Monday, March 17, 2014

3 Great Alternatives to the Las Vegas Vacation

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Las Vegas, NV is one of the most popular vacation spots in the United States. That being said, it is easy to see why it is also one of the most expensive. Other then the expense of gambling, Las Vegas hotels and restaurants are very pricey. World-class hotels are common along the strip, and while these seem like great places to stay the night, there are other alternatives. There are several vacation-worthy spots across America that are cheaper and still capture some of the Vegas charm.

These three Vegas alternatives weren't just chosen for their price tags. They were chosen for their ability to produce quality entertainment. They promote the party vibe that Vegas is known for, even if their target tourism market is a bit different. Explore these great alternatives to find the perfect destination for your next vacation.

Atlantic City

Atlantic City, NJ is another world-class destination with plenty of comfortable hotels, boutique shops and restaurants, beaches and casinos. While one can still visit and spend a lot of money, there are cheaper options here then in Las Vegas. For example, one afternoon at the beach is cheaper than almost anything you will find to do outside of the Vegas casinos.

Atlantic City casinos are just as popular as the ones in Vegas. Many still have their historic charm and friendly atmosphere. The city has night clubs, but tourism is targeted more towards older couples and families, creating a quieter atmosphere.

Outside of the casinos, the boardwalk is one of the most popular places to be. This laid back area offers plenty of shopping and dining along the scenic coast.


Branson, MO is a family-friendly alternative to Las Vegas. While Las Vegas now promotes more family activities, some families would still prefer a more reserved location to have fun. There are dozens of live shows every night that appeal to all audiences. There are also plenty of amusement parks in the area, giving your family more options in entertainment. If you want some alone time, there are plenty of inexpensive hotels and town home rentals that surround you in luxury without the high price tag.

There is no gambling in Branson. This is what helps to set it apart as a Las Vegas alternative. It still has the great entertainment and plentiful attractions without the temptation. If you are still looking for some great casinos, you can easily take a day trip to nearby St. Louis, MO.

San Diego

San Diego

San Diego, CA isn't known for its gambling at all, but it does have many world-class attractions. Many people who visit California are surprised by the sheer number of things they can do. It doesn't matter what your budget is, you will be able to find something that peeks your interest in San Diego. You'll find art galleries, night clubs, restaurants, upscale shopping, and more.

While the city isn't known for Gambling, there are still plenty of opportunities to do so. 18 tribes still live in the area, and many of them have very expansive reserves. You can play blackjack, craps, and poker in between rounds of golf, fine dining experiences, or spa services.
When in San Diego, remember that the zoo is one of the top attractions. A visit can keep you occupied all day.
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  1. Honestly, I much prefer San Diego to any of the other vacation spots you mentioned. Vegas has never been a favorite of mine....too glitzy and, frankly, I prefer to visit the places the hotels represent - Paris, Venice, etc...and I have been fortunate to do so. San Diego has so much variety and is breathtakingly beautiful...and you are one of their best spokespersons.

  2. I have to travel a lot for my business, mostly in Europe and Asia, but often in the states to great cities like Branson, Atlantic City and San Diego. I used to use sites like Travelocity to book my flights and lodging, but I stumbled upon the better way to find deals: go to the second level sites - those like who compare the hundreds of different booking sites in one single search. You'll not only see Trivago or Expedia deals, but ALL OF THEM in one place.

    I must have saved over 3,000 Euros since I started using them. I sincerely believe that using only one of the top booking sites is not necessarily the best idea.