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For religious reasons, I don't

  • gamble
  • drink alcohol
  • engage in fornication
  • visit prostitution or strip clubs

Are there still interesting things for people like me in Vegas?

It is a week-long business trip, with a weekend stay.

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This seems like a question that could be answered by looking at any standard tourist guide. Of course, there are lots of things to do, but we have no way of knowing whether you'll find them "interesting". –  Nate Eldredge Jun 16 '13 at 14:58
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You could consider to get married overthere. –  andra Jun 16 '13 at 17:12
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Little known fact: Prostitution (your #4) is not permitted in Clark County, Nevada - and this includes Las Vegas! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_Nevada –  iHaveacomputer Jun 17 '13 at 5:34
    
If you don't consider it a sin, in Vegas casinos has a all-you-can-eat buffet with reasonable price USD 30-40. The food are wonderful. –  gerrytan Sep 2 '13 at 1:06
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Las Vegas has a wonderful (and inexpensive) sinless side. The costs of running it are subsidized by the gambling industry. You can

  • wander around looking at beautiful buildings and imitations of the Eiffel Tower, pieces of Venice, a circular escalator, amazing fountains, a fake volcano with nighttime "eruptions", and so on. All free

  • visit wildlife from flamingos (free) to sharks, dolphins, and tigers (not free.)

  • go up the tower and look out from a high place which is always fun
  • eat astonishingly good food at "celebrity chef" restaurants
  • visit museums - I liked the old neon, myself
  • enjoy luxurious pools and water activities
  • see a show - the athleticism of Cirque (Mystere is not racy at all) or magic, or comedy (some of which may offend) or big name singers
  • go see a baseball game (the Las Vegas 51s are the AAA minor league team for the New York Mets)

You may be irritated by the amount of money that has been spent for no purpose that could have fed, vaccinated, or educated children the world over. You may be offended by the behaviour of people who are busy sinning as much as they can. I especially disliked (after dark, on the strip itself) the people wearing Tshirts advertising how quickly "girls" can be "sent to your room" and the driving billboards featuring nearly naked women in lascivious poses. Many of the street-level touts were engaging passersby trying to sell them things. They focused mainly on men who were alone. My daughter and I were invisible to them. We just walked from place to place as quickly as we needed to and ignored the subculture of the streetcorner, or observed it anthropologically.

If you can abide the ambience on the strip, there is plenty for you to do that isn't sinful at all. Check the tag here for more details. I have been on three business trips, and a leisure trip with my twenty-something daughter (a chef) and while we did have wine with dinner we did nothing else that is on your list of things not to do.

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+1 Vegas is honestly better - much better - if you completely bypass the gambling and seedy side. –  MGOwen Jun 17 '13 at 0:48
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We went to Vegas with our kids, a book like "Las Vegas with kids" will list lots of interesting stuff, without the seedy stuff. –  Jeremy Miles Jun 17 '13 at 5:08
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+1 for museums. If you're into old cars there is a wonderful car collection hidden inside the Imperial Palace hotel (which itself is a great example of the hidden treasures to be found on the Strip, sandwiched between the newer block-size hotel/casino complexes). –  dodgethesteamroller Jun 17 '13 at 18:28
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Here's a list of shows in Vegas. Since it has "adult shows" as a separate category, most of the others should be OK for you.

I can personally recommend Cirque du Soleil - While some of the costumes can be skimpy, I don't think it would be considered objectionable on religious grounds except by the most ardent fundamentalists.

The Blue Man Group should be completely safe.

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Just to clarify to everyone, that's the Blue Man Group, the performance/entertainment show (not the support group for depressed men). –  Archio Jun 16 '13 at 19:37
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The Blue Man Group is probably the most entertaining live show in the world. –  MGOwen Jun 17 '13 at 0:44
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Zumanity is in the regular list, my understanding is that it has some toplessness and it's quite sexualized. They specifically advertize it as: "The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil." –  Loren Pechtel Jun 17 '13 at 2:20
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The town has been founded by the church of Jesus-Christ of latter day saints. You can visit their temples there. They'll certainly tell you how not to sin in Sin City.

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The Penn & Teller magic show is awesome, as are many other shows. Penn & Teller is generally free of gratuitous flesh and they have a strong libertarian philosophical bent they weave into the show.

Vegas also has a number of places where you can go and rent really large guns, like fully automatic things and even I think grenade launchers, and shoot them at things.

And speaking of large things there are also places where you can rent and play around with heavy earth-moving machinery like bulldozers and dump-trucks and scoops.

If you like nature, Red Rock Canyon is fairly nearby (need a car), Hoover Dam is pretty cool and you can rent helicopter trips over the grand canyon. Or you can also visit Valley Of Fire state park which has some spectacular colors and rock formations, about 1/2 hour away from Vegas to the east along I-90.

There are also historical options, like the graveyard for neon signs, or gold mine tours. And don't forget the value of simply wandering up and down the strip, visiting hotels and admiring the opulence.

And don't forget one other option - eating! Vegas has many fantastic places to eat. The casino buffets are full of plentiful but mediocre (ranging to horrible) food but if you don't mind spending a lot more for a meal you can get an amazing meal at many top-end restaurants, or even very good food at a number of moderately priced places.

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+1 for P&T. Also Mac King's show is inexpensive, highly rated, and family friendly. –  RBerteig Jun 17 '13 at 18:01
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Not a problem!

For the sheer visual spectacle,a walk down the strip from end to end is an amazing experience. Many of the themed hotels have shows of sorts outside - Treasure Island has a pirate battle every hour, Mirage has an erupting volcano, and the dancing fountains at the Bellagio are world famous!

Each of the big hotels has amazing dining and shopping - just wandering around the dining 'street' inside Paris, or the amazing mall at Caesar's Palace is incredible.

then there are the shows. Blue Man Group, Cirque de Soleis and many more are non-adult themed and very very good. Check what's on the nights you will be there.

Depending on your hotel, you may also have a pool, something I didn't appreciate until last time I was there - a few hours in the morning just relaxing in the Vegas heat was fantastic :)

There are also some amazing themed(?) stores - M&M world, for a start, if you've got a sweet tooth.

Also head up to the old area of Vegas on Fremont Street to see the older Vegas strip of sorts.

If you're prepared to hire a car, there are numerous spots near Vegas - Hoover Dam is an hour away and really worth a look, and there are a few canyons (eg Red Rock Canyon) and the like that are very doable for a day's drive. You could even get a helicopter ride / plane ride over the Grand Canyon!

Enjoy it - you don't need to sin to have fun :)

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The Hoover Dam is nearby, there's also fairly expensive helicopter rides over the city.

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Given the context, I find "Damn" to be an excellent typo. :-) –  ruakh Jun 16 '13 at 22:00
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There are a lot of big shows here. Beware that some are topless and others are usually topless but with some covered performances.

Depending on your interests Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire might be interesting.

I found the Hoover Dam tour interesting.

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Maybe you can improve your answer by adding some reference to Hoover Dam tours? –  Bernhard Jun 16 '13 at 20:16
    
I love Red Rock Canyon. I usually go there at least once every time I'm out there for a nice hike. Depending on which trail you take, it's not overly crowded and is a nice alternative from the strip and the casinos. –  jcern Jun 16 '13 at 21:05
    
There's probably not much value in providing specific references or information on tours to famous landmarks like the Hoover Dam since any specifics will vary over time, and since tour companies change their tours and often come and go, any links to specific tours may not last long. If it were a one-of-a-kind tour that may be hard to find online, then it might make sense to refer to it, but if it's a well known landmark, it's probably best not to provide specifics. –  Johnny Jun 17 '13 at 14:56
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To avoid sin altogether, avoid the Strip altogether. Believe it or not, you can even get a hotel room off the Strip.

Red Rock Canyon, as others have mentioned, offers beautiful hiking.

The Hoover Dam, also mentioned previously, is within driving distance.

In addition, you can combine a Hoover Dam trip with a Grand Canyon trip. I don't work for this company and can't vouch for them, but the link provides an example of what is available.

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You can take day trips to amazing natural sights in the surroundings. Although not technically in Las Vegas, they can very well be carried out with Las Vegas as a base. For me, the first part of the USA I ever saw was Las Vegas, and I thought it was, well, ugly (to be fair, I didn't see very much of it). Having never seen a desert, just renting a car and leaving the city was an experience in itself. Some spectacular places to visit:

  • Death Valley National Park (133 miles / 215 km to Badwater Basin)
  • Hoover Dam (32 miles / 52 km)
  • Grand Canyon (274 miles / 441 km; this one is a little bit long for a day trip).
  • ...and even just the vastness of the deserts of Nevada...

all within a day's drive of Las Vegas.

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