By Jeremy Miville.
I don’t gamble. It’s a personal choice. I’ve tried it, even had success with it, but somewhere down the line I lost interest. Because of this choice, Las Vegas never seemed to fall on my radar. But then I went, and went again. Now I’m in love with The Strip, the scene, and the sites. Here is my “non-gamblers guide to Las Vegas.”
Where to stay.
Stay on The Strip. You’ll be glad you did. It’s the center of the action, and just because you don’t want to gamble it doesn’t mean you need to remove yourself from all the action! Plus, not every hotel is attached to a casino.
I recommend Vdara. First off, every room is a suite, and a sweet suite at that! Vdara offers a menu of high-end spa services to help you relax to your full potential, a beautiful lobby lounge with outside and secluded seating, and a pool to lose hours in. Plus, it’s close to Aria and connected to the Bellagio. Why does this matter? Well, you’ll have access to lunch with an amazing view!
Where to eat.
Have lunch at Lago. It’s in the Bellagio, which you can easily walk to from Vdara. The menu is a pasta lover’s dream, but also has lighter salad fare with paninis and lunch-sized pizzas. They also offer a small selection of craft beers and cocktail drinks.
Ask for a table at the window. See, Lago looks directly into the famous fountains in front of the Bellagio. If you time it right, you’ll have the closest look at the renowned show without the crowds of onlookers elbowing for vantage points from The Strip.
Where to drink.
Head over for a Cosmo at the Cosmopolitan. It’s just south of the Bellagio, and how fun is it to say, “I’ve had a Cosmo at the Cosmo”? Right? The main bar is beautiful, with the largest chandelier imaginable. It feels high end, like you’re in a James Bond movie, minus all the super-villains. The Cosmopolitan is also home to the Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub, which was once the top grossing nightclub in the United States.
Where to dance.
Treasure Island has a not-so-hidden treasure in its country line dance bar, Gilly’s Saloon. Line dance lessons and dance sessions, a full ball, and a mechanical bull bring this tavern to life! Be warned, this is Vegas, and the wait staff dress in threads more suitable for a beach than a bar. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Where to party.
You’ll want to spend a night on Fremont Street. It’s also known as “Old Vegas.” This is where the party is at! The whole street is covered by an amazing light show, a screen that changes its appearance more times than Madonna had in the nineties. Drinks are cheap, buffets are cut-rate, and the entertainment is non-stop. Zip line the whole street, take a picture with Spiderman, see a free music act, or grab a seat at a $10 buffet! You can’t lose.
Where to find your inner child.
It’s over a two-mile walk from Vdara, so Uber your way to Circus Circus. Inside you’ll find the Adventuredome. This 5-acre indoor amusement park will help you reconnect with your adrenaline, as you zip around on roller coasters and other exhilarating rides. At Halloween, the whole park becomes a haunted experience filled with multiple spooky houses and themed rides. It’s great for after the sun goes down.
Where to unwind.
Seriously. Vdara: with room service, in their soaking tub. You’ll be glad you stayed here.
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