Las Vegas is a city in Nevada’s Mojave Desert and a place where dreams can come true and hearts shattered. A city that never sleeps due to its 24 hours casinos, neon lights and more entertainment than you could ever have time for.
Las Vegas officially became incorporated as a city in 1911 and all was fairly normal until 1931 when the state of Nevada legalized gambling, following the end of World War II beautiful hotels and casinos began to be built in the city and from then on there has been no looking back.
Most people come to Vegas to stay in a beautiful hotel and an aim to leave the city rich. The city is not one for people with high blood pressure but if you can handle the heat then let’s take a look at the best things to do in Las Vegas.
1. Watch High Stakes Poker At The Bellagio
The Bellagio is perhaps the most famous casino in all of Las Vegas. The casino’s design is inspired by the town of Bellagio in Italy which is famous for its opulence. Outside the casino there is a lake that spans 8 acres and features the world famous Fountains of Bellagio. In total there are nearly 4,000 rooms at the Bellagio which are split into two towers, the original Bellagio Tower and the newer Spa Tower. Inside the casino you will find never-ending rows of slot machines and other classic casino games. Bobby’s room is also worth noting due to its high stakes table. Many professional players choose to play in this room and pots are known to have exceeded $1 million.
2. See The Barrel Vault Canopy At The Fremont Street Experience
The Fremont Street Experience is in downtown Las Vegas and it covers five blocks of Fremont Street. The Barrel Vault Canopy is the main attraction, it covers four blocks and is approximately 1,500 feet in length. The area is always awash with tourists as they come to watch free concerts or have a go on the SlotZilla Zip Line. Each year there is a New Year’s Eve party held here which feature a firework display on the large display screen. There are 12.5 million LED’s in the display board and it takes 10 computers to control what they display.
3. Take A look At The City From A Great Height
If you are a lover of great heights then you should make sure you take a trip up the Stratosphere Tower. The Tower is the largest freestanding observation tower in the country and it stands at 350.2 meters tall. When you get to the top of the tower there are two observation decks, four rides and a revolving restaurant. There is a separate building which houses the hotel, it has 2,427 rooms and an 80,000 square foot casino.
4. Stay At The Second Largest Hotel In The World
The Venetian in Las Vegas was at one time the largest hotel in the world with 4,049 rooms, 3068 suites and a 120,000 square foot casino. It is now sitting in second position but only because the same company has built a slightly larger one in Macau. The hotel is inspired by Venice in Italy and has many items that are modelled on Venetian landmarks. Whilst you are at The Venetian you may want to take a trip to the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum which was opened in October 2001.
5. Understand The History Of The Mob
The Mob Museum in Las Vegas is officially known as The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. It provides the visitor with an interactive journey though the history of the Mob. It starts right at the beginning and goes up until modern day. You will find true life stories that come to life through interactive exhibits and tell the stories from both sides. There are sections of the museum dedicated to Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and J. Edgar Hoover.
6. Stay At A Polynesian Themed Hotel
If you a fan of The Beatles then you should make a trip to The Mirage Hotel and Casino whilst you are enjoying your stay in Vegas. There is a permanent show called The Beatles: LOVE, the show has won acclaim around the world and is highly recommended. Outside the front of The Mirage is a free standing marquee which happens to be the largest in the world. If clubbing is more your scene then a trip to the hotels 1OAK nightclub will guarantee you an evening of entertainment. It has a New York theme and covers an area of 1,500 square meters.
7. Get Lost At The MGM Grand
The MGM Grand is on the south end of the Strip in Las Vegas and is instantly recognizable by the 45 foot bronze statue of a lion at the entrance. You could easily get lost for days on end in the hotel, there are four pools, three whirlpools as well as a lazy river. There is a huge selection of live daily entertainment to choose from as well as nightclubs and fine dining restaurants. The casino at MGM Grand is huge and the largest in Clark County covering an area of 171,500 square feet.
8. Enter The Deep Blue World At Shark Reef Aquarium
The Shark Reef Aquarium is a bit different to a normal aquarium as the name may suggest. The aquarium is designed so that visitors enter an ancient underwater temple that is slowly being swallowed up by the ocean. The animals on show are some of the most dangerous and unusual in the world and most come from tropical waters. There are fourteen fantastic exhibits with the star of the show being a shipwreck that contains 1.3 million gallons of water. You can enjoy almost 360 degree views of sharks and other fish. In total there are over 2,000 animals making up 100 different species and 15 types of shark.
9. Step Into Ancient Rome At Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace oozes class in a way that is difficult to match. The hotel has been designed with a Roman Theme and houses countless elegant rooms throughout its six towers. The suites are mouthwatering and feature marble bathroom products, seating areas, wet bars, whirlpools and luxurious beds. The high end suites even include huge flat-screen TV’s dance floors and billiards tables. If you can pull yourself away from your suite then you will find yourself surrounded by live entertainment, swimming pools, nightclubs, spa and restaurants. If all of that is still leaving you wanting more there is the Casino itself which again follows the Roman theme.
10. Get Romantic At Paris Las Vegas
If you are honeymooning in Las Vegas then you might want to consider Paris Las Vegas. The hotel is modeled on the city of love and features many of the most popular attractions from Paris. There is a replica of the Eiffel Tower that has been built approximately half the height of the original. A copy of the Arc de Triomphe also finds its way into the hotel along with a replica of the La Fontaine des Mers. Jersey Boys is the hotel’s permanent show and is well worth watching.
11. Admire The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Sitting about 15 miles outside of Las Vegas is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Each year one million people head out the area to view the natural beauty of this area. When you arrive you cannot help but be amazed by the large red rock formations, sandstone peaks and the Keystone Thrust. Some of the walls are 910 meters tall which makes them a favourite with rock climbers. The highest point of Red Rock Canyon is called La Madre Mountain and it is 2,485 meters tall. There is a road that loops around the area, this gives visitors easy access to many of the most popular sites.
12. Spend Time At Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn Las Vegas cost an eye watering 2.7 billion dollars to build and is one of the most glamorous and awarded hotels in the world. The hotel is spread out over 49 floors and features 2,716 rooms. If you are headed to the casino you might want to take if you ever plan on finding your way back out due to its huge size! In regards to awards the resort has won AAA five diamond, Michelin five star, Forbes Five star, Mobil five star and Zagat Survey’s Top U.S Hotel. In regards to entertainment there are five nightclubs and many fine dining establishments.
13. Indulge Yourself At Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas is an upscale resort that has everything you could ever want or need. The luxury hotel is set over 43 stories and has a casino space of 135,000 square feet. Next to the hotel you will find the 2,000,000 square foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center as well as the 12,000 seat Mandalay Events Center. House of Blues is a great venue and restaurant that sits at the top of the hotel and provides live music and terrific food.
14. Ancient Egypt Comes To Life At Luxor
You would almost have certainly seen this hotel in the pictures that you have seen of Vegas because the Luxor Las Vegas is one of the most famous hotels in the world. It has a 120,000 square foot casino, complete with 87 tables and more than 2,000 slot machines. The hotel has been named after the city of Luxor in Egypt and you cannot help but notice the similarities. The hotel is in the shape of a pyramid and features a Nile River Tour that takes visitors to different parts of the hotel. Coming out of the top of the Luxor is a beam of light which is the strongest beam of light in the world. On a clear day the light is visible from as far as 275 miles by cruising aircraft.
15. Go Shopping On The LINQ Promenade
The LINQ Promenade is an outdoor space that features retail, dining and entertainment. The High Roller is an observation wheel that stands at 550 feet and gives the visitor 360 degree views of the city below. The area is approximately 200,000 square foot and has nearly 40 shops and restaurants. Whilst at LINQ Promenade you can take a trip to Brooklyn Bowl, a concert venue that holds up to 2,000 people. There is also a 32 lane bowling alley if you fancy a change to the poker table.
16. See The Las Vegas Version Of New York
New York-New York Hotel & Casino that has been designed to look like the New York City skyline. The hotel is made up of a series of towers that have all been built to resemble major New York attractions. There is the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Statue of Liberty and many more. Inside the hotel you have areas that are named after different New York neighborhoods, even the cards in the casino have apples instead of hearts on them. If you are feeling brave there is a roller coaster that runs through the interior of the hotel as well as the outside.
17. See The Flamingos At Flamingo Las Vegas
Flamingo Las Vegas is a hotel and casino that sits on the main Las Vegas Strip. The hotel has a wildlife habitat that features a selection of flamingos. The hotel is the oldest hotel on the strip that is still in operation today. There is a fascinating story behind the development of Flamingo and one that resulted in the murder of the original owner Bugsy Siegel. A plaque still exists at the casino today in honour of his memory.
18. See The Neon Sign Graveyard
The Neon Museum in Las Vegas opened in 2012 and covers a space of just under two-acres. There are more than 150 neon signs on the campus, of these 150 signs 7 of them have been restored. A lot of people come to the site for weddings or special events and the site hosts one hour guided tours every day of the week. Some of the most famous signs you can see are the Lucky Cuss Motel, The Silver Slipper and Binions Horseshoe.
19. Have A Thrill At The Adventuredome Theme Park
The Adventuredome Theme Park is an indoor theme park that is located at Circus Circus. The theme park sits within a large glass dome, the glass that surrounds the park is tinted pink and each pane weighs approximately 140 kg. There are 25 rides and attractions at the park, these include a Canyon Blaster roller coaster, a miniature golf course, climbing walls, virtual reality zone and many more. When you are in Las Vegas and you are looking for a break from the casino games this is the perfect place to bring the family for an afternoon of fun.
20. Learn Some Of The Cities History At The Springs Preserve
The Springs Reserve is a 180 acres area of land that has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978. The area is about 3 miles outside of Las Vegas and has been built around the Las Vegas Springs, the original water source of Las Vegas. There are museums, concert venues, and indoor theatre and walking trails that take you through an area of wetland. You can spend time learning how to live in the desert that is Las Vegas and how to make the best use of the resources that you have around you. The Preserve offers a relaxed and educational day out that can be enjoyed by all ages.
21. The Village Seafood Buffet At Rio Hotel And Casino
If you are a fan of seafood then there is only one place in Las Vegas that you should think about heading to. The Village Seafood Buffet at Rio Hotel and Casino only caters to seafood and is an all you can eat buffet that is open all of the time. The buffet is the only one in town serves lobster so make sure you get your fill whilst you are here. There are snow crabs, shrimps, sushi, oysters and much more. The buffet has offerings from the Pacific Rim, Mediterranean, Baja region, North America and South America.
22. Go Big At The Palazzo
The Palazzo is a hotel that only offers suites to its guests, the suites start at 720 square foot each so if you like a big place to stay in then you have come to the right place. When the hotel was completed it9 had a total floor space of 6,948,980 square feet which made it the largest building in the United States in regards to total floor space. Whilst you are enjoying your stat at the Pelazzo you should take a look around the Las Vegas Car Museum, the museum features many beautiful automobiles including Bugatti, Spyker, Koenigsegg and Saleen.
23. Get Married At The Chapel Of Flowers
Couples from all corners of the globe have been coming to Las Vegas to get married for a very long time. Chapel of the Flowers was one of the first to be built on the strip and is considered to be more traditional than many of the others. Over the years the chapel has had more than its fair share of publicity including holding the wedding of Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra, hosting the reality show “Happily Ever Faster” and appearing in various music videos.
24. Feel The Adrenaline At Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Fifteen miles to the north of the Las Vegas Strip is the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Here you will find a 1,200 acres plot of land that is made up of many different tracks for all types of motorsports. The track has events that run throughout the year and despite its huge capacity of 116,000 it regularly sells out giving an adrenaline filled atmosphere to the racing fan. It is not just motor racing that takes place here, if you are a fan of rave festivals then each year there is a three day festival that has been attended by as many as 345,000 people.
25. Feel like You Are Part Of A Movie At Planet Hollywood
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino is a high rise casino and hotel resort that overlooks the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel rooms are colorful and feature flat screen TV’s and many items of movie memorabilia. Planet Hollywood is famous for its live shows and the likes of Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez both have permanent shows at the resort. If you like to shop there is a shopping mall that features many designer brands and should be enough to keep even the biggest shopaholic happy for a few hours. A high end steak restaurant is also a feature of this resort and has received rave reviews for the quality of the food on offer.