Admittedly, it’s not too hard finding things to do in Las Vegas. Sin City is a place designed around keeping you entertained, with a dazzling array of stimulation everywhere you look. While there might never be a dull moment - it’s unlikely you’ll be spending your stay cooped up in your hotel room reading - there are certain activities that we really recommend you try during your stay. Here’s a list of our top 10.
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.
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.
3) Go to the circus
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 highwire work and former Olympic gymnasts catapulting themselves across stage. You’ll have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming.
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.
5) 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 breathtaking 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) 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.
7) 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 here 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 almost literally 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.
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!
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 (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.