Are you ready to have the time of your life? If so, then a trip to Vegas could very well be on the cards. We know that people say that ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’ but we disagree. Las Vegas is one of the most exciting cities on God’s green earth and it is packed full of fun things to do. By the time you’ve finished visiting, I want you to sing from the rooftops about how awesome Vegas is. That’s why today, I’m going to be looking at how to spend a weekend in Vegas. A weekend in the desert may not be most people’s idea of fun, but this desert isn’t any ordinary desert. Las Vegas, or Sin City as it is also known, is one of the most popular and eye-opening places in the world. We all know that gambling and casinos are both synonymous with Vegas, and don’t worry, I’ll be looking at them in more detail shortly, but Vegas has so much more to offer its visitors. If you’re looking for ideas on how to spend a weekend in Las Vegas, you’ve come to the right place. Here are five awesome ideas.

 

5 Awesome things to do in Vegas

Enjoy some greasy fast food – Vegas is a classy place, and trust me, there are some real ballers and high rollers that frequent the strip every single night. That doesn’t however, mean that you need to keep it real. When you’re relaxing and enjoying a well-earned weekend away, sometimes it’s nice to just say ‘screw the diet, give me something greasy that’s going to clog my arteries. I’m a fast food junkie. I work out and I eat right most of the time, but when I binge, boy do I binge. When I was in Vegas, I was figuratively in heaven. Two of my all-time favs are pizza and burgers. I have to admit, until recently, I was an In-N-Out burger virgin. Since trying my first meal from here however, I’m now hooked. I had a double-double with Animal Style fries and OMG, it was awesome. On the Saturday, I was craving pizza. My buddy told me about a ‘Secret Pizza’ place located in the Cosmo on the third floor, so off I went to check it out. It was awesome. If you want to avoid huge lines and go off the grid, I recommend you head to the Cosmo’s third floor and do a little exploring.

Fast food

 

See Vegas for free – I’m not going to tell you to go to Vegas to gamble because that would be like telling somebody to go to an all you can eat buffet so that they can eat. It’s self-explanatory, you go to Vegas to gamble. However, that doesn’t mean that you go to Vegas purely to gamble. Gambling is risky, and while it’s awesome when you win, it sucks when you lose. To help you see the real Vegas, without having your experience influenced by how well you’re doing in the casinos, you should really just head to the casinos and treat the experience like you would an art exhibition or a museum. Casinos want you to spend your money, so they never charge entry. I spend my last day in Vegas going from casino to casino, seeing the sights, people watching, enjoying the occasional drink here and there, and just enjoying my own company, and it was amazing. As well as the casinos, be sure to take a walk down the strip and check out the Fountains of Bellagio. Pro-tip: The fountains are especially impressive in the dark. Vegas is also known as the Neon City, so be sure to check it out after dark and marvel at the amazing neon lights on offer.

Fountains of Bellagio
People look at night view of the fountain of Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

 

Survive an atomic explosion in a bunker – An hour outside of Vegas, out in the desert, is the Nevada Test Site. Here, this area was established back in 1951 to test nuclear devices. There have been close to 1000 test explosions here since 1951, with the final one taking place back in 1992. To find out more about nuclear weaponry and energy however, you don’t need to drive out of the city. Located just off of the strip is the Atomic Testing Museum. I had a real blast here (sorry) and loved it. This museum looks at the impacts of nuclear energy and weaponry on the world, and on Nevada in general. I saw used warheads and weapons, and even experienced a simulated atomic explosion from within a bunker. I definitely recommend that you check that out before your weekend is up.

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Check out the Hoover Dam – The Hoover Dam is a miraculous piece of modern engineering and although it’s one of the most-popular tourist attractions in Vegas, if you can tolerate the crowds during peak times, it’s well worth checking out. The thing that impressed me the most about the 726-foot high creation was how physically imposing it looked. It took more than 21,000 men and over five years to construct this dam located on the Colorado River, so surely you can spare a couple of hours to really appreciate how much work went into its creation? I took part in a guided tour, although I also wish I’d opened to view it from a boat trip on Lake Mead.

The Hoover Dam
The Hoover Bridge from the Hoover Dam, Nevada

 

Pay your respects to fallen neon signs at the Neon Museum – The bright neon lights of Vegas are visible from space, but where to those wonderful signs go to die? All good things come to an end, and every so often, a new casino will open up, or a refurbishment will take place, and the old neon lights and signs will come down, and be replaced by shiny new ones. In Vegas however, casinos never truly die. There’s always a little piece of them left, and you can view each piece of history at the Neon Museum, also known as the neon boneyard. Here you will find a visitor centre, art exhibitions, and the Neon Boneyard, which can be viewed via a guided tour. I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this trip, especially as it was during the day, but I loved it. Who knew that old neon signs could be so popular?

Las Vegas Night at the Neon Museum
Las Vegas Night at the Neon Museum