Las Vegas is a city full of contradictions. Most everyone has a different experience or interpretation of Sin City, with many still believing the prevalent myths that surround it to this day.
For once and for all, let’s take many of these not so truthful stories and dissect them right here and now.
Las Vegas Is Cheap!
Back in the day, over 40 years ago or so, and before the mega hotel chains set up camp along Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas was known for 2.99 steak dinners and cheap hotel rooms. It was not unusual to go and have an inexpensive weekend while seeing top Hollywood acts and eating well. Those days are gone. Long gone. Top buffets can be very expensive overall, popular shows with big name shows can easily cost $150 per ticket, and good luck trying to find a decent steak dinner for under five dollars.
You Must Gamble In Order To Have Fun
While gambling is just about everywhere in Las Vegas, including the airport, you don’t need to hit the slot machines or cozy up to the poker tables to have fun. Many come here for a variety of reasons, such as business, conventions (over 20,000 are given each year), shopping, shows, attractions and some of the most luxurious hotels and spas in the world.
Kids Can No Longer Have Fun
It is true that many hotels are attempting to lure more adults and shying away from the family friendly activities they once showcased. However, there are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas for families, both on the Strip and off, such as Adventuredome at Circus Circus, the Big Apple Roller Coaster, Discovery Children’s Museum and the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory tours just to name a few.
Las Vegas Isn’t Near Anything!
What else is there to do in Las Vegas if you want to escape from all of the activity? Many tourists believe that once you arrive in Las Vegas, you are stuck until it’s time to go back home. But Las Vegas is surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural resources and mind boggling man made engineering feats. Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston and so much more are all close by if you love the great outdoors. Of course, plan on spending at least a few days at the Grand Canyon to get a good overview.
Las Vegas Is too Noisy, Too Busy and Too Crazy!
For some tourists, this may be true as they visit to gamble, drink and party non stop. But for many, many others, Las Vegas offers a tranquil, peaceful environment that doesn’t require a casino or visiting the Strip. Just 17 miles away is Red Rock Canyon , Nevada’s first national conservation area, which provides a relaxing and rejuvenating hike among some spectacular desert scenery. Springs Preserve is a 180 acre park that has been described as “Las Vegas’ Central Park.” Also, there are many spas, golf courses and museums that are well worth seeing.
It’s Hot Year Round!
There is no doubt that during the summer Las Vegas is extremely hot, but when traveling to this Nevada desert in the winter, it can be cold! Living in a desert climate means you can experience a wide range of temperatures throughout the year. The average temps in Vegas during the months of December to February are 58 degrees with the lows in the mid 30’s. It is always suggested to bring a warm coat and scarf during these months. And when you add the wind to it, it can be downright freezing.
From its very origin Las Vegas has been saddled with myths, half truths and legendary stories that have taken a life of its own as the years go by. However, this is what makes this city so special and unique. The one truth you can count on is that whenever you go, you are guaranteed to have a whole different experience every time.