December 1, 2017

15 Must-try Experiences in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, the largest city in Nevada, is one of the most exciting destinations in the world. With its luxurious resorts and hotels, world-class casinos, high-end shopping and dining options, plus a pulsating entertainment and nightlife scene, it is a must-visit when in the United States.

The Las Vegas Strip is where you’ll find the largest and glitziest hotels and casinos in the world. Its lavish mega-structures, with flashing neon signs and bright lights, entrance and bedazzle first-time visitors, young and old alike.

Beyond the casino-resorts, there are more eye-catching buildings waiting to be discovered. Each establishment commands attention, offering a host of the most spectacular attractions and amenities. Whether you’re a partygoer, shopaholic, foodie, music enthusiast, high-roller, or simply someone who loves to kick back and relax by the pool with a cocktail in hand, the Strip promises a whole new experience. No matter where you look, there’s always something to see and do.

However, Las Vegas – also called the Sin City – may be popular as a sprawling playground for adults but there is more to it outside the glitz and glamour. Remember, it is located in Nevada, a state blessed with some of the world’s most stunning landscapes that provide the best backdrops for a whole range of exciting activities, outdoors or otherwise.

Check out these 15 must-try experiences in Las Vegas:

1.  Have fun at the casinos

No trip to Vegas is ever complete without trying to beat the odds at the casino tables or slot machines. The Sin City has a long string of casinos that offer the best experiences. Must-visits are Caesars Palace, Bellagio, Venetian-Palazzo, and Mandalay Bay. What’s great about Las Vegas’ casinos is that even if you don’t feel like trying your luck at the casino floor, you’ll love the vibrant atmosphere and the in-house attractions and amenities.

2.  Explore Fremont Street

Located in the middle of downtown Las Vegas, Fremont Street is a pedestrian-only entertainment district popular for its live performances, free light shows, shops, kiosks, restaurants, casinos, a zipline, and the iconic neon signs – Glitter Gulch and the neon cowboy.

3.  Enjoy panoramic views of the city

15 Must-try Experiences in Las Vegas - Stratosphere Tower

The Stratosphere Observation Deck is the tallest building in Nevada and is also the United States’ tallest freestanding observation tower. At almost 351 metres tall, it provides for the perfect spot for taking in spectacular views of Las Vegas and the surrounding valley from indoor and outdoor observation platforms. For those seeking adventure, the Stratosphere also offers thrill rides, so don’t miss out!

4.  Visit the Grand Canyon

 If you want to take a quick break from the gambling tables and flashing neon signs, Las Vegas makes the perfect jump-off point to the Grand Canyon, one of the most amazing iconic landmarks in the country. If travelling by bus, the natural wonder’s rim is just about 5 hours away from the city while the Grand Canyon West Region is reachable within 3 hours. If you want to reach the Grand Canyon faster, there are many helicopter tours to choose from.

5.  Visit Las Vegas’ museums

Las Vegas is a historic city and if you want to learn a thing or two about its history, there are a few museums you can visit – Neon Museum, Las Vegas Mob Museum, and the Atomic Testing Museum.

The Neon Museum showcases a collection of Las Vegas’ famous neon signs and a visit is like taking a trip down memory lane. A guided tour in the Neon Museum will let you have a unique perspective of the past and current sign design and technology trends. Some of the signs showcased in the museum date back to the 1930s.

Las Vegas is one of the cities in the United States with a long history of organized crime. Gain insight into the city’s organized crime history by exploring the Las Vegas Mob Museum, a unique attraction that features films, exhibits, and artefacts.

History-lovers interested in learning more about the United State’s nuclear testing program should visit the National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM). By exploring the NATM, you will not only discover more of the country’s 70-year journey in nuclear testing, you’ll also get to see rare artefacts in addition to a replica of the control point of every nuclear detonation countdown in the history of the United States. Some of the artefacts available for viewing in the museum are pieces of the Berlin Wall and the World Trade Center.

6.  Watch Bellagio’s water, music, and light show

15 Must-try Experiences in Las Vegas - Bellagio Fountains

Watching the Bellagio’s fountains in action is an experience like no other! The free water, music, and light show that runs every 30 minutes during daytime and every 15 minutes at nighttime is a spectacle designed to elate and mesmerize. Find a comfortable viewing spot and be smitten as water and light dance to a wide variety of enchanting music. It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen the fountains many times in the past because you’re guaranteed to be amazed with each visit.

7.  Take a trip to Red Rock Canyon

15 Must-try Experiences in Las Vegas - Red Rock Canyon

Situated 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is the perfect destination for travellers needing to step back from boisterous Sin City. The massive red rock cliffs, some of them reaching 3,000 feet from the ground, make for a stunning backdrop for your landscape photos.

The Red Rock Canyon also provides for a number of action-packed activities such as rock climbing, off-roading, camping, biking, and horseback riding.

8.  Drive a sexy car

Do you want to know what it feels like to drive a fast, sexy, and luxurious car the likes of Lamborghini, Ferrari, or Aston Martin? You’ll have plenty opportunities to grab that chance in Las Vegas!   Book a tour that lets you get behind the wheel of a gorgeous car, supervised by a professional driving instructor, to have the adrenaline-pumping, heart-stopping driving experience you’ve been craving for. Take your confidence to greater heights as you push the car’s limits in an easy yet exhilarating driving experience.

9.  Explore the Hoover Dam

15 Must-try Experiences in Las Vegas - Hoover Dam

Considered one of the most impressive feats of engineering on the planet, the Hoover Dam is also one of the United States’ landmark attractions. Constructed during the Great Depression, the immense dam controls flooding, generates power, facilitates irrigation to its surrounding areas, and functions as the biggest reservoir in the United States. Take a guided tour that will bring you deep inside the dam to learn more of its historical significance. Hoover Dam also has a visitor centre and an observation area that provides for wonderful photo opportunities.

10.  Solve a crime CSI-style

One of the most interesting activities to experience during your Las Vegas vacation is try a tour called CSI: The Experience that will let you explore the world of detectives and be a crime scene investigator for a day.

On the CSI: The Experience tour, you will put your crime-solving skills to good use learn you will learn how to gather and review evidence from real forensic scientists in order to solve a murder mystery. Crack a murder case and you’ll even go home with a CSI diploma!

11.  Admire the Death Valley landscape

15 Must-try Experiences in Las Vegas - Death Valley

Just two hours away from Las Vegas, the Death Valley National Park is home to some of the most breathtaking desert vistas you’ll encounter in your lifetime. Rugged and beautiful are just some of the words used to describe this natural attraction that’s home to the continent’s lowest point of elevation as well as salt pans, mountain ranges, and flora and fauna representative of the vast Mojave Desert.

12.  Float over Las Vegas

A hot air balloon ride is the most unique way to experience Las Vegas. Soar high up in the sky for about 45 minutes and see unparalleled bird’s eye views of the Last Vegas Strip and the Red Rock Mountains.

13.  Ride the world’s tallest observation wheel.

Just like hot air balloon rides, the LINQ’s High Roller Observation Wheel provides for a unique perspective of downtown Las Vegas and its surrounding areas. Rising 550 feet tall and about 520 feet in diameter, the observation wheel is the world’s tallest, trumping the Singapore Flyer and the London Eye. Enjoy a 30-minute spin on any of the ferris wheel’s 28 pods that are large enough to accommodate 40 people each.

14.  Head to the Valley of Fire

15 Must-try Experiences in Las Vegas - Valley of Fire

 Famous for its iconic red sandstone formations, the Valley of Fire State Park is a must-visit for every visitor to Las Vegas. Often used as a filming location for movies and television shows, the attraction features a changing landscape that’s an ideal setting for photography, trekking, hiking, and ATV tours. It is also home to ancient Native American petroglyphs so don’t forget to marvel at some of the world’s stone arts.

15.  Embark on an epic ghost hunting adventure

Believe it or not, a ghost hunting adventure is one of the most memorable experiences you can have in the Sin City. By joining a ghost hunt alongside a real paranormal investigator, you’ll be exploring famous spots in Las Vegas that are believed to be haunted by ghosts and spirits, including that of Elvis Presley and Redd Foxx.

Preparing to have the ultimate adventure in Las Vegas? Here are the tours and activities you’ll need to have a good time!

By:  Brendelyn Balaga

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