When I think of Las Vegas I think of The Hangover movie – too much drinking and some subsequent memory loss, but it’s not all about partying. Here are some of the top attractions you shouldn’t miss if you ever visit Las Vegas.
Of course one of the most popular spots in Las Vegas would have to be the Strip, which is the name for the segment of Las Vegas Boulevard where you’ll find a huge collection of iconic hotels, casinos and landmarks. From the Luxor’s pyramid and sphinx to The Venetian’s Grand Canal, this is one street where you can see some of the world’s most well-known landmarks in one place. Strap on your walking shoes if you’re planning on exploring on foot, alternatively you can hop on a bus or monorail that frequently travel up and down the boulevard.
One of the most popular landmarks to visit down the Strip is Paris and the Eiffel Tower. The landmark next to the casino is a half scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in France and guests are whisked up 460 feet in a glass elevator to the top where they find breathtaking 360-degree views of the city and its surrounds.
The Venetian Casino and Grand Canal are so life-like that you’ll feel like you’re actually in Venice, Italy. You can take a gondola ride on the Grand Canal with a singing boatman or peruse the designer shops. The Venetian is also home to a Madame Tussauds Wax museum, a small Guggenheim museum, gourmet Italian cuisine and the casino is said to be one of the best in Vegas, because of its size and variety of games.
The light and water show at the Bellagio Casino is spectacular and not to be missed. Every 15 minutes to half an hour, the jets in the huge ponds that lay before the hotel shoot water up into the air in an amazing light and water show. It is most spectacular at night time so plan your visit accordingly. Within the Bellagio, you’ll also find a botanical garden and an art gallery, not to mention a sprawling casino.
If you have your children with you, a visit of the Mirage Casino is a must with a number of attractions for kids. The Mirage is home to an impressive volcano which erupts and spews fireballs into the air every night between 6pm and 11pm. Not only that, but this casino is also home to a saltwater aquarium and Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat where you’ll come face to face with white lions and tigers, panthers, leopards and bottlenose dolphins.
You haven’t been to Las Vegas if you haven’t taken in a show and one of the most popular shows to see is by Cirque du Soleil. There are eight different Cirque du Soleil performances on in Vegas at the moment at eight different casinos, each show a different theme. Whether you want to celebrate the musical legacy of the Beatles, or be taken to a fantasy world, there is something to suit everyone – kids included.
If you’re looking to party in Las Vegas, what better way to do it than at a pool party? Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is one of the most well-known pool parties and the original one. But be prepared to party, as the area can hold up to 7000 guests and attracts some of the world’s most famous DJs. If drinking, dancing and oggling other people in their swimwear isn’t for you, then stay well away.
If you want to be awestruck by natural beauty then a trip to the Grand Canyon is an absolute must. There are a number of tours available from Vegas by plane, helicopter or road that will take you to this natural wonder of the world. The canyon stretches for 446 kilometres in length and the huge walls descend more than one kilometre down to the canyon floor where the Colorado River runs deep.
The activities and attractions in Las Vegas are endless so if you’re planning a trip there make it a long one. It will be well worth your time.
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