Play amongst the high-rollers in Las Vegas
Situated in the Mojave Desert, Nevada, Las Vegas rises like a strange desert flower among the elevated peaks, rocky landscape and arid zones that surround it. Read more.
Play amongst the high-rollers in Las Vegas
Situated in the Mojave Desert, Nevada, Las Vegas rises like a strange desert flower among the elevated peaks, rocky landscape and arid zones that surround it. While primarily known for its gambling, shopping, fine dining and nightlife, there’s something in this city for every curious tourist. With no shortage of theme parks, museums, national parks and other attractions unique to this dazzling city, it’s no surprise that this 24 hour resort town is one of the top tourist destinations worldwide and bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World.
The phrase “Only in Vegas” exists for a reason. In Las Vegas city high-rollers mingle with budget conscious tourists, soon-to-be newlyweds, conference goers and a gamut of other curious travellers. There are activities you will only find in Vegas and activities you wish you didn’t stumble upon. The “Sin City” nickname is no coincidence, but in contrast to the gambling venues and nightlife, Las Vegas also boasts an impressive selection of museums, exhibits, concerts, outdoor pursuits and more.
Gambling, fine dining, nightlife and a dash of culture
It wouldn’t be a true Las Vegas experience without placing a bet at one of the world famous casinos. Caesars Palace is perhaps the most iconic and is hard to beat for atmosphere. Downtown, the Golden Nugget is an excellent choice, while Casino Royale is perfect for a cheap spin on the roulette wheel. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the nightlife and visit the Neon Museum, where old signs are given a new life, or the Atomic Testing Museum for a chilling insight into the Nevada Test Site. The Mob Museum provides a fascinating look at the involvement of the mob in the rise of Las Vegas.
Stroll The Strip to scope out the world-class dining options available and stop to gaze in wonder at the Bellagio’s famous dancing fountain show. Shooting water over 100m into the air at regular intervals from 3pm until midnight, this water rocket spectacle is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Tourists are also enamoured by the erupting volcano at the Mirage, the animated statues at Caesars Palace and the city’s own Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas hotel. Another over-the-top yet somehow delightful tourist attraction is the New York-New York roller coaster which runs right through New York-New York hotel, bringing with it a little taste of Disneyland. And of course, if you are that way inclined, you can always get married at one of the many Vegas wedding chapels.
The daylight hours in Las Vegas bring with them a whole different side of the city and its surrounds. Try jumping from the 350m Stratosphere Tower in a controlled free fall and conquer your fear of heights. Energetic travellers might enjoy a hike through the valley of fire, with its bizarre rock formations and Hollywood Western scenery. A kayaking day trip along the Colorado River is the perfect way to see Hoover Dam from a new perspective. If water sports aren’t your thing, a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon may be more your style. Just 30 minutes West of The Strip, lies the Red Canyon, a natural wonderland of sandstone bluffs, seasonal waterfalls and walking and cycling trails.
Where to stay in the city that never sleeps
The Strip, technically known as Las Vegas Boulevard, is the major thoroughfare through the city and is lined both sides with shopping malls, theatres, casinos and restaurants. Fancy and gaudy hotels are in abundance here and provide a true Vegas experience. Just to the East and West of The Strip you can find less expensive accommodation while losing none of the convenience. A little further to the West, where the real inhabitants of Las Vegas live, a range of excellent hotels are scattered among the regular supermarkets and everyday amenities. North of The Strip in Downtown Las Vegas is the perfect location to stay for proximity to the Arts District, the Neon Museum and the older hotels and Casinos of Fremont Street. Racing enthusiasts might prefer to book a hotel in North Las Vegas, the home of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and host of NASCAR and other drag races.
Landmarks in Las Vegas
- Las Vegas Convention Center (31)
- Mandalay Bay Convention Center (27)
- Bellagio Fountain (61)
- Mirage Volcano (51)
- Sands Expo Convention Center (63)
- Imperial Palace Auto Collection (62)
- Cashman Field Convention Center (20)
- Thomas and Mack Center (20)
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas (20)
- Boulder Strip (20)
- Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay (21)
- MGM Grand Garden Arena (59)
- Forum Shops (54)
- Flamingo Garden (65)