If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit Las Vegas, you’re missing out on a one of a kind experience. Everyone seems to think that Las Vegas is only for gamblers. But gambling is only a part of everything that Las Vegas offers.
I’ve been fortunate to travel to the city several times and have always had a good time. I always gamble when I’m there, but I also spend time enjoying some of the other things the city offers. My wife has gone with me twice, and she’s not a big gambler.
On trips to Las Vegas with her, I’ve seen some great shows, ate at some outstanding restaurants, and seen some amazing museums and exhibits. The city is about far more than what it seems. Here are seven reasons why you should visit Las Vegas.
1 – Dozen of Gambling Options in Las Vegas
Before moving on to other reasons to visit Las Vegas, let’s get the big one out of the way. The Sin City has more casinos collected in a small area than anywhere in the world. The famous Las Vegas Strip has casinos on both sides and the Fremont Street area is filled with even more casinos.
You can place bets at dozens of sportsbooks and play poker at just about any limit you want. Other popular casino games are available including roulette, craps, baccarat, video poker, keno, Let It Ride, three card poker, Mississippi Stud, bingo, and many lesser known games that you can’t find anywhere else.
Las Vegas is the place to be if you want all of the gambling action you can stand. If you don’t like one casino, another is a short walk away. Many of the casinos are even connected by shops and walkways so you don’t even have to go out in the desert heat.
2 – Memorable Vegas Shows
I’ve never been a person who goes out of his way to see shows, but when my wife travels to Las Vegas with me she insists that we do some things other than gamble. This has led me to see some great shows that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.
Some of the world’s best entertainers perform in Las Vegas, and popular groups like the Blue Man Group and Cirque de Soleil have long-running shows. I’ve seen both, and I highly recommend seeing them at least once if at all possible.
You can also find great singers and impersonators of famous musicians who are no longer with us. Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra are two of the famous singers from the past who have impersonators doing Las Vegas shows.
3 – Fremont Street Experience
The Fremont Street experience is difficult to describe, and the pictures and videos available online don’t do it justice. It’s a unique experience that you won’t soon forget. The light show is worth the trip alone, but you also get to see street performers and you can visit some of the casinos that offer a completely different experience than you get on the Strip.
Crime isn’t bad in Las Vegas, but anywhere a large group of people come together, there’s a chance for a pickpocket to operate.
I keep my cash and important cards and documents deep in one of my front pockets or in a side pocket on cargo pants that I can fasten closed. My wife uses a purse with a zipper on top and a large strap so she can wear it across her body. We’ve never had a bad experience, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
4 – Amazing Dining Options
The best meal of my life was in Las Vegas. I’ve had nice meals at many different places, but the one that always stands out for me was the first time I ate at the Stratosphere several years back. The restaurant is on top of the casino and rotates so you can see the entire city as you dine.
I haven’t been to the Stratosphere for a few years, so I can’t tell you if it’s still a great option, but I can tell you that the city is filled with great dining options. The buffets available at some casinos are better than anything available in most towns.
You can read online reviews of popular restaurants before your trip, or you can have an adventure and figure out where to eat in Las Vegas once you arrive. Either way, you won’t run out of dining options in the city.
5 – Bragging Rights
Las Vegas is one of the few places in the world that you can brag about visiting to everyone you know. It seems that the world is filled with people who have had the opportunity to visit Las Vegas, and those who want to visit.
This is a great conversation starter for them, because they talk about all of the interesting things they do and can say they had so much fun that they didn’t have time to gamble.
When we saw the Blue Man Group perform, it was a great experience. We’ve been able to talk about this experience many times with our friends and new people we meet, because most people know of the Blue Man Group.
6 – Interesting Las Vegas History
While most people don’t think too much about history when they plan to visit Las Vegas, the truth is that you can learn a great deal about history when you visit. You can find many interesting exhibits and museums, with some of them located right inside the casinos.
On one trip, we stayed in the Luxor Hotel & Casino, and I had the opportunity to visit the Egyptian exhibit in the hotel. It didn’t take long and was well worth the trip. I also got to visit a wax museum on one trip and the skill of the craftsman who built the wax figures is amazing.
Do a search for museums and exhibits before your trip so you can carve out a little time to get some history you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll be glad that you did.
7 – Street Performers
I mentioned the street performers in the Fremont Street section, but it’s such a unique experience that I felt they needed their own section. It’s difficult to describe the atmosphere and entertainment value completely, and some people might not enjoy them as much as others, but to me the street performers are amazing.
Magic has a special place in Las Vegas, with famous magicians running shows every day.
The street performers in Las Vegas are hustlers, which is one of the reasons why I enjoy watching them. When I say hustlers, I don’t mean it in a bad way for the most part. Some of them might not have the best intentions, but most of the ones I enjoy are doing their best to entertain you as a way to make some money.
I know that it’s not cheap to take a trip to Las Vegas, but if you can afford it, I recommend going at least once. Even if you don’t place a single bet while you’re there, you can still enjoy a once in a lifetime experience.
Depending on when you plan to visit, you can find good deals on flights and hotels. One thing that I recommend for your first trip is to stay at one of the casino hotels on the Strip. It’s easy to get stuck in a crappy hotel when you make online reservations, so don’t take a chance of ruining your first trip by trying to save a few dollars.
If you plan to see a popular show and/or eat at a high end restaurant, make reservations or buy tickets as soon as you book your trip. Many shows sell out weeks in advance, and you don’t want to miss out on the best attractions.
Start planning your first trip to Las Vegas now. Even if you have to save up for awhile, it’s worth every penny. Stay on the Strip on your first trip, but take at least a day to make the short cab ride over to Fremont Street while you’re there so you can experience both of the most popular areas of the city. And who knows? You might even get lucky and come home with more than you came with.