Vegas didn’t win us over at all. Actually, we hated Las Vegas. But much of it was our own fault. We really really really wanted to like it and had great hopes when we arrived.
But we made so many mistakes in Las Vegas…
Las Vegas Mistake #1
Coming straight from Portland, after a marathon of eating in the best restaurants in Portland and sightseeing.
We loved the chilled Portland culture and had totally settled in. Las Vegas was like a bucket of ice cold water – startling and dumbfounding.
We planned 5 days in Las Vegas so we could attend my sister’s Valley of Fire wedding and also check Vegas out.
Everyone told us 5 days was far too many, especially the people who loved Vegas. They were right. Five days is too long to spend in Las Vegas. Less is more in Sin City.
We spent most of our time on the strip. We know everyone says to get off the strip but felt so overwhelmed by zany expensive off-strip activities – did you know you can drive a bulldozer or tank? Would you want to?
We had a great time shooting guns and heading to In-N-Out Burger for the secret menu but most things didn’t appeal to us and you can only walk the strip with the rest of the herded drunken tourists so many times.
We weren’t excessively drinking or gambling. This seems to be a key factor in Las Vegas, tourists treat it like a frat boy keg party.
People are obnoxious, even more so than at an all-inclusive resort. In a city where anything goes, people morph into juvenile alcoholics. Maybe if we had more to drink we wouldn’t have felt like the designated driver in an open bar.
We don’t smoke. Perhaps we’re spoiled that you cannot smoke indoors in Toronto or really anywhere in Canada but people smoking on the casino floors was gross. We couldn’t find a nook to hide from the stench of smokers.
We tried to escape by going to Freemont St, where everyone said we had to go. But it just felt like an older, more kitschy version of Vegas with girls, gambling and gluttony.
Vegas we wanted to like you, we really did….
I wish I could say we’d never return but there’s no escaping Las Vegas as there are SO many events. Next time we must be better prepared. So if we go again, what’s your best suggestion?