Sin City. Where the neon lights of Las Vegas’ infamous strip shine bright 24/7. Where the Mojave desert heat can be all-consuming alongside the clickety-clacks of $$ chips being lost and won in the city’s vast and mesmerising casino floors.
There’s loud music, spectacular shows, dizzying rides, mouth-watering cuisine from all across the globe and gargantuan hotels that you can get lost in. Plus it’s just a mere few hours from one of the natural wonders of the world.
Seeing really is believing. Las Vegas has it all – whether you’re a party lover or want to hang poolside, want to indulge in fine food or just eat hotdogs and french fries, take in some culture or jump off the side of a building – there is something for everyone.
There are hundreds and hundreds of hotels -offering around 150,000 hotel rooms combined. The scale of this Nevada city is astounding considering its packed into such a compact area. So to give the tiniest taster of what you could cram in just a few days, here’s our virtual tour of Las Vegas.
Take a walk on Las Vegas Strip
Day or night, the Strip is the beating heartbeat of Las Vegas. Lined with vast iconic hotel complexes, shops and malls, restaurants, bars and cafés – be warned, your head will be permanently swivelling and not only from the buildings.
The sidewalk is jam-packed with tourists and locals, street artists and showgirls. Remember anything goes in Vegas.
Head to Fremont Street
A trip to Vegas wouldn’t be complete without a visit downtown to Fremont. Coined as Old Vegas, Fremont was the first paved street in Vegas in 1925 and is still home to the oldest casinos including the infamous Golden Nugget and its resident shark and The Golden Gate Hotel.
Nowadays, it still retains its authentic glitzy charm with a stunning light shows and a zipline, where the brave can fly above the crowds from one end to the other, as well as interactive experiences, bars and restaurants. Soak in the atmosphere and the strange and wonderful people you’ll come across there…
Explore Caesars Palace
Arguably one of the most iconic hotels in Las Vegas, Caesars Palace really is worth your time. If you’re a resident, you’ll get to experience first hand the sheer opulence.
But if you’re just nosing around for the day, there’s still ample opportunity to discover its grand scale from The Forum Shops to the outdoor fountains. Be warned you can easily spend three hours just wandering around!
Ride New York New York’s rollercoaster
If you fancy some heart-stopping action, then The Big Apple Coaster at New York, New York will get your adrenaline going. It’s the world’s first rollercoaster to feature a 180-degree heartline twist and dive manoeuvre, soaring you high about the Las Vegas Strip.
Watch Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil still remains one of Vegas’ most popular attractions. This contemporary circus has several resident shows in town, that delight with their acrobats and exquisite sets, choreography and dance.
Now the amazing artistry of Cirque du Soleil can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. Nothing will be the visceral feeling of actually experiencing it live but their website now has a collection of behind-the-scenes footage as well as performances to be enjoyed.
Be mesmerised by Bellagio’s fountains
One of the main highlights of any trip to Las Vegas is the daily Fountains of Bellagio show. On at half an hour intervals throughout the day, you’ll know when it’s about to happen as the crowds gather along the sidewalk outside this famous hotel.
This astounding water show sees music and lights choreographed in time with the jets of water and is best seen at night. Top tip – if you want to avoid the crowds and watch the fountains from the Bellagio side, grab a meal at one of Bellagio’s many restaurants and head out to the terrace to get uninterrupted views.
Stand in awe at The Grand Canyon
One of seven natural wonders of the world, nothing can quite prepare you for the sheer scale and power of The Grand Canyon. The carved ancient rock in valleys which can be 2000 metres deep is gasp-inducing and from Las Vegas there are hundreds of different tours that can take you to the National Park via land or air.
If you are short on time, then a helicopter ride over the South Rim and Hoover Bridge is well worth paying the extra. Flying into the deep russet red canyon is an experience like no other. You can also brave the Grand Canyon’s glass SkyWalk which extends 70ft over the edge.
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