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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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Scotland offers idyllic wild camping, with spaces beside some of the UK’s loveliest beaches, lochs and mountains. We pick 10 of the best from Wild Guide ScotlandScotland is famous for its scenic wild places and uplifting sense of remoteness. With the exception of the recent bylaws banning wild...
‘It was like being Alice-in-India’: artist Natasha Kumar on Bundi, RajasthanThursday the 11th, 2017
The light, dust, colours and street life mean this town is as artistically inspiring as St Ives is to other paintersI heard about the step wells of Bundi, in southern Rajasthan, about 10 years ago. I was travelling in the Thar desert, which divides India and Pakistan, and in that landscape of...
Giro d’Italia: 10 great restaurants en route, and places to watch the raceSaturday the 6th, 2017
The 100th Giro, which started this week, races from Sardinia to the Dolomites. For cycling correspondent Colin O’Brien, the journey is also a gastronomic pilgrimageFollowing a grand cycling tour as part of the press pack can be a gruelling task. You spend lots of time in cars, and most of your...
Taj Mahal gets a facelift – and slaps on a mudpackFriday the 5th, 2017
Pollution means India’s most famous monument is in urgent need of a thorough clean, but tour operators fear that the work may put off visitors The Taj Mahal, Agra’s near four-century-old monument to love, is beginning to show its age. Air pollution is turning its ivory-white surface yellow....
Winchester wander: a stroll through England’s ancient pastThursday the 4th, 2017
One of Europe’s largest cathedrals, beguiling old buildings and reminders of a mythical past all feature in this walk around King Alfred’s capital • More city walks in Manchester and NorwichStart this two-mile saunter where English royal history began; with Alfred, the only English monarch...
Cabo de Gata, Spain: exploring Europe's only desertSaturday the 29th, 2017
The arid beauty of Cabo de Gata, in Almería, has inspired works by Lorca and the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone – and has one of Spain’s least-developed coastsAfter several hours walking along stark cliffs and ridges, I come down a hillside dotted with white asphodels and find myself on...
Top 10 things to do in Hội An, VietnamWednesday the 26th, 2017
Fabulous fresh food is the order of the day – every day – in this ancient riverside town. But explore the temples and beaches by bicycle and all those grilled dishes and pho will have been well-earnedVietnam’s former imperial capital, Huế, has the sights – temples, tombs and the Purple...
‘Accra’s Jamestown is electric – it's like Hackney Wick on steroids’: Zoe AdjonyohFriday the 28th, 2017
The chef and pop-up entrepreneur traced her family roots in the Ghanaian capital – and discovered a city fizzing with fresh food, art, music and viewsFor me, there’s a real mystery about Accra, as well as it provoking a sense of inquisitiveness. It means so many things: it’s where my dad is...
Prague's cryptocurrency cafe: perfect brew of beans and bitcoinsWednesday the 26th, 2017
The terms espresso bar and ‘anarchic ethical hacker collective’ don’t usually go together but this radical bitcoin-only hub in the Czech capital is no ordinary cafePrague has long been home to opulent coffeehouses, where everyone from Kafka to Einstein gathered to debate the burning issues...
10 top tips from our Rio de Janeiro correspondentMonday the 24th, 2017
From the birthplace of samba to sundowners by the sea, our man in Rio knows where to go for a good night out, as well as the best spots for taking in the breathtaking tropical beauty of the ‘Marvellous City’Run, walk, hire a tandem or pedal a swan boat around Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, known...
10 of Canada's best lesser-known national parksSaturday the 22nd, 2017
To mark its 150th anniversary, Canada is offering free entry to its stunning national parks. But which to pick? We select 10 lesser-known wildernessesCanada has vast swathes of unspoiled nature, from coasts to mountains to tundra and frozen Arctic deserts. While some of these spectacular...
After the earthquake: Umbria's culinary magic is winning back visitorsSaturday the 22nd, 2017
Two powerful earthquakes laid waste to parts of central Italy last year, but resilient producers in fabulously foodie – and beautiful – south-east Umbria are determined to look forward, not back‘Would you like to meet the pigs?” said Giuseppe Fausti. It seemed a strange idea, popping in...
10 of the UK’s best boutique festivalsTuesday the 11th, 2017
When it comes to festivals, size matters – though often small is best, as we found in our roundup of dance and DJ-driven events around the UKCheck out our guide to the best UK city and day festivals here Just outside Glasgow, Kelburn Garden Party is a colourful event held in the grounds of an...
Poet's Pacific paradise: Pablo Neruda’s homes in ChileFriday the 7th, 2017
As a new film about Pablo Neruda gets a UK release, we visit two of the Pacific-facing homes where the poet found inspiration: Isla Negra and the ‘crazy port’ of Valparaíso‘If we walk up and down all the stairs of Valparaíso we’ll have walked all round the world.” Poet Pablo Neruda...
10 of the best music festivals in EuropeMonday the 3rd, 2017
Whether they’re in countryside or a post-industrial landscape, Europe’s 2017 festival calendar means new events, old favourites, frenzied masses and boutique charmThe best of the rest: check out our ultimate guide to European festivals hereA small festival in Katowice in south-west Poland,...
Oaxaca, Mexico – vivid art, joyous festivals – and ant eggs fried in garlicFriday the 31st, 2017
The fantastic cuisine, textiles and parties of the southern Mexican city stem from a resilient indigenous culture, says mezcal producer Santiago Suárez CórdovaOaxaca has some of the richest and strongest traditions in Mexico. If you go in July for the Guelaguetza festival, the whole city...
Kazakhstan calling: a jaw-dropping trip to AstanaSunday the 21st, 2017
As the country gears up for its Expo 2017, the astonishing architecture in its capital blows Sankha Guha’s mindAs my plane descends into the pre-dawn darkness of this vast country, the flight map shows us landing in a void. Where the new capital city of Kazakhstan should be, the map displays...
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 traveller’Appy days: Tell us your favourite travel app in the comments belowFor a long time, whenever I was spotted using Google Maps to navigate London’s public transport...
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...
25 of the best yoga holidays and retreatsSunday the 1st, 2017
Yoga trips can change lives but finding the right one may sap your core strength before you’ve even started. Our picks – from Goa to Greece via Yorkshire – will make your quest more relaxingYou can’t move for downward dog opportunities these days. The explosion of yoga in western...
10 of the best walks in the Lake DistrictWednesday the 28th, 2012
With so many spectacular walks in the Lake District, it's a tough job narrowing the list down to just 10. So we sought expert advice and asked National Trust Cumbria's Mike Innerdale to tell us about his favourites• 10 of the best walks in Cumbria• As featured in our Lake District and Cumbria...
Interactive map reveals James Bond's travel destinationsMonday the 26th, 2015
With Spectre about to hit UK cinemas, Esri UK has created an interactive map showing all the places 007 has visited in 24 Bond filmsTo mark the release of Spectre, the latest Bond film, mapping company Esri UK has created a map showing every location visited by 007 since Dr No was released in...
California's top 10 beach hotels and places to stay on a budgetWednesday the 11th, 2012
Few places are as synonymous with the beach as California, but staying on it can be expensive. So here's our pick of 10 affordable and brilliantly located beach pads, from campsites and cabins to budget innsThese bohemian, higgledy-piggledy beach cottages sit in the heart of Crystal Cove State...
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....
The best beaches in Portugal: readers' travel tipsMonday the 12th, 2014
From the best stretches of sand for families in the Algarve to the beach with a starring role in a James Bond scene, readers pick their favourite spots on Portugal's dramatic Atlantic coastline• To add a tip for next week and be in with a chance of winning a £200 hotels.com voucher, go to...
Over a quarter of flights to UK are delayed, research showsSaturday the 20th, 2017
KLM proves the most punctual airline for 2016, while Air Transat was the worst performer with 45% of flights arriving lateMore than a quarter of flights to UK airports are delayed, according to new figures. Analysis of more than 850,000 inbound flights revealed that 26% failed to arrive within 15...
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
IHG Expands in Germany with % Hotel SigningsFriday the 26th, 2016
The new developments will be in three federal states across the country and reflect IHGs successful strategy in the region, one of the key drivers being working with Multiple Development Agreement (MDA) partners to place properties in the right locations where there is guest demand.
Amanzo'e in Greece is Most Expensive Hotel in EuropeMonday the 4th, 2016
The Amanzo'e, located in Southern Greece's Peloponnese region, leads the Luxury-Hotels.com rankings with a minimum rate of Euro 1779 over the summer. Second most expensive is the Le Dune hotel in the South of Sardinia (Euro 1645).
UEFA European Football Championship - Where to Stay on Game Day? By Katharina SickoraTuesday the 7th, 2016
TrustYou ranks the most popular hotels near all ten of the European Championship stadiums in France