The Backpackers Guide to Vegas
While every kind of travel destination has its own allure, there’s no experience quite like an exciting week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Known as the ‘ultimate playground’, this city attracts travellers who thrive in the nightlife, seeking adventure in some of the most vibrant places in the world. And while current safety restrictions have made travelling to and around the state very difficult, knowing what to see, when to see them, and how you can get to places ahead of time is going to make your trip much easier.
That said, here’s every backpacker’s guide to touring Las Vegas in 2021.
Playing at a casino hotel
It isn’t a Las Vegas visit without a trip to its casinos, even for backpackers. However, the gaming scene is evolving, and most of the younger crowds are moving to online gaming platforms. True enough, a report from Yahoo found that the online gaming market is set to reach $79 billion by 2025. This growth is mainly due to the increase in number of Millennials and older Gen Z players. Online casinos are a big part of this market. After all, aside from the platform’s convenience, online casinos also provide a bigger and more exciting list of games — which can be more appealing to younger demographics. For example, Foxy Games’ Slingo titles tap into pop culture, with games based on TV shows like F.R.I.E.N.D.S and board games like Monopoly. They also have games based on traditional casino machines like slots for the added thrill. Other online casino providers like Microgaming and WMS offer similar things.
Of course, Las Vegas casino providers aren’t about to lose to the competition. In an effort to attract younger people, they’ve started getting creative about their machines as well. For example, GameCo’s “video gaming” machines have been attracting many carded players between the ages of 21 and 49. They can be found at The Linq Hotel, MGM Grand, and other resorts in the city. Station Hotel has also adopted a more modern interior design to appeal to the next generation of players.
Therefore, if you’re looking for a place to stay, book a room at a casino hotel. This way, you won’t have to travel far to play a couple of exciting games. Just keep your hands away from your face during the actual visit. After all, you’re going to be touching a lot of machines.
Touring open areas
It may be a city with a ton of buildings, but most of Las Vegas’ top destinations can be found outside. For instance, the Arts District features several graffiti, murals, and other outdoor creations for public viewing. It’s a big place — a neighbourhood of 18 blocks — so it may take a good part of the day to explore it.
For history buffs, you can go on through the ‘Pioneer Trail’, a 16-stop journey that will take you through important sites in Las Vegas. It starts at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, an 8,000-year-old irrigation system, and concludes at the World War II-era built Biltmore Village. At night, consider visiting the Bellagio Fountain as well and watch one of its spectacular shows.
Unique tours taking you through the Grand Canyon and even around haunted spots in the city are also available for more adventurous travellers.
Taking a walking food tour
And while we’re on the topic of tours, why not go on a walking food tour while you’re at it? Not only will this help you avoid the restaurant crowds, but it’ll also give you the opportunity to experience Las Vegas on foot.
For example, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, a company that hosts award-winning dining experiences, has a walking food tour where attendees can go to different restaurants and sample signature dishes. You’ll never wait for tables, nor will you have to stay in an area for long.
If you want to explore at your own pace, the people behind Lip Smacking also offer a self-guided tour called ‘Finger Licking.’
You’ll need to exercise precaution and avoid a lot of places, but you can still have an exciting Las Vegas stay if you plan your trip well. Happy travels!