Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Tropical North Queensland
Visitors may head to Las Vegas to escape the real world, put some money in the slot machines and indulge in rather strong cocktails. But there is so much more to do.
If you’re going to Vegas and want to avoid drinking and gambling, here are our top five ways the enjoy the “Sin City.”
The restaurant scene is hotter than ever with a number of celebrity chefs launching restaurants and even unconventional steakhouses in the suburbs. Enjoy a meal at high-end options like Joël Robuchon, Nobu, Gordon Ramsay Steak, and Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro. And while we are fans of fine dining, it would be remiss of us not to mention Vegas' notorious all-you-can-eat buffets. If you're looking for a truly unique buffet with high quality dishes, look no further than the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace.
Whether you're hoping to spruce up your wardrobe or find the perfect present, Las Vegas is home to some of the most spectacular shopping in the world. You’ll find luxury brands at reasonable prices. If you're looking to avoid the sweltering heat, the big hotels conveniently have their own shopping malls underground. Our personal favourite is the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
Virtually every major hotel and casino in Las Vegas offers some kind of entertainment. You’ll find comedy, popular artists, circus-style shows, magic, mystery dinners, cabarets, musicals and variety performances. Not to mention there are at least five different Cirque du Soleil shows running at any one time. Sometimes you can get a good deal on shows through your hotel, but if not, check out the half-price Tix4Tonight stands around town for a last minute deal.
Vegas is in the middle of the desert. There are endless hiking options for the outdoorsy types with Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon all within a short driving distance. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, check out quad bike tours, skydiving, zip lining or helicoptering over the Hoover Dam.
After experiencing all of the above, you're destined to need some down time. No need to worry though, as Vegas has countless luxurious spas to choose from. As you might expect from large resorts, they have everything from saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs with waterfalls to heated whirlpools. Spa Mandalay at the Mandalay Hotel has amazing facials and massages, but make sure to book an appointment in advance.
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