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Welcome to Las 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.

Top 10 attractions in Las Vegas

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Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

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The Hoover Dam (originally known as Boulder Dam) is an inspiring symbol of American engineering, built during America’s Great Depression as the then-largest dam construction project in the world. Travelers have flocked here for decades to see picturesque views of Lake Mead and the Colorado River, and today, the dam receives more than 1 million annual visitors.More
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Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip

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The glittering Las Vegas Strip is the city’s heart and soul. Lined with Sin City’s top hotels and largest casinos, this 4.2-mile (6.8-kilometer) thoroughfare is the United States’ biggest adult playground. A number of its iconic complexes—Treasure Island, the Venetian, the Mirage, MGM Grand, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, the Flamingo—are recognized around the world. All along the Vegas Strip, travelers can spot over-the-top architecture, revel in trendy nightclubs, take in dazzling shows and avant-garde performances, and sink forks into five-star dinners.More
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Grand Canyon West Rim

Grand Canyon West Rim

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The Grand Canyon’s West Rim, located just outside Grand Canyon National Park, is home to the vast Hualapai Indian Reservation and includes 108 miles (173 kilometers) of picturesque canyon views. The closest section of the canyon to Las Vegas, the West Rim is famous for the lofty Grand Canyon Skywalk, Guano Point, and Eagle Point.More
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Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience

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Spanning four city blocks, the Fremont Street Experience is a massive outdoor mall and the site of Las Vegas’ very first freestanding casino building. Today, it hosts 10 different casinos with games and tables, plenty of restaurants, and free concerts and other live entertainment, with multiple performances staged each day. It’s also notable for its famous Viva Vision canopy, which projects thousands of different color combinations and images overhead.More
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Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon Skywalk

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There’s no doubt that 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) is a long way down, especially when standing on a bridge made of glass—and you’re looking down toward the Grand Canyon floor. That’s the experience visitors find at the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped, glass-bottomed bridge that juts out 70 feet (20 meters) above one of America’s most scenic sites. Travelers who step out onto the bridge are rewarded with panoramic West Rim and Colorado River views that extend 720 degrees, wrapping around, below, and behind.More
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Stratosphere Tower

Stratosphere Tower

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Standing 1,149 feet (350 meters) above the Las Vegas Strip, Stratosphere Tower is the tallest observation tower in the United States. From the top, visitors enjoy 360-degree views of Las Vegas from an observation deck, aboard thrill rides, or over a drink or meal at one of several bars and restaurants.More
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Fountains of Bellagio

Fountains of Bellagio

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The Fountains of Bellagio in front of the Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip are like many Sin City attractions: an over-the-top spectacle, but in a good way. The waterworks are synchronized with a changing playlist and light show, so visitors will never see the same show twice.More
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Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

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The 195,819-acre (79,245-hectare) Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada comprises a network of narrow canyons, seasonal waterfalls, rock art sites, and surreal rock formations with ample opportunity for hiking, biking, rock climbing, and desert wildlife watching, all a short drive from Las Vegas.More
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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

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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Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas

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Downtown Las Vegas thrived as the city’s gambling district until the 1980s when new resorts and casinos pulled the crowds away from the area toward the Strip, the city’s main thoroughfare today. After a period of neglect, Downtown has seen revitalization over the past few years, transforming it into a Las Vegas cultural and entertainment hub in its own right.More

Trip ideas

Choosing the Right Las Vegas Show For You

Choosing the Right Las Vegas Show For You

Top activities in Las Vegas

Grand Canyon National Park Bus Tour

Grand Canyon National Park Bus Tour

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Big Bus Las Vegas Open Top Night Tour

Big Bus Las Vegas Open Top Night Tour

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The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket

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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.

All about Las Vegas

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.

A local’s pocket guide to Las Vegas

Jenny Crossling

Viator's resident Vegas expert, Jenny feels incredibly fortunate to live in what she believes to be one of the most vibrant, exciting, and colorful cities in the world.

The first thing you should do in Las Vegas is …...

a hop-on hop-off tour to get your bearings along the Strip and in the Fremont Street area. Get to know the crossroads, too, as that’s how locals give directions.

A perfect Saturday in Las Vegas …...

involves visiting the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, and the Fremont East district, where there are plenty of cool restaurants and bars. Finishing your evening with a cocktail at Circa.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is … ...

Vegas’ entertainment scene. From stars like Celine Dion and Britney to over-the-top shows and world-class sports teams like the Vegas Golden Knights and the Raiders, Vegas has it all.

To discover the "real" Las Vegas …...

head to the desert. Red Rock Canyon has great year-round outdoor activities; the Valley of Fire has incredibly stunning scenery; and Lake Mead is a boaters paradise.

For the best view of the city …...

go to the Skyfall Lounge or the Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay for a view of the Strip. Or, visit the Apex Rooftop Bar for panoramic views over the entire valley.

One thing people get wrong …...

is thinking we all live on the Strip (not the suburbs) and that Las Vegas has no culture, when there’s actually a thriving arts district and Performing Arts Center. Oh, and we don’t all work in casinos.

Frequently Asked Questions