Las Vegas

If you’re looking for a honeymoon spot that offers great value, great fun, and great variety, consider Las Vegas — even if you don’t gamble.

Las Vegas is well-known as a place for wild, spur-of-the-moment weddings. But it’s also rated among the top honeymoon spots, with good reason: Thanks to the money spent by gamblers, Las Vegas room rates and food prices are kept relatively low in relation to the city’s high quality of accommodations and dining.

If you’re not big on glitz and crowds, with a rental car you can drive to places of quiet repose. Twenty miles west of town, Red Rocks is a 13-mile drive through scenic vistas of incredible beauty. Not so long ago, wild burros would graze alongside the highway.
You can park at the Red Rocks Visitors Center and learn about the desert environment, then enjoy a picnic lunch at designated spots and do some hiking.

Depending on the time of year you go, Las Vegas weather can be very hot.

To escape the broiling temperatures, hie to the Mount Charleston ski resort area. I’m not sure if it still operates, but it’s a beautiful drive up to the timber line. When we got married in Las Vegas in May 1996, it was 100 degrees on the Strip — and 60 degrees atop Mt. Charleston.

The Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard) is a crowded, happy, raucous, and safe place. Volcanoes explode before your eyes outside the Mirage Hotel, and waters perform an original ballet at Bellagio. In addition, there’s the fun of people-watching and many free attractions nearby.

If you like nightlife, there’s no better bet. From the gravity-defying Cirque du Soleil performances (Zumanity is the sexiest) to top-name stars and the Jubilee extravaganza at Bally’s to free lounge acts all over town, you’ll be entertained to your heart’s content. Play for a little while at a table or even the slots, and it’s likely you’ll be offered a free drink.

Where are the best hotel values? And which ones have rooms for you? Generally, the further you go from the Strip, the cheaper the rooms. Since this is your honeymoon, you’ll want to stay in a decent place, though. Will you be happy with a Las Vegas honeymoon? If you like to swim outdoors in warm weather, golf, play tennis, gamble, be entertained, laugh at the goofiness of it all together, dine well, and not spend a lot of money doing it, the answer is yes.