Bypass the casino floor and save your money for your restaurant bill. Over the past few years Las Vegas has become a serious culinary hot spot, and there are some world class restaurants tucked into more than one casino. Michelin-starred chefs prepare intricate meals at world-famous restaurants like Bouchon in the Venetian and Twist at the Mandarin Oriental.
You could easily drop $500 or more on a meal in Vegas, but if you don't have that kind of budget, there are plenty of mid-range but extremely delicious restaurants. Try Olives at the Bellagio or Julian Serrano at the Aria.
Catch a Show
Las Vegas has an absurd amount of interesting live shows, both on and off the strip. The options are seriously overwhelming. There are currently 7 Cirque du Soleil shows playing in Vegas, ranging from the aquatic O to the Beatle's themed Love and the adults only Zumanity. If that's not your style, there is always the Blue Man Group, Broadway castoffs like Jersey Boys, and mega-famous artists-in-residence like Britney Spears and Celine Dion. Then there are the burlesque shows (you'll find one for pretty much every orientation) and countless comedy and improv troupes.
Some of these shows can be very pricey, but you can also find discount tickets or package deals. Some smaller shows are even free!
It's going to cost you for sure, but if you've got the cash, Vegas is one of the best places to shop for high end luxury items. From beautiful clothes to Ferraris and watches that cost more than a plane, you can buy it all here. And if you can't buy it, you can at least browse the selections.
If you're hoping for something in a lower price range, Las Vegas also has some excellent outlet malls further away from the strip.
Get Off the Strip
The strip, with its glitzy casinos is where most tourists experience Vegas, but if you're game, get out of the casinos and away from the strip. There are plenty of things to do elsewhere in the city, ranging from Ferrari racing to indoor skydiving to the Pinball Hall of Fame. Downtown Vegas is a hip alternative, filled with local bars and lower-priced restaurants.
Or rent a car and head further out of town. You can visit the beautiful and desolate Red Rocks Canyon, or drive a few more hours and reach the Grand Canyon.
If all else fails, there is always Las Vegas' cheapest, easiest activity: people watching. This city attracts all manner of interesting and colorful characters, so buy a beverage, grab yourself a seat, and just take it all in.
Whats your favorite non-gambling activity in Vegas?
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Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can't sit still! Since graduating college in 2007 she has either been traveling or planning to travel. She's lived on four continents and visited everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef. She now writes and travels full time, blogging about her adventures on Why Wait To See The World? (formerly Twenty-Something Travel). Follow Stephanie on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.
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