10 reasons to love Las Vegas

One of my favourite things about travelling is discovering a place that truly surprises me. I thought I’d hate Marrakech but I loved the exotic hustle. I didn’t know Iceland would be so beautiful but I was blown away. I hadn’t expected to fall head over heels in love with Slovenia but it quickly became one of my favourite countries in the world.

The same happened with Las Vegas.

I’m not a gambler and I often find cities to be a disappointment in comparison to London. I prefer quiet modesty over ostentatious flashiness and, you have to admit, Las Vegas is as flashy as it gets.

And I LOVED it. I loved every second, every smell, every bet, every drink and every over-the-top flashy display Las Vegas had to offer.

We arrived at around midday and the traffic was crawling along the strip like we were moving in slow motion. A blurry haze rose above the road due to the intense heat and it felt like we’d driven into a different world.

We pressed our faces against the windows of the van while ooo’ing and arrrrh’ing at the strangely familiar sites.

There was the famous ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign, and look, it’s the Luxor, Ceasar’s Place and New York, New York!

I’d fully intended not to like Las Vegas and here I was squealing like a school girl getting all excited about the prospect of exploring.

So if you’re like me and you’re not sure if Las Vegas is for you, here are 10 reasons why I think you’ll love it…

The hotels

Inside the Bellagio

Is there anywhere else in the world where you can spend an entire day visiting hotels? We spent a whole day walking from hotel to hotel and admiring them from the inside and the out.

Each hotel is like a mini theme park with rides, restaurants, bars, casinos and shops. The Bellagio was my favourite and I could have easily spent all day in there.

The shows

The shows in Las Vegas are out of this world and pretty affordable in comparison to London shows.

The roller coasters

New York New York Las Vegas

Las Vegas has some of the biggest and best rides in the world and the Stratosphere once had the highest roller coaster on Earth. You can jump off the Stratosphere, take a spinning, dangling ride over the edge or drop 160 feet in 2 seconds. There’s the Canyon Blaster, the only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster, or you can have your head whipped around on the New York, New York.

Warning: The New York, New York ride is a lot of fun but it feels like the head banging could lead to a mild concussion!

The casinos

I’d be working on my casino skills and had so much fun with the real thing. The secret is to set yourself a budget – maybe an amount that you’d spend on a regular night out anyway so it doesn’t matter even if you lose it. Opt for chips with a low value so you can keep on playing without wasting too much money.

Vegas Tip: Remember that you don’t need to pay for drinks (other than tipping the server) while you’re at a gambling table so play slowly and drink quickly and you’re quids in!

The nightlife

Hyde at Bellagio

It’s all about the nightlife in Las Vegas and everywhere comes to life once the sun sets. Las Vegas is one of those places where I’d be more than happy to sleep all day and stay out all night.

One of my favourite places was Hyde at Bellagio. From the club you have a great view over the Bellagio fountains with huge floor to ceiling windows that are opened where everyone gathers around when the fountains go off.

Travel tip: Girls get free drinks vouchers in most bars and clubs and often get to skip the line so it’s worth having a few ladies in your group. While I’m not condoning slutting it up in Vegas, I will say that the shorter your dress is, the more free drinks vouchers you get. #JustSayin’

The weather

Las Vegas Luxor

Las Vegas has a hot, dry climate with 320 days of sunshine a year. Enough said.

The free entertainment

The free entertainment on the streets of Las Vegas could keep you entertained for days. You’ve got the buskers and the dancers, the guys dressed up as superhero’s, the magicians and the performers. Then there’s the serious entertainment like the Bellagio fountains and the volcano at the Mirage Hotel that erupts every hour in the evenings and spews fire and smoke into the sky.

Fountains at the Bellagio

The food

Surprisingly, you can get some awesome food in Las Vegas. On my last count they had 15 Michelin stared restaurants and all the hotels have a great selection of food.

Of course, you will still find a lot of overpriced junk food and chain restaurants.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas

The family friendliness

While this one doesn’t apply to me, I wanted to include it because I was surprised at how family friendly Las Vegas is. Las Vegas is like one giant adventure park for kids so don’t let having little ones put you off visiting.

See the world in one place

Las Vegas Eiffel Tower

My final and favourite reason to love Las Vegas is the way you get to travel the world without leaving the city. You can visit New York, medieval England, ancient Egypt Venice and Paris all in one day. What’s not to love about that?

I visited Las Vegas during my Westerner 2 trip with Trek America. We spent two days in Las Vegas and stayed at The Golden Nugget. Check out the pool there, it has a shark tank AND a 3-story water slide!

Did Ceasar live here?

I’ll now leave you with this awesome t-shirt. I find it even funnier because I tweeted this line from The Hangover while I was in Caesar’s Palace and someone who hadn’t seen the film replied, obviously thinking I was a total idiot.

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • July 9, 2014

    I thought Vegas was pretty awesome too but after one day I felt I was on overload! I’ve just been watching a National Geographic documentary of 24 hrs at the Venetian which brought all the memories back (and is a great doc too!)

  • July 9, 2014

    We have just spent 10 days in Slovenia and LOVED it! Lake Bled is somewhere i would love to go back to. After 7 months living in a 7m motorhome with our 4 children and having spent 5 months of that in the Arctic Circle chasing the northern Lights in temperatures as low as -30 it was like arriving at our dream destination! Warm, friendly, beautiful, reasonably priced and perfect. We will absolutely be going back!! Not got out to Las Vegas but glad to hear it is child friendly!

  • July 9, 2014

    Oh, I’m so glad you ended up loving it! I laughed out loud at your last anecdote. As if someone thought you actually meant that!

  • July 10, 2014

    I go to Vegas not for the gambling or shows, but for the eat-all-you can buffets (most especially the Alaskan Crab legs!)– ok yes there are many places in the US if its just crab legs but it’s just a different atmosphere in Vegas where your purpose there is to really just be entertained in so many different ways 🙂

  • Nicola Holland
    July 10, 2014

    I have never fancied Las Vegas, much like you I thought it would be too flashy and over the top. I’m definitely coming around to the idea though after reading this!

  • July 10, 2014

    This is brilliant, thank you. I hate the thought of visiting Las Vegas, especially with the children. I don’t do gambling, don’t see the point, and I hate anything inauthentic and trashy, so I would totally expect to hate Las Vegas. But I can see that it could be worth a trip – the kids would love the rollercoasters (I had no idea!) and definitely the shows would be an attraction.

  • July 10, 2014

    Thanks for the many tips! I’ll be sure to pack my shortest skirt. 😉

  • July 11, 2014

    I looooooove that city! I’ve been there 2 times now and I was impressed every time!

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  • Rebecca
    July 14, 2014

    Las Vegas is unlike anything else in the world. It has something for everyone! No matter what you want to do, you can do it there. There is so much more than drinking, and gambling. Shows, shopping, exploring, people watching, karaoke…..I could go on and on. It is the Disneyland for grownups!

  • July 14, 2014

    I always sought out the low buy-ins at crap tables in Vegas. Sometimes, they’re only $5.00! Once time, there was a high roller at our table and he kept throwing money at people to keep rolling. One girl got $10000 from this guy! I only got $250 (that was a bad day of dice-rolling for me…womp womp…)

  • July 15, 2014

    In addition to all of the reasons above…I confess that I love the shopping in Las Vegas! The shops at the Wynn, Venetian / Palazzo, Caesar’s Palace and Planet Hollywood are a lot of fun! Some are better for window-shopping than others, unless you’re prepared to drop thousands. The Fashion Show mall is also pretty good if you’re up for some shopping. Unlike gambling, at least you will be guaranteed something in return for parting with your money!

  • July 24, 2014

    I’ve only been to Vegas once and I was unwell out there so it wasn’t the most rock and roll experience BUT even despite that, I had an amazing time visiting hotels as you say and soaking up the atmosphere – I’d love to go back and do it properly!

  • August 26, 2014

    What I really love in Vegas is that you’ll see very different things in a very limited area. I don’t think you can get this level of diversity in one place anywhere else in the world.

    As you mentioned, you can get very good food in Vegas but also expensive and bad junk food. Had a nice diner at Charlie Palmer Steakhouse…

  • September 14, 2014

    You had me at 320 days of sunshine! Great post, Monica.

  • October 10, 2014

    I totally agree Las Vegas is a must do!!!!

  • Alyssa Braverly
    November 7, 2015

    I ma just loving night life of las vegas. And the view from the beach club is something I can’t get out of my head.

  • Nick
    July 22, 2017

    I’m not a gambler and the thought of Vegas seemed sleezy. Then I went there and there’s so much to do, something for everyone, and some spectacular natural beauty surrounding the city. I loved it so much, I moved there. Awesome place!!!


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