6 Things You Can’t Skip On A Trip To Las Vegas
There are so many highlights in Vegas: restaurants, live performances, absurd pool decks, heavenly spas, and of course, casinos! It can be overwhelming altogether, and for that reason it’s a good idea to plan your trip beforehand. This is one of those places where just “winging it” isn’t going to work very well – or at least isn’t going to help you catch all the highlights.
Naturally, it’s best to fit in as much as possible. But even so, there are some things you shouldn’t skip. Let’s take a look at exactly what those things are, and how to enjoy your trip to Vegas as much as you possibly can.
1. A Spa Day (Or Night)
Let’s face it: Trying to run everywhere and fit everything into your vacation schedule is going to be taxing, especially on your poor feet. And if you’re on vacation anyway, why not treat yourself at a spa? From relaxing rain showers (both hot and cold) and steam rooms, to bodily treatments and cures for specific ailments, you can enjoy a quick pick-me-up or opt for a whole day’s worth of treatment with all the fixings. And the spots in Vegas –– from long-established venues to the newest spas –– know how to treat their patrons. There are rooms with “vitality pools” set at different temperatures to cater to everyone; there are special treatment events scheduled in advance; there are so many varieties of massage and skin treatment you’ll swear they’re making some of them up! Suffice it to say, if you enjoy a spa session, Sin City has you covered.
If (like most of us) you’ve seen your share of blackjack scenes in movies set in Vegas, it’s perfectly understandable to want to try the game out for yourself. Many venues ask for minimum wagers of $100 each, which is a bit steep for lost of travelers –– but others can go as low as $5. Just keep in mind that there are different payouts and each table has a different house edge. Some of the better-known blackjack houses include the Tropicana, the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, and the lovely Treasure Island. Make sure you know the rules, don’t gamble more than you can afford to lose, and you’ll have a good time at any one of these. Just don’t try to count cards like Rain Man (or Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover). It’s legal, but casinos can still kick you out –– and for most people, it’s a waste of time.
3. Poker Rooms
Poker is a little more demanding than blackjack, but some still see it as the quintessential Vegas experience –– and they’re not wrong! Furthermore, as with blackjack, there are naturally plenty of different casino venues to consider. Among the best poker rooms in the city, though, are those at the Aria Resort and Casino, The Venetian, and Red Rock Resort. Each casino has its own charm, but we’d perhaps steer you toward the first two. The Aria has award-winning restaurants and some of the best poker dealers out there; The Venetian boasts the biggest card room in Vegas and is one place where you can find mixed games any time during the day or night.
4. Kayaking in the Black Canyon
Nature isn’t usually what we first think of when we think about Vegas. But this part of the American Southwest is home to the Black Canyon, which makes for an incredibly cool chance to get away from the city and enjoy some fresh air and activity. You’ll have the chance to kayak down the river and enjoy the scenery for a few hours, and then head back to the city for a bit more excess and luxury.
5. The Bellagio Fountains
The Bellagio Fountains are basically Vegas’s equivalent to spectacular natural scenery or a beautiful fireworks display. You can take a break from exploring the city and hopping between casinos and attractions, find a nice vantage point, and simply take in the show. Together with music and lights, the fountains really are a sight to behold. Even with a crowd and plenty of noise around you, there’s something oddly peaceful about the experience.
6. Getting Married
Okay, so this sounds extreme at first. But you can have an official or unofficial (just for fun) wedding at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Vegas. And if you’re really feeling ambitious, you can even have the wedding officiated by Elvis! The venue’s Elvis Wedding Packages include professional photography, and a copy of Elvis and Priscilla’s marriage certificate; the Elvis impersonator will even walk the bride down the aisle. Weird? Absolutely. Quintessentially Vegas, though? You bet.
If you’re planning your trip to Vegas, try not to miss these highlights. There’s a whole lot to do, but these experiences comprise some of the staples that make Las Vegas what it is.