Welcome ANantais, from NotJustForGamblers

Crazy thing, my girlfriend and I both have Las Vegas blogs. She started NotJustforGamblers, as a site to chronicle her non-gambling related adventures in Las Vegas, then assisted me to get LasVegasOffStrip up and running. Since we often travel together, we are finding a lot of overlap in our experiences and our blogs. It just makes sense to consolidate. So, NotJustForGamblers is getting a redesign and repurposing, and the relevant posts will be slowly updated and integrated into this site. Going forward we will both share our views, tips and experiences here. More content and variety for you, less work for us. Yay!

So, please help me welcome ANantais to LasVegasOffStrip! Her first contribution is coming up next.

You’re In! Las Vegas Off Strip Launches Today!

"in" from the Moulin Rouge neon signYou’re in!

Today marks the launch of LasVegasOffStrip.com, a blog about what Las Vegas has to offer off the beaten path, i.e. off the strip. I have a lot to share with you. This is day one, and if you’re reading this on October 1, 2012, then congratulations, you’ve earned the right to claim you were here when it all began.

The Bellagio Fountains and Las Vegas Strip at nightSo, why LasVegasOffStrip? Although the Las Vegas Strip is loaded with sights and attractions (so much so that many tourists never leave it except to return to the airport), it is only one part of what makes Las Vegas great. Besides, there’s no shortage of information about where to get the best view of the Bellagio Fountains or what it’s like to dine at Gordon Ramsay’s steakhouse in the Paris.

Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse entrance, Paris Las VegasWhat I’m trying to accomplish is to create a travel guide for those interested in Las Vegas, and what it offers beyond the Strip. I want to build it one post at a time, and I want to inject some personality into it. I hope that you, too, will add some personality to it. Share your thoughts and tips in the comments; share my posts with your friends. Together we can share our experiences and build a resource for Las Vegas locals and adventurous travelers alike.

So my plan is to start with three posts in the first week (in addition to this one) to get things started, then settle into a post a week routine. I will share general travel advice, reviews of Las Vegas restaurants and bars, sights and attractions, shows and performances. I’m going to begin with some car rental advice, which I feel is essential to any visitor looking to experience Las Vegas beyond the Strip – how car rental works at McCarran, how to get the best rate, who to rent from and how to safely navigate Las Vegas. Stay tuned!

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Welcome to LasVegasOffStrip!

On October 1, 2012 a new blog will launch, LasVegasOffStrip.

Las Vegas is the most American of cities, a melting pot of cultures from around the country and around the globe. It is a city passionate about freedom, full of beauty, talent and spirit.

Many tourists never venture far from the spectacle known as the Las Vegas Strip, but that is only one part of what makes the city great. Join me as I chronicle the bars, restaurants and attractions of the rest of Las Vegas. Eat Chicago style pizza for lunch, Vietnamese home-cooking for dinner and Hawaiian style oxtail soup for a hearty late-night snack. Get a steak dinner for $8 (with beer), or a bucket of shrimp for $4.50. Drink an authentic Zombie in a tiki bar or a Brandy Alexander in a modern speakeasy. Enjoy free concerts on the street and talented performances in the bars. Then venture a little farther afield and enjoy the serenity of the mountains or take in a free tour at a world famous American automaker.

I will cover all this and more, right here on this page. Subscribe to the RSS feed, or keep checking back, so you won’t miss a single tip or discovery.

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