Las Vegas is a desert oasis that most people already know a decent amount about. It is one of the biggest epicenters for gambling in the world. When you get off a plane in Las Vegas airport you are immediately greeted by slot machines. As you leave the airport you have amazing views of “The Strip”. Las Vegas has done a good job of adding more than just gambling to its offerings. It attempts to brand itself as the “entertainment capital of the world”, and frankly they are doing a pretty good job of it. There are musicians that take up permanent residency in Vegas (yes Britney), an incredibly variety of shows (Cirque du Soleil to Blueman Group), world class dining options, phenomenal golf courses, mountain hikes, endless shopping (high end to outlet malls), pool parties and nightlife. I am visiting Las Vegas right now and want to share with you my favourite things to do there. This list is in no way inclusive of everything you could possibly do on your Vegas vacation, but these are ones that are on my to do list
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
Taking a picture at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is a rite of passage for vacationers. Whether you are here for a bachelor party, work convention, or just escaping cold winter temperatures this sign on the South end of The Strip is a perfect way to begin your trip.
Visit Foreign Cities
Okay not really, but lots of the casinos are based on a location or theme from somewhere else in the world. The Paris features its own Eiffel tower and really is reminiscent of Paris, the Venetian is based off of Venice, the Luxor is based off of ancient Egypt, Caesar’s Palace is based off classic Rome, and New York New York is pretty self-explanatory. Obviously visiting a casino is not a substitute for seeing these places, but I recommend exploring more than just the one you stay in as it is fun to see what elements from around the world have been implemented in Vegas.
Freemont Street (Old Vegas)
Freemont Street is where you will find the old school Vegas casinos like the 4 Queens and Golden Nugget (featuring a water slide through a shark tank). Even though it is old, it is not run down or left behind. Freemont Street runs straight through most of the big classic casinos, and is a perfect spot to get a drink from an outdoor bar, see some of the most unique street performers in the world, and experience free live music.
Bellagio Fountain and Gardens
Even though each resort has amazing things to see, the water show and botanical gardens at the Bellagio cannot be missed. The 8 acre man-made lake features a dancing water fountain show choreographed to music. The show is different every 15 minutes, and the results truly are beautiful. Even though I have seen this so many times I make a point to go each year to see the beautiful water display.
The High Roller
This gigantic observation/Ferris wheel is brand new to Las Vegas. It is like the London Eye, but bigger. Surprisingly it really is a fun ride as pods are big enough to feature whole groups of friends, and even your own bar and bartender.
There is really no better way to relax and unwind then to lounge by the pool. Las Vegas has so many options you can choose to hit up many parties at the various day clubs or go for a more relaxing environment. You can even visit different pools thought Vegas even though you are not staying at that hotel. One of my favourite pools is at The Cosmopolitan Hotel. I love the atmosphere, the comfy lounge chairs and the view.
What are some of your favourite things to do in Vegas? Please share them in the comments below.