Las Vegas is an iconic destination for those who want to visit the West Coast of the United States. We have seen hundreds of lights and casinos in many movies but there is much more to do in Vegas besides drinking and betting and in this post, I tell you everything.
To begin with, let me recommend you not spend more than 2-3 nights in Las Vegas unless you are a born player or you like the roll pool and drink of extra-large size there is not much to do once you have visited the most typical and that I detail to you next.
Las Vegas is, in my opinion, a place to visit if you travel to the West Coast of the United States, to see it and cross it off the list, but it is not a destination in which to stay for many days or to return once viewed. Although, as they say, for tastes … the colors!
- Walk the Strip and Bet on Some Slots!
The most famous of Las Vegas is the Strip, formally called Las Vegas Boulevard, the street where the most famous Hotels and Casinos of the city are located. The Luxor Hotel with its huge sphinx and its glass pyramid, The castle of the Excalibur hotel, the most emblematic buildings of the Big Apple at the New York. New York hotel and so on until the other side of the street where the Hotel Bellagio is famous for its fountains, the Hotel Paris with its reproduction of the Eiffel Tower and the Hotel The Venetian with its channels and gondolas, among others.
Much further away is the Stratosphere, from where they say there are spectacular views, we do not go up, I do not know how the views will be, but it is so far that although they are pretty, I imagine that everything must be pretty small.
Visit the most famous hotels outside and inside, where you will find restaurants, shops, and huge casinos. There are a lot of slots and gaming tables tempt the luck but neither you pass: nobody leaves rich of Las Vegas… We settle for five USD!
From the Strip, you can easily reach The Linq, a new leisure area crowned by the largest Ferris wheel in the world.
- Freemont Street and Fly!
Another thing to do in Las Vegas is to walk Freemont Street, where the old center of the city is located. There are also casinos here, and there is the Golden Nugget that holds the world record for being the place with the most slots that exists. The typical thing here is to walk along its covered street where the Freemont Street Experience is projected, although if I have to be honest, it’s a bit overwhelming because there are a lot of people and the music is very loud.
If you want to enjoy it in a special way, get on the peculiar Slotzilla attraction and travel Freemont Street on a zip line. My friend tried it, and I assure you that although it is a bit freaked, it is a unique experience!
- Take a trip to the Hoover Dam!
An upcoming excursion that you can take a morning from Las Vegas is to visit the Hoover Dam, which is approximately 50 kilometers away. The Hoover Damm is one of the largest dams in the world, an engineering work that supplies electricity to the states of Nevada and Arizona and southern California.
You can do the tour by rental car or sign up for a tour. There are two possibilities: Tour Bus Hoover Dam or rather Tour Hoover Dam helicopter.
- Go shopping at an Outlet!
Well, I confess, I would go back to Las Vegas just for one thing: to go to the Outlets! And it is that although we have been in many outlets in the USA in Las Vegas is where I have bought the most. I do not know if it was a matter of luck, but I found many things for very low prices: Hunter O’Neill for 18 USD, Reebok t-shirts for 8.00 USD, Gap with 50% in prices already discounted, … I left Las Vegas with the suitcase burst!
There are 2 Outlets in Las Vegas: the Las Vegas North Premium Outlet and the Las Vegas South Premium Outlet. I went to the North because it was the best way to come back from the Hoover Damm but I advise you to look at the brands and decide on which you are more interested in going (many brands are in the 2).
- Fly over the Grand Canyon!
One of the things to do in Las Vegas is to take a trip to the Grand Canyon, and it would be unforgivable not to see this spectacular place being so close. There are many options to visit the Grand Canyon, you can take a trip to the Grand Canyon by road, but the truth is that they are many hours of buses since it is somewhat remote.
My recommendation is that you book a tour by plane to the Grand Canyon, the price difference between the road trip and the excursion by small plane and the views from the air are spectacular. Only by being in this exciting natural environment can you understand the meaning of immensity.
- Enjoy a Las Vegas show!
And after so many bustles during the day there’s nothing better to do in Las Vegas than to dedicate a night to a show. There are shows for all tastes, but Cirque du Soleil is a guaranteed success.
- Visit Las Vegas Sign
And to finish with this list of things to see in Las Vegas I went to the symbol par excellence of the city, the sign that says “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas.”
This poster was designed to welcome visitors who came to the new Strip in 1959, what many do not know is that when you pass by the sign in the opposite direction or leaving the city, the poster can read “Drive Carefully, Come Back Soon.”
Las Vegas Sign is not currently on its original site, as the city has been growing and has had to be relocated a little further south, to more closely match the exact location of the end of the Strip. To see it, it is enough to arrive a little beyond the Hotel Mandalay. I recommend you go by car because on the road you will not find a single shade to shelter you. In the place where the famous sign stands there is a parking for cars (free for the moment), and it is very easy to arrive, park and take the photo.
After having seen all this, you can only enjoy the shows and shows offered by the city, eat and go shopping and also rest in the pool of your hotel and try your luck at one of the casinos. Las Vegas is intense, and it’s a whole world in the middle of the desert, part of the mythical Route 66 and a million other things. Las Vegas does not leave anyone indifferent … Live Las Vegas!