The Non-Gambler's Guide to Las Vegas
Nothing tells you that you’ve arrived in Las Vegas like the flashing lights from the slot machines and the sound of dropping coins. Sin City may be a gamblers’ paradise, but playing roulette and black jack is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to experiencing everything it has to offer. With this in mind, I’ve put together the ultimate non-gambler’s guide to Las Vegas, featuring things to do and showstopping attractions both on and off The Strip.
Schedule a pamper session in a spa
No one can argue that Vegas is home to some of the world’s most impressive hotels and while you might find shiny roulette wheels and black jack tables inside, you can also indulge in state-of-the-art spa facilities. From chakra-balancing treatments in the ESPA at Vdara, to relaxation in the one-of-a-kind Artic Ice Room in Caesars Palace, health and wellness awaits.
Dive into a pool party
During the months of April to October, you can experience some of the best pool parties on the planet in Vegas. The most popular take place in Encore at Wynn, Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand to name a few. Here you can watch some of the most iconic DJs from around the world as they set the scene, and catch some rays in the process.
Drink and dine out
If you find yourself with an evening free in Las Vegas, there are plenty of culinary experiences to tempt you. Take in the magic of the Fountains of Bellagio from the Lago by Julian Serrano eatery, or try an epic 13-course tasting menu at Restaurant Guy Savoy inside Caesars Palace. For the best fillets on The Strip, look no further than the SW Steakhouse at the Wynn.
If cocktails are more your thing, The Cosmopolitan has a bar that is encased inside a giant three-storey sparkling chandelier. And for the best snacks, swing by the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM located in The Linq Hotel or indulge in a light bulb latte at Mr Tea.
See a show
You can’t visit Las Vegas and not experience one of its world-famous productions. There is something to suit every taste, from live music, magic shows and circus acts to performances from some of Vegas’ resident stars, including Britney Spears and Celine Dion. You’ll find the Blue Man Group at The Luxor Hotel and the David Copperfield show at the MGM Grand.
Hit the shops
If slot machines and craps tables don’t get your pulse racing, the high-end boutiques will. Some of the finest designer stores are located in The Venetian, Caesars Palace and the ARIA Las Vegas Resort. You can find everything from Prada to Louis Vuitton, as well as high-street fashions.
Downtown Las Vegas is where you will find the city’s museums – ranging from weird to wonderful. The Neon Museum is where you find all of the iconic signs that used to adorn hotel entrances and casinos alike. This is a great place to spend an hour or two. Next stop? Visit the Mob Museum and marvel at the exhibits dedicated to the city’s most infamous crime figures.
Travel the world
Sightseeing is all part and parcel of any Las Vegas experience and you can discover Paris, Venice and even New York without leaving The Strip. Take a gondola ride inside the Venetian, take a ride up the Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel and see the Statue of Liberty at New York, New York. Check out our favourite hotels and their attractions here.
Explore the sights beyond The Strip
If you are feeling adventurous, venture beyond The Strip. You can catch a helicopter ride over Nevada, spend your time exploring the desert, or experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon first hand. On your way back, why not make a pit stop at the Hoover Dam?