Every year millions head for the gambling paradise in the heart of the Nevada Desert but the casinos are only part of the attraction that it holds for visitors. There’s lots more to do whatever your age or your interest so here’s our rundown of just some of the many highlights that await you in Las Vegas.
Did you know that you were close to some of the most dramatic scenery in the whole of America once you get beyond the neon glow of the city? An hour’s drive from Vegas will get you to the dramatically named Valley of Fire where there are ancient rock formations with atmospheric names like White Domes and Mouse’s Back.
Even nearer to the city is the nature conservation area of Red Rock Canyon which is the perfect place to take a bike tour of the sandstone bluffs and seasonal waterfalls.
Or head off for a paddle-wheeled boat tour of Lake Mead that was created when the Hoover Dam was built-in the 1930s.
Sports fans will also find plenty to entertain them in and around the city. If you’re in town when a major poker tournament is on, make sure you check it out. They attract all kinds of players, many who have qualified through the online scene, and the tension of watching a closely fought encounter has to be seen to be believed. With the online gaming scene being highly competitive it can be a great way to pass the time and get involved in and if you enjoy what you see from the pros, such as the thrill of the competition and wins then playing online live casino when you get back from your trip maybe just as good as the real thing as you can interact with real dealers and re-live the thrill of the Vegas experience.
Petrol heads should try to catch some of the NASCAR races at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway while fans of a more traditional sort of typical US pastime should check out whether there are any rodeo events scheduled while you’re there.
Lots of the world’s biggest stars have residencies in the city, ranging from Britney Spears to Donny and Marie Osmond and from Celine Dion to Elton John. Because they’re on for so many nights they’re rarely sold out and you’re guaranteed a spectacular show.
There’s also a vibrant nightclub scene for those who want to make a real night of it. Highlights include the Chateau Nightclub under the city’s own Eiffel Tower and the five-level Hakkasan that attracts many of the world’s most famous DJs.
Fine dining may not be something that you naturally associate with Vegas, but you’d be wrong. From the high-profile restaurant Spargo Las Vegas run by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck to Joel Robuchon’s 3 Michelin starred French Restaurant in the MGM Grand you’ll be spoilt for choice.
There’s also a large Chinatown in the city, packed with Chinese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese restaurants to suit every budget.
Last, but not least, there’s almost every kind of museum you could ever want. Starting with the Mob Museum, as the name suggests this tells the far from glorious story of the Mafia’s role in the growth of Vegas. For a more wholesome side to the city, the Neon Museum is an open air display of some of the most iconic illuminated signs. Or, for a little culture in the desert, check out the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art featuring works by Picasso, Degas, Monet and Van Gogh.