A multicolored, open 24/7, pleasure city for some, a veritable assault on the senses for others. They say you either love or hate Vegas, but one thing is for certain, it’s a city you really should visit just to find out. Fall in love with the city and you’ll return time and time again.
Whether it’s for the nightlife, the casinos, or just the overall experience of one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world, there’s something for everyone here. And for most of us, the Las Vegas experience is confined to Las Vegas Boulevard, the world famous Strip. Here’s our guide to getting the very best from the Strip during your stay in Sin City.
1. The Vegas Strip itself: A fabulous walk to experience all the sights
Over the years, the Las Vegas Strip has changed beyond recognition. To some it’s a shame, the old Strip used to be dominated by the casinos, with each set in its own grounds, each trying to outdo the rest. Whether that’s the incredible pyramid of The Luxor with its light seen from miles around, the faux-Arthurian Excalibur with its turrets and towers, New York New York’s famous cityscape and roller-coaster, or the more laid back but still spectacular sights of the Venetian, Mirage, Cosmo, MGM Grand, the casinos are still there. But nowadays they’re more hidden. The strip today is dominated by shops, bars, and eateries.
Las Vegas Strip
Address: Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Website: Las Vegas Tourism
2. The Bellagio
The must-see casino in Vegas. Surprising for such an iconic place, the Bellagio has only been here since 1999. But it’s still one of the must see places on any Vegas itinerary. Wander up the strip and take your place outside for the beautiful fountain show, every 15 minutes in busy times, every half hour otherwise. To an ever changing soundtrack of modern and old tunes, you’ll see the famous dancing fountain show.
The Bellagio fountains, floral displays and gallery
Address: The Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
3. New York New York: The Citiscape and Big Apple Coaster
You really can’t miss New York New York. The casino faces onto the strip with a replica of the New York skyline, complete with its own Statue of Liberty, Empire State, and a roller coaster that winds around the buildings. The Big Apple Coaster provides you thrill seekers with a fabulous ride, inside and outside of the casino.
New York New York Hotel and Casino and the Big Apple Coaster.
Price: Individual tickets USD 15, Scream Pass USD 26 (all day ride pass plus USD 2 off two photos), Family Fun Flight USD 70 (four tickets plus two photos).
Address: New York New York Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Website: New York New York
Another wonderful romantic idyll within this bustling city is the ornate and beautiful Venetian Casino. Inside, the gondola ride provides a gentle and very romantic trip on the Grand Canal through the casino, inside and out. Perfect for a romantic date or proposal!
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas with Gondola Ride and Optional Meal
Duration: 2 hours
5. Caesars Palace
Obviously when in Vegas, you’ll be visiting casinos, but Caesars Palace truly is the one casino you must visit. Now one of the oldest on the Strip, Caesar’s has been a feature since 1966 and is one of the most prestigious and spectacular of all the Strip casinos. The casino is full of spectacular Roman features.
Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino
Price: Variable depending on activity
Address: Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Website: Caesars Palace
While you’re in Vegas, you have to take in a show, and there’s plenty to choose from across the city with every casino hosting their own shows and special guests from around the world. You could choose famous names such as Cher or Britney Spears, comedy with Carrot Top, magic at the Rio from Penn and Teller and much more. But if we had to pick the best in town we’d recommend the incredible sights of Cirque Du Soleil, whether that’s the adults only Zumanity at New York New York or the incredible Michael Jackson show at the Mandalay Bay. A Cirque Du Soleil show is pure Vegas magic.
Michael Jackson One by Cirque Du Soleil
Price: From USD 99.99
Address: Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil® at New York-New York Resort
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Another sight you simply can’t miss on the Vegas skyline, the Stratosphere features adrenaline packed rides right at the top of the tower. For those just wanting the view, there are high-speed elevators taking you up 100 floors to the outdoor observation deck. But for the more adventurous, the Stratosphere Tower Unlimited Ride Pass features three rides guaranteed to deliver everything an adrenaline junkie could want!
Stratosphere Tower Unlimited Ride Pass Ticket
Duration: 4 hours
8. Freemont Street Experience
Downtown and specifically Freemont Street was always seen as the seedier side of Vegas. But over the last few years, there’s been a huge change. A massive part of Freemont Street is now under a huge cover, featuring music, light shows and all the crazy scenes you want from a trip to Vegas. Iconic casinos include the Golden Nugget, Four Queens, Binions, and Golden Gate, all in one iconic and magnificent street.
Freemont Street Experience - Slotzilla
Price: From USD 20 per person (lower zipline, flying seated), USD 40 per person (upper zipline, flying prone)
Address: Freemont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Facebook page: Freemont Street Experience
A short walk across the strip to the Paris Casino, where you can’t miss the half-size reproduction of the Eiffel Tower. The spectacular glass elevator takes you 140 meters (460 feet) above the strip for incredible 360-degree city views, best done at night to take in all the lights. Another spectacularly romantic venue and again, while you’re there, you might see a proposal or two.
Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck Admission at Paris Las Vegas Hotel
Duration: 1 hour
The Luxor is unlike any other casino and hotel, with the main building built as a giant pyramid, complete with a beacon light that you can see for miles at night. The unique building isn’t just a simple facade either, as you immediately see when you venture inside. The inwardly sloping walls hold the hotel’s rooms, and it’s a truly spectacular sight. One must-see inside Luxor is the Bodies exhibition. The exhibition of full body specimens and dissected organs and tissues will bring you an incredible understanding of the miracle of your body.
Bodies The Exhibition Admission at Luxor Hotel Las Vegas
Duration: 10 hours
Las Vegas: So much to do, so much to see!
This is our list of the best things to do on the Vegas Strip. The delights of Sin City await you!
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