by Travel World Staffon July 23, 2018
Last month, we went out to Las Vegas for a family reunion. Most of the family  love to gamble but I do not gamble even a little bit; it just never appealed to me.  However, there were a lot of people I had not seen in a while and I did not want to miss them. Initially, I felt lost and out of place in Vegas.  But after some investigating, I found quite a bit to do and really enjoyed my time in Las Vegas.


My personal favorite part of Vegas was the food.  With so many casinos all vying to stand out from one another, each location has its on unique culinary offerings.  The larger casinos will tend to have theme restaurants from around the world.  Casinos like the Stratosphere and Paris offer dining experiences with a view.  Here is a list of noteworthy restaurants in Vegas from Ginger Garlic Kitchen. Vegas is truly a melting pot of flavors.  Skip out on the cheap, greasy stuff and try something new during your visit.


There are numerous shows to watch while in Las Vegas.  These range from more famous like Jay Leno, Celine Dion and Carrot Top to smaller shows found near Fremont Street. Big time musicians including Cher, Mariah Carey and Lionel Riche host concerts along the strip nightly.  Cirque de Soleil shows featuring acrobatics, rhythmic dancing and unique talents are another option and mostly found only in Las Vegas. There are magic shows which include Penn & Teller, Criss Angel and David Copperfield if you looking for more than just music. The list of Las Vegas entertainment is nearly limitless but whatever you enjoy, you are likely to find a related themed show when visiting Las Vegas.

Wanting more than just the city life? Here are a few things to do outside the city limits

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Hoover Dam is an arch-gravity dam built near the Arizona/Nevada border.  It is located 34 miles east of Las Vegas via the I-515S.  About 100 people are said to be buried within the dam; they died during its construction. There are tour companies that provide guided tours of the Hoover Dam and surrounding areas.  Some tourist chose to come and camp near Lake Mead to get away from the noise and lights of Las Vegas.

The Grand Canyon

Measuring an impressive 277 miles long, the Grand Canyon is believed to be about two billion years old. Many tourists will visit Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon together as they are nearby.  It boasts magnificent canyon views, great desert scenery and even walking trails at the bottom of the canyon.  Visiting the canyon is easy, there are several entrances. The west entrance features a see-through skywalk for great pictures and views below you. Tours through the bottom of the Grand Canyon can be booked, usually with the Hoover Dam or Lake Mead.

Colorado River:

To really appreciate what the Colorado River has to offer, its best to jump right in (maybe even literally).  Here are a list of recommended water activities to do when visiting the Colorado River.  For those who are not thrill seekers, grabbing a chair and a cold drink watching the river is another idea. Relax and enjoy the beauty of nature!

These are a few of many examples of non-gambling fun you can have during a trip to Las Vegas. Other honorable mentions include the mini-Circus at Circus Circus, Mt. Charleston.  While it was great to see the family, I really enjoyed my time not gambling in Las Vegas.  The reunions should be moved here permanently. 

Regardless of what you like to do in Vegas, start planning your trip with us.  Visit our store today for your travel essentials.  Stay #TravelReady for Vegas whether you like to gamble or not!

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