My guest blogger, Anisa, is back with a guide to Las Vegas (when you're not 21!) Even though she's over 21, she knows that most of my readers, as well as myself, aren't, so she's come up with a guide to Vegas for those of us that aren't looking to waste all of our money in one weekend. People over 21 can have fun in Vegas without gambling!
Many people flock to Vegas to gamble, but in my opinion, gambling is a waste of time. You're bound to lose money, and what's the point in losing money on a vacation? Since I really don't enjoy gambling, even though 7 is my lucky number, I've come up with a list of events in Las Vegas that don't require you to have an ID, or a wallet full of cash!
Vegas is a fantastic place to see live performances. Shows like Cirque Du Soleil are frequently hosted by celebrities, and they're always visually stunning. Tickets aren't cheap, so check out one of the discounted ticket booths along the Strip. Many shows are free, too. The Fountains of Bellagio, the Fall of Atlantis at Caesars, and the Fremont Street Light Show are a few of my favorites. If you're brave enough, you can watch the light show from the Shotzilla Zip Line for $45.
During the summer, I choose my hotel based on the pool area. Pools are taken to a whole new level in Vegas. Some of the resorts like Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand have huge pool areas with attractions like lazy rivers (my personal favorite) and wave pools. Nightclubs in the pool area host crazy day time parties too. If you're looking for something more private, rent your own cabana.
If you're like Alexa and I, you could easily spend your whole time in Vegas shopping. Hotels like the Bellagio, Venetian, and Caesars Palace have high-end malls inside them. The Bellagio, Venetian, and Caesars Palace have high-end malls inside of them. Inside the Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian, you can also ride a gondola through the indoor canal. There is a Fashion Show Mall located across from the Wynn Hotel, and an outlet mall located near the Strip.
You'll likely do a fair share of walking around hotels in Las Vegas, but it's nice to escape the crazy tourist area and do some hiking. My favorite area to hike is the Red Rock Canyon. There's several hiking trails with varied levels of difficulty. The First Creek Canyon Trail is quite beautiful, with a waterfall. Don't forget the sunscreen!
5. The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world, so you should really make a plan to view it while in Las Vegas. A helicopter tour is a fun way to experience it, and though it's pricier, it's a one of a kind experience. Read about my trip here. You will also fly over the Hoover Dam and see the Strip from the air!
6. If You're a Foodie...
You'll never go hungry in Vegas. The buffets are a popular option. If you're really hungry you can buy a pass to access the buffets at any of the Harrah's properties as many times as you want in a 24-hour period! You can buy the pass at any Total Rewards desk. If you're not a buffet kinda gal, make a reservation at one of the many restaurants opened by Food Network Stars. Emeril, Giada, Mario, and Bobby to name a few.
7. In It For the Thrill
It has been said that Vegas is like an amusement park for adults. In addition to the zip line on Freemont Street (mentioned above), there are several roller coasters including ones at New York New York, Circus Circus, and even one on the top of the Stratosphere. Indoor skydiving is another famous Vegas attraction.
This isn't a complete guide to half of the amazing opportunities Vegas has to offer (minus the gambling), so book your tickets and use this guide as a gateway to planning an amazing trip. Viva Las Vegas, no luck needed!
Check out Anisa's travel blog HERE!