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Top 10 things to do in Las Vegas

Call it Sin City if you want, but there's no denying that the Entertainment Capital of the World has a unique allure. After all, it took a lot more than seedy clichés to make Las Vegas one of the world's leading tourist destinations!

  • Las Vegas Helicopter Tours

    1. Las Vegas Helicopter Tours

    Vegas isn't a place to be enjoyed on the cheap! Set the tone for extravagance with Helicopter tours of the city's kitsch architecture and surrounding desert landscapes.

  • Death Valley

    2. Death Valley

    Death Valley, the hottest corner of North America, may be ominously named but its beauty is quite humbling, and it even blooms in spring. Just bring plenty of water!

  • Las Vegas Strip

    3. Las Vegas Strip

    The Las Vegas Strip boasts many of the world's largest hotels and casinos, all hosting their own dazzling shows. Take the scenic route by limo!

  • Fountains of Bellagio

    4. Fountains of Bellagio

    The choreographed fountains in front of the Bellagio hotel "dance" every 15 minutes from 8pm till midnight (and every 30 in the afternoons)!

  • Mirage Volcano

    5. Mirage Volcano

    The huge volcano in front of the Mirage hotel is another attraction in the same vein. It erupts on the hour from 8pm till midnight and, oddly, smells like pina coladas!

  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway

    6. Las Vegas Motor Speedway

    If gambling in the casinos isn't enough to set your pulse racing then how about zipping around the thrilling Motor Speedway in a luxury sports car?

  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

    7. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

    You might be able to see the canyon's breathtaking red rock formations from your hotel window but getting up close to the Red Rock Canyon is a must for avid hikers, rock climbers, and mountain bikers!

  • Hoover Dam Bypass

    8. Hoover Dam Bypass

    The Hoover Dam Bypass is actually called the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, but neither name really does justice to this spectacular feat of engineering!

  • Hoover Dam

    9. Hoover Dam

    Did somebody say feat of engineering? The Hoover Dam's art-deco design is impressive inside and out, although the exterior's breathtaking enormity is truly something to behold.

  • Stratosphere Tower

    10. Stratosphere Tower

    The tallest freestanding observation tower in the US offers the best views in Las Vegas, as well as a revolving restaurant and four terrifying amusement rides!

Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    Unless you have a high tolerance for heat, plan your trip either side of summer. If you want to avoid the crowds then visit during the week.

  • How to get around?

    From cabs and double-decker buses to helicopters and the Las Vegas monorail, the city has no shortage of ways to travel. Just remember that everything gravitates towards the Strip.

  • How to dress?

    Women shouldn't have a problem but male dress codes differ for nightclubs so it's worth checking them online. Generally speaking though, a shirt and decent shoes go a long way.

  • How to win?

    You're on your own there! Good luck!

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Spring or Fall

Things to do in Las Vegas: Everything you need to know

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but planning your trip should start early to ensure you don't miss any of the excitement of Sin City. So you can make the most of your trip, we've enlisted the help of destination experts Mayuri & Salil from ToSomePlaceNew. Read below for their valuable tips on what to experience when you visit Las Vegas.

What should I do on my first trip to Las Vegas? 

If this is your first-ever trip to Las Vegas, I highly recommend taking a stroll at the Las Vegas Strip. This is one activity that you cannot experience in any other U.S. city. As you stroll from one end of the Strip to another, you will be mesmerized by the architectural wonders, and the world landmarks and replicas will leave you spellbound!

What are some hidden gems to see in Las Vegas? 

Las Vegas is seldom known for its museums. And that’s why I think it is one of those unique/underrated activities that you must consider doing on your trip to Vegas. My favorites - Mob Museum (this is an interesting place showcasing exhibits of organized crimes), and the Neon Museum (a fun place to explore electric and bright neon signs collected from various places). 

If you like to venture outside the city, I recommend the Seven Magic Mountains, which highlights 35 feet high neon rock installations outdoors. And they are perfect for Instagrammable photos. It is located about a 20-minute drive from the Strip.

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How much time should I spend in Las Vegas? 

Ideally, 2 days in Las Vegas is perfect to explore all of the city highlights. This includes a sightseeing tour of the Strip, shopping, and live show on day one, followed by a visit to the Downtown neighborhood (Fremont experience), and activity of your choice - go-karting, half-day tour to Red Rock Canyon, or once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon ride over the city.

What food is Las Vegas known for? 

Although Las Vegas doesn’t have an official dish, you will be amazed by the plethora of Michelin Stars restaurants, and world-class chefs showcasing their best culinary delights. One of the must-try food items in Vegas is Sage Fried Chicken & Waffles (at Hash House A GoGo) or Chicken, Watermelon & Waffles (at the YardBird) - their take on waffles is wild!

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Las Vegas? 

Hands down, Las Vegas Strip! The Strip has all major attractions, fancy and budget accommodation, and food options that you won’t be disappointed in here. The hotel properties are landmarks in themselves, and with so many free things to do at the Strip, it will make your visit memorable. Plus most sightseeing tours (to Red Rock, Grand Canyon & more) offer pick up and drop off from major Las Vegas Strip hotels.

What is the best way to get around Las Vegas? 

Las Vegas is best explored on foot. You can explore/walk the entire Strip in about 45 minutes (without stopping by). For exploring further areas like downtown or the outlet malls, a car or taxi is the best option. Public transportation (trains) are available but they take longer to arrive, as compared to a car ride. Downtown Las Vegas from the Strip is about a 10-minute drive, and trains take 40-45 minutes (one way).

What are the best months to visit Las Vegas? 

Spring and late fall months are the best time to visit Las Vegas. During this time, the weather is mild which makes outdoor exploration - comfortable. Plus there are a ton of festivals that you can participate in. If I were to pick a season, I did say go with fall (September to November). Vegas holds a number of events in these months, starting with the Greek Food Festival and the Rock and Roll Marathon in November.

What are the best neighborhoods for food? 

The Strip is the place to be - for epic restaurants and culinary options. You will easily find fine dining, modest restaurants to fast food chains here - something for every budget. You can also add special/celebratory dinners at a variety of upscale restaurants, featuring cuisines from all over the world!

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

For luxury shopping at the Strip - visit the Forum Shops (at Caesars Palace) or Grand Canal Shoppes (at the Venetian). You will love the ambiance at these two places as you shop along. If you are looking to score a deal with luxury brands (like Armani, Burberry, DKNY, etc.) head to the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets - you can save anywhere from 30 to 60% off retail prices here.

Want more helpful tips for visiting Sin City? Check out our itinerary for how to spend 3 days in Las Vegas.

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What people are saying about Las Vegas

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We enjoyed the tour, our driver/guide was very knowledgeable with details of our trip. The additional stops to see the Mt goats and the Boulder City cruise was fun. We fully enjoyed this tour, and would highly recommend it!! Thank you John

Everything was amazing! It was the best experience, we really enjoyed ourselves. Denny was a great cook & driver (best Apple pie). I wish I wrote down the names of our 2 tour guides because they were great!

3 hour tour was perfect. Very informative. The tour guide kept us interested and very patient. Very knowledgeable of the topic too. I highly recommend this tour.

Smooth process right from the pick up at our hotel and to drop off. Went systematically Thanks we had fun Thank you Doreen Singh

Comedy tour guide was fantastic, funny, and very knowledgeable about both Boulder City and Hoover Dam. Highly recommended