The United States is a country of many secrets, hidden destinations and historic locations. From the Seven Magic Mountains of Nevada to Colonial Williamsburg, every turn provides you with something different. There are the famous sights of New York, the expansive wilderness of Yosemite National Park and even the bright lights of Las Vegas.
Las Vegas might not seem like the obvious choice for someone hunting history and culture, but it is a living embodiment of the American way. Settled in 1829, it survived for 100 years before the legalization of gaming in 1931. That revolutionized the city’s fortunes, bringing prosperity, people and most of all, casinos. Around the same time, the Hoover Dam was constructed, meaning more people poured into the city.
Today, Las Vegas is the 25th most populous city in the United States, but one of the most famous. It stands as a testament to the American Dream of prosperity, luck and good fortune. Travelers worldwide flock here not only for the bright lights and casino games, but for the natural attractions in the surrounding area like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
If you are heading there, the likelihood is you will want to check out the home of gaming and casinos, maybe even staying in one of the opulent resorts it has to offer. If so, we have pulled together three of the best that incorporate everything you are likely to want on a Las Vegas vacation.
Bellagio Resort and Casino
The core attraction of Las Vegas is gaming – there is little doubt about that. But to keep customers coming in, a resort has to offer more than simple casino games. The threat from external sources is very real: an article by Grand View Research demonstrates how online gaming is a thriving industry gaining real momentum.
Online providers offer a range of different games and are both flexible and innovative, delivering a strong experience to players without the expense of a Vegas flight. For example, leading gaming platform Gala Bingo now offers live casino games such as Spin a Win and Dream Catcher, boasting real-life presenters.
That is a gaming experience casinos have to counter, and the Bellagio Resort does it in several ways. Firstly, it is probably the most famous location in Las Vegas, having featured in Ocean’s Eleven, so it is a destination in itself. Secondly, they have a dry sauna, private hair salon, 24-hour butler service and an art gallery. Most people just don’t have that in their living room!
Aria Resort and Casino
The Aria Resort is probably the best destination in Las Vegas for you to reside at during your stay, as it is widely praised on most review sites. The Las Vegas Journal explains how it stands 600 feet tall and contains everything you would expect from a resort and casino.
Yes, there are table games, slot machines and plenty of opportunities to indulge in typical Vegas pastimes – but there is also a lot more besides that. If you like fine cuisine, there are no fewer than 16 great restaurants, along with five pools, a fitness centre and a spa, and it is located right in the heart of the Strip. Your Vegas vacation would be guaranteed to encapsulate everything the city has to offer when you stay at the Aria.
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Encore at Wynn is another fantastic five-star resort and casino which holds more Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards than any other resort and casino in the world. The casino is huge with 80,000 square feet of gaming space awaiting those looking for a true Vegas experience, but as with the others, there is much more than just gaming on offer.
Staving off the threat from online providers is easy with such opulent surroundings, and Encore delivers in this respect. There is a Frank Sinatra themed restaurant, a nightclub called XS, which is a big attraction. In the past, Porter Robinson, Avicii, Kygo, and David Guetta, have all held residencies at Encore’s clubs. It’s the perfect resort for those wishing to dance the night away rather than chance their arm at the tables.