Las Vegas, Nevada has a well-earned reputation for being a world-class entertainment and gambling mecca. Las Vegas has so much to see and do that there’s no way to do it all in one trip. You’re sure to want to come back again and again! Here is a list of the 10 best things tourists want to do when they’re in town.
It should come as no surprise that Las Vegas is the top casino destination. There are scores of casinos along the famous Las Vegas Strip, like the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Venetian, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and Caesar’s Palace. Bellagio has top rated Blackjack and Roulette action while Palace Station is ranked as one of the best places to play bingo games. Wherever you choose to play, you are sure to find all of your casino favorites.
Downtown, there are even more casinos to try your luck. The Freemont Casino features all of your favorites. After trying the slots or playing bingo games, go just outside into the pedestrian area and look up and enjoy the light show!
2. Cirque du Soleil
Located near the center of the strip, one of the most popular shows in town is Cirque du Soleil. This troupe has become an international phenomenon where music and wonder meet astounding acrobatics. Cirque is worth seeing for yourself!
3. Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops
The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace have fine high fashion and specialty stores. If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, this is the place. The Fashion Show Mall is nearby and features top branded stores like Coach, the Disney Store, Tommy Bahama, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
4. Get a Bird’s Eye View of the City
Check out the lights of Vegas from above in a glass gondola on the High Roller Observation Wheel. The High Roller is the world’s largest wheel of its kind and takes about 30 minutes to complete. Or see the lights from atop the Eiffel Tower at the Paris for a 360-degree view of the city day or night.
5. Experience Italy at The Venetian
No passport is needed to enjoy the romance of a ride along a replica of Venice’s Grand Canal. The Venetian hotel offers tourists a chance to experience the look and feel of floating on the famous water-filled streets.
6. Mandalay Bay Aquarium
If you can’t make it to the beach, a trip to Vegas’ Mandalay Bay can give you the next best thing to an ocean. This hotel has its very own beach with a huge wave pool and aquarium. If you are traveling with a family, seeing the thousands of sea creatures on display can be both fun and educational.
7. Visit the Mob Museum
Housed inside a former federal courthouse, visitors get a glimpse into the seamier side of life in Vegas when the mob used to run things. This attraction is both interesting and educational.
8. Race a Car
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to drive a Ferrari, a Lamborghini or a Porsche, you can try it out at SPEEDVEGAS. The friendly staff will help you pick out the best vehicle for your very own one-of-a-kind racing experience.
9. Eat Your Fill
When you want a break from gambling, grab a meal at one of the all-you-can-eat buffets in town. The Wynn Casino features great rib eye steaks, seafood, and other meat dishes. They also have a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan offerings for visitors to enjoy. The Bacchanal at Caesar’s Palace has several kitchens which offer fare for nearly every taste preference and is rated one of the best buffets in the world.
10. Get Outside of Town
The desert and natural areas around Las Vegas are surprisingly beautiful. Red Rock Canyon, located 17 miles south of the city features stunning views and hiking areas. Visitors to the area can also take a short trip to Lake Mead or arrange a float trip along the Colorado River.