6 Things to Do in Las Vegas
Sin City is an oasis of life in the Nevada desert that bristles with activity day and night. Also known as the City of Lights, it is the sixth-most visited city in the US, and it attracts millions of people every year. The economy is dependent on tourism, with many visiting the casinos, outdoor adventures and gaming establishments of the famous Strip and beyond. However, there is much more to Vegas than simple gaming, even if it is a core element of the city’s attraction. If you want to be mindful or perhaps indulge in fancy a trip to the Nevada desert, you will find a great combination of sustainable, cultural, and leisure attractions. These are just six great things you can do whilst you’re there.
Just a small road trip away from Las Vegas is the timeless 2 billion year old Grand Canyon National Park. This location has by far one of the most rich natural heritage sites in the World. Escaping from the interiors of hotel rooms and immersing yourself in the rich geological wonder with its accompanying Native American cultural heritage can be one of the mot transformational experiences that can be engaged.
The Grand Canyon is among the earth’s greatest on-going geological spectacles. Its vastness is stunning, and the evidence it reveals about the earth’s history is invaluable. The 1.5-kilometer (0.9 mile) deep gorge ranges in width from 500 m to 30 km (0.3 mile to 18.6 miles). It twists and turns 445 km (276.5 miles) and was formed during 6 million years of geological activity and erosion by the Colorado River on the upraised earth’s crust. The buttes, spires, mesas and temples in the canyon are in fact mountains looked down upon from the rims. Horizontal strata exposed in the canyon retrace geological history over 2 billion years and represent the four major geologic eras.
Visit The Bellagio Fountain
The fountain at the world-famous Bellagio is a free attraction in Vegas and is as iconic as the casino itself. It has provided the backdrop for some great movie scenes, such as the closing moments of Ocean’s XI with George Clooney, and its jets and lights are almost as synonymous with Vegas as dealers and slot machines. It is perhaps best to visit at night when the spectacular light show creates a free attraction like no other in the desert.
Vegas is known for its poker, it hosts the World Series of Poker every year, and many of the world’s top players live there. Nevada was also the first state in the US to legalize online poker, thanks to its gambling-friendly culture. That helped it become a hub of all things poker, from Texas Hold’em and high stakes rooms to being at the forefront of the online poker revolution. There are plenty of places you can play, from the aspirational Table 1 at the Aria to smaller, more affordable rooms dotted throughout the city.
Hike Red Rock Canyon
The Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area situated in the desert just 20 minutes west of Vegas. No sooner are you out of the bustling city than you’re greeted by a wonderful wilderness that is ripe for exploration. Sustainable and adventure travelers will find this location a perfect place to connect with nature and themselves. There are many walks and trails around the area to challenge even the most dedicated of enthusiasts, but beware; do not go out there in the midday summer sun without properly hydrating or you just might evaporate into thin air.
Take in a Show
If there’s one thing that Vegas is almost as famous for as casinos, it is the spectacular shows it hosts. From Elvis in the seventies to David Copperfield today, some of the biggest stars from the world of entertainment have residencies up and down the Strip. There is something for everyone, be it a magician, comedian, singer or even the yearly EDM carnival the streets host. If you’re in Vegas, you simply must try to check out at least one of these transformational shows.
Relax by the Pool
The nearest beach to the Vegas Strip is around five hours in the car, but that doesn’t mean you can’t relax on the sun lounger, meditate, or do some yoga to mindfully pass away the hours. Vegas is in the desert, and that means it gets warm; very warm. The summer months might even be too warm for trailing around the streets, so instead, why not find a resort with a pool? You have the sun, an expanse of water to cool off in, and plenty of time before the sun drops and the city comes to life. Don’t be afraid to spend your days horizontal with a good book and plenty of lotion.
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