Things to do in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Boulevard, more widely known as Vegas' world-famous ‘The Strip', is a sensory overload of neon lights, restaurants, designer shopping, extravagant hotels, and cash-splashing casinos. Stretching along 6.7km, a walk down the strip can be enough entertainment in itself! But why walk when you could see it all in true Vegas style from the backseat of a limo?
Bellagio Hotel water fountains, Las Vegas Strip
The Grand Canyon
Drive about four hours from the city into the neighbouring state of Colorado and you'll get to see the mighty Grand Canyon. Not for the faint of heart, you can take a thrilling walk on the glass-bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk, and marvel at the ancient 1,857m chasm below. Or, if you're short on time, why not splash out on a helicopter day trip and take it all in from the air before landing in the heart of the canyon itself. As one of the seven natural wonders of world, a trip to the Grand Canyon is a true bucket-list item.
Majestic landscape of Grand Canyon
Less than an hour from Vegas through the famous Joshua Tree region, you'll discover the magnificent Hoover Dam. Opened in 1936 and standing at 221m, the great concrete structure is a monument to the dizzying heights of pre-war American engineering. Take the pedestrian walk over the dam to witness a phenomenal view of the desert waters below.
Hoover Dam from over the Colorado River
High Roller Wheel
The city of Las Vegas is a sight to behold, and the best place to see it all is from the top of the High Roller Wheel. Soaring 168m above The Strip, the wheel is an impressive way of taking in 360-degree views of the neon madness below. Located in The LINQ shopping promenade, there's even a few open-bar cabins for the thirsty sightseer!
Evening aerial view of High Roller, Las Vegas
Everything's bigger in Vegas! Standing at an impressive 350m, Stratosphere is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. Unlike other observation towers, however, Stratosphere is also a fully equipped hotel and casino. You can dine in absolute indulgence in the Top of the World restaurant, or get your heart racing with a scream-inducing SkyJump.
View of the Stratosphere tower at sunset
Broadway shows, platinum-selling recording artists, circuses, cabaret, magicians… your ticket to world-class entertainment is in Vegas. Over the years, some of the biggest names in entertainment have made Vegas home for spectacular seasons and residencies, and every year the shows get better and better! No matter when you're travelling to Las Vegas, you're assured to be entertained by the best.
Close-up of silhouette hands in nightclub
ARIA at CityCentre
The ARIA is the place to play it big in Vegas. The dark timber interior of the hotel and the magnificent water features that grace the casino make ARIA the centrepiece of the CityCenter precinct. ARIA also boasts 4,004 guest rooms, 16 restaurants, and industry-level theatres. Beautiful art and sculptures add an extra touch of sophistication to the experience of spending time here.
Aria CityCenter, Las Vegas
The majestic fountains that precede the grand entrance are enough to stop Vegas traffic. Inside, The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanic Gardens change with the seasons, and the hotel's very own Gallery of Fine Art hosts an impressive collection of contemporary works. Even the registration desk is made from sculptured glass, commissioned by the casino's eccentric proprietor, Steve Wynn.
Bellagio Resort fountains at night
From Vegas to Venice! Venetian canals and a replica of St Mark's Square greet visitors to the Venetian-Palazzo. Home to some of the finest fashion at the Grand Canal Shops and best restaurants in the city, the Palazzo will not disappoint. Take a lazy gondola ride through the blue waters of the canals and explore one of the most fantastical spots in all of Vegas.
The Venetian and Treasure Island at night
Caesars Palace opened in 1966 and is one of the last bastions of Vegas' golden age. Caesars has been the haunting ground for countless famous faces throughout its illustrious history. The Rat Pack once called it home, and some of the world's greatest performers still regularly grace the stage of the casino's 4,100-seat Colosseum.
Trevi Fountain Replica at Caesers Palace, Las Vegas
Red Rock Resort
Several kilometres off The Strip near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area lies Red Rock Resort. Its red ochre interior and exquisite chain of more than 3.1-million Swarovski and Preciosa crystals make Red Rock the jewel of the Mojave Desert. The resort's 7,000-seat outdoor amphitheatre and its pool concert series are huge drawcards year-round.
Snow in Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas
Mob Museum Vegas
The history of Las Vegas is steeped in back-room deals and shady underground syndicates. A culture of crime and corruption once ruled over the city and the mob reigned supreme. These days, the mob is all part of the Vegas mythos, and The Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas is the place to educate yourself on everything in the golden era of organised crime.
Lobby of the Mob Museum, Las Vegas
On the sands of the Mojave Desert sits the ultimate monument to Vegas' most famous calling cards. When you think Vegas, you think neon: beautiful, bright, and alluring. The Neon Museum has reclaimed and restored a huge collection of Vegas' disused neon signs in a boneyard of sorts that you can take a leisurely stroll through. Get up close and personal with Vegas history.
Some of the old casino signs at the Neon Museum. © 2015 DiscoverAmerica.com
Pin Ball Hall of Fame
Nothing but pinball for 10,000 square feet! Whether you consider yourself a pinball wizard or a relative novice behind the switches, make sure to bring a bag of change with you to play some of the most iconic (and some of the most bizarre) pinball machines to ever grace gaming arcades the world over.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Sophistication and class, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is Las Vegas' premier exhibition space. Works by such compelling artists as Picasso and Warhol have graced the gallery's walls at one time or another. The gallery itself is located inside the famous Bellagio hotel and casino. The gallery's quaint interior is the perfect platform for some of the world's most stunning pieces of art.
Madame Tussauds is the world's greatest celebrity hang-out – except all the celebs are made of wax! Anybody who is anybody, past and present, is immortalised in plastic inside the walls of the Madame Tussauds wax museum. Actors, musicians, sports stars, TV personalities, and – of course – Elvis are on display so you can snap a selfie with them. Who said you should never meet your heroes?