One of the most coveted destination holidays for gamblers is Las Vegas, Nevada, the center of gaming in the United States. Atlantic City, with its coastal appeal, as well as sporadic inland gambling outposts provide access to games of chance too, but none rises to the level of Las Vegas for its pure entertainment value.
Casinos in Vegas host all the popular table games, from Blackjack to Roulette, as well as a variety of poker games and slot machine options to satisfy gamblers of all kinds amatures and allpro. But the story behind the scenes is not about Las Vegas’ stand-out adult gambling options – these have been present for decades. Instead, the talk of the Nevada town is the increasingly robust entertainment scene for visitors less inclined to gamble.
Stray from the Tables for Holiday Fun
Gambling trips are centered around slot machines and game tables, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing else to do in Las Vegas, aside from gambling. On the contrary, the city has taken its place as one of the top business travel destinations, providing distractions for conventioneers from all kinds of industries. Even families enjoy Vegas holidays, partaking in all the entertainment options put-forth in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
The longstanding Las Vegas food scene was dominated by all you can eat buffets and other over-the-top options designed to create perceived value among guests. Never mind that you dropped three-hundred at the Blackjack table, as long as dinner was free or nearly free. But the Las Vegas dining landscape has changed significantly during the past decade, playing host to reputable restaurants and cafes.
Each hotel and resort property adds its own signature to the Las Vegas food scene, often with several notable restaurants on each property. The Bellagio, for example, hosts several fine dining options including Jasmine and Le Cirque, a past winner of the AAA five-star award. Celebrity chefs, like the Michelin award winning master Michael Mina, also add credibility, lending their names to resort restaurants – Mina’s Bellagio eatery never disappoints. While food choices run the gamut from traditional American fare to other appealing mainstream dishes, Las Vegas guests also enjoy access to ethnic fare. The Mandarin oriental, for instance, hosts an upscale eatery focused on Asian specialties, called Mozen Bistro. The hotel’s fine-dining options are elevated by the breathtaking Vegas views provided by its high-level dining rooms.
In addition to gambling and upscale dining, Las Vegas has carved out a niche for golfers of all skill levels. Storied courses like Royal Links, Las Vegas Golf Club and Desert Pines lure travelers who take to the tables, as well as those who’d prefer to spend their vacation on the links. Online travel resources highlight package deals extended to golfers, guiding players to the best courses and deals available. Individual hotel properties also maintain affiliations with particular courses, furnishing inside savings for hotel and resort guests.
Lavish Entertainment Productions
Las Vegas is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, so it is not surprising to find international acts gracing the Nevada city’s stages full-time. Entertainment options generally fall into two categories: Those available all the time and others occurring as special events. For example, Vegas stalwarts like Wayne Newton maintain long runs in the city, performing nightly at the same theater, while other acts rotate through town, just like any other stop on their regular tours.
Leslie writes about all his travel at lesliegilmour.com.