The Best Things To Do In Las Vegas That Have Nothing To Do With Gambling

by | Nov 16, 2023 | Travel

RebeccaAng via Getty ImagesLas Vegas is an ever-evolving tourist destination.Take A Break is your ultimate guide to the perfect trips to recharge, rediscover yourself and your relationships and reengage with the world. We’ll cover shopping stops, great bars, restaurants worth your money, photo opportunities, memorable experiences and other important details you need before you book.As the first-ever Las Vegas Grand Prix fast approaches, the global spotlight is on Sin City. The Formula One event is expected to attract more than 100,000 racing fans from around the world, with plans to keep them coming back year after year for at least the next decade.Advertisement

The new annual event is part of the city’s continued foray into the sports world, which has seen the arrival of major NFL, NHL and WNBA franchises, and the proposed relocation of an MLB team. This rebranding of Vegas as a sports destination is sending a message to would-be visitors: The Gambling Capital of the World has so much more to offer beyond gambling.Indeed, while I’ve enjoyed spending time at the blackjack tables during my six trips to the tourist hotspot, I find my favorite experiences tend to take place outside the casino floor. To help you plan a non-gambling focused Vegas vacation, I’ve compiled some favorite restaurants, attractions and more highlights from Sin City. Where To StayThe hotel options in Las Vegas feel infinite. In fact, the city has about 150,000 hotel rooms.My favorite hotel on the Strip is the Bellagio. It’s hard to beat the classic Vegas “Ocean’s Eleven” vibes, the epic flower displays, the Chihuly ceiling art and of course, the famous fountain show out front.Advertisement

Caroline Bologna/HuffPostFrom left: Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, a room view and Chihuly glass ceiling.I’ve had the opportunity to stay at the Cosmopolitan, where you can also enjoy views of the fountain show from certain rooms (and, as I learned from my vacation workout, certain treadmills at the fitness center). Another highlight of this hotel is the food hall, which boasts culinary delights like Tekka Bar handrolls, Lardo sandwiches, and a unique take on street meat from David Chang at Bāng Bar by Momofuku.If you’re looking to really splash out, the Wynn and Encore are many Vegas fans’ go-to spots for luxury ― there’s even a golf course on site. For something newer, the massive Resorts World property opened in 2021.What To EatIn addition to the classic all-you-can-eat casino buffets (shout out to the top-notch ones at the Wynn, Caesars Palace and Cosmopolitan), Las Vegas features an ever-changing lineup of glitzy and more casual restaurants. But there are also some mainstays. Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge is an iconic diner that’s been around for more than 50 years. The neon lights and big trees scream over-the-top Vegas cheesiness in the best way, and the food is genuinely good. Advertisement

On my last visit, I went to Retro by Voltaggio, a new concept from Michael Voltaggio and Bryan Voltaggio that’s dripping with nostalgia. Think SpaghettiOs, pot roast and playful decor straight out of the ’80s and ’90s. I also tried Martha Stewart’s restaurant, The Bedford, which transports you to her New York farmhouse, and I got a taste of NYC with brunch at Sadelle’s. Caroline Bologna/HuffPostFrom left: The “VoltaggiOs” at Retro by Voltaggio and the bread basket a …

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