Las Vegas continues to be one of the most popular destinations in the United States, and Sin City draws millions of visitors to experience all the town has to offer. Of course, the Las Vegas Strip’s casinos are the primary draw to tourists, but if you’re not a gambler, there's still a lot to see, do, and experience.
Las Vegas is evolving in many different landscapes, and one of the most prominent is sports. Vegas is quickly becoming a mega destination for fans to visit and watch their favorite teams, tournaments, and marquee events.
The same could be said for entertainment and cuisine. There are always new venues and restaurants to try—for the Vegas first-timer and for the returning traveler—who are not visiting to place their bets.
Here’s a guide to how you can spend a few days in Vegas without stepping into a casino.
Glittering facades of Fremont and 4 Queens casinos in downtown Vegas. Photo courtesy of Instants/iStock.com
There are hundreds of dining choices throughout Las Vegas. Every culinary type is offered, from “grab and go” to world-class restaurants. The best advice is to do your own research and make reservations in advance.
The standouts on the Strip are the Waldorf Astoria and the Four Seasons, neither of which has casinos. Other choices would be Hilton Grand Vacations, Hilton Grand Vacations Elara, and Marriott Grand Chateau.
POOLS AND SPAS
Every hotel in Las Vegas has an impressive pool area with fountains/water displays, bars, and resort areas to lounge in the sun. You can relax while the friendly staff brings drinks and bites right to your chair. The poolside vibe often includes live music.
Spas are aplenty, offering a chance to decompress with body scrubs, massages, and other rejuvenating treatments. There are also impressive, on-site gyms that will raise your level of mental and physical well-being.
Gondolier and tourists on the Grand Canal in the Venetian Las Vegas Hotel. Photo courtesy of Bim/iStock.com
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio Resort & Casino
Each season, the creative team transforms the 14,000-square-foot Botanical Gardens into a showcase of inspiring colors, sights, and marvels. Installations occur year-round, and the displays change each season.
FlyOver Las Vegas
Las Vegas’ first flight ride attraction, FlyOver, incorporates state-of-the-art technology, as riders are immersed in a 35-minute experience while “gliding” over landmarks in Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana, California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico.
Fremont Street Experience
Found in downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont East Entertainment District offers blues and jazz clubs, comedy clubs, and a variety of other musical venues.
The High Roller
As one of the tallest observation wheels in the world, the 500-foot-tall High Roller is located at the LINQ Promenade. Perched high above the outdoor entertainment, retail, and dining district, the High Roller provides panoramic views of the Strip and surrounding region. Plus, you can enjoy cocktails in an air-conditioned cabin during the experience.
The Neon Museum
Catch a close-up view of the iconic town’s vintage neon signs, including the original Stardust sign and many more. Take a nostalgic walk through history learning about Las Vegas’ bright roots.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Nature enthusiasts get the chance to discover and explore the scenic outdoors and take in all the beauty of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Boasting abundant hiking trails, picnic areas, and wildlife, it’s a fantastic escape from the hubbub of Las Vegas.
Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Matty Adame/Unsplash
There are countless live variety shows—with performers, comedians, and more—plus top-rate concerts and Cirque du Soleil shows, to entertain visitors every night of the week. There are also world-class performances by legendary artists like Adele and Garth Brooks, both who have music residences in Las Vegas.
After the shows, the nightlife ramps up with nightclubs that feature live musical performances and DJs who spin the tunes all night long.