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Things to do in Las Vegas

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What happens in Vegas

Vegas is a shimmering party scene at the edge of the Mojave Desert. A-list entertainment, glitzy casinos, and celebrity-chef restaurants are the games in town, but spectacular scenic beauty is not far from the Strip—Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon are less than an hour away.

When to visit

There’s so many things to do and see in Vegas that it’s easy to visit no matter the season, but there are some things to keep in mind.

Late spring and early fall bring mild weather and thinner crowds, ideal for exploring outdoor parties at the Fremont Street Experience. These are the best times to visit, but it’s smart to plan your trip after spring break and conference season, when Vegas is packed.

Summer temperatures easily reach the 100s—beat the heat with pool parties, waterparks, and rolling the dice until sunrise. The hottest days are also perfect for staying indoors at the Neon Museum or the Mob Museum.

Winter brings desert chill, and discounts on hotels, attractions, and other things to do. The mood heats up on New Year’s, and again during conference season and Chinese New Year in February.

Getting around

Bus: Buses are excellent for getting around the roughly 4-mile Strip. RTC buses and Deuce double-deckers run 24/7 along the Strip and downtown. If you’re staying at an off-Strip casino or hotel, chances are they offer limited shuttle buses there, too.

Rail: The monorail runs limited, expensive routes next to the east side of the Strip roughly every five to eight minutes. Separate trams operate between casinos; they’re free but slow and are designed for passengers to get off at the casinos that run them.

Rideshare and cab: Uber and Lyft rides along the strip are sometimes half the price of taxis, and even cheaper when riding with other passengers. Cab drivers expect a tip, and will only pick up at taxi stands as it’s illegal to hail from the street.

Traveler tips

Vegas is full of surprises, and offers much more than a trip along the Strip. For something different, try shopping for antiques downtown or rubbing elbows with locals at Fremont East (away from the LED canopy and zipline at the Fremont Street Experience). Also, culture hounds can explore gourmet restaurants, art venues, and newer hotels that have taken the focus away from gambling and put it on stylish design. Whatever your desires, there’s a good chance Vegas can dish it up.

Top 10 attractions in Las Vegas

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Hoover Dam

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Hoover Dam is one of the largest public works projects in the USA - it's been called the 'Greatest Dam Ever Built.' Hoover Dam is a National Historic Landmark and stands as a testament to the thousands of men and women (and their families) who came to a harsh, barren land and, in less than five years, built a structure that changed the future of the west. The dam also created Lake Mead, named for the man who oversaw the project. From Las Vegas Hoover Dam is a convenient day trip.More
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Las Vegas Strip

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The Las Vegas Strip is an All-American road show, home to the most famous hotels and casinos in Las Vegas. With famous spots like Paris, Treasure Island, the Venetian, Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace and the MGM Grand, it’s no wonder that the strip is the most popular destination in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Strip houses entertainment, bright lights, other-worldly architecture, and the city's trendiest clubs and nightlife. It's a Disneyland for adults, a place where fun and fantasy meet. Watch Elvis impersonators or avant-garde performances by Cirque du Soleil, or try your luck on a slot machine. There’s something for everyone in Las Vegas.More
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Downtown Las Vegas

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Once the thriving gambling district of Las Vegas, the downtown area used to be the city’s busiest locale until the late 1980s, when an entrepreneur gathered the crowds to the Strip – which remains the city’s main thoroughfare today. Nevertheless, downtown Las Vegas hasn’t been forgotten. For starters, it is now home to the sought-after and historic casinos of Fremont Street, including the Moulin Rouge, the first racially integrated casino-hotel in the city, as well as the Fremont Street Experience, the world’s largest audio-video system which consists of a multisensory light and sound show connecting over two million lights. Downtown Las Vegas also has its own Arts District, encompassing several art galleries, studios and stores offering a vast selection of collectibles. Not to mention the many museums scattered around the neighborhood, like the Natural History Museum, the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum and the Art Deco-inspired Smith Center for the Performing Arts.More
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Grand Canyon West Rim

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The Grand Canyon's West Rim, just outside Grand Canyon National Park, is home to the Havasupai and Hualapai tribes. The Hualapai Indian Reservation, created in 1883, covers nearly 1 million acres and includes 108 miles (173 km) of Colorado River and Grand Canyon frontage. The West Rim area didn't really exist before 1988; that's when the 2,100 members of the Hualapai tribe decided to open their tribal lands to visitors. Since then the tribe has built some amazing features for visitors (notable the Grand Canyon Skywalk) and developed areas such as Guano Point and Eagle Point for their stunning canyon views. The Grand Canyon West Rim is also home to Havasu Canyon. This mazelike canyon – filled with tall rock walls, cacti, cottonwood trees, and turquoise blue waterfalls – is a mecca for hikers. One of the highlights is the 8-mile (12 km) trek to the Supai Village, a must stop.More
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Fremont Street Experience

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The Fremont Street Experience chronicles the legendary history of Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. Believe it or not, the setting is fairly awe-inspiring. Spanning four entire city-blocks, the Fremont Street Experience is a massive outdoor mall built inside of a barrel vault canopy. Featuring concerts, lights shows, and multiple casinos, it is one of downtown’s biggest attractions. Fremont Street housed the first casino in Las Vegas, and you could say that the Fremont Street Experience changed and illuminated Vegas in the same ways that the original did. The Fremont Street Experience offers free concerts and live entertainment, with multiple show performances each day. Ten different casinos have games and tables inside of the Fremont Street Experience, so you can get an idea of what they are all about. The famous canopy is now lit up by an LED Screen, projecting thousands of different color combinations and images all day long.More
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Stratosphere Tower

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The Stratosphere Tower is attached to the Stratosphere Hotel and offers 360 degree views of Las Vegas, thrilling amusement park rides, restaurants, and nightlife perched at the Top of the World. The Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding tower in America, at 1,149 ft (350 meters) above ground. Enjoy panoramic views from the observation deck or explore the amusement park, taking a ride on the Big Shot and Insanity roller coasters or the Sky Jump, a controlled free-fall ride. Then there’s the romantic Top of the World restaurant and the Air Bar. Both have signature cocktails that you can enjoy while overlooking the city lights and the strip.More
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Grand Canyon Skywalk

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The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a glass, 70-foot long, open-air bridge suspended 4,000 feet above the canyon floor, providing 720-degree views. The Skywalk is operated by the Hualapai Tribe, which owns and protects more than one million acres of land throughout the Grand Canyon’s western rim. Even with its remote location some 120 miles from Las Vegas, you can easily experience the Grand Canyon Skywalk on a day trip or overnight excursion to the West Rim.More
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Fountains of Bellagio

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For a romantic evening showered in lights, music, and of course, water, check out the Bellagio Fountains in front of the Bellagio Hotel on the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. With choreographed musical numbers ranging from Andrea Bocelli to Madonna, you’ll never see the same show twice. The fountains are set inside of a man-made lake modeled after the Lake Como Resort in Bellagio, Italy. With the old-world elegance of the Bellagio Hotel as its backdrop, the fountains are an impressive display of beauty and technology.More
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LINQ Promenade

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One of the nicest additions to the Las Vegas strip in quite some time, The LINQ is an upscale outdoor mall district, hotel and casino next to the Flamingo that boasts excellent shopping, dining and even free Wi-Fi for those strolling this expansive promenade. The spot's main hotel, once known as the Imperial Palace before going by the Quad, has undergone one more fitting name change and is now known as The LINQ Hotel and Casino. The namesake hotel provides access to the new glittering jewel of Las Vegas: the High Roller, which is known as the world’s largest rotating observation wheel (a technical term for Ferris wheel) and stands a full 550 feet high. While enjoying your stay in Vegas, take in the hotel's shows, which include offbeat options that can't be found anywhere else: Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action and Divas starring Frank Marino.More
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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

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Constructed in 1959, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is an icon from the era of classic Vegas. Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, the neon landmark welcomes visitors driving into the city from the south on Las Vegas Boulevard, aka the Strip.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Las Vegas

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Great experiance.
Israel_S, Feb 2021
Las Vegas Strip Helicopter Night Flight with Optional Transportation
Great way to see Las Vegas from a different view.
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Fabulous flight above strip
HLk, Dec 2020
Las Vegas Helicopter Night Flight with Optional VIP Transportation
Money well spent to see and experience the Las Vegas strip from above!
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Great view over Vegas
Anatoli_L, Dec 2020
The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket
Recommend to anyone who wants to see Vegas from above.
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Fantastic
bantval_A, Dec 2020
Las Vegas Helicopter Night Flight with Optional VIP Transportation
I took my 8 year old daughter along with me and she was thrilled to see the las vegas from the helicopter.
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This was the favorite of all of the activities that we did in Las Vegas!
Dusena, Nov 2020
Grand Canyon Deluxe Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas
This was the favorite of all of the activities that we did in Las Vegas!
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Awesome
Linaida_C, Oct 2020
Big Bus Las Vegas Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour
The host was very friendly and knowledgeable we got to see and learn about the history of Las Vegas.
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Great experience
Donald_W, Oct 2020
Big Bus Las Vegas Open Top Night Tour
It’s the best way to see it.
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Spectacular view!
Sherri_G, Oct 2020
Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour & Hoover Dam Photo Stop with optional Skywalk
The formation of the Rocks it's something to see if you have not been to Arizona.
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Landing in the bottom of the Grand Canyon
Steven_B, Oct 2020
Grand Canyon Deluxe Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas
You can’t begin to see Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon from the ground.
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Indescribable Views and Las Vegas style comedy
Courtney, Dec 2020
Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup
I will say, if you’re COVID contentious or traveling with kids, this is not for you.
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Don’t miss out!
kerry_h, Dec 2020
Small-Group 3 Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour With Strip Pickup
Plus, the new tour buses were very clean and it was easy to see all the sites, don’t miss out!
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Awe inspiring
NARISHA_M, Dec 2020
Deluxe Grand Canyon South Rim Airplane Tour
The small airplane ride from Las Vegas to Arizona to visit the South Rim was breathtaking.
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My first time in Vegas
Tamar_L, Nov 2020
Big Bus Las Vegas Open Top Night Tour
Vegas was a dream come true got me since I was a little 5 years old from Haiti dreaming about coming to America I want to visit Vegas now I’m 40 I made it 😃My gosh I love Vegas but Viator made my vacation unbelievable unforgettable ....
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Do All Three
Chris, Oct 2020
Las Vegas Super Saver: Madame Tussauds with Gondola Boat Ride
If you're going to do any of these activities, do all three.
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Get Dirty and Have a Blast!
Rett_E, Sep 2020
Extreme RZR Tour of Hidden Valley and Primm from Las Vegas
Although strangers, our group was great and all pretty confident drivers so our guide (Tim) was able to move quickly allowing us to see so much AND to have a bit of adventure driving the RZR.
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When sang birthday song to my wife in Italian.
Ulisses_C, Aug 2020
Las Vegas Super Saver: Madame Tussauds with Gondola Boat Ride
I recommend it to anyone who wants to visit Las Vegas, for the first time, the staffs are so friendly.
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Best Tour Ever
Paul, Jul 2020
Big Bus Las Vegas Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour
I enjoyed the view and got to learn about the histories of the casinos and Las Vegas attractions.
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What a Great Experience!
Mike_H, Jul 2020
2-Hour Guided Segway Tour of Downtown Las Vegas
I could think of a better way to see and lean about Las Vegas.
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Awesome experience
Ani_L, Jul 2020
The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket
It's a nice ride to see the view of Las Vegas.
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Great transportation
Lucy, Feb 2020
Private Arrival Transfer from Las Vegas Airport (LAS)
He offered some suggestions for a laced to visit outside the city which we really appreciated.

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