The Hidden Culture in a Las Vegas Vacation

LAS VEGAS, USA - JULY 14 : World famous Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada as seen at night on July 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, USA

Vegas? Cultured? It’s not a description you often hear to describe the often aptly named Sin City. But, scratch the surface, and there’s actually a lot more to offer than first meets the eye.


The element of friendship

There aren’t many places in the world where you can wander around and be guaranteed to make friends – even if you’re alone. In fact, speaking to strangers is often frowned upon for a multitude of reasons but, in Vegas, it’s a given that you’re going to meet new people.

Whether you’re around the pool chilling or partying, or out for a night at the casino, you never know who you might meet. And, due to the international draw of the city, you might well meet people you never ordinarily meet – that’s the beauty of it.

If you’re shy, one of the best ways to approach new people is to look for groups. The casinos are ideal for this – often people are in a great mood, perhaps a little merry, and, more often than not, they’re on vacation as well. Don’t be weird about it; simply join in on a game. To increase your confidence before you go, you might want to practice on your own terms. The team at BonusSource have put together a list of top casinos so that you can make your way through the rules before attempting the real thing.


The beautiful outdoors

You might have to venture on out a little to find it but Las Vegas itself is merely a mirage in the midst of an awe-inspiring desert. Just a short drive away, you’ll find the Grand Canyon, which is an absolute wonder to behold.

There are plenty of ways that you can see it, from splurging and flying up above on a helicopter, to going for a soul-searching hike. There are plenty of different walks you can take around the area to truly appreciate the nature that surrounds you. 

Go backpacking along trails or take a guided walk – just be sure to be well-informed and not to push yourself too much. Be aware that it gets incredibly, insanely hot in Vegas, so be prepared. Follow the rules, too. Leave no trace and don’t do anything reckless.


The Native American history

Before the times of colonial influence, Native Americans lived peacefully in the Vegas area, and many still continue to do so to this day. It’s important not to overlook the culture of the first people of the USA because it’s so rich and vast, and there’s such a beautiful history – one that is sadly forgotten about or ignored.

In Las Vegas, there are plenty of places that you can visit to respectfully explore and learn more. If you educate yourself and learn more about people, it promotes a deeper cultural understanding.

So, while you can absolutely party around the clock in Vegas, you can do so more. You could even visit with the whole family for a legitimately insightful vacation.

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