So you arrived to Las Vegas. You feel like a kid in a candy store: where to go, what to see, and what to do after you passed the Fabulous Las Vegas Sign? Dancing Fountains or Cirque Du Soleil? High Roller observation wheel or the Mob Museum? Probably you should drive miles away to see the legendary Grand Canyon or the Hoover Dam? And, after all, what about casinos? But let’s put first things first.
Las Vegas Casinos
Visiting Las Vegas for gambling is the most obvious thing you can do. There are more than 1.500 casinos here, with about seventy coming from the large famous brands. The biggest Las Vegas Casino is the Red Rock Casino, but don’t miss the other gems:
- MGM Grand. Not just a casino, but a large thirty-floor resort complex on the Las Vegas Boulevard. One of the MGM’s gems is the lions ranch. By the way, animal lovers can also visit the Las Vegas’ Secret Garden at the Mirage to watch lions, tigers, and leopards.
- Caesars Palace. An entertainment complex, designed in the Ancient Rome style. The Caesars hotel offers 3,960 rooms located in six towers, and takes the tenth place in the world largest hotels ranking. It’s also famous for hosting performances of the top US starts like Celine Dion, Dean Martin, Michael Jackson, and more.
- Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. A casino complex with a five-star hotel of 3,309 rooms — the 18th largest hotel in the world.
- Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. The hotel is located right on the Las Vegas Strip and features dozens of bars, restaurants, spa-center with an open-air pool, and, of course, a big casino.
- Golden Nugget. A luxury hotel with a casino in the heart of Las Vegas.
- Bellagio Hotel and Casino. This spot is famous by Bellagio Fountains, a free daily show of dancing waters, with music and bright lights.
Las Vegas sights
If you are not into gambling, or want to go beyond a traditional Las Vegas weekend, you have plenty of things to do besides poker, slots, roulettes, and sports betting. Las Vegas is a home to many unusual museums. For instance, you can walk in a famous Neon Museum, dedicated to iconic neon signs — one of Las Vegas symbols. It features a large collection of the old neon signs from various casinos and factories.
Another exciting museum is the Mob Museum — a top spot for all True Detective fans and everyone who is keen on the crime history. The interactive journey and immersive exhibitions will tell you shocking stories of the famous murders, let you solve a crime yourself, and explain you much about various types of crime.
If you are not into such unusual things, or travel with kids, simply go straight to Venetian to visit the Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. This very first Madame Tussaud’s needs no introduction so just enjoy a self-guided tour or order some entertaining programs. Another option for families with children is the Natural History Museum — watch dinosaurs, feel the earthquake simulator, see erupting volcanoes — and all for free!
If you are looking for some outdoor attraction, don’t miss the open-air Clark County Museum: a complex of buildings dedicated to the history of the early Native Americans.
Getting back to off-the-beaten track, you might be interested in The National Atomic Testing Museum, where you’ll learn the history of US nuclear weapons tested in the Nevada Desert.
Finally, everyone who has visited Las Vegas knows: walking around downtown Las Vegas, watching the Sin City bright lights, taking a gondola ride at the Venetian, and making a shot next to the Welcome to Las Vegas sign might be the best night. Don’t miss tasting some gourmet food after visiting luxury shops at the Grand Canal Shoppes! In the morning, you can relax at one of the Las Vegas spas: there are full of great wellness places next to the Fremont street.
Away from Las Vegas: attractions nearby
There are many fun things to do outside downtown Vegas, too. In fact, some of them are not really in Nevada, but Las Vegas can be a great cut-off point for visiting national parks. Besides the famous Grand Canyon with the Hoover Dam and Route 66 on your way, you can take a bus tour to the Red Rock Canyon, the Desert Oasis, Death Valley, or Zion National Park. For the best experience, you can try out a helicopter tour ovr the Grand Canyon or rent a luxury car to reach the best open air attractions like a boss.