Las Vegas has so much to offer, that you can easily spend a week (or longer!) there. In this article, I’ll share my 10 favorite things to do in Las Vegas.
A week in Las Vegas
“What are you going to do in Las Vegas for a full week?” Many of my friends were surprised when I told them about my trip to Las Vegas. But this city has so much to offer, you can easily do or see something completely different every day. Are you ready? Here we go:
1. Explore the amazing hotels
Las Vegas is home to the biggest hotels in the world. And you can visit them all! Every hotel looks like its own city, with multiple restaurants, shops, theatres, and a casino. Almost every hotel has a theme, for example, in Luxor, you’ll be exploring ancient Egypt, in New York New York it looks like you’re walking in Brooklyn, and in The Venetian, you can get in one of the gondola’s, just like in Venice. So make sure to explore some of these amazing hotels!
2. Gamble a little
Well, you are in Las Vegas, right? Everywhere you go, you will see slots. Even at the airport! So just put in a dollar every once in a while, before you’ll know it, you’ll get three dollars in return.
3. Take a look at the Hoover Dam
If you want to leave The Strip behind for a little bit, it’s fun to drive to Hoover Dam. It’s a 45-minute drive, and you’ll be in a completely different world. The Hoover Dam is huge and it’s a great place to walk around. Half of the dam is in Arizona and half of the dam is in Nevada. Because of the one hour time difference, it’s possible to stand in two different time zones at the same time, how cool is that? For the best view of the dam, hike up to the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.
4. Take a picture at the Las Vegas sign
At the beginning of the Las Vegas Strip (near Mandalay Bay), you’ll find the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. A great spot to take pictures, and something you just have to do when you’re visiting Las Vegas for the first time! Since you’re not the only one who has that idea, make sure to be there early in the morning, when the lines are short.
5. Visit a show
Every single night Las Vegas offers multiple great shows. You can see big stars like Celine Dion or Jennifer Lopez, go to a stand-up comedy show or see one of the many Cirque du Soleil shows. You can find discounts for most of the shows on this website. If you’re traveling to Las Vegas as a couple, this would be perfect for a date night!
6. Enjoy the spectaculair Bellagio Fountains
Don’t you feel like paying for a show? No problem! One of the greatest shows in Las Vegas is for free: the Bellagio Fountains. Every 30 minutes (and every 15 minutes at night) you will be able to see these fountains dance on music with lots of lights. It’s a real spectacle!
7. Check out the lights in Fremont Street
If you want to see the old Las Vegas, go to Fremont Street. Here you will find the old hotels like Golden Nugget and Binion’s and the Fremont Street Experience. Light shows and multiple stages, entertainment is everywhere!
8. Learn about the history in the Neon Museum
Are you interested in learning something about the history of Las Vegas? Then make sure to visit the Neon Museum! You have to book a tour on the official website, and the tour guide will tell you all about the hotels and the gangsters in Las Vegas. You’ll see huge neon signs and it’s an awesome place to take pictures.
9. Enjoy the amazing food
With multiple Michelin-Starred Restaurants, you will eat the best food in Las Vegas. Also, the buffets are really good (I can recommend The Buffet at Aria and the one in Belaggio), with fresh fish, stakes the way you like, and loads of vegetables and fruits. Other restaurants on The Strip are amazing as well. For example, the Sugar Factory, where they serve very colorful food and amazing cocktails, which makes it a perfect place for a great Vegas girls trip!
10. Go hiking in the Valley of fire
Las Vegas is surrounded by the most beautiful national parks, like Death Valley, Zion, Joshua Tree, and the Grand Canyon. But if you want to stay a little closer to town, I highly recommend visiting the Valley of Fire State Park. It’s very scenic with red rocks and there are some beautiful trails, like the on to Fire wave.
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