For some, it’s the “City of Lights”, while for others, it’s the “Entertainment Capital of the World”. But whatever you call it, there’s no doubt that Las Vegas is a pretty amazing holiday destination and one that’s on many a traveler’s bucket list. However, as with many tourist hotspots, there are quite a few myths surrounding Vegas. Here are some of the most common.
When one talks about Vegas, images of casinos spring to mind; but contrary to popular belief, there isn’t one on every street corner. While it’s true that those glitzy, high-end hotels and casinos bring in an incredible amount of tourist dollars, there are actually other things to do in this thriving city other than gaming.
You can take an organized trip to the Grand Canyon where you’ll have a full three hours to explore one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural attractions. And yes, the trip to the canyon does indeed take you along the famed Route 66. You can also try go-karting, visit the Hoover Dam, or tour Madame Tussauds and hang out with the celebrities of the past and present. So, as you can see, this city isn’t just about casinos.
There's this other myth that everything in Vegas costs a small fortune and a decent trip to the city requires a bottomless bank account, but it's not like that at all. There are many ways that you can save money on your trip to Vegas, and if you stick to a budget, it should cost you no more than a holiday in any other popular city. In fact, quite a lot of casinos, hotels, and other tourist attractions put a lot of effort into making trips to the city as affordable as possible so that they can stay ahead of the competition.
Another myth is that crazy stuff happens in the city all the time. A certain CSI show and a few movies may have something to do with this assumption, but the fact is that Las Vegas is a normal city just like any other. There are just a few more casinos, shows, and pool parties here than in other places. So don’t expect to walk into a crime scene in the hotel lobby or see celebrities walking their pet tigers down the street—which brings us to another myth...
Celebrities don’t hang out in Vegas all the time. Sure, there are a few shows with the likes of Celine Dion in residence, but the closest you will come to meeting a celebrity in Vegas is the waxworks at Madame Tussauds or the lookalikes on the street. Oh, and if you do bump into an Elvis impersonator, remember that you might have to pay them to take a holiday snap together.
But perhaps the most common myth of all is the idea that ‘in Vegas, anything goes.’ This is not true at all. While there’s a great nightlife and there are probably more clubs than you’d find in other cities, there are still laws. The local police department is very serious about keeping both locals and visitors safe, so partygoers should be very aware that pranks and general rowdiness in public are not okay at all.
And there you have it—some common Vegas myths well and truly busted. So, if you’re planning a trip to the City of Lights, keep in mind that you don’t have to spend all your time in casinos or at pool parties, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Vegas has so much to offer travelers from all walks of life. From the newlyweds to the retired couple, there’s something here for everyone.