While gambling is front and centre in Las Vegas, it doesn’t wholly represent the city. Lately, gambling has accounted for less than half the money visitors spend here. When you come to Las Vegas, you’ll find plenty of other great things to do – from dining and shopping to outdoor recreation and much more.
When the Bellagio resort opened in 1998, with spectacular fountains and man-made lake, it set a new standard for Vegas properties. There are now hundreds of five-star restaurants here, numerous world-class shows (including the Cirque du Soleil show “O”) and incredible shopping promenades boasting names such as Dior, Prada and Tiffany & Co.
Once famous for its bargain-priced, all-you-can-eat buffets, the city is now home to more Michelin-starred restaurants than larger cities like Los Angeles. That said, nearly every hotel here still offers a buffet serving great food at great value. But no matter what you want to eat or what atmosphere you prefer, you’ll find a range of eateries perfectly suited to your tastes and budget.
Less than an hour’s drive from the neon lights, you’ll find Mt. Charleston. In the summer, it’s a pleasant respite from the desert heat; in the winter, it comes alive with skiers and snowboarders.