This past year, I have found myself spending quite a bit of time in the City of Sin. Usually during my once-a-year visits, I am about ready to leave Las Vegas two days after I arrive, yet lately, I’ve had the opportunity to see the city from a different vantage point. Here are a few of the more local places I’ve enjoyed visiting:
- Bellagio Conservatory. I like to visit this breathtaking garden each season, and for a year now, I have celebrated summer, autumn, winter holidays, and the Chinese New Year among the exquisite blossoms. No trip here is complete without drinks and truffle popcorn at the Petrossian Bar.
- Neon Museum. Casino and hotel signs of the past litter this “neon graveyard,” which advises an advanced reservation to tour. If you desire some flexibility during your time in Vegas, I’d also suggest:
- The Mob Museum. This former U.S. Post Office is now converted into an absolutely fascinating collection, also known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Learning about the city’s unique history with a twinge of scandal was riveting!
- The Smith Center. An incredible art deco building houses Las Vegas’ premiere destination for the performing arts. I’ve been lucky enough to see three Broadway musicals here, the best of which being Billy Elliott. The next season looks promising, too, with performances of Les Miserables and The Book of Mormon.
- Red Rock National Park. I love hiking at Red Rock Canyon, which boasts many trails with varying levels of difficulty. After the breathtaking views, I like to relax with a movie at Red Rock Casino or luxuriate by the pool at Red Rock Country Club.
- Food!: Away from the Strip, both the Vintner Grill or Table 34 are packed with local diners, as well as the incredible Due Forni (soon to open in Austin, Texas!) and Lola’s – A Louisiana Kitchen.
So, next time you hit the moment of Vegas-style sensory overload, why not step away from the Strip and experience some of the other world-class entertainment and dining options that I’ve had the incredible opportunity to explore like a local? What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and I just might, too, someday!