The current ad campaign assures that “What Happens in Las Vegas Stays in Las Vegas,” suggesting that Las Vegas is a place where it is acceptable to have fun “being bad.” Of course, gambling is the first activity that comes to mind – Las Vegas’ casinos are world famous as havens of free living, and for taking chances (Land and Land, 2). But gambling is only one part of the picture. Visitors also have access to some of the finest dining and entertainment in the United States. The most intense (and wealthiest) gamblers may want to spend their entire stays in the casinos, but other visitors looking for a good time in Las Vegas can take advantage of the city’s many gourmet restaurants and shows that cater to a wide range of tastes. Las Vegas is a city where you can have it all.
Spago at Caesars is one of the city’s most famous restaurants, and is one of four Las Vegas establishments owned by famed chef Wolfgang Puck (Smith, 480). The Palazzo, which has locations at the Venetian, MGM and Echelon Place, is another Las Vegas success story among discerning diners, as are renowned Vegas eateries owned by celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and Guy Savoy. For those with smaller budgets, the city offers many reasonably priced restaurants, offering fine food at affordable prices. For those who want to enjoy a good show, Las Vegas is where some of the country’s most well-known comedians, singers and actors come to entertain. Joan Rivers performs at the Venetian, while the famous performance art ensemble the Blue Man Group has been based at the Luxor for several years. Cirque du Soleil, a cutting-edge circus troupe that defies description, has been identified with the Las Vegas entertainment scene for years (Schreiber, 2005). Visitors to Las Vegas soon realize that there is much more to the city than gambling. It is a tourist destination that offers something for everyone.