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It can be overwhelming walking down Las Vegas strip as the scope of things to do can beg the question: what can I do first? Obviously, you could try wandering into every establishment but you would probably need a year to cover everything! Here are some of the most famous landmarks to visit first during your stay.
See the Bellagio Fountains
These beautiful jets of water are situated in front of the Grand Bellagio Hotel and Casino and can be viewed every half hour. The show is completely controlled by computer and regularly attracts visitors at night. The illuminated water jets move in a choreographed pattern along with music and reach heights of 100 meters. This Las Vegas landmark is one of the most beautiful on the strip.
Visit the Paris Las Vegas Casino
This casino is notable for its replica of the Eiffel Tower on its exterior. The whole building is designed to replicate Parisian streets and is illuminated in golden lights at night. Other replicas include the Champs Elysees as well as one of the River Seine. Take a trip inside this Las Vegas landmark and maybe win some cash at one of several gaming tables or the slots.
Go to the Top of The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino
This one cannot be missed as it literally stands at roughly 100 stories high and has observation decks on which you tower above the rest of Vegas and take in the lights. It is also part of a hotel complex complete with its own casino so there is no short of things to see and do at this landmark. There is even a the Top of the World restaurant at the top where you can witness the views as well as some rollercoasters and rides including Big Shot, which is a vertical drop ride.
On top of these landmarks, you may want to pay a visit to Caesar’s Palace, the Fremont Street Experience which is a light show on the ceiling of a downtown mall, and Luxor which is the pyramid on the Strip with a replica of King Tutankhamen’s tomb situated in front.
Sightseeing in Las Vegas
Visiting Las Vegas can be a bit of a sensory overload; being presented with so much to do, see, and experience can be almost daunting. The best way to approach a visit to the city is to try and experience as many varied attractions as possible. While the obvious attractions are the numerous casinos of the city, they are by no means the be all and end all of visiting Vegas. Whether you’re into sports, theatre, gambling, or even magic, Vegas has something for you.
Downtown Las Vegas
While Las Vegas does have many casinos, there are many other attractions that go with the city’s reputation as the playground of the rich and famous. Even then, visiting a casino doesn’t necessarily mean gambling. There are some of the greatest shows, plays, and cabaret performances in the world located in the casinos, as well as some of the finest restaurants, cocktail bars and hotels. Enjoy comedy at the world-renowned Laugh Factory, watch magic from David Copperfield or Penn and Teller, or watch stunning performances by everyone from the Blue Man group to Barbara Streisand. If theatre’s more your thing, then you can catch some of the most impressive plays and musicals around, including the world-famous production of Phantom of the Opera. Consider staying in a hotel in downtown las vegas.
Other Attractions in Las Vegas
Sports fans won’t be disappointed by a trip to Vegas, as there are many different sports events held in the city. Particularly popular is the Las Vegas 51s Baseball, held at the Cashman Center. There are also many high profile boxing matches held in the city, which are not to be missed for fans of the sport. Vegas is also home to fantastic golf courses, luxury spa retreats, theme parks, and some of the best shopping and nightlife experiences in the world. Whether you want to try your luck in a casino, experience once in a lifetime performances, or just spend some time living the high life, visiting Las Vegas will be a memorable and enjoyable experience.
Take a Grand Canyon Tour
The Grand Canyon, Arizona is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World due to its paint box of colors and myriad of shapes and curves carved out by years of erosion. Also known as one of the most picturesque landmarks in the world, the canyon can also be seen from many different viewpoints. Here are some of the different tours offered including some for the more adventurous of tourists!
Risk-free Vegas Attractions and Family Activity
There is a lot more to Las Vegas than just gambling and casinos. In fact, there are a number of attractions located far away from the Vegas strip, so you can feel free to bring your entire family on a vacation to this popular tourist spot.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Racing
Those who may have dreamed of driving a race car can get behind the wheel of one here in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. An experienced trainer will take you a full five laps around a real racetrack. You can also ride shotgun in a Ferrari F430 race car while a professional driver makes hot laps around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tours take between 2.5 to 4 hours to complete, and should be scheduled in advance.
Pinball Hall of Fame
Play to your heart’s delight at the Pinball Hall of Fame. Open from 11 am to 11 pm daily, this facility allows you to play a variety of vintage pinball machines while classic rock music plays in the background. There are also classic arcade games that date as far back as the 1940s. In all, over 200 machines are available, and each one requires only one quarter. Admission is free, with a large percentage of the profits from these games going to the local Salvation Army.
Clark County Wetlands Park
Located in the desert area immediately outside Las Vegas, Clark County Wetlands Park is full of trails that will allow you to view plenty of wildlife. There are also special viewing areas set up inside the park that are not part of the trail system. Visitors can also enjoy bicycling or horseback riding on some of the trails. Several ponds located throughout the park are ideal for fishing. Numerous picnic pavilions are provided here, making it a nice location to enjoy a quiet lunch.
Why worry about losing money in Las Vegas casinos when you can take in other risk-free attractions? Since these attractions are often overlooked by other tourists, you can take advantage of this fact and be able to enjoy the best of Las Vegas without having to deal with crowds.
Go to Las Vegas’ Most Famous Casinos
Let’s face it: you can’t go to Vegas unless you’re willing to dip into your pockets! Casinos are in abundance and are fully designed to encourage those who enjoy taking a bit of a risk. These casinos are also much larger and more elaborately designed than the ones you’re used to back home.
They also attract many visitors from all over the world so let’s take a look at some of the most famous casinos in Vegas…
Ceasar's Palace is probably the most prominent Las Vegas casino you have seen featured in many television shows and films due to its sparkling golden exterior. There are two areas inside: the new Olympic Casino for the beginners and low stakes players and the area for high stakes players and big time gamblers. There are over 2000 slot machines and gaming tables offering craps, blackjack and roulette.
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
The world’s largest entertainment complex, the MGM Grand offers 3700 slots and video poker machines as well as 15 craps tables, 76 blackjack tables and four themed areas to choose from. The casino took two days to stock itself with enough cash to open its doors!
Paris Las Vegas
Themes are popular with the casinos in Las Vegas but the Paris Las Vegas Hotel offers a 50 story replica of the Eiffel Tower which can’t be missed. Its golden lights and design to replicate Parisian streets will make you feel like you have stepped out of Vegas for the evening. With over 100 gaming tables, there is plenty of opportunities to win or lose!
New York New York
The clue is in the name: this architectural marvel is designed to replicate the streets and buildings of New York. New York New York Hotel and Casino is famed for its smaller replicas of the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, this casino is world renowned for its style and size.
Flamingo Las Vegas
Most people are aware of the Flamingo Las Vegas casino as it was first opened fifty years ago by the renowned gangster Bugsy Siegal. Its Caribbean theme and exotic palm trees offer a luxury gambling experience. Hundreds of slot machines and tables await visitors.
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Homage to the Scottish Highlands: walking in the CairngormsSaturday the 9th, 2017
This week Scotland was voted the world’s most beautiful country by Rough Guides. It was no surprise to Christopher Nicholson, who’s been enchanted by the Cairngorms since childhood. Plus 10 places to eat and stay in the regionYou don’t need to visit a place to fall in love with it. As a...
Journey’s end: Germany summer tour ends in Franconian SwitzerlandSaturday the 9th, 2017
Kevin Rushby and family finish their odyssey in ancient Franconia, land of forests, fairytales – and its fair share of breweriesPrevious weeks: one | two | three | fourShortly after picking up our campervan, I am in a roadside cafe when someone asks where we are heading. “North,” I say,...
‘Underground city’ set to become Chicago’s next attractionSaturday the 9th, 2017
Not many people know about the Pedway, a network of tunnels connecting shops and businesses beneath downtown Chicago, but it could become the city’s oddest tourist destinationIn some ways it’s just like any other Chicago neighbourhood. There are three Starbucks, a gym, a department store and...
Rare views on Rapa Nui: an Easter Island adventureThursday the 7th, 2017
A hiking, cycling and camping trip is a more affordable way to explore Easter Island’s famous statues, volcanic landscapes and how the islanders still celebrate their traditionsIt was nearly midnight when my plane landed in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The sky...
10 of the best language with activity holidays around the worldTuesday the 5th, 2017
Spanish and tango? German and skiing? Or even Japanese and manga? Learn a language in the native country and add some extracurricular fun with these holiday courses that offer a skill or some culture, tooFours hours of lessons a day plus the benefit of one-to-one tutorials is the deal at the...
Comfortable up there? Tripod glamping in north CornwallSaturday the 2nd, 2017
Sleeping options at this new retreat in a former quarry range from tree tents to pods on legs. It’s perfect for surfers, coastal walkers and anyone who loves ‘roughing it’ • Plus more unusual camping optionsIn a disused slate quarry on Cornwall’s north coast, we follow a rough track...
The LA River, a favourite Hollywood backdrop, cleans up its actSunday the 3rd, 2017
A plan to beautify a stretch of river made famous by dozens of movies is the springboard for an upsurge of bars, cafes and music venues in Los Angeles’ Elysian Valley, also called FrogtownVisitors to Los Angeles would be forgiven for not knowing that the city has a river. For decades the...
'Natural beauty … and the best bean sprouts in the world!' Why Ipoh, Malaysia, really sizzlesFriday the 1st, 2017
Novelist Selina Siak Chin Yoke’s childhood home in central Malaysia is in a pretty valley and has lively night markets that serve the finest of the stir-fry staple Ipoh’s setting, among limestone hills in the Kinta valley, is magnificent. Whether you approach by road or rail, you’ll be...
10 of the best lakeside towns and villages in EuropeTuesday the 29th, 2017
You don’t have to be by the sea to enjoy beaches and watersports. These lakeside resorts offer sunbathing, boating, hiking and great views Straddling the border between Albania and Macedonia, Ohrid sits on the lake of the same name, one of the deepest in Europe. The Church of Saint Jovan Kaneo...
A walking tour of Bath: the ultimate spa breakWednesday the 30th, 2017
With its imposing Georgian architecture, regal connections and the ‘healing’ waters of its Roman Baths, it’s easy to see why the city inspired Jane Austen• More UK city walksWhat a difference a queen makes. It was the royal visits by Anne in the opening years of the 18th century that...
Art and culture on the rise in revitalised AalborgMonday the 18th, 2017
With its revamped waterfront, arts scene and pretty old town, Aalborg, Denmark’s most northerly city, makes a perfect Scandi short breakThe industrial spirit of Aalborg once ran through Denmark’s fourth city as deeply as the Limfjord, which slices North Jutland from coast to coast. But with...
Scotland has been voted the world’s most beautiful country – here’s whyMonday the 4th, 2017
If the blue (if chilly) waters of Calgary Bay don’t charm you, perhaps the delicious dread of Glencoe will. As Scotland tops a poll as the most stunning place on the planet, a local suggests the sights for which eyes were inventedA delightful mix of smugness and lack of surprise is being felt...
An idyll no more: why I’m leaving GoaWednesday the 7th, 2016
The beautiful, laid-back Goa of old is disappearing amid pollution, over-development and fears over personal safety. It’s time to leave, says resident Deepti Kapoor Sometimes, when the sun is setting over a village called Aldona, and the evening bread is delivered on the backs of bicycles, you...
Top 10 national parks in CaliforniaTuesday the 17th, 2013
Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Redwood … California’s national and state parks are home to some of the most iconic views and landscapes on the planet. Here’s how to explore themIt sounds like a place to avoid, but don't let the ominous name scare you away. Most of the year, this vast...
High and mighty: a cycling break on Senja island, NorwayWednesday the 23rd, 2017
Peaceful pedalling, majestic peaks and fjords are the order of the day on a four-day trip around an area as picturesque as the Lofoten Islands … but less busyIt was like the reverse of winter sun. I’d swapped what had been a gorgeous slice of English summer for low single digits on a four-day...
Commercial flights resume to areas affected by Hurricane IrmaTuesday the 12th, 2017
Airlines and tour companies are resuming and rescheduling flights, as well as outlining cancellation policies for Florida, Cuba and other Caribbean destinations affected by the hurricaneAirlines and tour operators serving destinations affected by Hurricane Irma are expected to return to normal...
10 of the best Las Vegas casino secretsWednesday the 16th, 2011
Want to look like a Vegas hotshot? Then learn the bar, casino and free-stuff rules from Las Vegas Weekly's Rick Lax• As featured in our Las Vegas city guideIf you sit down to play poker and the dealer greets everybody at the table by name, leave. These players are locals. They play every day....
Cruise control: a more sustainable alternative in CroatiaSunday the 17th, 2017
Croatia’s hot spots are overflowing with cruise ship passengers but there is a more sustainable way to see the Dalmatian coast – on a 31-passenger vessel that can put in to smaller ports off the big-boat radarTop 10 small-scale cruises worldwide‘And now,” said the old man with the...
Guide to Patagonia: what to do, how to do it, and where to staySaturday the 13th, 2014
Forty years ago this month, Bruce Chatwin visited Patagonia and his subsequent book lit a beacon for the remote region in many travellers’ minds. Chris Moss picks the highlights among its peaks, glaciers and lakesFor my first forays into Patagonia, in the 1990s, I left behind my guidebooks and...
'Pure inspiration': our writers pick their favourite cycle ridesSunday the 17th, 2017
A morning climb up the Corcovado in Rio, a Hampshire school commute, and a magical Scottish 100-mile trip are among our favourite routesNinety minutes up, 20 minutes down, and five in between to catch the breath, rehydrate and gawp in wonder at misty mountains, tropical forest and the shimmering...
Thailand's top 10 beach hotels and places to stay on a budgetMonday the 16th, 2012
Launching a fantastic series on the best places to stay on the beach around the world, Andrew Spooner picks 10 Thai beach pads from £4.50-a-night huts to a smart, family-friendly resortPart two: 10 more budget beach pads in Thailand While the nearby gulf islands of Samui and Phangan have been...
10 of the best travel apps … that you'll actually useSaturday the 2nd, 2016
No one needs a smartphone full of gimmicky apps. We’ve rounded up a selection of the best tools for the digital-savvy travellerThe updated 2017 version of the best travel appsFor a long time, whenever I was spotted using Google Maps to navigate London’s public transport network a friend would...
JLL Real Views - Can Saudi Arabia Build a Popular Tourist Destination? - By Neasa MacErleanThursday the 31st, 2017
Tourism in the Middle East has long been dominated by the high-end resorts in Dubai, Egypt and Jordan yet they could soon have a new challenger in their midst. Saudi Arabia is turning its attention to tourism and entertainment as it seeks to not only reposition its economy but also meet a...
Last Americans Rush to North Korea Ahead of Travel Ban - CNNMonday the 28th, 2017
A looming US travel ban has prompted some daring American globetrotters to fast-track their vacations to North Korea.
Pain in Spain: Are Tourists Still Welcome? - BBCThursday the 17th, 2017
As anti-tourism protests hit Barcelona, can visitors happily coexist with local residents?
Vancouver Island Boasts One of the Most Expensive Luxury Hotels in the WorldMonday the 24th, 2017
A resort in Vancouver Island ranks among the most expensive hotels in the world, according to a survey conducted by Luxury-Hotels.com.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa Unveils 10 Pool Overwater VillasTuesday the 11th, 2017
The Pool Premium Overwater Villas offer horizon infinity views and the Pool Overwater Villas feature scenic sights of the lagoon and beach. Modern and luxurious, the one-bedroom villas feature sleek, contemporary décor with Polynesian touches, each encompassing 1,345 square-feet including...
Turneffe Island Resort Redefines Private Island AdventureThursday the 10th, 2016
World-class private island concept resort marks 15th anniversary with resort-wide renovation and relaunched experience-based website