There aren’t many people who can remember a time when Las Vegas didn’t elicit images of glamour. Far beyond its iconic image of millions of lights that are on 24/7, top tier entertainment, world-class shopping, and its reputation for being THE casino destination in the world, Las Vegas is downright exciting for lots of other reasons, too!
This city that “never sleeps” is an unrelenting assault on the senses. If you’re a first-time visitor, it can be more than a little daunting to know what to see and do first. Here is a guide to the 10 of the best places for first timers to see and do among all of the seemingly infinite possibilities!
1. The Bellagio
Located on the Strip, the Bellagio comes out on top for both visiting high rollers and locals for Blackjack and Roulette. If you like to play bingo games, the Bellagio has one of the highest rated bingo rooms in town. If you go at night, you won’t want to miss the Bellagio Fountains. It’s like watching a dance of light and water every 15 -30 minutes all day and all night.
2. Caesar’s Palace
Maintaining its reputation as a top casino and hotel has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment, exclusive shopping, and casino action. After playing the slots or enjoying several rounds of bingo games, you’re bound to be hungry. Many casinos offer all-you-can-eat buffets at unbelievably low prices, but it’s Caesar’s Bacchanal Buffet that is at the top of the list. Nine open kitchens feature more than 500 items on the menu.
3. Fremont Street
There’s a lot to see and a whole lot going on down on Fremont Street! This revitalized area of downtown gives the Strip some real competition. What was once an open street is now a pedestrian-friendly area covered by a dome that features eight casinos, a zip line, and exciting light show every hour from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
4. The Venetian
If it’s been your dream to take a gondola through water-filled streets of Venice but can’t find a way to get there, you will want to see the Venetian. This themed casino is the next best thing to take a trip to Europe.
5. High Roller Observation Wheel
Catch a spectacular view of the city by taking a relaxing 30-minute ride on this 550 feet tall and 520 feet in diameter wheel. This attraction features 28 Italian glass cars that can hold up to 40 people each and run both day and night.
6. Cirque du Soleil
Deep in the heart of Las Vegas near Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio, you can’t help but notice one of the most famous shows in the world. Cirque du Soleil. The price to see any of the shows is reasonable and one of the best entertainment values that Las Vegas has to offer.
7. Mandalay Bay
Feel like going to the beach? You can by visiting Mandalay Bay. This Casino features a man-made beach, wave pools, meandering streams and its very own Shark Reef Aquarium where you can see thousands of sea creatures up close and personal.
8. The Luxor Hotel
If you’re flying into town, looking down to see a pyramid complete with an avenue of sphinxes, you might think you got on the wrong flight. Beyond the ancient Egyptian kitsch, the atmosphere is suitably exotic and inviting. Also, Luxor Hotel has the best selection of restaurants in Las Vegas. You are sure to want to return to Luxor the next time you’re in town.
9. Red Rock Canyon
When you want a break from the excitement of the city, a gorgeous national park, and conservation area is just a short 17-mile drive to the south. You can hike or bicycle through the park, or drive through the 13 miles of breathtaking natural beauty and see for yourself.
10. Hoover Dam
This public works project built in Black Canyon of the Colorado River separates Nevada and Arizona and is located 30 miles south of Las Vegas. Standing atop the massive concrete structure is genuinely breathtaking. A variety of tours are available.