I’m one of these weird people who visits Las Vegas and doesn’t really spend much time near the Strip.
I know, I know — what’s the point right?
Well…I prefer to lose my money in different ways than gambling (see: shopping), I have family in the city, and I’ve left my clubbing days where they belong…back in my twenties. And honestly? The locals’ Las Vegas is cool AF (except when it is literally scorching hot outside), there’s so much to offer visitors and natives alike.
And there’s so many big events in Vegas all year round, like this weekend’s Life is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival. And really, in Sin City, there is no lack of feeling that life is grand. It’s a city of hopes and possibilities. After the tragedy last year at Route 91, Las Vegans showed they are truly a strong community, and that they’re resilient and proud.
Obviously, if you’ve never been to Vegas before or if you’re there for some sort of celebratory shenanigans, by all means, strip ’til you drip. See: the Hangover. But as a warning, don’t sleep on the other parts of the city because you’ll be missing out on delicious ethnic eats from all corners of the world, arts and design rivaling any coastal cities, and architectural and natural delights all around.
Viva Las Vegas!