11 Top Things to do in Las Vegas

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Known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is the city of dreams. We’ve all seen it in the movies, and there are so many reasons why it’s become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. 

There really is no other place like it on the planet. Some call it Sin City, but it has much more to offer than the seedy clichés we see on TV. You’ll find this glitzy metropolis in the middle of the Mojave Desert, bursting with stunning shows on The Strip and throughout Downtown Las Vegas. Whether you want to hit the casinos, shop all day, party all night, or even get married, Vegas has it all. And don’t forget the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon, which is one of the seven wonders of the world. We’ve rounded up 11 of the top things to do in Las Vegas to really make your next trip one to remember.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in Arizona. It measures a staggering 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and has a depth of over a mile. And what better way to see it in all its glory than by helicopter?

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Escape to the Grand Canyon on a 4-hour sightseeing adventure. Enjoy a scenic 40-minute flight from Henderson to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, flying over the famous Hoover Dam, beautiful Lake Mead and majestic Colorado River. Then descend deep below the rim of the canyon to experience the breathtaking, one-of-a-kind view from a private bluff. Enjoy a Champagne toast with snacks to commemorate the moment, then travel over the Black Canyon on the return trip to Las Vegas.

A man sitting on a rock looking down at the Grand Canyon

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The 3-star Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn is a 10 minute drive from the entrance of Grand Canyon National Park. It offers 4 on-site restaurants, and rooms come with a coffee maker, cable TV and free WIFI. Guests can also enjoy the fitness centre, the Squire Pub, the games room and bowling alley. 

Las Vegas Strip

Lined with casinos, hotels, shops, bars and restaurants, the neon-soaked Strip is quintessential Las Vegas. Cruise the world famous boulevard in style on a private limo tour. Grab your friends and pop open a bottle of Champagne to toast the dazzling lights of the Strip at night from inside your choice of a spacious sedan, Escalade, Hummer, or stretch limousine. Pose for photos at the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, and see the Bellagio fountains, Mirage volcano, and Fremont Street laser show during an unforgettable night out in Sin City.

Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas Strip at night

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Set behind the famous Fountains of Bellagio, the luxury Bellagio hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip offers an upscale day spa, multiple dining options and elegant rooms with marble en suite bathrooms. The richly-decorated rooms of the Bellagio are equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV and electronic curtains. Soft bathrobes, a minibar and an iPod docking station are included. The Cirque du Soleil show “O” is also on site. 

Bellagio guests can experience a variety of treatments at the spa or enjoy a massage beside one of 5 beautiful courtyard pools. Lush botanical gardens and a fine art gallery are open for viewing.

Emerald Cove Kayak Tour

Experience the serenity of Emerald Cove, a picturesque natural attraction on the Colorado River, with waters that turn a brilliant emerald green at certain times of the day. This 3-hour kayaking tour takes a small group of up to 15 people paddling up the river with a guide. It’s a 4.5 mile round-trip, and includes stops for snacks and swimming along the way. Don’t forget your camera!

Located in Boulder City, Best Western Hoover Dam Hotel is within a 30-minute drive of McCarran International Airport and features an outdoor pool. Some of the facilities on offer at this 3-star hotel include complimentary on-site parking and WiFi. The rooms are air conditioned and include a flat-screen TV, a desk and movies-on-demand.

Stratosphere Tower

One of the top attractions in Vegas has to be the Stratosphere Tower. Standing at 1,149 ft high, it’s the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, and the second-tallest in the whole of the Western Hemisphere. Satisfy your adrenaline-rush craving with the Unlimited Ride Pass, which gives you access to the tower’s three heart-pounding rides: X-Scream, Insanity, and the Big Shot. You’ll be swung, spun, and suspended high above the Las Vegas Strip for the ultimate thrill.

And why not stay at the Stratosphere Hotel, which features an outdoor pool with unparalleled views of the Las Vegas Strip skyline. This unique resort and casino also boasts a revolving rooftop restaurant suitably named, Top Of The World.

The High Roller

If fairgrounds are your thing, the High Roller is a must. This giant observation wheel is a whopping 550 ft tall. Owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation, it opened to the public in 2014 and is currently the world’s tallest ‘big wheel’. See for yourself during a 30-minute revolution in one of the rides 28 air-conditioned compartments. Choose from day or night rides to watch the landscape glimmer with hot sun or neon lights as you soar high above Sin City.

The High Roller observation wheel lit up at night

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Stay close by at The Mirage hotel, which boasts its own tourist attractions; the famous lava-flowing volcano, an aquarium and dolphin habitat. The Mirage is ideal for those seeking a unique stay in Las Vegas. Guests also have exclusive access to the casino and 1 OAK nightclub.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Located about 15 miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip, this 1,200-acre complex hosts multiple tracks for motorsports racing. Enjoy an ultimate high-speed adventure which starts with a few practise laps on a high-tech 3D simulator before suiting up in a professional racing suit and helmet. Hop in the luxurious sports car of your choice for a fast-paced race around the infield track. Tours include hands-on instructions from a racing expert and lounge access for you and a guest.

Just a short drive from the tracks is the 3-star Best Western Plus North Las Vegas Inn & Suites. It has a day spa and a gym, as well as a heated pool and a Jacuzzi. Rooms have WIFI, blackout curtains and a spa bath, and guests can unwind at the in-house bar and casino. The Las Vegas Strip is also just a short drive away.

Death Valley

Death Valley, a desert valley in the northern Mojave Desert, is one of the hottest places on earth. Explore with a guide on a full-day trip, where you’ll travel through the scenic Mojave Desert, and visit the Ubehebe Crater, the remnants of a long-ago imploded volcano. Learn about the history of Death Valley at the Furnace Creek Ranch, then travel to Badwater and the Rhyolite Ghost Town.

The Inn at Death Valley is a real contrast to the hostile environment of the valley, with its stunning pool, lush green trees and 18-hole golf course. This luxury inn also features outdoor tennis courts, a sauna and an outdoor terrace.

Area 51

For decades, this U.S. military base located roughly 100 miles north of Las Vegas, remained hidden from almost everyone. But thanks to Google Earth, Area 51 is now there for all to see. Although some people believe that what you can see on the surface is actually only a tiny part of the facility. It is believed that the surface buildings rest on top of a labyrinthine underground base. Others claim the underground facility has up to 40 levels and that it is attached via underground railways to other sites in Los Alamos, White Sands and Los Angeles. Whatever the reality, one thing’s for sure, the government goes to great lengths to conceal what it is doing at Area 51.

For the extraterrestrial believers among you, a full-day guided tour around Area 51 is a must. Travel through some of the most desolate, uninhabited and scenic desert landscape in the world to witness this infamous location. See top-secret Janet Airlines at Las Vegas International Airport, the mutant Joshua Tree Forest, mysterious Dry Lake, plus alien petroglyphs, the Black Mailbox and more. Stop for lunch at the Little A’Le’Inn. Lunch, snacks, bottled water and a hotel pickup/drop-off included. 

Stay right on the Las Vegas Strip at the 3-star Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and get picked up for your tour of Area 51. This resort features a Caribbean-style “GO Pool” with 21+ entertainment, a family-friendly Beach Club Pool, a spa, a state-of-the-art gym. Plus lots of dining options and lounges. There are also 2 casinos with more than 1,600 casino slot games and multiple gaming tables for blackjack, roulette, poker and more.

Shark Reef

Las Vegas really does have it all, and that includes sharks. Come face-to-face with some of the world’s most fascinating creatures at the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, North America’s only predator-based aquarium and exhibit. This aquarium is home to 2,000 animals, including sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish, rare golden crocodiles and — sharks. Get close to more than 100 sharks, including 30 in the 1.3-million-gallon main tank, one of the largest in the U.S. Explore two underwater tunnels and experience Sea Monsters Revealed, the world’s largest exhibit of uniquely preserved sea creatures.

The Mandalay Bay hotel in the background of the Las Vegas Strip

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The Mandalay Bay also has stunning rooms with floor to ceiling windows, and is situated directly on the Las Vegas Strip. It also has 2 outdoor splash swimming pools, complete with a lazy river and a real sand beach. Private poolside cabanas and a full-service spa are available. Plus, guests can take advantage of many on-site dining options, such as Stripsteak, Border Grill, and Fleur, serving global small plates. It’s also home to Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil. 

Tandem Skydiving

Did you know you can skydive over Las Vegas? Of course, this isn’t for the faint-hearted. After a flight over the Las Vegas desert and the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll arrive at your jump point. Get your adrenaline pumping by free-falling 120 mph for 45 seconds before your parachute deploys and you float safely to earth, attached to a certified instructor. A round-trip shuttle from the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino is also available.

The MGM Grand is one of the premier hotels located on the Las Vegas Strip. The sheer size of the hotel is impressive. With 6,852 rooms, it is the largest single hotel in the entire U.S. The hotel boasts 30 floors with a number of different ways to beat the Nevada heat, including five outdoor pools and water features like rivers and waterfalls that cover a grand total of 6.6 acres. Other amenities include the Grand Spa, shops, nightclubs, and restaurants. In addition to its many facilities, the MGM Grand is known just as much for its incredible casino. Guests can try their luck on all of the traditional casino games like blackjack, poker, roulette, and slot machines. The casino never closes so visitors can cash in their chips anytime day or night. Whether guests are going for some family fun or a wild stag-do party weekend, the MGM Grand fits the bill. 

Hollywood & Los Angeles

When visiting fabulous Las Vegas, why not escape the casino scene for a day to visit the home of the U.S. film industry — Hollywood, California. Take a guided, small-group adventure, and travel through Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Park en route to Los Angeles. Explore iconic local spots like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica and much more on this full-day tour. Plus, breakfast, lunch, snacks, water, any entry fees and a Las Vegas hotel pickup and drop-off are all included. 

If you want to spend more than just a day surrounded by the glitz and glam of Hollywood, the Loews Hollywood Hotel will make the perfect base for sightseeing. This 4-star hotel follows Hollywood charm and contemporary design to a “T”. The views from some rooms allow you to see the Hollywood Sign, the Capitol Records Building and the fabulous L.A. skyline. The hotel is on the famous intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave. allowing guests to have easy access to famous tourist sites like the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The hotel also includes a spa, fitness centre and a heated rooftop pool.

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