Vegas is an exceedingly popular destination for girls' getaways and bachelorette parties but not everyone is enamored with the idea of endless clubs and parties. The truth is that Vegas is an affordable, diverse, welcoming destination that really has something for everyone. If the idea of dancing until dawn has you hiding under the covers, here are 5 un-girly things to do during the girls' escape.
The first thing to cross my mind when I was flying into Vegas? That there was no way a city could possibly flourish in a desert of such utter, beautiful vast emptiness. It's well worth the effort to escape and explore the amazing natural features that surround it. Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire Park offer incredible hiking and climbing opportunities- be sure to check in with the rangers' station for safety information and personal recommendations.
Believe it or not, Vegas has fantastic art galleries and museums - perfect for indulging in some rare peace and quiet in Sin City! One of the best museums I've ever been to is the Atomic Testing Museum. Its dry name in no way reflects the fascinating history of a city captivated by the exotic mushroom clouds that floated in the surrounding desert as controversial weapons were tested in Vegas’ backyard.
My mother still remembers every one of the Elvis performances she attended in Vegas all those years ago and the city is still host to some of the best entertainment spectacles anywhere around. I fell in love with Cirque du Soleil and, with some careful research well in advance, you can often manage to find reasonably priced tickets. If last minute plans are more your style, companies like Tix for Tonight will help you find the best same-day prices.
Movies and TV often portray the typical gambler as a middle aged man but the truth is that women of all ages are having fun in casinos! Watching some games like poker and craps can be intimidating at first but all casinos offer free lessons and provide honest instructions and information. Remember to play within your limit and generously tip the wait staff who will come around and offer complimentary drinks to those playing.
Vegas is a club mecca but that's not everyone's scene. If you still want an amazing evening out but one that's a little bit more upscale, take the girls to Red Square in Mandalay Bay. They specialize in vodka and have one of the largest collections in the world. The staff are patient and always happy to offer up a personal recommendation (I highly enjoyed the organic cucumber vodka!) They also have an incredible caviar menu, but I went for the dessert cavair, complete with chocolate 'eggs' and angle food cake 'blinis'. If you can, grab a seat at the ice bar and watch the bartenders in action.