Everyone knows Las Vegas is famous for casinos and obviously it attracts gamblers from the highrollers to the penny machine grandmas. But it you think Vegas is just casinos, you are sorely mistaken. Non-gamblers make up a good percentage of the visitors now hitting the Las Vegas strip and if you fit into this category, you’ll find plenty to do.
One of the best things about Las Vegas are the hotels. Where else in the world can you stay in such luxurious resorts and not blow your budget? Thanks to the gamblers, Las Vegas is able to keep hotel prices decently low, at least considering the glamour and luxury of many of the hotel properties. Score the best deals by staying midweek and be sure not to miss any of the hotel amenities. Las Vegas also has some amazingly kid friendly hotels.
From incredible pools to world-class spas, the hotels are destinations in themselves. To attract potential gamblers, each hotel also has its own hook. Caesars Palace Las Vegas has the marvellous Forum Shoppes. At the Venetian you can pretend you are strolling through Venice and at Luxor, enjoy the replicas of ancient Egyptian artifacts. New York New York will give you a taste of the Big Apple from the other side of the country and at the Paris Las Vegas hotel you can even go up in a replica of the Eiffel Tower. All this, and much more, is offered up by the hotels and you don’t even have to touch a slot machine.
Speaking of hotels, many also have their own free shows to attract even more potential gamblers. A few of the best free shows along the strip include the Mirage’s volcano show, the fountain show at the Bellagio hotel, the free live circus shows at Circus Circus, and the pirate show at Treasure Island.
Beyond the free shows, Las Vegas also has thousands of other permanent and traveling shows and concerts to choose from. Check tour dates for your favorite mainstream band or headline performer and there is a good chance they have at least one show scheduled for Vegas. Permanent shows include the famous Cirque du Soleil, which currently has 7 different productions in Vegas, the Penn & Teller stand-up comedy show, The Blue Man Group, and Cher at the Colosseum.
You could easily come to Las Vegas and do nothing but eat. The city is filled with both award-winning restaurants and famous Vegas-style buffets. For fine dining, be sure to book at table at the French L’Atelier or the Japanese Raku. Buffet lovers will have more options than they can imagine to choose from but thankfully with the Buffet of Buffets pass, you wont have to choose. For one price the pass lets you eat as much as you want at 7 different buffets from the Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood to Le Village Buffet at Paris.
Even if you can’t gamble like a high roller, you can party like one. The nightclubs and bars in Las Vegas are top quality with everything from relaxing lounges to techno dance parties. Some of the world’s top DJs work these clubs and it is not uncommon to spot a celebrity or two enjoying the party. Lines can be long, covers can be high, and once you are inside, don’t plan on sitting as tables as snatched up quickly. That being said, Las Vegas clubs are some of the best in the world and if you have the extra cash, paying for VIP treatment will definitely give you a night to remember.