas. Take a Neon Lights tour, see the Strip from the sky, gaze in awe upon the South Strip of the Grand Canyon, or check out the dude ranches located in the outskirts of Vegas proper.
Those who enjoy shopping will adore the outlet malls and shops, the shopping malls, the Hawaiian Marketplace, Miracle Mile shops, Chinatown Plaza, and the many other little shops inside the large hotels that line the Strip. No matter if you are looking for antiques, name brand clothing and shoes, souvenirs, Asian trinkets, jewellery or books, you will find a shop in and around Las Vegas that sells what you desire.
Las Vegas is a 24-hour world in itself. Do not get so caught up in casino gambling that you miss the chance to experience some of the special things this city has to offer. If you win big, take some of your winnings and see Vegas as the locals do.