Now, let’s just get one thing straight; you don’t have to miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Las Vegas just because you don’t gamble! There’s so much more to Vegas than just gambling. In fact, if you were to manage to fit everything in on one trip, there’d barely be any time left for the casinos anyway.
Las Vegas is a city that never sleeps. It’s a colourful and eclectic mix of casinos, cabarets and captivating hotels. The world famous Las Vegas Strip explodes with neon lights and provides hours and hours of entertainment, where you’ll find countless places and things to explore.
If you’re not spending your day times lounging around the hotel pool in preparation for the night ahead, then you should be working your way up and down The Strip, seeing each one of the incredible hotels for yourself; the majority of which have to be seen to be believed. Check out my list below for some of the must-see Las Vegas resorts.
- The Venetian has to be the most impressive themed hotel, where you can take a real gondola ride and could definitely be forgiven for thinking you’re actually in Venice.
- Wynn is perhaps the most luxurious of the hotels and is fairly new compared to most. It has an excellent pool area and a selection of exclusive nightclubs.
- Bellagio is a lavish resort where you’ll find countless designer shops and a luxury spa, but the epic Fountains of Bellagio show at night time will stop you in your tracks.
- Mandarin Oriental is considered to be the best hotel out of all the hundreds in Las Vegas, so it’s well worth checking out to see why.
- Mandalay Bay has a tropical theme throughout and is a great place to head for some exotic cocktails.
- MGM Grand hosts the Wet Republic Ultra Pool party where you can expect to see some of the best DJs in the world.
- Caesars Palace, like its name would suggest, is majestic and grand and was apparently a firm favourite of the late, great Frank Sinatra.
- The Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York takes you soaring past famous New York landmarks in the heart of The Strip and should be on everyone’s to-do list.
Food and shopping
You’ll never be stuck for choice when it comes to eating in Vegas. You can always eat in any one of the hotels’ extravagant restaurants, including some excellent all-you-can-eat buffets. Bellagio does an awesome buffet breakfast, there are also countless fast food outlets and food courts if you don’t fancy any of the hotel restaurants. For dessert, head to Caesars Palace, where you’ll find the irresistible Cheesecake Factory.
The shopping scene in Vegas rivals many of the big-name cities, with many of the resort hotels having their own shopping malls. You’ll find everything from brilliant bargains to designer bling. Just remember to leave plenty of space in your suitcase for all your purchases.
Downtown Las Vegas (Old Vegas)
Old Vegas was the original hub before The Strip was born. It’s now the focus of art and culture and centres itself around Fremont Street; the second most famous street in Vegas after The Strip. Many of the original casinos are located down here, but one of the greatest attractions is the Fremont Street Experience and SlotZilla Zipline. This is is a pedestrian mall where frequent free concerts and displays take place and it’s also home to the Neon Museum. Here you’ll also find Fremont East, which is an entertainment district offering a whole host of bars and clubs.
Another thing that Las Vegas is famous for is its incredible, world-famous shows and productions. No matter what your taste, you’re sure to find something you’ll love, whether you’re into music, comedy, acrobatics, magic or even hypnosis. There really is something for everyone.
There are countless mind-blowing and visually stunning Cirque du Soleil shows all along The Strip for you to choose from. Then there are excellent musical shows like Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas or Rock of Ages at the Rio. If you’re into magic, you won’t find anything better than Penn & Teller at the Rio too or the legend that is David Copperfield at MGM Grand. Or, for something really weird and wonderful, there’s the avant-garde Blue Man Group at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. And, of course, there’s always Britney Spears.
Beyond The Strip
Las Vegas is the perfect base for exploring a number of surrounding areas that you should definitely make the effort to get out and see. From Vegas, you can hire a hummer and head off to explore the Mojave Desert for the day, taking in the sand dunes and volcanic craters. But perhaps what should be at the top of everyone’s list to see is the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. It’s a few hours’ drive from Vegas by car or coach, but an even better way to see this incredible wonder is by taking a helicopter ride across the desert and take in the exceptional views of the canyon from up above.
En route to the Grand Canyon, it’s also possible to stop at the huge Hoover Dam for a great photo opportunity. And, whilst we’re on the subject of helicopters, try and fit it a flight above the bright illuminations of The Strip at night.
Have you always dreamed of visiting Las Vegas? What would be the first thing you’d do when you got there? Let me know in the comments below.