Many people come to Las Vegas every year, and some find themselves surprised and/or disappointed. Why? Because Las Vegas isn’t the city you probably think it is. Thanks to various films and books, people seem to have a very fixed and fantastical image about this great city.
While Las Vegas can be everything you want it to be, there’s so much more to discover there. Here are some of the misconceptions that most people seem to have about Las Vegas.
It’s a seedy place
It’s both funny and tragic that many people only see Las Vegas as a city of sin. They see movies like The Hangover or Leaving Las Vegas and think that the whole thing is just one non-stop, seedy party. But there are plenty of family-friendly attractions in Las Vegas, so it’s hardly a city unsuitable for children. Besides, public intoxication is just as illegal in Las Vegas as it is anywhere else in America. It’s nowhere near as bad as people make out!
There’s nothing to do but gamble…
I refer you again to the family-friendly attractions. But perhaps you’d argue that the “grown-up” activities are just limited to gambling. Wrong, my friend. There are botanical gardens, helicopter rides, wildlife tours, museums – all that good vacation stuff. Heck, there are even serene parks that you can take leisurely strolls in. Not everyone who goes to Vegas goes there to gamble!
…and you’re going to lose at the gambling, anyway
It’s true that most people end up losing money when they gamble in Las Vegas. But that’s true for literally every single gambling institution in the world. If most people won money, then the industry wouldn’t be able to sustain itself! Just because your friend blew $1000 on the sparkly machines in the lobby, it doesn’t mean that all the games are rigged. There are some people who have made a bunch of money gambling in Las Vegas casinos. Just remember to gamble responsibly, okay?
It’s expensive to stay there
All that color and glamor, eh? It must be crazy expensive to stay in Las Vegas. After all, what vacation accommodation is ever reasonably priced? Well, I don’t blame you for assuming that staying in Las Vegas is a drain on the wallet. But it’s actually one of the cheaper places in America to stay for a vacation. The five-star hotels are reasonably priced (usually because they want you to spend more money in the casino!). And you might save yourself even more money if you check out vacation rentals in Las Vegas.
The Strip is all there is to it
This is basically the same as claiming that Orange County, Florida is just Disneyworld. Or that New York City is just Times Square. The Strip is only part of Las Vegas, although it does often act as Las Vegas’s synecdoche. You need to remember that Las Vegas is a bit city in which people actually, y’know, live and work. It has a rich culture and a growing population. And, okay, while the Grand Canyon isn’t in Las Vegas, it is right next to it!