Vegas can be an overwhelming place, with literally hundreds of different places to go and activities to enjoy. How do you sort it all out? Well the good news is we’ve done that for you with our quick guide to some of the ultimate things to do on your next visit to the city that never sleeps (Pictured: Gambling at The Rio All-Suite Hotel).
Shuffle up and deal
If poker is what you’re after, you will absolutely have to make time to visit a few of the places that helped grow games like Texas Hold’em into the household names that they are today.
The Rio – The current home of the World Series of Poker has a lot of great gambling options to choose from on top of its poker room, not to mention top flight entertainment with Penn and Teller, a mammoth outdoor pool zone, and great restaurants – just a great casino to visit in general. Need to brush up on your gambling knowledge; Planet 7 Casino has a number of great instructional articles, including how to play roulette.
The Bellagio – Host to Bobby’s Room, an exclusive poker room with the highest daily table limits in the world. Named after 1978 WSOP Champion Bobby Baldwin, this room is a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the top poker players in Vegas plying their trade.
Binions Horseshoe Casino – The original home of the World Series of Poker, Binions poker room has undergone a facelift in recent years but still maintains that classic Vegas feel. A great selection of tournaments plus a lot of poker history can be found inside its walls seven days a week. While not positioned directly on the strip (but more a facet of Downtown Vegas), no poker player’s trip is complete without a visit to Binions.
The food in Vegas might not get as much praise as its gambling and shows does, but there’s no shortage of AAA-rated restaurants up and down the strip.
Andiamo Italian Steakhouse – Rated one of the top eateries in Vegas on Trip Advisor, you’ll have a hard time finding a better cut of beef anywhere on the West Coast.
Morimoto – Named after the famed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and located in the MGM Grand, Morimoto is a top Japanese-flavored restaurant with a reputation for its Duck Duck Goose and Angry Chicken dishes.
Le Cirque – Looking for the best French Cuisine in Vegas? Widely believed to be the top restaurant import from France in all of Vegas, Le Cirque has an endless number of delicacies.
Take in a show
Featuring more entertainment variety per square foot than any other city in the world, Las Vegas has a show for you. From comedy, theatrical performance to live music, you could see something new every week and still not get it all done in a year. But here are some of the best of the best.
Cirque Du Soleil – If you haven’t seen a Cirque Du Soleil show, put it on your “must” live for your next visit. And it doesn’t even matter which one, they’re all highly rated and incredible. Ka features more of a martial arts theme, while O has a water-based stage that is truly something to behold. Want popular music incorporated? There’s Love (based on the Beatle’s) and One (the song library of Michael Jackson).
Blue Man Group – A longtime entertainment staple at the Luxor hotel, the Blue Man Group is unlike any other show on the strip, with a very unique collaboration of sights, sounds and stage performance.
Jabbawockeez – The dance troupe known for winning the first season of America’s Best Dance Crew has their own show at the MGM Grand where they bring their incredible choreography to a whole new level. A welcome change of pace from the standard Vegas shows you hear so much about.
Sights and sounds
Never forget that you can get a night’s worth of fun and entertainment in just by walking the strip itself without spending a dime. It’s worth visiting these great spots.
Bellagio Fountains – See an amazing water show set to music out in front of one of the best hotels in Vegas.
Treasure Island Pirate Ships – The entrance to Treasure Island has a pirate ships and you can even get married in one of them!
Grand Canal Shoppes – Connecting the Venetian and Palazzo hotels is a 500,000 sq. ft. high-end shopping mall with Italian architecture and retail outlets.
There’s no doubt your schedule can fill up quickly trying to take in everything Vegas has to offer. Luckily, most of these attractions are semi-permanent fixtures that you can plan to see on your next visit if you can’t fit it all into one trip. Just start at the top of your list and enjoy the ride!