Las Vegas is infamous for being a very seductive and promiscuous city. This is a place you go to have fun, and sometimes the fun can get a little out of hand. Hence the old adage "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas."
But I'm here to tell you that a trip to Vegas doesn't have to be something you regret or worse, don't remember at all. Here are 6 pretty typical things you can do in Vegas, still have fun, and leave with no feelings of guilt or confusion.
1. Take a stroll down the strip.
With very little effort, you can be entertained for hours as you take in the sights, sounds, and pure revelry of the strip. You'll see all manner of people in costumes (and some with very little to call a costume), and as you walk a city block, you move from one continent to another. From the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, you can walk through New York, Paris, Greece, and Italy to name a few. Stop and watch the fountain show at the Bellagio, take an iconic photo with the Eiffel Tower, and pop into the Hersey's Chocolate World to satisfy any chocolate craving you might possibly have.
2. Wander in and out of the casinos.
Even if you don't gamble, the casinos are worth a gander. They are loud, bright, flashy, and might leave you smelling of cigarette smoke, but there's a certain atmosphere about each one of them that simply screams opulence and excitement. You might be thinking that once you've been in one casino, you've been in them all, but you would be incorrect. Each casino has it's own theme and therefore, it's own flair. Caesar's Palace is like walking into a Greek version of a DisneyWorld theme park with columns, statues, and fountains galore. The Bellagio is over the top with its lush, European-style ritz, and New York-New York Hotel & Casino is like walking into the streets of New York City complete with faux shop fronts and small, functional eateries. No matter your taste, you'll find a casino to fit your stylistic preferences, but explore them all!
3. Go shopping in the extravagant malls.
I am not normally a shopper. I don't really like spending money on things I don't need, which means I certainly don't shop in designer stores. So, the malls connected to the fancy hotels and casinos along the strip are completely out of my comfort zone. Despite this, I would highly recommend that you take some time to wander through some of them - especially The Grand Canal Shoppes attached to the famous Venetian hotel. This is unlike any other mall I've ever seen. The ceilings are painted to look like you're outside, the storefronts are reminiscent of actual stores in Venice, the central area of the mall looks like St. Mark's Square, and there's even an actual canal with gondolas and gondoliers running through the middle of the mall. Talk about extravagance!
Side note: I feel it is my duty to mention that the price for a gondola ride in the mall was significantly more expensive than our actual gondola ride in the actual Grand Canal in actual Venice, so take that for what it's worth.
4. Take a quick trip to see Hoover Dam.
We actually did this on our way into Las Vegas after spending time in Utah, but it's close enough to Las Vegas to make a quick trip one morning if it's something you want to see. You can make this outing as short or as long as you want, but at the very least, you'll want to walk out onto the paved path that runs along the highway to see the stunning view of the dam from above. If you want more information about the history and functionality of the dam, there are also tours which run regularly from the actual plant (which is in a different location than the overlook). There are also some more outdoorsy options available if that's something you are interested in. There is a hiking and biking trail called the Historic Railroad Trail which is in the Hoover Dam area, and there were a few companies which rented bikes to tourists.
5. See a show.
There are a ridiculously large number of entertaining shows to choose from when you're visiting Las Vegas. You can see anything from stand-up comedy to concerts to acrobatic shows. What you choose really depends on your budget and your preferences. We had the chance to see O by Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio, and I must say....it was INCREDIBLE. The pure brilliance of the theatrics and the acrobatics was magical, and I can honestly say I didn't want it to be over. One minute, there were people running across the stage making little splashes as they went, and the next minute you'd have acrobats diving into a pool of water where the stage had just been. The entertainment was well worth the money we forked over to get descent seats, and though I can't speak for any other shows, I would highly recommend this one.
6. Take your own iconic picture with the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
This needs no further explanation. Just do it. You might have to wait for a break in the throngs of other tourists doing the same, but it's worth it!
What are some of your recommendations for visiting Las Vegas? Have you seen a different show? Are there other things to do in the city away from the strip?
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