Vegas without Gambling

May 16, 2014
Fares from Washington DC:

    Q. I am visiting Las Vegas and don’t gamble. What are some other things I should do?



    A. When in Vegas, gambling is probably your least interesting option. You might start with a look at the local architecture since surely no other skyline can claim such a flashy hodgepodge of styles. We're not just talking about wacky replicas of world monuments, though those are all very cool too. The Strip is home to some of the world's largest and most impressive hotels (take that, Dubai!), and you'll find many historically preserved sites elsewhere in the city.

    And yes, believe it or not, the city of Nomi Malone is serious about its history. For a glimpse into Vegas past, be sure to hit up the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort Historic Park, the Mob Museum, and the Neon Museum. Rumor has it that the temporarily shuttered Liberace Museum may soon return, but in the meantime you can find a selection of costumes, automobiles, and pianos, all bejeweled and on display indefinitely at the chichi Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino.

    Of course there are glitzy malls for shopping (the Grand Canal Shoppes, the Forum Shops) and all varieties of shows to catch on any night of the week.

    And don't turn your nose up at buffet dining. Even the most fussy of foodie types will enjoy piling up a plate at the Wicked Spoon, located in the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar's Palace, the Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas, or the buffet at Bellagio. When you tire of buffets, leave the Strip for amazing Thai food at Lotus of Siam, a local spot in a strip mall.

    If you're willing to commit to spending a little time in the car, you'll be rewarded with some of the most beautiful scenery in the West. Yes, Vegas is secretly an amazing outdoor adventure destination. Valley of Fire State Park, Hoover Dam, Death Valley National Park, and Zion National Park are each doable day trips.

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