Admittedly, it’s not too hard to find things to do in Las Vegas. Sin City is a place designed to keep you entertained, with fun to be had everywhere you look. While there might never be a dull moment, there are certain activities that we really recommend you try during your stay.
Here’s a list of our top 10 things to do in Las Vegas…
1. Place your bets
Whether you’re here to gamble or not, you have to place at least one bet during your stay. With world-famous casinos like Caesars Palace, the MGM Grand and the Bellagio, it’s worth sticking a few bucks on the roulette wheel or blackjack table just to say you’ve done it. This is true bucket list territory. And you never know, you might even win big at these Las Vegas casinos.
Red Route, Stop: Tropicana Hotel
2. Visit the world on one street
The 4-mile (6.5-kilometer) strip is the beating heart of Las Vegas. It’s a dazzling display of imagination, creative engineering and, dare we say, ever so slightly over-the-top fun. Walking along it you really can see the world. On one side of the street there’s the New York skyline, on the other the Eiffel Tower. Visit ancient Rome, Egypt, and medieval England, or take a gondola ride on a Venetian canal. It’s all right here on the iconic Las Vegas strip.
Red Route, Stop: Caesars Palace
3. Go to the circus
Wondering what to do in Vegas? Well, Cirque du Soleil is a Las Vegas institution. Producing a number of shows at various venues on the strip, this team of acrobats, singers, musicians and circus performers stage some of the most phenomenal shows you could imagine. Expect dazzling high wire work and former Olympic gymnasts catapulting themselves across stage. You’ll have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming.
Red Route, Stop: Hawaiian Marketplace
4. Take a taxi ride
Jump in a yellow taxicab and loop the loop through the city skyline on the rollercoaster at New York-New York. Or shoot up 160 feet (50 meters) into the air from the top of the 921-foot (281-meter) Stratosphere Tower. There’s also the Adventuredome to visit, the USA’s biggest indoor theme park and a must-visit Las Vegas attraction.
Red Route, Stop: Monte Carlo Hotel
5. Go on a Grand Canyon tour
If you need a break from the city, then how about visiting one of the wonders of the natural world? Check out the breath-taking Grand Canyon by bus, helicopter ride or even on a yak tour. Big Bus Tours even offer two different Grand Canyon package tickets, each including a 3-day Las Vegas sightseeing pass, and a day trip out to the Canyon's South or West Rim.
6. Conquer a bar crawl with a difference
As you might expect, bars in Las Vegas are a little different. Check out Aureole, where special ‘wine angels’ retrieve bottles from a four-story tower. Or sip cocktails in the Level 107 Lounge at the Stratosphere. Try and guess which number floor it’s on.
Red & Green Route, Stop: Excalibur Hotel
7. Visit the Hoover Dam
One of the world’s most ambitious engineering projects, the 727-foot (220-meter) high Hoover Dam on the Colorado River is just 30 miles (48 kilometers) out of the city and must be seen to be believed. You'll get to stop off at this Las Vegas point of interest for photos with your Big Bus Tours Ultimate Grand Canyon package ticket.
8. Water, water, everywhere
Despite being surrounded by desert, water is in abundant supply in Las Vegas. From the colorful fountains outside the Bellagio to the vast 117,000-gallon (443,000-liter) aquarium at the Silverton Casino, you'll have oceans of choice when it comes to the h20. Need to cool off? Most hotels have pools, and many feature elaborate swimming complexes. Adults can get wet and wild at pool party day clubs at the MGM Grand or Hard Rock or make a pilgrimage to one of Vegas's many 'European-style' toptional pools.
Red & Green Route, Stop: High Roller/LINQ Promenade
9. Relax in a spa
After all the gambling, rollercoasters, global traveling and even yak riding, it’s time to relax. There are a number of top spas where you can unwind, including the Sahra Spa & Hammam at the Cosmopolitan. If you're feeling particularly rough, you can even dial up Dr. Burke's Hangover Heaven, a mobile morning-after response unit.
Red Route, Stop: Hawaiian Marketplace
10. Get married
The traditional home of the 'quickie wedding', Las Vegas has led many a pair down the path to notorious nuptials. Want to make a statement to (probably absent) friends and family? Then why not get hitched at the Little White Wedding Chapel, where Frank Sinatra married Mia Farrow. Or let Elvis do the honors at the Viva Las Vegas Chapel. If you’re really stuck for ideas on what to do in Las Vegas, it could be worth a shot.
Red Route, Stop: Pawn Stars
There are so many fun things to do in Vegas you really can’t go wrong with whatever you choose. Add any of our suggestions to your travel itinerary or discover your own hidden gems. Be sure to take the perfect selfie at each attraction and stop for a delicious bite to eat at one of the Best Restaurants in Las Vegas afterwards…