The LGBT guide to Las Vegas
There’s no denying that Las Vegas is one of the top LGBT friendly destinations that the US has to offer.
You’ll find “pride concierges” at certain hotels, who will point you in the right direction for the top events, offers and venues that Sin City has to offer. You’ll also find that plenty of hotels and casinos are keen to get their share of the pink pound, with targeted marketing campaigns that provide special offers and discounts to LGBT travellers to the city.
One of the major things for which Las Vegas is known is its wedding culture, with huge numbers of people visiting the city each year to tie the knot. Everyone can get married in Vegas, whether it’s in the city’s only gay-specific chapel, The Gay Chapel of Las Vegas, or in one of the multitude of other wedding venues around the city. You’ll be able to choose from a number of different themed wedding packages and all the services you need, from flowers to limousines to a live video link to that people back home can watch you as you tie the knot.
There are hotels in Las Vegas to suit all tastes, from the glitzy and glamorous to those that have more fun themed styles. At a number of hotels across the city you’ll find regular LGBT events and more. The Luxor, for example, has special offers and events for LGBT travellers, while the Tropicana hosts a regular LGBT pool party called Xposed!
LGBT travellers will love the huge range of scene bars and clubs, from the city’s oldest gay bar Snick’s to popular clubs such as Piranha, Freezone and Share. Liaison at Bally’s also has a casino on site, so you can enjoy a dance, a drink and a bit of a flutter, all in the same venue.
Food and Drink
There’s also plenty of choice when it comes to food and drink, no matter what your budget. From your inclusive hotel buffet (and they’re normally BIG buffets!) to fine dining venues, there’s something for everyone. At the budget end, places such as Burger Bar are perennially popular, while Spago is the perfect choice for a more formal lunch or evening meal.
Las Vegas is also a city that knows how to shop. You’ll find everything from tacky souvenirs to full on bling – and many of the hotels even have their own shopping precincts too. Those with cash to splash will love the designer haunt that is Crystals, while those looking for more touristy souvenirs should head to the World’s Largest Gift Shop on the corner of The Strip.
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The big LGBT event of the year is Las Vegas Pride, which takes place annually in September. Growing even bigger and better each year, expect a huge number of events in the lead up to the festival (wedding expos, PRIDE family bingo events and more), with the Pride Night Parade and the festival itself attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world.
Of course, a trip to Las Vegas wouldn’t be complete without a flutter in one of its many casinos – and as with the city’s hotels, you’ll find everything from the glamorous to the slightly tacky. Never visited a casino before? Simply have a flutter online before you go to find out how it all works, and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere when you arrive!
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