Founded in one of the humid areas of the Mojave Desert, in the state of Nevada, it was a Spanish adventurer (Antonio Armijo) who gave it its current name. Now it is hard to imagine that the Strip, the great avenue you have to see in Las Vegas, was just sand. If you think that visiting this American city consists only of going from casino to casino, you are very wrong! Today we’ll tell you everything you can do in Las Vegas.
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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! The “City of Sin”, of the bachelor parties, of the spending, of the madness… You never know what you can expect from a trip to Las Vegas.
Crazy hotel-casinos, shows, high-flying attractions, people of all kinds… There’s so much to see in Las Vegas!
- Going crazy on the Las Vegas Strip
- Release adrenaline at the Stratosphere Las Vegas and Adventuredome
- Walk down Freemont Street and be amazed by the Freemont Street Experience
- Lowering the pulse in Valle del Fuego State Park and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
- Going to the Bellagio fountains
- Enjoy the shows in Las Vegas
- Celebrate a wedding in Las Vegas
- Immortalize your trip on the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
- Tour the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam
- Going out and saying “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”
Going crazy on the Las Vegas Strip
If there’s one place to see in Vegas in depth, it’s the Strip. This is one of the most famous avenues in America and when you walk down it you will understand why Las Vegas is known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”. Not surprisingly, the translation of the English word “strip” is to strip, so it was named after the custom of casinos to fleece their players.
In this section of more than 6 kilometers of avenue, Las Vegas Boulevard South, are located the hotels and casinos with more history and you could spend days knowing their most curious places. Besides, you will also find the most visited shopping center, the Fashion Show Mall, hundreds of restaurants, bars and nightclubs that are lively both by day and by night.
The Strip is well worth exploring on foot, although you can also do it with the monorail or the buses, either in the well-known The Deuce or in a tourist bus. A typical tour that includes the main points of interest to see in Las Vegas ranges from the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign to the Stratosphere hotel tower.
In more detail, the best casinos to see in Las Vegas are
Bellagio Las Vegas: inspired by the Lago Como resort in Italy, what will impress you the most (besides its elegance) is its huge natural lake, where one of the most famous shows in Las Vegas takes place.
Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino: Themed like a Roman temple, it became even more famous when one of the scenes from the movie Ocean’s Eleven was shot there.
Luxor Resort & Casino: You’ll feel like you’ve arrived in Egypt when you see the huge pyramid of this Las Vegas hotel. It hallucinates with its sphinx and with the decoration of the interior, to the purest style of the old Thebes.
The Venetian Las Vegas: a false blue sky under which gondolas circulate between artificial channels will welcome you if you visit this hotel that you have to see in Las Vegas yes or yes.
MGM Grand Las Vegas: With a tropical décor, the MGM is known as the place where the big shows in Las Vegas take place.
New York-New York Hotel & Casino: Inspired by the “City that Never Sleeps”, you’ll be amazed by its exterior look, which even includes a roller coaster.
Treasure Island Hotel Las Vegas: With a theme about piracy and mermaids, what we like best about this hotel is that you can cross off the list something that you have to do in Las Vegas for sure, put your boots on in a buffet for a few dollars!
Circus Circus Las Vegas: This hotel boasts the largest permanent circus in the world and is home to the Adventuredome amusement park.
Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino: This was one of the first hotel-casinos built in Las Vegas and one of the most beautiful thanks to its art deco style.
Release adrenaline at the Stratosphere Las Vegas and Adventuredome
Spending money on Las Vegas casino roulette is a risky sport in itself, but you can go further and ride one of its most popular attractions. For example, Big Shot is the highest attraction in the world. Located at 281 meters above sea level at the Stratosphere hotel, you can experience a free fall from 49 meters at 72 kilometers per hour. In the same casino is X-Scream, which holds the title of the 3rd tallest attraction in the world and makes you feel like you are falling into the void.
If you’re a roller coaster lover, include a visit to Adventuredome, the Circus Circus hotel’s amusement park, in your trip to Las Vegas. There are 25 attractions waiting for you, including Canyon Blaster, one of the largest indoor roller coasters on the planet. On the other hand, if you don’t know what to do in Las Vegas with kids, at Adventuredome you’ll find attractions suitable for them like Frog Hopper or Mike Miner.
Walk down Freemont Street and be amazed by the Freemont Street Experience
Another of the legendary places to see in Las Vegas is Fremont Street. Located in the old part of town, this was the center of “la locura” before the Strip was developed. Its best known casino is the Golden Nugget, characterized by its neon lights, which have been immortalized in dozens of movies, including Honey, I’ve Enlarged the Child. In our opinion, the best thing you can do is visit Freemont Street at night, when you can enjoy its lights and the atmosphere that usually exists.
You can’t miss one of the best shows in Las Vegas: the Freemont Street Experience. This is a light, sound and video show that is projected on one of the largest screens in the world, the one on the street ceiling. It’s totally free!
By the way, neon lovers should not hesitate to visit The Neon Museum or the Neon Museum. Here you’ll find some of the most historic neon lights in Las Vegas.
Lowering the pulse in Valle del Fuego State Park and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Taking a trip to Las Vegas doesn’t just involve being stuck between concrete and asphalt. You can escape the madness of the city by visiting some of the natural parks around it. The Valley of Fire State Park is known for its spectacular red sandstone formations, which turn an even redder color when the sun shines on them, and boasts the Aztec Sandstone, which was molded from huge dunes from the era of the dinosaurs and where you can admire traces of that time. This park is 90 kilometers from Las Vegas and can be traveled by car, although there are also some marked trails for those who want to walk.
Perhaps a little less impressive than the previous one, Red Rock Canyon is a good tour to make in Las Vegas. In this conservation area you can see impressive rock formations, including the Keystone Thrust Fault, one of the most famous faults in the United States. Best of all, it’s only 20 miles from Las Vegas.
Going to the Bellagio fountains
A trip to Las Vegas would not be complete without seeing the famous Bellagio fountain show. It may sound a little strange that we put so much emphasis on this event, but we promise you’ll be surprised. It’s a huge choreography represented by more than 1,200 fountains that move to the rhythm of melodies of all kinds. They say there are more than 30 variations! This show in Las Vegas takes place from Monday to Friday, from 15:00 to 19:00, every half hour, and from 19:00 to 00:00, every 15 minutes. On weekends and holidays it starts at 12:00.
Although, as you can see, you have many opportunities, try to arrive a few minutes early to be in the front row. It is usually full and worth seeing as close as possible.
Enjoy the shows in Las Vegas
The shows in Las Vegas are another powerful reason to visit this little corner of the United States. In addition to the free shows at the Bellagio fountains, the “Fall of Atlantis” at Caesars Palace or the “Volcano” eruption at Mirage, Las Vegas offers high-quality shows for all kinds of audiences.
There are usually concerts by great music stars such as Madonna or Elton John throughout the year, but the most popular ones are those of Cirque du Soleil, which currently has 7 shows in Las Vegas. On the other hand, the magician David Copperfield offers a permanent show in Las Vegas that has already been seen by thousands of people.
Celebrate a wedding in Las Vegas
It would be strange if you were planning a trip to Las Vegas and the typical image of a wedding in a stale chapel dressed as Marilyn Monroe or Obi-Wan Kenobi with Elvis Presley officiating was not installed in your mind, don’t you think? If you feel like living this moment, there are opportunities everywhere in Vegas.
In fact, it is the second place in the world with more marriages (after Istanbul), as more than 120,000 weddings are celebrated every year. If you are traveling as a couple, it can be a plan to have a lot of fun in Las Vegas. You decide, you can leave it there or validate it in other countries and make it definitive.
Immortalize your trip on the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
We won’t deny it, the most mythical photo of Las Vegas is taken in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, located on the Strip. This sign was placed in 1959 in a more central place of the avenue, but with the growth of the hotels, it ended up moving further south, from where it is considered that the crazy part of the city begins.
The sign was made following the trend of googie or popudeluxe architecture, inspired by retrofuturism, typical of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Now you can park right next to it to have your picture taken. Note that there may be a queue and someone offering to push the button for a tip.
Tour the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam
While the Grand Canyon is only a couple of hours drive from Las Vegas, those who are not doing a full West Coast tour are sure to be interested in seeing this natural wonder. The formations that the Colorado River bed has carved out over 2,000 years are reason enough to make the 180-kilometer West Rim into the casinos of Las Vegas.
Here you can look out over one of its many viewpoints or walk along the Skywalk, a glass walkway that allows you to stand on a 1,300-kilometer-high cliff. If budget is no object, one of the best tours to take in Las Vegas is the Grand Canyon tour by helicopter or plane. We promise you will never forget the view of this monument from the air.
If you want to make a day of it, you can combine this tour with the Hoover Dam tour. This is known to be one of the most important engineering works of the last century, which was the origin of Lake Mead and provides electricity to Arizona, Nevada and Southern California. Although it can be admired well from the outside, the best thing to do is to take a guided tour that takes you to see the insides of the dam and several viewpoints.
Going out and saying “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”
To end this trip around Las Vegas, there is nothing like having a party in one of its many clubs and bars. If you’re planning on staying at one of the most popular hotel-casinos (which we highly recommend), you’ll see that the pools are usually “busy” even during the day, but you can keep the party going this way:
Have a drink by making some bets at the casino, you will only have to give a tip (of $1 or $2) to the waiter.
Start off strong in one of the most exclusive clubs in Las Vegas: Omnia, XS, Tao, Hakkasan or Drais.
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