Las Vegas Area, United States
Las Vegas Attractions: What to do and Where to go
Las Vegas is not all about gambling and bright neon lights, or crowds of people gambling with the chance of getting rich. In Las Vegas, you can find all sorts of attractions for everyone, from daring thrill rides and roller coasters to Hoover Dam tours or fascinating adventures in the desert.
And did we mention the casinos? Well, practically every hotel along the Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as "The Strip", features state of the art slot machines, poker tables, roulette and more, where you can lose a few hours and try your luck. Then, if all goes well, you'll go back to your room richer, thrilled and excited.
Las Vegas Casinos
There are more than 100 casinos in the city, although the newest ones are located at the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard and the classic older ones are on Fremont Street. Almost all the hotels, in this glittering town, feature a casino open to the general public.
The casinos lure visitors in with their neon lights and fantastic attractions. Hotels like Caesars Palace, Excalibur, Paris and the Venetian have spectacular architecture and stunning features. Take a tour of the city, stroll The Strip, and let them amaze you! Once you've explored this area, you'll be ready to try your lucky numbers at the casinos.
The following hotels with casinos are located at the southern end of the Las Vegas Boulevard:
- Caesars Palace
- Circus Circus
- Encore Las Vegas
- Flamingo Las Vegas
- Mandalay Bay
- MGM Grand
- Monte Carlo
- New York-New York
- Paris Las Vegas
- Wynn Las Vegas
Downtown Las Vegas features the following hotels with casinos:
- Four Queens
- Golden Nuget
- Vegas Club
Casinos in other parts of the city include:
- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
- Hooters Casino Hotel
- Las Vegas Hilton
- Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino
- Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel
- Santa Fe Station Hotel Casino
- Silverton Hotel and Casino Lounge
- Whiskey Pete's Hotel and Casino
Dancing Fountains of Bellagio
The incredible dancing fountains at the Bellagio are one of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas. This awe-inspiring show, set to beautiful music, is totally free and runs quite a few times a day. You should also visit the hotel's incredible botanical gardens, as well as its magnificent fine art gallery, where you can see the work of some of the most influential and renowned artists, such as Andy Warhol. Needless to say, the stylish casino at Bellagio offers incredible service and a very sophisticated setting. You really have to experience it to believe it!
Las Vegas features several exceptional golf courses, all created by the most prestigious golf course designers in the world. They offer spectacular undulating fairways and fast greens. Some golf courses are located on Las Vegas Boulevard, such as Bali Hai Golf Course, Callaway Golf Center, and Wynn Golf and Country Club. Others are found in the suburbs, like Sunrise Vista, Las Vegas Country Club, or the Desert Rose Golf Course. With a total of 60 golf courses, there's no doubt that Las Vegas is an exceptional golfing destination.
The Las Vegas hotels are definitely some of the major highlights of the city. They are all unique in design and many replicate different places in the world, such as Venice with its famous gondolas at the Venetian Resort, the sphinx at the Luxor Hotel and Casino, the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, and a replica of the Big Apple's famous skyline at New York New York Hotel and Casino. You can access the casinos and public areas of the vast majority of hotels in Las Vegas, even if you're not a guest there.
Thrill rides and Roller Coasters
If you are really looking for excitement, during your vacation to Las Vegas, the thrill rides and the roller coasters are sure to give you a rush of adrenaline. The Stratosphere is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States featuring the world's highest thrill rides, such as Insanity, a massive mechanical arm extending 64 feet over the edge of the tower, which spins and leaves you suspended in the air. X-Scream, a giant teeter-totter, propels you over the edge of the tower, and Big Shot, shoots passengers straight up 160 feet at 45 mph. If you dare to open your eyes at all during the ride, you'll have a stunning view of Las Vegas.
Other thrill rides, in the city, include the roller coaster above the Big Apple at New York New York Hotel and Casino, tons of thrills under the dome at Circus-Circus Adventure Dome, and the Las Vegas Cyber Speedway with racing simulators at the NASCAR Cafe and Entertainment Center in the Sahara Hotel.
Lake Mead and Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam played an important role in the development of Las Vegas, for only a dam of this size could provide the energy needed for the brightest spot on Earth, as seen from outer space. Completed in 1935, the dam is a popular tourist attraction in Las Vegas. Lake Mead is another attraction nearby, formed by water from the Colorado River blocked by the Hoover Dam. You can do all sorts of activities in and on the water here, including sailing boats and yachts.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
This protected area, located 15 miles west of Las Vegas, features numerous hiking trails within its 195,819 acres. This conservation area has a set of walls for climbing, and ideal spots for mountain biking, horse-back riding, and camping. Red Rock features a visitor center with exhibit rooms and a book shop. This site is worth the drive just to see the unique desert environment and the endemic flora and fauna of Nevada.
The Springs Preserve was built around the original water source that assisted in the growth of "The Entertainment Capital of the World". It features interesting interactive exhibits depicting the story of man in the region, from the native people that inhabited the area and the Spanish explorers, who named this land Las Vegas after the many artesian wells that watered the vegetation, to the opening of the first casino and modern-day Las Vegas. This unique attraction offers colorful desert botanical gardens, contemporary art exhibits, a photo gallery, film shows, and even outdoor concerts. Springs Reserve is also home to the Nevada State Museum.
The Grand Canyon from the Air and Other Extreme Sports
The mountains around Las Vegas offer endless excitement and adventure. Sightsee from the rim, cycle down the hills or across the desert on a mountain bike, or perhaps you'd prefer to climb a steep wall. If you like skiing, then located 45 minutes from Las Vegas is a fantastic ski resort where, weather permitting, you can go skiing or snowboarding during the months of November and April. Las Vegas offers countless possibilities for fun and excitement. If speed and adventure is your thing, then take a tour of the Grand Canyon, one of the most breathtaking natural wonders in the world. You can take a balloon ride above the canyon, go by helicopter or in a small plane, and see this awe-inspiring site. Now, if you're really extreme, in Las Vegas you'll find several skydiving schools that can teach you to skydive safely or simply take you for a jump if you're more experienced.
Zoos and Aquariums
In Las Vegas, you won't find wild animals walking beside the poker tables or wandering around the night shows, but they are here at select spots along the Las Vegas Boulevard. Don't miss seeing the African lions and their gorgeous cubs at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, the aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, or the Chilean flamingos at the Flamingo Las Vegas Resort.
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