There’s so much to love about Vegas and here’s just a few of the reasons Vegas is our go-to vacation destination each year.
Vegas has something for everyone. Everyone thinks that gambling is what defines Vegas but that’s not true. Vegas offers more than gambling – entertainment, sports, fine dining, exciting night life, shopping, spas, pools, thrilling attractions, museums and so much more.
Vegas has a price point for everyone. No matter whether you want to stay at a hotel that offers opulent luxury like the Bellagio or Venetian, or one that is budget friendly like Circus Circus or the Excalibur, there is a hotel for you and your budget. And the same goes for dining. You can eat fairly inexpensively at the various food halls or cafes or you can indulge yourself at one of the many fining dining restaurants on the Strip.
We love the heat. We know the heat is the main reason lots of people avoid Vegas, especially in the summer, but when you come from a country that experiences cold and snow for five to six months per year, the heat is a very welcome change. Besides, Vegas has lots of amazing pools where you can beat the summer heat.
The neon lights are amazing. When darkness falls in Vegas, the glitz and glamour of the neon lights is mezmerizing! Everywhere you look, the twinkling lights capture your attention. In fact, the neon lights make for some of the best Vegas photos.
Vegas entertainment is top notch. Vegas pulls out all the stops when it comes to entertainment. From the theatrical performances of the Cirque shows to the relatable comedy of Jerry Seinfeld, there is a show to satisfy every taste and budget. Even the sporting events are a show – an example is the beginning of every Las Vegas Golden Knights home hockey game – it’s a show and concert all rolled into one.
Vegas never sleeps. Vegas has been labelled “the city that never sleeps”, and that moniker is definitely true. Where else can you have fun literally 24 hours a day? Hungry at 3 a.m. – no problem. Want to gamble at 4 a.m. – no problem. No matter the time of day, Vegas is alive with activity.
You might see a celebrity. You never know who you might run into in Vegas walking in the casino or the mall. Over the years, we’ve seen Tori Spelling in the mall at the Bellagio and Matthew Gray in the MGM Grand casino (he played Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds). Unfortunately, both of these encounters were before cell phones and we couldn’t get our old school camera ready in time to take a photo.
Locking slot machines isn’t a thing – at least not yet. At the casino in our city, you can use your players card to lock a slot machine. It’s absolutely frustrating to walk up to an empty machine, sit down and try to play, only to see a tiny message at the bottom of the machine saying that it is disabled. What’s worse is that it’s always the popular machines that are locked. We completely understand the reason for the lock feature but hope this is something that Vegas never considers because it’s super annoying. (We’ve never seen it in Vegas but did find a 2021 article about this feature being offered at Resorts World.)
Vegas is about the free stuff. When we first started coming to Vegas many years ago, you could walk into any casino and get a free promotional giveway from the Guest Services desk – playing cards, dice, pens, coffee mugs, etc. Vegas doesn’t do this anymore but you can still get a lot of free things – free drinks if you’re gambling and free rooms if you earn enough points with your loyalty card. There’s also a lot of free entertainment and attractions – the Bellagio fountains and conservatory and the Flamingo habitat just to name a few.
Vegas is always reinventing itself. When we first started vacationing in Vegas many years ago, MGM Grand had a theme park (now the pool complex) and a lion habitat, Luxor had a cool boat ride (now the Buffet) and the Mirage had a tiger habitat (now Diablo’s Cantina). We’ve seen kid-friendly attractions come and go, themed resorts replaced with elegant mega-resorts, and buffets replaced with food halls. There’s always something new in Vegas – a new attraction, hotel or restaurant – which makes every Vegas vacation unique.