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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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A new Korean-influenced restaurant in Williamsburg offers nine pork courses on an omakase basis, as well as a spot of karaokeBacon has made its way into burgers, cupcakes and even cocktails. Now there’s an all-bacon tasting menu. At Korean-influence eatery Belly, opened last month in Brooklyn,...
‘Valencia’s cathedral is home to the holy grail’: novelist Jason WebsterFriday the 4th, 2017
Once the ugly sister of Spanish cities, Valencia has blossomed, with outstanding food and architecture. And for five days a year, it’s a city that doesn’t sleepValencia is a jewel that foreigners are only beginning to discover. For years it was Spain’s unloved sister: in 1970, critic...
Destination unknown: the new way to book a mystery holidayMonday the 31st, 2017
Liz Boulter didn’t know she was off to Porto until she got to the airport. All part of Dutch company srprs.me’s new holiday concept‘He’s picked out restaurants for us already – even knows what he’s going to order.” My friend was talking about an upcoming city break meticulously...
10 of the best beach bars in SpainMonday the 31st, 2017
Spain decamps to the coast in the summer and life revolves around the chiringuitos where a meal, cold beer or just a break from the sun are what’s neededTumbao, a cool spot without pretension and imbued with something of a “Californian-days-of summer” vibe, offers everything anyone might...
Bordeaux by train: on the right line for wineSunday the 30th, 2017
A new fast train goes from Paris to Bordeaux in just over two hours, bringing France’s wine country even closerAs I crossed the hot, crowded concourse of Gare Montparnasse, Paris, I walked past a jazz band blasting out Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). Approaching the ticket barrier, I was...
Cousteau country: scuba diving in Papua New GuineaSaturday the 29th, 2017
With a new film about Jacques Cousteau to be released, the Walindi Plantation Resort, the dive centre and institute he inspired, is still the first word in marine conservation. Plus: 5 more Cousteau divespotsThe moments before a dive are often awkward. I waddle across the stern of the boat, laden...
Victoria Hislop: 'Patra represents the extremes of Greece – sublime and mundane’Saturday the 29th, 2017
It took the novelist a while, but she learned to love the chaos and joy of Greece’s third-largest cityWhen I visited Patra for the first time, I was baffled. Driving in from Athens through the modern sprawl along the coast, I couldn’t understand how the third largest city in Greece could be...
Spain road trip: Málaga to JerezSaturday the 22nd, 2017
This route starts on the Costa del Sol and heads up into Andalucía’s mountains and white villages before hitting the tapas and flamenco bars of Jerez• More Spain road trips: San Sebastián-Valencia and Madrid-Santiago de Compostela In Málaga enjoy arty sophistication before heading into the...
Spain road trip: San Sebastián to ValenciaSaturday the 22nd, 2017
This route kicks off with the dazzling food and art of the Basque country before traversing Navarre and Aragon and heading south to Spain’s paella capital• More Spain road trips: Málaga-Jerez and Madrid-Santiago de CompostelaSan Sebastián (or Donostia in Basque) is one of the most elegant...
First Venice and Barcelona: now anti-tourism marches spread across EuropeThursday the 10th, 2017
Demos in San Sebastián and crackdowns in Rome and Dubrovnik as locals vent frustration at city-breakers and cruise shipsWith the continent sweltering under a heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, tempers have been boiling over, too, as a wave of anti-tourism protests take place in some of Europe’s most...
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...
10 of the best travel apps ... that you'll actually use: part twoMonday the 6th, 2017
Ever needed to make a cheap international call without the internet, or been worried about security as you move between wifi hotspots? These apps make travel safer, easier and cheaperPart oneSkype and Whatsapp will always be staples when it comes to international calling and messaging, but a wifi...
20 Greek islands … you may not have heard ofThursday the 3rd, 2017
The dazzling colours and great food of Greece’s famous islands extend to these lesser-known sand-fringed destinations, which boast wonderful places to stay – especially for late- or out-of-season breaksDespite its many crises in the past few years, tourism is booming in Greece. Most...
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....
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...
Top 10 beaches in Hong KongWednesday the 4th, 2012
Hong Kong isn't all banks and skyscrapers. There are plenty of great beaches to swim, sunbathe, surf and windsurf on, says Vaudine England – and don't be put off by the shark nets• As featured in our Hong Kong city guideMost visitors to Lantau Island aim for the orderly sands of Silvermine...
Top 10 yoga retreats in IndiaTuesday the 21st, 2016
India is a dream destination for many yogis, but with so many ashrams and courses, how do you choose wisely? From the hardcore to the boutique, we select 10 of the best places to practise yogaThough this list includes some of the best ashrams, retreats and shalas India has to offer, there are...
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