The 10 Best Things To Do in Las Vegas (with Map & Photos)

With this list of places to visit in Las Vegas, we want to help you not miss anything in what is known as the city of leisure and entertainment in the United States, which also holds the title of being one of the most visited destinations in the country.

Things To Do in Las Vegas
Things To Do in Las Vegas

With huge themed hotels along the Las Vegas Strip, which is the most famous avenue in the city you can enjoy any type of activity you can imagine such as playing in casinos, shopping in large shopping centers, watching magic shows, circuses, or music, even celebrating your own wedding; This artificial city built in the middle of the Mojave Desert is a dream come true. Of course, we have to remind you that it is not for everyone since its total debauchery may not please some travelers, although if we have to be honest and we can give you advice, we believe that it is worth investing a minimum of a day to get to know it. and if you like it, enjoy a place totally different from the rest you can find in the United States.

If you have more time from Las Vegas, you can visit some of the wonders of the United States on one or several-day excursions, such as the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Colorado, Death Valley, or the mythical Route 66. The best months to visit Las Vegas are April
. , May, September, and October, you will have many hours of light and temperatures that do not reach 30 degrees, something that does not happen in summer.

Based on the days we spent in Sin City during our trip through the Western United States, in which we wrote this guide to Las Vegas, we have made a list of what we believe are the 15 essential places to see in Las Vegas. Let's start!

1. The Strip

Most of the city's entertainment is concentrated along the Strip, the most famous avenue to visit in Las Vegas and which you have probably seen hundreds of times in movies.
With more than 6 kilometers, it is a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South and its approximate limits are from the famous " Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas " sign to the Stratosphere hotel tower it is the place where some of the hotels and casinos are located. most important such as the Venetian, the Bellagio, the MGM, Caesars Palace, the Paris Hotel, or the New York New York, among others.

After our experience, we recommend that you visit it during the day and, above all, at night, since the lighting of some hotels at night is spectacular and some even host some of the best shows in Las Vegas, such as the light and sound of the Fountains of the Bellagio Hotel.

To get around the Strip, the best option, if you don't want to walk far, is to take The Deuce, a double-decker bus that runs along the street 24 hours a day and stops at the most famous hotels and places of interest in Las Vegas.
Another option is to book the open-top tourist bus that allows you to get off at the stops you want for one or two days with which you can also get to Freemont Street.

Things To Do in Las Vegas
Things To Do in Las Vegas

2. Fremont Street

Fremont Street, located in the old part of the city, is the second most famous street to visit in Las Vegas, only behind the Strip.

For a time it was the city's favorite place of leisure until the large casinos and hotels on the Strip began to be built and this ousted Fremont Street to the background, although today it remains one of the city's places of worship. Its main attraction is what is known as the Fremont Street Experience., a light, video, and sound show that takes place every night on one of the largest screens in the world that covers a large part of this street. In addition to seeing this show, it is worth walking along this street and observing some of its old neon signs such as the Vegas Vic cowboy, which is a symbol of the city.
To get to Fremont Street you can take The Deuce bus which takes about half an hour to arrive, although if it is your first time in the city, we recommend booking this night tour with a guide in Spanish to tour the Strip, get to Freemont Street and know the history of the city.

Things To Do in Las Vegas
Things To Do in Las Vegas

3. Shows in Las Vegas

The shows in Las Vegas are another of the great reasons why millions of Americans and foreign tourists spend their vacation days in this city. With luxury posters of all kinds, which you can enjoy in the large auditoriums of many hotels, it is not unusual to be able to see singers like Celine Dion or Elton John, great magicians like David Copperfield or some of the best shows at the Cirque du Soleil, among others. Many others.

Of course, most are not particularly economical. But don't worry because if you don't want to spend a lot of money (or anything), another of the best things to do in Las Vegas is to see free shows such as the eruption of a volcano outside the Mirage Hotel and above all, the light and sound of the Bellagio fountains that we assure you will not leave you indifferent.

Another recommendation if you are traveling with children is to stay at the Circus Circus hotel, which puts on different clown and circus shows inside.

We, in addition to the free ones, went to see the acrobatic show Le Reve (they are currently not doing it) and we assure you that it was the best we have seen so far. 

Other famous shows that are worth a visit are Michael Jackson ONE, O, KÀ, Mystère, and Mad Apple, all performed by the renowned Cirque du Soleil.

You can check the schedules of other shows and book tickets in advance from this trusted page.

4. The Welcome Sign, one of the places to visit in Las Vegas

One of the things you have to do in Las Vegas is take a photo next to the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. This sign, located on the southern part of Las Vegas Boulevard, near the Mandalay Bay hotel, marks one of the limits of the Strip and is one of the symbols of Las Vegas. As a curiosity, we will tell you that on the back of the sign you can read the phrases « Return Soon » and « Drive carefully ».

5. Las Vegas Attractions

The attractions of Las Vegas, many inside the most famous hotels on the Strip, are part of the entertainment offer of this city starting with the Stratosphere hotel with a 350-meter-high tower, where the best viewpoint is located. of Las Vegas and four attractions not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo: Big Shot, X-Scream, Insanity, the Ride, and Skyjump, one of the highest bungee jumps in the world. You can book your ticket from this page.

In addition to this one, which is probably the best known, in front of the New York, New York hotel you will find the Roller Coaster, which can reach over 100 kilometers per hour, and if the weather is not good and you have already visited the interior of the hotels best-known things to see in Las Vegas, another option is to visit the Madame Tussauds wax museum or solve crimes at CSI: The Experience, located inside the MGM hotel.

And to put the cherry on top of your visit to the city, there is nothing better than flying over the Strip and the Downtown area at night by booking this nighttime helicopter ride to see Las Vegas illuminated, which will surely become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your trip.

6. The Linq Promenade

In front of the emblematic Caesars Palace Hotel is The Linq Promenade, the new leisure area to visit in Las Vegas.

This open-air pedestrian promenade is flanked by restaurants serving cuisine from around the world such as the famous Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, lively bars such as American Beer & Cocktails, cupcake shops such as Sprinkles, original shops and entertainment venues such as VR Adventures (virtual reality) as well as several casinos and a bowling alley. The main attraction of this street is the High Roller, one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world (167 meters high) that has in each of its 28 cabins with transparent glass one of the best views of Las Vegas. You can book your ticket in advance from this page.

Another of our favorite attractions is the Fly LINQ, the most famous zip line in Las Vegas where you will jump from a height of 341 meters. You can buy the ticket here.
A great option to save money is to buy the Go Las Vegas Card which includes top attractions like the High Roller and the Fly LINQ.

Things To Do in Las Vegas
Things To Do in Las Vegas

7. Hotels to see in Las Vegas

When visiting Las Vegas it is almost mandatory to stay in one of the most famous themed hotels on the Strip.

These huge hotels have everything you could want, from shops to restaurants, bars, cafes, theaters, swimming pools, spa areas, nightclubs, and even a wedding chapel. Not a single detail is missing. But do you think all this is thinking about the tourist? We're sorry to disappoint you but we have to say no. Everything is designed so that you don't have to leave the hotel and spend all the money in its casinos. But this is also part of Las Vegas, don't you think?

We stayed at the Luxor Hotel, located at the beginning of the Strip and inspired by the Egyptian civilization, in which its great pyramid stands out and although we liked it a lot today, if we had to return we would probably choose another located in a more central area since this one is in one of the ends of the Strip and depending on the visits it can be far from everything.

Other hotels to visit in Las Vegas that are also highly recommended to stay in are The Venetian, where you can ride a gondola through its canals, the  New York with an impressive façade of the skyline of the city of skyscrapers, the  Caesars Palace in the that you will feel in ancient Rome, Paris with an Eiffel Tower more than 100 meters high or the Excalibur, which recreates a medieval castle.

Other non-themed hotels that are also worth it are the MGM Grand, the largest in the city, The Bellagio, the most expensive hotel to build, or the Wynn, one of the most luxurious which is spectacular.
All of these hotels can be booked through this Booking link, which always has the best prices.
For more information about the best hotels and neighborhoods, you can consult this post about where to stay in Las Vegas.

8. Getting married, one of the things to do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is the marriage capital of the world where more than 100,000 weddings are celebrated each year as a result of the low price and ease of acquiring a marriage license. Furthermore, to all this, we must add the glamor of many celebrities and Hollywood stars who have gotten married in one of its chapels so that more than one traveler comes to the city to spend their first (or second) time. once at the altar.

It is important to know that weddings in Las Vegas can be legal, although you also have the option of doing it theatrically ( without all the paperwork) and thus have a nice memory of Sin City without having a real marriage with which to return to your country. originally.
Of course, keep in mind that weddings are not the norm here. a classic wedding that you may have in mind. In Las Vegas, most people choose a themed wedding, be it fairy tales, westerns, vampires, Star Trek, or the more classic and popular wedding option in which Elvis Presley and Marilyn will be the main protagonists.

Many hotels have a chapel inside to celebrate the wedding, although our recommended option is to choose a chapel outside the hotels, such as the emblematic Graceland, where an Elvis impersonator will sing his greatest hits to you while you say I do. You can book the Elvis wedding at Graceland Chapel from this page.

9. Restaurants in Las Vegas

Restaurants in Las Vegas are very varied and have options ranging from fast food to international food, medium and high-quality restaurants, and fantastic and complete hotel buffets.

Although you have thousands of options to choose from, among fast food and burger joints we recommend Viva Las Arepas, Tacos El Gordo, Fatburger, The Egg Works, and In-N-Out in addition to popular New York franchises such as Shake Shack, Five Guys, and Grimaldi's. But if your weakness is gourmet cuisine, you can't miss going to restaurants like L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand, Bouchon at The Venetian, Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at The D Las Vegas, Top of the World at the Stratosphere, overlooking the entire city, and the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at the Paris hotel, overlooking the Bellagio fountain show. You can buy your ticket in advance to the Eiffel Tower from this page.

Another good option to eat well and at a good price, between 10 and 20 dollars, are the free buffets at the hotels and although we are not much into this type of food, we tried the one at the Luxor and we have to say that it met all expectations.

For more gastronomic recommendations you can follow this list of restaurants to eat in Las Vegas.

10. Casinos

The city's motto is " What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas " although we would add that, normally, if you gamble, the money stays in its casinos.

This is something that we believe you should keep in mind since many tourists travel to Las Vegas hoping to have a stroke of luck playing cards or machines and return home millionaires or at least cover the expenses of the trip. Do you know how many times that happens? We do not have the percentage but we assure you that it is minimal and you will be able to see it in most hotels that have casinos and are open 24 hours a day where it is not at all unusual to see people playing on the same machine from the time you go to sleep until the time you get up to play. having breakfast is having earned a dollar.
Despite that, and if you want to try the experience of playing in a Las Vegas casino, we recommend exchanging a small amount of dollars in chips, of which you can also keep some as a souvenir and when you have lost them, leave and continue enjoying everything the city has. If you are not an expert at poker or blackjack, it is best to try your luck at roulette or slot machines. You never know and maybe you can end the night in a suite drinking champagne. If that happens, send us an email and we will be very excited to know about it.

Of course, remember that to play in casinos you must be at least 21 years old in the United States.

Tours from Las Vegas

Another of the best things to do in Las Vegas is a day trip to see some of the wonders to visit in the United States such as the spectacular Grand Canyon, Death Valley or Antelope Canyon.

If you don't have a car or don't feel like driving, we recommend consulting this list of the best excursions from Las Vegas with a guide in Spanish that includes some of the best tours such as:

  • Grand Canyon Tour
  • Offer: Grand Canyon + Las Vegas Tour
  • Antelope Canyon Tour
  • Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
  • Excursion to Death Valley

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