Top things to do in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, is a 4.2-mile thoroughfare and the United States’ biggest adult playground. A number of its iconic complexes—Treasure Island, the Venetian, the Mirage, MGM Grand, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, the Flamingo—are recognized around the world. All along the Vegas Strip, travelers can spot over-the-top architecture, revel in trendy nightclubs, take in dazzling shows and avant-garde performances, and sink forks into five-star dinners.
The 550-foot rotating observation tower known as the High Roller is far from your normal carnival Ferris wheel. This Las Vegas attraction is so big that it takes a full 30 minutes to complete a 360-degree rotation and is known as the world’s largest observation wheel. Each 44,000-pound, glass-enclosed pod can hold up to 40 people, includes music and video displays, and has been decked out with thousands of LED lights.
Walk the red carpet with some of the world’s best-known celebrities at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas! Whether it’s hobnobbing with A-List stars like Khloe Kardashian and Channing Tatum in Club Tussauds or rubbing shoulders with much-loved pop stars like Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson and Miley Cyrus in the Music Room, this interactive Las Vegas wax attraction puts you in the spotlight. Upgrades to include a gondola ride at the Venetian and a meal are available.
The Venetian Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip recreates the romantic experience of a gondola ride on the Grand Canal of Venice in Italy. Glide down the replica canals under graceful bridges, passing striking architectural structures and the hotel’s Grand Canal Shoppes in the duplicated Venetian streetscape. The Basics Gondola rides are offered every day, and visitors can choose between a private two-person gondola and a shared gondola that seats four people. The 14-minute ride covers about half a mile of water, weaving indoors beneath the Venetian’s sky-painted ceilings or outdoors along the Strip. Fifteen minutes before the rides begin, singing gondoliers appear in front of the lagoon to further transport travelers to Venice.
Spanning four city blocks, the Fremont Street Experience is a massive outdoor mall and the site of Las Vegas’ very first freestanding casino building. It’s notable for its famous Viva Vision canopy, which projects thousands of different color combinations and images overhead.
Despite many changes over the years, one thing is a constant in Las Vegas: the neon. Discover classic signs and other neon artifacts at the Neon Museum, whose outdoor Boneyard houses both restored and unrestored signs from old casinos, hotels, and other locations.
Originally known as Boulder Dam) is an inspiring symbol of American engineering, built during America’s Great Depression as the then-largest dam construction project in the world. Travelers have flocked here for decades to see picturesque views of Lake Mead and the Colorado River
A few Things I bet you didn’t know you could do in Vegas:
KISS by Monster Mini Golf
Hit a hole-in-one in Gene Simmons’ mouth. Go 18 holes at Vegas’ only KISS-themed miniature golf course.
Is a heavy equipment playground. brings playing in the dirt to the next level. Grab a hardhat and choose your ride: Get behind the wheel of a bulldozer excavator, or skid steer. If you’re driving an excavator, use it for a game of “bucket basketball,” or opt for a bulldozer if you’re ready to push around piles of gigantic tires.
Channel your inner Cirque de Soleil as you fly through the air. You’ll start out on a trapeze bar that’s close to the ground, then move on to the real thing; try catch and release for the thrill of a mid-air catch that’s right out of the big top.
When to visit
Late spring and early fall are probably our favorite times to visit, with mild weather and thinner crowds, ideal for exploring outdoor activities the Fremont Street Experience and Neon Graveyard. However, plan your trip after spring break and conference season, when Vegas is packed.
Summer temperatures easily get above the 100s, I prefer not to go to Vegas in the summer, but you can beat the heat with pool parties, waterparks, and rolling the dice until sunrise. Checking out museums on the hot days is always an option.
Winter brings desert chill, and discounts on hotels, attractions, and other things to do. The mood heats up on New Year’s, and again during conference season and Chinese New Year in February.
Uber and Lyft rides along the strip are sometimes half the price of taxis, and even cheaper when riding with other passengers. Cab drivers expect a tip, and will only pick up at taxi stands as it’s illegal to hail from the street.
Bus: Buses are excellent for getting around the roughly 4-mile Strip. RTC buses and Deuce double-deckers run 24/7 along the Strip and downtown. If you’re staying at an off-Strip casino or hotel, chances are they offer limited shuttle buses there, too.
Rail: The monorail runs limited, expensive routes next to the east side of the Strip roughly every five to eight minutes. Separate trams operate between casinos; they’re free but slow and are designed for passengers to get off at the casinos that run them.
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