“Sin City”, “The City of Lights”, “The Entertainment and Gambling Capital of the World” – Las Vegas has many nicknames, and is known as one of the most vibrant and engaging cities in the world. What do you do if you want to see the real Vegas, though? The casinos and clubs may be exciting, but what about the attractions a little further afield? There is so much more to Las Vegas than the Strip, and there is a world of adventures to be had if you only look.
Entertaining yourself in Las Vegas
Founded in 1905, Las Vegas hasn’t always been the entertainment hub of the world, and there are still so many sights to take in away from the main boulevard and tourist center; of course, attractions such as the Stratosphere Tower and its many rollercoasters, Cirque du Soleil, the Bellagio Fountains, Shark Reef Aquarium, and the Adventuredome theme park will still be waiting for you, but isn’t life so much more exciting when you take the path less trodden?(Image by Daniel Parks)
Offering fresh air and flora and fauna is the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, which is home to botanical gardens, nature trails, museum exhibitions, and a butterfly habitat, as well as a series of events, festivals and classes; while the Strip isn’t always suitable for younger tourists, these fantastic gardens can be explored by adults and children of all ages. Family vacations to Las Vegas have never been so entertaining or informative, and you’ll find yourself able to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of the city’s center.
If you want to stay a little closer to the Strip but still wish to enjoy something a little bit different, there are any number of museums that are waiting to be discovered. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, the Mob Museum, and the Natural History Museum are all well worth a look, while the Neon Museum is a real eye-opener into the bright and varied past of Vegas. Again, these attractions are fantastic for the whole family, and can fill your days with something a little more educational than merely stopping off at the slot machines.(Image by Terry Hassan )
However, if fine dining, casinos, and world tours are your thing, you’re in the right place, and the casinos, clubs, and neon lights of Las Vegas are a huge part of its vibrancy and charm; away from the Strip, the city has numerous culinary classes, exquisite restaurants, exciting casinos and amusement arcades, spas and resorts, and luxury shopping outlets, as well as a center dedicated to jumping around on a giant trampoline like a big kid. You just need to know where to look.
Find a place to rest your head in a city that never sleeps
While wandering away from Las Vegas’s heart, and the Strip, can be a fantastic way to explore the city’s history, heritage, and culture, staying along its neon walkways and roads can be one of the best experiences you’re likely to have on your vacation. After all, where else can you experience a different city, country, or even continent, without leaving the veritable safety of your hotel complex? Las Vegas’s hotels have become synonymous with luxury brands and fun, due in the most part to the work of Steve Wynn, hotelier, casino developer, and entrepreneur; his determination to reinvent Las Vegas into the metropolis that it is today has had a huge influence on the luxury and sheer energy to be found in the city, while his first venture, the Wynn Las Vegas, is amongst the best-known and most highly rated hotels in the world.
Las Vegas has come to be known by many names, but few visitors these days truly discover its heart; take a moment to look a little deeper, though, and you may surprise yourself.
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