Things to do in Las Vegas
There are more things to do in Las Vegas than just lose money - there are free shows, natural sights, and even kid-friendly activities. Here's what to do in Las Vegas if you want more than a wild, Swingers-style weekend:
Check out the free shows. Every big casino resort has some sort of show in its lobby, and they're simultaneously quite good and free to boot. The most famous is the Bellagio's fountain show, which goes off every 15 to 30 minutes and is set to music. But don't miss the acrobats at Circus Circus or the musicians and strolling performers at The Venetian.
Go kitschy at the Pawn Shop. This store has gotten a boost thanks to the reality show Pawn Stars, but this Strip mainstay dates back to 1934. Even if you don't recognize the stars of the show, you can spend a long visit checking out the world-class art, rare jewelry, Super Bowl rings, and much more. Just avoid the mid-day hours, when it gets crowded.
Take a day trip to the Hoover Dam. About an hour outside of Las Vegas, this wonder of engineering is one of the main reasons Sin City came into being in the first place.
There is such a thing as kid-friendly Las Vegas. Other than the Hoover Dam, your best bets for a family-oriented getaway are the carnival games at Circus Circus, the family-friendly hotel pools, and shops like the beloved M&M's World.
Get some fresh air at the Red Rock Canyon. This area is a great spot for horseback riding tours, rock climbing, or hiking, and it's kid-friendly to boot. Plus, the stunning scenery includes ancient Native American petroglyphs.
This tour operator runs daily bus trips to Red Rock Canyon and offers convenient hotel pick-up.
Leaving the buzz of the Strip behind, visitors to the Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara discover an exotic space adorned with terra cotta hues, pointed dome-shaped doorways, geometric tiled floors, and lush palm trees.
Brace Yourself: Not all the scariest rides are roller coasters, a fact that everyone who has been to the top of the Space Needle-like Stratosphere hotel in Vegas knows only too well.
Parasols of differing shapes, sizes and colors hang throughout this relaxed lounge, which is connected to its sister retreat, Parasol Down.
Open since New Year’s Eve 2004, Pure is approaching icon status. The interiors of the bi-level club range from the stark white main room to the extravagant Red Room, with its own private bar and immense chandeliers.
This Vegas outpost of the New York chocolatier offers nine cocoa drinks; the Suckao is a shot of pure chocolate warmed by a flickering tea light.