Las Vegas is home to one-armed bandits, rapid roller coasters, world-famous shows, endless dining options and grandiose glamour. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s something to do on every corner 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Curious as to what you can do in the city that never sleeps? Check out this list of vacation activities to include in your Las Vegas itinerary.
- Hash House A Go Go
- Paris Las Vegas
- Madame Tussauds
- Big Apple Coaster
- Fremont Street Experience
- Cirque du Soleil
- Blue Man Group
- First Friday
- All-Natural Excitement
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation
- The Hoover Dam
Start the day with a sinfully delicious breakfast at the Hash House A Go Go. Enjoy one of the House Hashes—your choice of roasted pork tenderloin, smoked fresh salmon and more, tossed with crispy potatoes and topped with two eggs. Brunch, lunch and dinner are also winners.
Put on your poker face and get lucky at world-class casinos like Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand and Luxor. Go all in to experience every form of gambling you could possibly imagine. Beat the odds and you just might find yourself dancing with Lady Luck like a high roller. Just remember: It’s always a sure bet to play within your means.
The Paris Las Vegas brings you Bally’s Promenade and Le Boulevard, a Parisian shopping experience complete with a replica of the Eiffel Tower. This is France without the flight. From the brass lamps to the cobblestone streets, you just might forget you’re in the middle of the desert.
There are many celebrity sightings in Las Vegas, a lot of which occur at Madame Tussauds Interactive Wax Experience. Strike a pose with the guys from The Hangover. Or size yourself up next to one of Marvel’s Avengers—The Hulk. Standing 15 feet tall, this green figure is truly incredible.
In a town of excess, it’s not surprising you can ride a roller coaster in the heart of the city. The New York New York Hotel is home to the Big Apple Coaster. If you dare to put it on your Las Vegas itinerary and go for a spin, you’ll reach speeds of 67 mph and experience the negative Gs of a jetfighter!
The Fremont Street Experience combines classic Las Vegas with live entertainment and hi-tech amazement. Be sure to step under the brightness of 12 million LED modules that rise 90 feet above the ground strung the length of five football fields at the Viva Vision canopy and light show.
There are so many world-class shows in Vegas the word “boredom” has never been uttered within city limits. Here are few to add to your Las Vegas itinerary:
The high-flying phenomenon that began in 1984 is still thrilling audiences with unbelievable acts of human agility. Cirque du Soleil® delivers live experiences unlike you’ve ever seen before on stages featuring elaborate designs. When it comes to production companies, Cirque du Soleil is the largest in the world—employing more than 1,300 performance artists. Shows now playing include: Michael Jackson ONE™, Zarkana™, KÀ™ and Mystère®.
This talented bunch takes the stage with a blast of frenetic energy and never slows down. The Blue Man Group is part science, part laughs and always entertaining. Shows are always outrageously wild with loads of art, technology and music. Experience the intensity at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.
If you support the arts, downtown Las Vegas is a great place to be on the First Friday of every month. Here, you’ll find local artists showcasing their work, selling their wares and sharing ideas with others who share their passion for creating. The event features live music, plenty of food and a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Odds are, most people consider the Las Vegas Strip part of the desert. But just outside the glitz and glamour is another winning desert experience for those opportunistic treasure seekers in search of more than just a quick payday.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area is favored by cyclists and admired by those looking to climb rising rock monoliths. Families with little ones who like to hike can take advantage of more than 30 miles of trails and plenty of suitable picnic areas are available on nearly 200,000 acres of backcountry with canyons and peaks in the background.
The Hoover Dam plugs the mighty Colorado River and gives way to a myriad of water activities like fishing, boating, swimming, jet skiing and parasailing on Lake Mead. The Hoover Dam is truly immense—and Vegas wouldn’t exist without it. Include a trip to this awe-inspiring structure to your Las Vegas itinerary.
If golf is your game, tee it up in the valley, desert or on top of a mountain. Like everything else in Vegas, golf is grand and always over-the-top.