Las Vegas, in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, bills itself as the Entertainment Capital of the world. And why wouldn’t it? This city needs no introduction. It is an internationally renowned major resort city, known for its 24-hour casinos, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. In this post, I will share the top things to do in Las Vegas. So strap on to your fun belts and let the entertainment begin!
The Strip – If you are flying into Las Vegas, then the first thing you see as you land in, is the skyline from the Strip. It is the most happening 6.8 km (4.2 mi) stretch of road that you’ll ever come across. Flanked by numerous upscale resorts, restaurants and shops, the neon-soaked Strip is the heartbeat of Las Vegas. Most of the famous shows and nightclubs in Vegas is based on the Strip, but I’ll come to that later.
Almost each hotel lining the Strip has some sort of attraction built in, so I highly recommend strolling through at least the central part of the Strip and experience as many of them as you can or are interested in. The ones to highlight would be the choreographed fountains at the Bellagio, gondola rides at The Venetian, the High Roller observation wheel at The Linq, Marvel Avengers Interactive Station at Treasure Island, the Big Apple rollercoaster at New York-New York and The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Whatever your interests, you are sure to find a few things to do in Las Vegas.
Shows & Night Life – Las Vegas, or the Sin City, is synonymous with its entertainment. And majority of that comes from the various shows that are scattered around the different hotels on and off the Strip. Apart from gigs by famous artists, you can also experience Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield, Tournament of Kings, Fantasy, Thunder Downunder and the Blue Man Group amongst others. Always do some research about the shows you’d like to watch before you go. But do not buy any tickets in advance, as you are likely to get more discounted tickets while you are there, than online.
The other half of Las Vegas’ entertainment scene are its nightclubs and their famous resident and guest DJs. The most famous nightclubs include Ayu Nights (Ayu), XS Las Vegas (Wynn), Hakkasan (MGM Grand), Omnia (Caesar’s Palace) and Marquee (Cosmopolitan). If you are looking for something more chilled out, then there are number of cool bars that you can visit such as the Whisky Down (MGM Grand), Beer Park (Paris), Bound Bar (The Cromwell) and Skybar (Mandarin Oriental). Wherever you chose to go though, you are sure to have a great time.
Fremont Street – The Strip is the heart of Las Vegas but Fremont Street is arguably the most famous street in downtown Las Vegas. Traditionally, this is where the locals partied but nowadays it is a must visit place for the tourists. This was the original Las Vegas “strip” which used to be (and still is) the address for many pioneer resorts such as Golden Nuggets, Golden Gate and Fremont Hotel amongst others.
Today it is also an open air free live entertainment venue with three stages. So you are guaranteed to have a good time. Always checkout the Fremont Street Experience website for the line ups when you are in Vegas, so that you can plan it for a day when it’s your kind of music! Oh, and did I say it also has a zip line and a light show?
Other Activities – Apart from the things listed above, Las Vegas is great for so many other exciting activities. It is a great place to get that adrenaline rush going. If you want to take a break from all the neon and glitz of the Strip and Fremont street, then you can sign yourself up for experiences such as shooting a machine gun (or any other type of guns including sniper), blowing up a car, driving a tank, driving a Monster Truck, crushing a car and even digging with heavy machinery! There are multiple operators who provide these experiences but you’ll have to book in advance in most cases.
Las Vegas is also the home to some unique museums such as Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum, Pinball Hall of Fame Museum, National Atomic Testing Museum, Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum and Erotic Heritage Museum. There’s also a Flamingo Wildlife Habitat, opposite to Caesar’s Palace on the Strip, for some time out from the madness of Vegas.
Day Tours – Just because you are in Las Vegas doesn’t mean you can’t explore the neighbouring attractions! There are plenty of options to take a day trip out of the Sin City. The key places to visit would be the Grand Canyon National Park, Hoover Dam, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Valley of Fire and Antelope Canyon. Depending on how much time you have you can chose to do one or all of them. Some of the trips can be combined so that can save you some time.
Best time to visit – Las Vegas is a fantastic place to visit pretty much throughout the year, apart from the winter months. In summer it can get extremely hot, so best to avoid that as well. There are so many things to do in Las Vegas, so I hope you do plan a bit before you go there.
Just so you don’t miss out on anything that is top of your list! Las Vegas also has a selection of some of the most wonderful restaurants in the world to keep you going in between the other activities. And always remember to hydrate yourself when you are there.
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