7 Things You Have to Try in Las Vegas

From a Vegas local

Ryan M. Danks
6 min readJul 28, 2021


Photo by Stephen Leonardi on Unsplash

What do you think about when someone says “let’s go to Las Vegas”? If you’re like most, then your top five thoughts might be something like:

  • Bright lights
  • Nightclubs
  • Gambling
  • Stripclubs
  • The Strip and Fremont (downtown)

That’s a list that certainly draws large numbers every year, but it only scratches the surface of what Vegas has to offer.

I grew up in this weatherless death trap of endless heat. Seriously, we went over 240 days with no rain in 2020. As if that year didn’t suck enough already. But growing up here has a few upsides.

  • If you work for casinos, the pay is above average.
  • When you want to go out, you have world-class attractions to choose from.
  • The beach is only four hours away (seriously, this is the best part).
  • The dining scene is on point.

Most of the best parts of Vegas get missed by weekend visitors, however, and it helps to have a guide. Beware: most guides and hosts are visitors themselves, often with less than a year of desert experience under the belts.