Conscious Las Vegas (!?): A City Guide

You might not think a city nicknamed “Sin City” would have much to offer a mindful traveller, but this desert destination isn’t just for gamblers and bachelor parties. Thousands of performers, artists, and musicians call this city home, bringing a rich arts and movement culture to the city. It’s also surround by epic state and national parks, and abundant in healthy food options. Here’s some of the best:

Arts

Area 15

Home of Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart & Burning Man sculptures, including Micheal Benisty’s iconic In Every Lifetime, I Will Find You, Area 15 is a creative playground not to be missed.

Arts District

Check out Vegas’ monthly arts & cultural event, First Friday… obviously on the first Friday of the month.

Seven Magic Mountains

Ten miles south of Las Vegas is a colorful public art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Seven Magic Mountains is instagram famous (pictured above) and is a perfect stop driving from Vegas to L.A. off Route 15. It’s free and never needs a reservation.

Yoga + Movement

Las Vegas Circus Center

A circus wonderland where many of the city’s acrobats, aerialists & dancers train. Go to trapeze, swing, tumble, and play.

Kintsugi Yoga

There are plenty of yoga options to choose from in a city full of performers, including Modo, Blue Sky & even a studio called “Sin City Yoga.” Kintsugi is my pick for its meditation classes & beautiful studio.

Shops

The Writer’s Block

A book store that offers free creative writing classes to kids and teens, serves coffee, and hosts book clubs.

Fergusons Downtown

This converted motel is an artistic gathering space. The motel rooms have been converted to makers’s shops, selling local goods. Check out Neon Cactus Vintage and Mothership coffee, which boasts perfect roasts and a record collection.

Food

Sparrow + Wolf

A farm to table spot with an excellent tasting menu.

Saffron

A vegetarian restaurant with elegant plating and innovative offerings.

Craig’s Vegan

LA’s healthy-ish vegan ice cream is now scooping from Resorts World.

Truth + Tonic

The first fully vegan restaurant on the strip.

Chikyu Vegan

From Chef John Le, one of the original sushi chefs at SF’s Shizen, a vegan & mostly gluten-free sushi restaurant.

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Nature

Valley of Fire State Park

Big horn sheep and rainbow colored rock formations make this one of the best state parks in the country.

Red Rock Canyon National Park

The local park, perfect for sunrise hikes and helicopter rides.

Hot Springs

There are a couple natural hot springs close to the city. Gold Strike and Arizona Hot Springs are excellent. They are closed during the scorching summer months, so check to make sure they are accessible before you soak.

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