There’s nothing better than a holiday to help let your hair down – and what better place to unfetter than the flagrant flicker of the Gambling Capital of the World?
With over 40 million visitors flocking to Las Vegas each year, the most populous city in Nevada has come a long way from its roots as a stopover to the western pioneer trails.
Indeed, the UK continues to be a major contributor to the jingle and jangle of Sin City slot machines, with air passenger numbers steadily rising year on year.
Considering how trouble-free it is to get there from British shores, it’s hardly surprising.
This passage to the desert is set to get even easier with news that Stansted Airport will launch a new service to Vegas’ McCarran International from next summer.
When coupled with Stansted meet and greet parking where you can drive straight to the terminal for a valet parking service, it’s clear to see those keen to explore Vegas’ wares are well catered for.
But what delights should you be sampling once you’ve sprinted eagerly through customs?
Yep, it’s an obvious one, but if you head to Vegas, it’s extremely likely you’ll place a few wagers during your stay. Rather than hang around a dingy ol’ gambling hole, though, head to one of the iconic gaming Mecca’s that Sin City is so famous for.
Explore Caesars Palace and drink in the decadence, or get your twist on at the luxurious Bellagio. If you fancy checking out some of the older casinos downtown, your best bet is the Golden Nugget, where you’ll find some of the biggest sharks, literally, in Vegas.
If you’re sick of gambling away your soul, try to reclaim some of it by experiencing M&M’s Soul Food where chicken, yams and short ribs are the order of the day. Alternatively, head to Hash House a-Go Go for burgers bigger than a hot water bottle.
If you fancy something a bit more upmarket, check out Picasso at the Bellagio where astonishing art, spectacular views and service that Picasso himself would be happy with are sure to make this gastronomic experience one you won’t forget in a hurry.
Admittedly, you don’t want your holiday to end up like a version of the Hangover, but you’ll need some kind of liquor to grease the wheels and swing that gambling and eating arm into action – and Vegas is just the place for ALL your alcohol-related dreams.
One of the coolest places to go – again, quite literally – is the Minus5 Ice Bar where you can stick on your best fur coat and gloves (you did pack them, didn’t you?) to enjoy an ice cold drink from the ice bar, served in an ice cup and consumed at your table made from ice. Lovely!