Destinations

Enjoying a Long Weekend in Las Vegas

October 17, 2016 / Las Vegas

It’s easy to jet off to Las Vegas for a long weekend and never set foot off the Strip. But you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t experience some of what the rest of the town has to offer. There’s a vibrant culture in the City of Sin that can’t be experienced behind a slot machine. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or just want to relax, Las Vegas has something for everyone—and Uber can help take you there.

Eating in Las Vegas

For a Japanese spin on the gourmet burger, hit up Fukuburger. Specializing in inventive takes on American favorites, it started as a food truck but now has a location in Chinatown. On the other end of the spectrum, Simply Pure Cafe & Restaurant is a must for vegans—or anyone else who enjoys mouthwatering, healthy food at affordable prices. If you have a hankering for something sweet, stop by Freed’s Bakery for a cannoli or slice of cake. This three-generation shop has been slinging sugar for Las Vegas sweets lovers for more than 50 years.

Drinks in Sin City

Fancy a drink after dinner? With a tip of the fedora to all things pre-Prohibition, Commonwealth is a downtown venue with an uptown feel. The 6,000-square-foot watering hole even has its own speakeasy. Or if you’re feeling in a more creative mood, swing by Artifice. In addition to a performance space that plays host to an eclectic variety of music, it features paintings and photography from artists and photographers from both around town and around the world. Bonus: all of the art is for sale.

Enjoy the Entertainment Capital of the World

There’s no shortage of options for the adventurous in Las Vegas. If you’ve ever wanted to go skydiving but aren’t a fan of those pesky parachutes, take a trip to Vegas Indoor Skydiving, where you can experience the sensation of free-fall without even boarding a plane. And speaking of planes, you can actually fly one at Air Combat USA. You’ll receive hands-on dogfighting instruction from actual fighter pilots while duking it out with your fellow amateur aviators.

If you’re looking for a weekend that’s more about chill than thrill, you’ve got plenty to choose from. History buffs can learn about America’s nuclear past—as well as the present and future—at the National Atomic Testing Museum. And no trip to Las Vegas is complete without stopping to enjoy the Fountains of Bellagio. After all, there’s still a lot to be said for the spectacle of Las Vegas.