I was watching the Bruno Mars video for “24K Magic.” The video opens on a private jet that has just landed in one of my favorite cities, Las Vegas. What follows is gilded extravagance and lavish excess: shenanigans at the roulette table, a pajama dance party in the hotel hallway, gold chains, pinky rings, patent leather loafers, champagne, jet skis in the Bellagio pool, and vintage silk Versace blouses, all accompanied by the type of funky groove you’d hear at a backyard barbeque at your favorite play-cousin’s house. If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out here:
I’m due for another trip back to Vegas. I don’t gamble but I still love Vegas. How can I possibly like Vegas so much if I don’t gamble? Easy!!
Here’s a list, in no particular order, of fun things I recommend you do in Vegas that don’t involve gambling:
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. You’ve got to get a picture in front of it. Pro tip: Skip the long line and just stand off to the side to get your unobstructed pic. Address: 5100 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119-3232.
Go dancing. There are nightclubs in every hotel. If you want to shake your groove thing, you’re in the right place. My favorite nightclub is Intrigue at the Wynn Hotel because of the waterfall inside.
See a Cirque du Soleil show. Your mind will be blown.
Eat and drink. You want pancakes at 10pm? No problem. King crab legs at 3am? No problem. I love when the bartenders ask “would you like a to-go cup?” Where else can you walk around outside in public with a cocktail in plain view?
Hard Rock Hotel & Rehab. The Hard Rock Hotel is like a music museum. If you’re a music junkie like me, just walking the halls will be an adventure. Rehab is a huge “beach” party at the Hard Rock pool. There are celebrity DJs and tons of people dancing and having a great time. Two thumbs up.
Neon museum. This is a collection of retired vintage neon signs. You should get your tickets ahead of time. It’s pretty busy sometimes.
Fremont Street Experience. This is “old” Las Vegas. There are bars, a zip line, and live music. And if you go at night, you can watch videos on the world’s largest video screen, which covers the whole area.
Container Park. Shops, restaurants and bars in giant shipping containers with a playground at the center. To be honest, I it was a little strange to sit at a bar day drinking cocktails while I watched kids play in the park. But maybe that’s just me.
The LINQ Promenade. Shops and restaurants, plus the High Roller, which is the world’s largest Ferris Wheel, at 550-foot-tall.
See Purple Reign, the Prince tribute show. It’s really fun. I screamed until I had no voice.