Last month my wife, Anne Doe, took me to Las Vegas because she was going to a business convention. Needless to say, she writes for a casino guide and I hate gambling. But of course, she likes it and that also supports us, so I went ahead without problems. At first I was depressed, but then when I asked and looked around, I ended up enjoying Las Vegas more than I thought. And not. I did not enter a single casino while I was there.
One of the best things about Las Vegas, Reno, and Atlantic City (but especially Las Vegas) is the number of shows available. You can see top-tier comedians like Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Tim Allen, and even people like Bill Cosby and Chris Rock. If you like music you can see female singers like Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Beyonc ?, male artists like Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Snoopy Dog and bands like Oasis and Bon Jovi. I could go on and on, but the list is endless. If you like magic, you can see wizards like David Copperfield doing their thing just a few feet from you. Whatever you want, you can find it here, from Western Music to Early Music, Jazz, Rock, Heavy Mettle and Trance. All you have to do is look at the itinerary offered during your visit.
From Chinese to Japanese, Koreans, Jews and even vegetarians and meat eaters await all your pleasures in Las Vegas. Don’t go for cheap, oily fried dishes that are served for free while you play. Stop for a while and enjoy the enchanting scenery and the smells of European or East Asian dishes. The wonderful thing is that you can see the man’s ability to blend in. A real melting pot, if I may say so myself.
But is that all that cities with casinos like Las Vegas are talking about? Do you have to stay in the city to really enjoy your stay?
Here are some of the best must-see attractions on your visit to Las Vegas:
Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon:
Reserve a seat on one of the many available sightseeing tours and go see the architectural marvel that is the Hoover Dam built over the Grand Canyon, which is also a great sight to see on its own. The Black Canyon is another to see as Lake Mead, which is so beautiful just because it is a body of water surrounded by desert nature.
While looking at the dam and canyon from above, you must go down to see the true beauty of the river. The Colorado River is great for rafting and water sports, but you don’t have to join in if it’s not for you. Instead, sit back and enjoy another one of nature’s wonders.
Who can’t resist going to one of the old cities like the ones in the western gun movies? Your destination must be Old Nevada. There you can revel in an ancient western city in the middle of Red Rock Canyon. They also host Western shootouts, so come prepared, partner!
I could go on and on about other attractions like the theme park at Circus Circus, Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary, Henderson Bird Watching Preserve, and Mt. Charleston, but I think you understand. In Vegas and you hate gambling? Do not despair. Get out there and have fun without gambling.