They say that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. While it's likely that many hope this rings true, considering how many things happen in the city of Las Vegas, the phrase is almost certainly wishful thinking. There is something for everybody both on and off The Strip, and despite its 'Sin City' nickname, not all of it is rated R.
Along the Las Vegas Strip there are plenty of eye-catching landmarks that will delight visitors of all ages, from the famous dancing fountains at the Bellagio, to the gondola rides at the Venetian. In fact, most of the hotels have an attraction or two to lure in the casual passerby’s; the Mirage has a volcano show, New York, New York has a roller coaster that weaves its way in and out of the hotel, and Mandalay Bay Resort has a much-loved aquarium with an imposing shark tank. Dazzling concerts, breathtaking shows, musicals, magic and the ever-popular Cirque de Soleil performances are among the many spectacles on rotation along The Strip, offering visitors different delights depending on the date. The lights and sounds on the street flood the senses and add to the exuberant atmosphere.
Las Vegas is known to be a paradise for gamblers, and the excitement in the air in the many casinos can be contagious. The dining options along The Strip are plentiful and will accommodate every budget, while drinks flow freely on casino floors. For those looking to dance the night away, clubs often host internationally famous DJs, although the lines are usually long so early attendance is advised.
If the Las Vegas Strip feels overwhelming, a day trip to see the Grand Canyon might be exactly what is needed, while any visitors with an interest in astronomy might enjoy stargazing in Death Valley National Park, one of only three International Dark Sky Parks in the US. Closer to The Strip, Downtown Las Vegas has really come into its own in recent years, with spaces such as Fremont Entertainment District and the Arts District giving the previously neglected historic center a renewed sense of character and purpose.
The truth about Las Vegas is that whether you arrive seeking non-stop stimulation or much-needed rest and relaxation, your visit can be tailored to your specifications. It is certainly the perfect playground for adults, with high levels of energy buoyed by enthusiasm, opulence and reckless abandon, but it also has a gentler, softer side that enjoys much of the eye-catching wonder of The Strip without the neon-lit adrenaline rush. Exploring the wonders around Las Vegas - both natural and man-made - is an incredible experience. Drew Carey once said, "Everything and anything you want to do, you can do in Las Vegas" and he wasn't wrong.
So, what would you like to do?