Most people either love it or hate it.

I like Las Vegas, for about 3 days.  The what I can’t do at home is fun for about that long.  We throw coins in the slot machines and play a few hands of Black Jack while sipping free drinks, and then walk The Strip with a yardstick size Margarita, because we can.  After all, isn’t that what attracts people to Vegas in the first place. No rules, no cares, no sleep and certainly no boredom.  Maybe it is the, I can get away with it,  or wishing we might be buying dreams with a few coin tosses. Whatever the motivation, it is fun for a bit.

There is another side to Vegas that has nothing to do with gambling or drinking.  It begins with the brilliant lights along the Strip to remind you it is a city that never sleeps.

The Extravagant Hotels: It is fun to tour the hotels and think of the landmarks they mimic from other parts of the world.  The Eiffel Tower is in the center of The Strip as a welcome to Paris. Visits to Caesars Palace, The Luxor, and even New York are musts.   You would think the replicas would be an insult to frequent travelers, but there is an allure to taking a gondola ride at The Venetian, and sitting at an Italian cafe while the sky changes from day to night, inside.

PC: The Venetian

Entertainment:  Aside from people watching there is entertainment everywhere.  As mentioned, the hotels offer curiosity with the famous lobbies, gimmicky attractions and free shows. The Bellagio is known for its outdoor, musical fountain show, and the Mirage an erupting volcano. The streets offer its own flair that can only be appreciated upon a visit.   Trust me.  

Remember,  it is Vegas.  there is something for everyone, so if free isn’t your idea of date night fun,  Britany Spears, or other concerts, will entertain you for a price, IF you can get tickets, Blue Man Group will entertain you if  you are brave, and as you might expect there are plenty of Adult-only shows too.  Yes, it is Vegas.

PC: Las Vegas Show Tickets

Food:  There is every cuisine imaginable when it comes to food. The all-you-can-eat buffets seem to be the most popular, and if drive-by bites are your preference, you can do that. Fine dining at its finest will shock you into thousands of dollars in a short amount of time, but it is possible to eat at a McDonalds, while others enjoy the latest creation of Gordan Ramsey. There are chefs from Andalusia  to prepare authentic paella on demand, and since it is Vegas, it is ok to eat dessert all day long.   The M&M Store will take care of your chocolate needs or Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro will bake up some cannolis.  You decide.  fullsizeoutput_2be4

Escorts:  Vegas didn’t get the name Sin City just for legalized gambling.  I remember the time a man, a very old man, was walking ahead of us.  His lovely wife of  a lifetime of years walked next to him until crowds and men handing out cards for solicitation forced them single file. He nudged his bride ahead and while most ignored the pushy card givers, he nonchalantly stuck one in his back pocket.  

I am forever changed.  

Contrary to popular belief, prostitution is illegal in the Las Vegas city limits. So for, a what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas moment, you will have to grab a business card or a flier, inconspicuously, while along The Strip, like the man etched in my mind, FOREVER.

Outside the city:  Need a break?  There are golf opportunities, with sunny weather all year, there is biking and hiking at nearly by Red Rock Canyon, and boating on Lake Mead.  Hoover Dam is a short drive from The Strip, offering  tours of the dam and is also a launching point for kayaking on the Colorado River.

Want to see the Grand Canyon from a helicopter?  Rumor has it that some even land inside the canyon for a lunch break.fullsizeoutput_3ca

It is hard not to love every inch of  what Vegas offers.  The fame and the fancy, in addition to the did you see that, or WHAT was that moments are the best entertainment in my opinionI could easily be happy sitting on a wall watching the day pass by.  It is one of the only places in the world  where you can enjoy the simple pleasure of mingling with the rich and poor, the famous and the locals, the sketchy and the holier then thous and pretend to be any of those at any time. 

And I think everyone believes for a moment that they almost got rich.

Have you been to Vegas?  Are your a lover or a hater?

Almost Extravagant