To Strip Or Not To Strip?
More and more, it's becoming a question to ponder when visiting Las Vegas. There is so much variety that, after a handful of trips, it's something many ask for advice on -- to stay on The Strip or venture off it?
Las Vegas is much larger than many of us thought when first visiting this great city. At first, vacationing here meant we would spend a few days on The Strip. There's nothing wrong with that. There's a lot to see and do that will take more than just a few days. It's very possible to get stuck in the middle of The Strip watching the fountain show at Bellagio then walking through the conservatory and then the Gallery of Fine Art. Before you know it, half a day has passed you right by and you haven't even sat down at the blackjack table or slot machine yet. That's the beauty and fun of Las Vegas.
After a few visits is when many of us look to leave the Vegas Strip. The natural next step is to stay in and explore Downtown Vegas. Downtown Vegas is usually a part of Las Vegas that tourists will dip their feet in for a few hours while staying on The Strip. Heading downtown used to be a way to simply learn about the history of Las Vegas by visiting old casinos like the historic El Cortez or Golden Gate, but things have changed with the recent renovations and additions. Between the historic things to view (the Neon Boneyard and Mob Museum, to name two), cheap gaming and new restaurants, there is a lot to see and do in Downtown Vegas that can make for a fun vacation on its own.
Once you've sampled traditional Vegas, you may also look to diversify visits by heading out to one of the casino hotels in the Las Vegas suburbs. There are properties out by the Red Rock Canyon and Boulder Highway areas where you can enjoy casino life and not be far from a bit of nature, too. This writer is originally from New York City and has never seen anything like the vast greatness of Red Rock Canyon. It can be as awesome to enjoy as it is intimidating to look at. Staying in the Vegas suburbs offers a much different view of Las Vegas than either downtown or the Strip can provide.
All three types of Vegas vacations are fun and very different ways to enjoy the town. The Vegas Strip vacation may lead to more fine dining and shows while spending a vacation exploring Downtown Vegas may include a $8.99 Prime Rib special at Tony Roma's followed by .99 cent margaritas and $3 craps at the Fremont Hotel and Casino. When you're out in the suburbs, you may spend your days hiking in Red Rock Canyon or ziplining through the mountains.
There isn't a wrong answer to where to vacation in Las Vegas. It's a matter of experience and preference. So, do you Strip or not when you come to Vegas? Let us know in the comments below.
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