It is natural for anyone to believe that Las Vegas is all about glitzy casinos, night clubs and stage shows. However, there is nothing further from the truth. It is true that the town was first conceived to be the home for card games, slots machines and anything to do with gambling; but since Bugsy Siegel and the grand opening of the Flamingo, Vegas has come along way in cleaning up its image and being accommodating to one and all.
Today, in a world filled with online casino, slots and poker sites; and players attracted to the instant gratification of global casino brands like Unibet, places like Las Vegas have had to up their game. Nowadays, Las Vegas is not just about casinos, in fact, there is a whole lot more to experience and enjoy like your favourite singer/artist live in concert, art galleries, world renowned restaurants, hiking, rides on the High Roller Observation Wheel and even jumping off the Stratosphere Tower!
To begin with, anyone visiting The Sin City has to check out the casinos. There are host of impressive casinos, with various themes and attractions; all catering for everyone individual tastes and desires. However, there are a few that stand out from the rest like the Bellagio Resort. This spot is one of the best in Vegas, and indeed in the world, with top rated food, fine art galleries, botanical gardens, luxurious spas, salons and dancing fountain displays. This is in addition to more than 2300 slot machines, high roller tables and exclusive tournaments like the World Poker Tour. The action never stops and is arguably a true reflection of what Las Vegas is all about.
For wine enthusiasts, there is the Rio Wine Cellar and Tasting Room, which is located below the Rio. It is houses a collection of more than 10,000 bottles al together worth north of $10 million; and includes the Chateau d’Yquem and even a bottle of Madeira from Thomas Jefferson.
Now that one is in the right frame of mind after the some exquisite wine tasting, check out the outdoor art galleries, like When Life is Beautiful Festival. Here everyone can appreciate art works from international street artists and muralists.
Whilst enjoying being out and about, it is then the perfect opportunity to do something completely insane and jump off the Stratosphere Tower. Alternatively, why not go on a cycling tour and discover the Red Rock Canyon; or visit the Hoover Dam, where one can walk onto the bridge or view it via a boat ride on Lake Mead.
For those sporting fanatics, there is Angel park in Summerlin; a 36 hole course designed by Arnold Palmer. And if you want to be indoors, KISS by Monster Mini Golf provides everyone with the ideal opportunity to test ones putting skills inside the middle of a shrine dedicated to the world’s most merchandised band!
Las Vegas does have an endless supply of cool and exciting things to do and experience, and one visit cannot really do it justice. The variety and calibre of casinos are out of this world, and with so many intriguing and unique attractions outside on gambling; it is definitely a place which deserves to be on anyone’s bucket list.
Andrew Tropeano, host of NewsWatch and special correspondent for SELECT, has over 10 years experience in journalism and is a broadcast media and entertainment media pro. He is passionate about technology, entertainment, travel, and consumer news.