Las Vegas provides so much to do and see that a first time visitor really has to set priorities. Of course, spend at least a few hours in the casino. Pull a few slot arms. Play a few hands of poker or blackjack. After that though, explore the city. Las Vegas boasts so much more than gambling. The larger casinos spent millions duplicating some of the great sights and wonders of the world. Its residents spent time building friendly neighborhoods full of tasty restaurants and quaint, quirky shops. Plan a trip of at least a few days to a week if you want to see these list topping must visits.
On the Strip
Ride the monorail first. It makes seven stops on the Strip. Things look close together on the Strip, but it takes a lot of walking to get from one site to the other. If a lengthy hike would cause problems, the monorail provides a fun alternative. Once you have a feel for the distances, walk back and forth to the things you’d like to re-visit. Don’t miss these Strip hot spots:
- The Bellagio Fountains,
- The Bellagio Conservatory with its glass ceiling by famed artist Dale Chihuly,
- The Volcano Show at The Mirage (Check the weather. This outdoor show gets cancelled in high winds.),
- The gondola ride at The Venetian,
- Take a thrill ride between two of the Rio’s hotel towers at VooDoo ZipLine. Ride single or in tandem. Total weight limit is 450 pounds. An individual cannot weigh more than 300 pounds. There’s a height requirement of 48 inches.
Off the Strip
There’s much more to Las Vegas than the Strip. It’s a thriving city of vibrant neighborhoods. Don’t miss:
- City Center,
- the nighttime downtown light show,
- Fremont Street in old Las Vegas.
Las Vegas offers amazing shopping opportunities whether you want designer clothes or first edition books or a classy new bong. Find a new bag, bong, or book in Las Vegas at these shops:
- The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace,
- The Grand Canal Shops at The Venetian,
- The Writer’s Block offers an extensive book selection, plus seminars and writing classes.
- High quality head shops abound in Vegas. Check out Nine Dragon, Still Smoking, and Gorilla Radios for great glass and accessories.
Meals and Nightlife
Start the evening with a drink. Try MIX in THEHotel or the Stratosphere Tower at sunset for an amazing view to start the night.
When you’re ready for dinner, try the M Resort buffet which includes alcoholic drinks. Just need a quick bite on the Strip? Grab one at Earl of Sandwich.
Wander off the strip for affordable, delicious food the locals love. Try Cugino’s Italian Ristorante, Lotus of Siam for some amazing Thai, or The Mint Indian Bistro to fulfill the desires of almost any appetite. The Mint offers meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes. For great desserts, visit Ronald’s Donuts, which offers a wide variety including vegan donuts and pastries. The vegan Boston creme donut is a local favorite. Sunrise Coffee offers the mocha of your dreams and a vegan food menu, too. Locals recommend the three bean soy chorizo chili burrito.
Don’t miss The Hyde an indoor-outdoor nightclub overlooking the Bellagio fountains or The Light – the celebrities don’t when they visit Las Vegas. The Light hosts music acts like Ludacris and Cinco de Metro.
Catch a Show or Two
The entertainment venues in Las Vegas boast some of the world’s most famous shows. Whether you love comedy, dance, music, or magic, Vegas has a show for you. Comedy fans could check out Matt Civillico or Carrot Top. Magic fans can’t miss Penn & Teller. Fans of comedy and magic will find a home at the Mac King show. Pop star Celine Dion still tops the list of music shows to catch. Dance fans gravitate towards the Cirque du Soleil which offers eight different shows. Terry Fator provides a show the whole family can enjoy. He’s an illusionist, impressionist, and puppeteer. Kids love his puppets. Adults love his well-written jokes that sail over the heads of the kids.
This barely tips the bucket of things to do in Las Vegas, but it makes a great start. Leave plenty of time for sleep, so you can enjoy everything. Have a fun afternoon at the hotel pool. Don’t rush from one thing to the next. You won’t be able to fit everything into a single trip, so just choose what interests you most to focus on for your first trip. Las Vegas is yours to enjoy.