5 Things Las Vegas is NOT

Las Vegas Marathon

Well hello there! Long time no chat. I’ve been in Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Rock n’ Roll Marathon. No, I didn’t run (don’t you know me at all?!). I was there for work and boy, was it an experience. Here are a few things Las Vegas is NOT.

1. Relaxing. If you’re trying to sit around and get some R&R, Vegas is not for you. I walked miles and miles each day. Sure, you could take the monorail but that costs money. Cheeapy Cheaperson over here wasn’t about to pay for the monorail when I could walk for free.  I calculated our walking at over 5 miles a day. Plus, I wasn’t going to go all soccer mom and wear comfy sneakers. I wore cute flats so I looked fabulous but wanted to die a little. 

2. Healthy. You can smoke inside. Go right ahead. I’ll just be over here giving you dirty looks while I hold my breath and walk past you as quickly as humanly possible. Yuck.

3.  Wholesome. Okay, so you knew this. Between all the things that are legal in Vegas and the people handing you what are essentially baseball cards of hookers on every street corner, the nickname “sin city” is well-earned. But the number of regular men with clearly less than honorable intentions astounded me. Creepers, if you will.  It was during this trip that I actually got hit on my a dad and his 4-year-old son. The dad dropped some gross “hey gorgeous, damn look at those eyes” and the 4-year-old repeated it word for word. I was disgusted. That’s what you’re teaching your kid? Really? I do not suggest walking around alone, even in broad daylight.

4. A butterflies in your stomach, New York City kind of city. It doesn’t give you those feelings that anything is possible. It’s not really uplifting or joyful. It’s almost sad to see so many drunk people having the time of their lives right along side of people who have clearly thrown their lives away gambling. When I visit a city I want that butterflies in my stomach feeling. And not because I’m about to upchuck a $17 daiquiri.

5. For Everyone. After three days and two nights in Las Vegas, I’ve decided it isn’t for me. Granted, my travels were free of charge and completely work related (thus making me sound like an ungrateful beeytoch) but you know, I’m over it. You see, Vegas could be fun. If you had a ton of money, a natural propensity for luck, and a fun group of friends to chill with, yes, I could see it being fun for about 18 hours. And even then I’m pretty sure I’d be over it. Now I’m back home cozy on my couch with Archie and it’s exactly where I want to be.

Has anyone else visited Vegas and not loved it?


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  • I couldn’t agree with your conclusions any more. I went to UNLV for college and while there were things I loved, after living there a few years, I don’t think I could do it (happily) again. It’s fun, there is always something to do, but it isn’t romantic or truly exciting. Good for a weekend, not seeing my mother in law 🙂 and then get to leave again.

    • Nadine

      I think it would be more fun if I had been there with friends or with N. But alone was kind of weird and kind of a downer. I can’t imagine having gone there for college!

      • How could any of this be better stated? It co’tndul.

  • I’ve never been to Vegas, but I heard that it’s actually rather depressing!

    • Nadine

      It kind of is. Maybe if you sleep all day and only go out to clubs and gamble at night you don’t see the depressing side as much but as a daytime wanderer, I saw plenty I wish I hadn’t.

  • Never been. I wouldn’t mind seeing some shows but besides that, it sounds ugh.

    • Nadine

      If I could have afforded a show, I know I would have loved them. I heard amazing things but they are so pricy!

  • dude, my brother and I were road tripping and planned to spend at least a night there. We didn’t even bother parking. maybe paaartly because we couldn’t find any that didn’t cost a thousand dollars but. you know. also because it was the worlds biggest let down.

    • Nadine

      Definitely. The insides of the hotels are something to see but if you don’t want to spend a ton of money, there isn’t much to do beyond look around.

  • haha oh I have never been to vegas and Im convinced it isn’t necessarily my cup of tea. no idea about the smoking inside. interesting.

    • Nadine

      Yeah. I don’t know why I had forgotten that was legal there. I kind of thought it was illegal everywhere at this point.

  • I’ve been a few times, and I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. It’s one of those places that is fun for about 2-3 days…anything more than that I’m pretty sure would be awful. I can’t imagine wanting to go back anytime soon….it was fun to go when Arsen and I were young and childless, but I think I’m over it.

    • Nadine

      I think it would have been super different if I had gone with N and went to see a show or something. It would have been more fun with my sorority sisters in college, I think.

  • I went for work and I loved it! Had my fun and my boss let me stay an extra day which I spent just lounging by the pool. It was the perfect mix!

    • Nadine

      Perhaps that was my problem. It was too cold for the pool! I think if I had been able to hang at the beach at Mandalay Bay it would have been a totally different experience.

  • I actually love Las Vegas, haha. I go about 2 times a year. I practically live there. I don’t know what it is. I think it’s the shopping. I don’t gamble. Why gamble (knowing you will lose) and throw away money when you can spend it shopping at Caesar’s Palace? I love the lights and the fountain show at the Bellagio. 🙂

    • Nadine

      I’m not a huge shopper. Maybe that was my issue. I love looking around but I’m not willing to spend those prices when most of the stores we have at home.

  • I went to Vegas a couple of years ago on my way to a Reba concert. I saw the inside of a hotel room for a couple of hours and then went on my way. I would like to actually visit it once, but as far as I could tell, it wasn’t all that impressive like it’s portrayed to be.

    • Nadine

      I would love to have been able to see a show. I think I would have loved that.

  • I totally feel you on this! Las Vegas is definitely not for me. I’m going in a couple weeks for the fifth time this year for business, and like you said, it’s nice on someone else’s dime! I like just enjoying the lights from my hotel room, but that’s about all that gets me jazzed about Vegas. Glad we’re on the same page!

    • Nadine

      I went to sleep before 11pm both nights. Given, with the time change it was 2am to my body but still, I felt a little lame.

  • Kat

    Vegas is not for me either. I’ve gone a few times during family vacations, trips with my friends and I ask poo have family there but like you said it’s sort of depressing. The only time I actually enjoyed in Vegas was lounging by the pool. I always say the same thing, especially living near Arizona and living in California with plenty of casinos near why go to Vegas when I can do it at home for less money?

    • Nadine

      It was too cold for the pool but I think I would have loved that!

  • i’ve not visited las vegas, but from what i’ve heard about it, i think that city is not for me and i never have a will to go there. it is sad about a dad and his 4 years old son. sad for the son, disgusting for the dad.

    • Nadine

      Agreed. I was so shocked that I kind of kept walking like, did that really just happen?

  • For years I had absolutely zero interest in going to Vegas, basically for the reasons you listed above. It didn’t strike me as my kind of place! Now, I do want to visit just to experience it – although the smoking indoors things has put me off a little bit!

    • Nadine

      It’s definitely something I’m glad I experienced but I won’t be in a rush to go back. Also, 2 days is plenty. Don’t go for much longer than that.

  • I’ll admit it – I love Vegas. But only for 2 nights. Once night 3 rolls around I want to kill myself. Ok, a little dramatic, but really.

    • Nadine

      If I had gone with friends or N I think I would feel the same way. I’ll give it another shot someday with a different crowd and maybe I’ll change my tune.

  • I went to Vegas with my husband a couple of years ago and felt just like you did. Thankfully we stayed with his aunt who has a house there in the burbs so we didn’t get the full experience. I did however get the full experience of those people flicking nudie cards at you. And when we went into one casino the young girls were dancing in almost no clothes on the tables and I just felt sad for them. Like wanted to give them a hug and talk about their childhood sad for them.

    • Nadine

      Exactly. I wonder what made those girls move to Vegas? I’m confused about what the glamour was behind it. I get why people move to LA to become actresses and such. But moving to Vegas to become a showgirl? Why?

  • I’ve never been to Vegas- and honestly I have no desire to. This just confirms it.

  • THe last time I was in Vegas…I think I was 8 or 9…and it was a flight layover…and I just thought: Why does everyone act like this place is so great? And that was 20 years ago. That being said…it may be a stop on my epic dirty 30 celebration.

    • Nadine

      Take lots of friends and don’t go out during the daytime. That’s my best advice 🙂

  • I’ll take NYC over Vegas any day!

    • Nadine

      Same! I was in Vegas with my coworker from New York and she was like, we have all these stores in New York. What’s so special about this? haha

  • I will totally agree with you on all of these! I went to Vegas once in high school with my family since my cousin was getting married, and then I went again a couple years after high school to see a Cirque du Soleil show, and that’s it. I’ve never had the burning desire to do the Vegas thing, for the reasons you list above. Not my cup o’ tea either =)

    • Nadine

      I’m jealous that you saw Cirque du Soleil. And if you didn’t have to google how to spell that, I applaud you.

  • I go almost every year. Just went last week. Love it!!

    • Nadine

      To each their own! I think it would have been super different if I had gone with friends instead of for work. I’ll give it another shot some day.

  • I grew up in a town 130 miles north east of Vegas (in Utah, in the very most southwest corner of Utah, 1 mile from Arizona). vegas was practically my backyard. my town was so small and lame that we would always go to vegas to go shopping for clothes. i know vegas like the back of my hand. i am so tired of it. its nice to get a room at the mgm and lay by the pool for a day or two, but that is about it. and i like the cirque du soliel shows. and celine dion show. but, bleh. soooo over it.

    • Nadine

      Hey, if Vegas was the closest thing you had to a mall, that’s actually kind of cool. We have all the stores that they have in Vegas (the ones I can afford anyways) so it’s kind of like, why would I buy something here just to try to fit it in my carry on?

  • My parents actually just moved to a suburb 15 minutes from the Las Vegas strip. So my Vegas experience is kind of atypical. The last time we went we stayed with my parents and just went to the strip for dinner and to walk around the shops and hotels. I avoided the casinos at all costs because they smell like smoke and that tends to make me feel sick. We didn’t party all night or have expensive drinks. It was more of a “ooo look at the pretty lights” kind of trip. Then we were back home, warm and tucked into our beds by 10:30. So even though typical Las Vegas is not for me, I still enjoyed my time there. Next time I want to try out one of their fabulous resorts and see a show– but then be back in bed by 10 😉

    • Nadine

      That sounds like the way I’d like to do Vegas!

  • I used to live there and my grandparents have lived there since the 90s. It isn’t like the strip everywhere you go, trust me

  • I’m not a partier so Vegas really isn’t for me. I haven’t been since I was 13. I might go someday to get pictures off the strip. Get the real side of Vegas, the dirty, broken down bits. I’ll probably enjoy the view on the drive there better than anything though, stop at a few abandoned gas stations… enjoy the expanse of land. But party until you almost die Vegas? No thanks.

  • Bailee

    Vegas is one of my favorite cities and I don’t drink, smoke, gamble or go to clubs. I love the energy of the city and the amazing hotels. There are museums, amusement parks, spas, shopping and fabulous restaurants. I have traveled quite a bit and the most amazing meal I have ever had was in Vegas. I spend most of my time when I go eating or relaxing by the pools. You can also find hotels that don’t allow people to smoke inside, the Bellagio for instance. I do completely agree that Vegas isn’t for everyone but I think there is more to it then you give it credit for. Vegas is not an inspiring city like New York or Paris but it’s not supposed to be. It’s a city made for fun, letting go and getting away from real life for a while!

  • I’m really not a fan of Vegas either. Not my cup of tea.

  • I like Vegas, but I don’t Love Vegas. When I lived in Los Angeles I went to Vegas a few times. I’m not a gambler at all. I’m not a “sun bathing by the pool” person either. If I’m going to go to Vegas I need a reason. For a concert or show. That’s why I would go. No more than three days/2 nights. That’s all I need in Vegas! *erica* 🙂 lookingtothestars.com

  • Erin P

    When my ex and I lived out in California we went to Vegas twice. The 1st time we saw The Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian and the 2nd time we went we saw Ka at MGM Grand. Basically the only things I enjoyed about Vegas, although they were pricey to go see in the good seats we wanted, were the shows. I’m not a gambler at all and the only thing I know about card games has nothing to do with gambling & winning money; I’m definitely a solitaire girl! Aside from the shows I did get to do some things I couldn’t have done most other places- went to the Secret Garden & saw the dolphins, caught the show on the boat outside of Treasure Island for a bit, and I got to eat at the Rainforest Cafe which I had only heard about before and had no idea it was even in the hotel we were staying at! I was a bit bummed after out first trip that I didn’t get to see the fountains show outside of the Bellagio and I thought I was going to get to make up for it the next time we went, but mother nature and winds had a different idea! I did get the chance to see the Christmas display in the Bellagio the first time we went, it’s not the fountains though!

    Moral of the long comment story, Vegas isn’t a place I’d chose to go visit for a nice weekend/week long get away. I’m not a gambler, partier, don’t dance out at clubs(club days died off back in my college days anyway!)and I’m not a big drinker so the only appeal of Vegas to me is going to see a show or a concert but that was when I lived in California, I’m back on the East coast now so it would cost a little more to get there now.

  • I’ve never been to Vegas, but it has been on my last for quite awhile now! Thank you for the sweet spotlight, you are amazing.

  • My husband worked there for several years. He was lucky to live on the east coast and fly in whenever he needed to. However he felt that city “sucked the soul” out of him. I went there with him while we were dating. It was fun the first 24 hours. After that it got really old. And I was 23, so it’s not like I was an old person. I agree with ev.er.y.thing. You wrote.

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