By Graci Woodworth, Storage.com
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There’s much more to the Las Vegas area than bright lights and flashy, neon signs. However, there’s certainly no shortage of that, either. Nicknamed The Entertainment Capital of the World (among others), there’s no question about it, this place is unlike any other. An expert at its craft on all fronts, check out our list below of the 10 things that Las Vegas does right.
10. THE GREAT OUTDOORS OF LAS VEGAS.
If you’re up for some adventure and a short drive, make your way about 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip to find scenic routes, hiking and horseback riding trails, and picnic areas at Red Rock Canyon. Looking to spend a relaxing day on the water? Lake Mead, one of the largest reservoirs in the country, boasts over 700 miles of shoreline for the boaters and beach bums, with spectacular cliff and desert views.
9. DATE NIGHT IS BETTER IN VEGAS.
Believe it or not, there are a number of spots on the Strip that are perfect for escaping the party scene for a romantic night out with your significant other. Head over to The Venetian for a gondola ride down the Grand Canal, admire the flourishing landscapes inside the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium, or enjoy fine French cuisine with a stunning view of the city at Alizé, located on the 56th floor of Palms Casino & Resort.
8. NO BETTER PLACE TO GAMBLE.
Bet on your luck at one of the many casino’s in Las Vegas. Between the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Wynn Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, and The Venetian, Sin City takes gambling to the next level. Vegas also holds the annual World Series of Poker, so you can watch other people lose their money if that’s more your speed.
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7. NASCAR FANS ARE WELCOME HERE, TOO.
Start your engines, racing fans, because you can relish a weekend of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series right here at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. On the other hand, you can also fulfill your own racing dreams and feel the rush first-hand with a variety of driving experiences to choose from at this speedway, like exotic racing and drag racing.
6. ENTERTAINMENT? YEAH, LAS VEGAS HAS THAT.
While the people watching is entertainment in itself, nobody does the performing arts better than Las Vegas. The MGM Grand Garden Arena and The Colosseum at Caesars Palace are among the most notable venues. Catch an epic Cirque Du Soleil performance, or watch the Orleans Arena transform with each event, hosting everything from concerts and musicals to Motorsport racing. Whether visitors are flocking in for the Blue Sky International Film Festival or the Professional Bull Riders World Finals, Las Vegas has something for everyone on any given day.
5. LAS VEGAS KNOWS HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS.
Step aside, Disney World, this city is no rookie for drawing in the crowds. In 2014, Las Vegas received a total of 41,126,152 visitors, and held 22,103 conventions. Need more proof that tourism is the second language here? The Las Vegas Strip gaming revenue totaled to $6.4 billion. As you can imagine, for many residents of Las Vegas, living here also means having guests…all the time.
4. 24-HOUR RESTAURANTS FOR 24-HOUR CRAVINGS.
No matter the time of day or night, you can find breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the many 24-hour restaurants in Las Vegas. Fuel up by the fire pit at Peppermill, reputable for their generous portions, or try Sage Fried Chicken and Bacon Waffles at Hash House A Go Go, who specializes in serving up “twisted farm food.”
3. HIT THE LINKS WITHOUT LEAVING THE STRIP.
Golf courses in the Las Vegas area aren’t hard to come by, although they are notorious for being extremely pricey. If you’re looking to stay near the Strip, check out the lush greens at Bali Hai, or the Scotland inspired design of Royal Links.
2. HAPPY HOUR IS EVERY HOUR.
While Las Vegas itself is often thought of as one giant happy hour, there are a few go-tos you have to try at least once. Check out Nine Fine Irishmen for a true pub experience, the rooftop patio at Commonwealth, or the bottomless champagne happy hour special at Fizz.
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1. THE BEST THING ABOUT LAS VEGAS? THE STRIP.
Packed full of casinos, nightclubs, resorts, and restaurants, the Las Vegas Strip, while not technically within city limits, has long given the city its famed electric pulse. With extravagant and fanciful architecture resembling some of the world’s most iconic monuments, many visitors who stay on the Strip celebrate the fact that they don’t have to venture any further into the city—it’s all right there!
Did we miss anything that Las Vegas does best? Let us know in the comments!
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