Gambling gets all of the attention when people think about things to do in Las Vegas. But people often forget that the city is filled with entertainment, shopping and eating on par with just about any city in the world. So when you come, in addition to trying your luck at the crap tables, there are many other things you can do to have a great time. Here are a few:
Las Vegas may have more restaurants per square mile than any other city in the country. And although there is much debate about which is the top restaurant in Las Vegas, there is no debate that the city has dozens of great eateries. The best part is that Las Vegas is a diner’s paradise for anyone at any budget. Whether you want a world renowned top steakhouse, sushi flown in from Japan, authentic Mexican, or great Chinese food delivered to your hotel room, you can have it nearly any hour day or night.
Vegas is truly a shopper’s paradise. With thousands of shops, for every type of shopper, no matter what you are looking to buy, it is here in abundance. Top clothing brands like YSL, Valentino, D&G, and countless high fashion brands have locations throughout the city and inside some of the bigger hotels. And if you are on a budget or want more of a variety, the Fashion Show Mall has you covered. You can even take a quick break from gambling and shop right at the casinos. Try going to the Via Bellagio, Forum Shops at Caesars, or the Cosmopolitan Shops.
But shopping is not limited to clothing, just about anything you want to buy from memorabilia, to cars, to even private planes can be purchased in the city.
Las Vegas has some of the best golf courses anywhere. There are courses for any handicap and enough of them here to keep you busy. The outstanding weather brings players from all over the world and the courses are open year-round. You can play right on the famous Las Vegas Strip at the South Pacific-themed Bali Hai Golf Club or the grand Wynn Golf Club. You can also play at the Tom Fazio-designed Shadow Creek and Rees Jones’ Cascata, both considered among the best and most exclusive open-to-the public golf courses in the country. And one of golf’s greatest teachers, Butch Harmon, is headquartered at Rio Secco In short, there are courses for every budget, every taste and every ability.
Partly because of its dozens of entertaining shows, Las Vegas, is recognized as the entertainment capital of the world. There are shows for every taste from music to magic, each with world renowned performers. In fact, nowhere else are so many talented performers performing nearly every night. Artists currently in residence include Celine Dion, Motley Crue, and Britney Spears. And on any weekend, you’ll see the marquees lit up with today’s hottest live acts. There are seven different Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas and staples like the Blue Man Group are here year round. Magic is also on the menu with Acts like Penn & Teller. If the lovely ladies are more your speed, you’ll want to check out the adults-only shows like Fantasy and Crazy Girls.
So when you come to Las Vegas, be prepared to venture outside of the casino and get introduced to the most entertaining city in the world!
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