BEST THINGS TO DO IN LAS VEGAS
When imagining Las Vegas, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking it’s just one long road. In fact, Las Vegas is a huge city with lots of interesting places to visit, on and off the strip. In my opinion, Las Vegas is a quintessential trip that everybody should experience at least once in their lives. From the craziness of the streets to the pure extremities of the hotels, Vegas is the place of indulgence and experience.
Now Vegas may be linked to crazy parties – and while it is great for that, there is far more to do than just that. Before I went to Vegas I had heard so many people say it’s only a ‘three-day’ town but in my opinion, they are completely wrong. I spent five days in Las Vegas, with each day packed out with things to do and yet I still didn’t see everything I wanted to.
Before I share my favourite things to do in Vegas, I really want to stress how important it is to walk around the city. If Vegas is one thing, it’s spontaneous and around every corner is a suprise.
So if you are going to Sin City anytime soon, here are the places that you will have to visit.
WELCOME TO LAS VEGAS SIGN
Obviously, this has to be the top of everybody’s to-do list when visiting Vegas! The welcome sign has become iconic and I would seriously recommend heading up the strip to see it. As it is a welcome sign, it’s at the end of the strip so if you aren’t too keen on a walk in the desert-heat then I would advise getting an uber to take you up there and then enjoy a leisurely stroll back.
FYI: As this is one of the biggest attractions in the city be prepared to queue! There are a lot of people going to take pictures or even propose so if you want the ‘perfect’ pic you will have to wait your turn. However, if you’re happy with not being dead under the sign, you are more than welcome to take photos from the side and not queue. That’s what we did and that way we weren’t in any rush and to be honest our photos came out great anyway.
While the strip will keep you occupied for days there is a world of other places to visit when in Las Vegas, and Fremont Street is one of them. You may recognise a few things down there as it’s appeared in countless films and music videos. It’s part of Old-Town-Vegas and features many of the original casinos and bars, including the Golden Nugget. The whole thing can be walked around in around five minutes and has been completely pedestrianised. If you’re looking for a bit of history and just pure randomness, this is definitely for you.
FYI: There is a huge zipline above Fremont street called Slotzilla. If you are feeling brave make sure to give it a go. You soar above the street and get to see everything from above. Don’t worry about any bags either, they provide special bags that will hook onto your harness.
If like me, you are partial to a cocktail, visiting Atomic Liquors is a MUST. Located on Fremont Street, Atomic Liquors is the oldest freestanding bar in Vegas and was rumoured to be a drinking spot for The Rat Pack. You might recognise the sign outside as it was featured in The Hangover film. This dive bar is a bit of a well-kept secret as it’s not too busy but still provides one hell of an atmosphere.
It was said that the name came about in the sixties when a nuclear testing site was 50 miles away and on certain nights the patrons would sit on the roof and watch the mushroom-shaped explosions go off.
FYI: The drinks here change all the time, including the draft beers so I can’t reccomend the best cocktail! What I can say is that the door is located to the side of the building, and at certain times you may need to ring the doorbell to get in!
Arguably, the coolest hotel on the strip, The Venetian. This Venice-inspired resort offers you nightclubs, an ice bar, a mall, rooms, copious restaurants, bars and oh yeah, gondolas. Yes, you heard me, The Venetian’s biggest draw is not only the architecture but the gondolas. Designed with a body of water to mimic Venice outside and a separate setup inside, this is a must-do. The Gondoliers are dressed for the part providing you with cheesy Italian accents and incredible singing!
FYI: You can book tickets online here but if you would rather have a look on the day, I would recommend you get down there early. It gets very busy and the trips fill up quickly. Also, be aware that you will most likely be sharing with others if you don’t select a private trip!
THE NEON MUSEUM
If you want to steer away from the strip one afternoon the Neon Museum is the perfect location. Otherwise known as Boneyard Park this is one of the coolest places in the city. Completely non-profit the museum features a vast collection of neon lights that date back to the birth of the strip! Not only does it have hundreds of disused neon lights, a number of them still light up and you can get tours at night to see them in action.
FYI: I believe you can do self-guided tours, though I would seriously urge you to try the guided tours! Our tour guide was incredible, he was a volunteer who had lived in Las Vegas for 30 years. He knew the extensive history of all of the signs and kept it fun. This is
At the bottom of the strip is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the USA, the Stratosphere. Now, the Stratosphere is one of the older resorts in Vegas and therefore, is a little rundown. Do not let that deter you though as once you get to the top of the Stratosphere you will find a rotating restaurant, a bar and numerous fairground rides. Above all of that, the views from the top are incredible. We went at night and I cannot explain to you how stunning the views are!
FYI: If you are scared of heights, this is not the bar for you. I am not scared of heights but even I felt a little bit wobbly. As you can see, the glass is a tilt and inside the lower floor rotates! Also, just be aware that the bar is a little bit pricey…
It’s beautiful and free, what more could you want? The Bellagio Fountains are one of the things that really show off the decadence of Las Vegas. Positioned outside the front of the famous Bellagio hotel, this fountain is a major staple on the strip.
If you are heading to Las Vegas, I’d love to hear what you got up to and if you visit any of my recommendations. For