The Huffington Post posted a story on Sunday that listed the most overrated vacation destinations, according to Huffington Post readers.
Las Vegas was the second destination on the list.
Now, as much as Las Vegans like to complain about tourists, deep down we all know how much they mean to us. So, here are six reasons Las Vegas isn’t overrated:
There’s something for everyone
Are you here for a convention? Wedding? Bachelor party? Retreat? Whether you’re a health nut or frat bro, Las Vegas has something to keep you busy.
Our weather is better than your weather (probably)
Yeah, it’s kind of ridiculously hot for a couple months out of the year. But for the most part, we get blue skies and temperatures that are warm enough that you don’t have to plan your outfit layers based on how long you plan on being out. Plus, heat doesn’t make you late because you were scraping it off your windshield or driving through it at 15 mph.
It’s exactly what it’s advertised to be
Las Vegas has never shied away from its “party town” reputation. Locals know there’s much more to the city than nightclubs and yard-long margaritas, but the city knows what’s made it successful and doesn’t try to hide it.
Why do you think R&R Partners’ “What happens here, stays here” has been around for so long? It’s worked. In the decade after the famous campaign’s 2003 launch, the city saw a nearly 10-percent spike in visitor volume.
You can have an entire vacation without going anywhere near the Strip
If the Strip isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty to do. Go for a hike in Red Rock, visit Container Park or take in a show at the Smith Center. Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam are both quick trips if you’re craving water activities.
Still want to get your gambling/spa/other resort activities fix? Check out the M Resort or Red Rock.
But you really should take advantage of the Strip
That said, there’s a reason the Strip is as popular as it is. Not into drinking or gambling? No worries. Take in a Cirque du Soleil show, go to a concert, eat at a world-class restaurant or ride the High Roller — at 550 feet, the tallest observation wheel in the world.
People just keep coming
Nearly 40 million people visited Las Vegas in 2013, the second-highest visitation total ever. Enough said.