I do not gamble, I have allergies to cigarette smoke, and I don't like crowds or smog, so why am I in Las Vegas?
Because this area has some of the most beautiful country! Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire State Park, Hoover Dam and the Colorado River, and the Willow Beach/Black Canyon areas are nearby by and are wonderful places to explore. Take a look at these photos of the drive from Valley of Fire to Lake Mead.
Yes, that is snow on that mountain.
What I did NOT take photos of and should have were the two young, shivering girls getting out of their car near one of the springs along the highway wearing bikinis under their jackets. (It was still about 45 degrees out that morning.) They thought the spring was going to be a hot spring, but it turned out to be almost dry and very cold! Very funny!
Anyway, if you go to Las Vegas, make sure you check out some of the areas around the city.