They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Situated in the Mojave Desert, ‘Sin City’ is shamelessly bling and ostentatious. Anything goes here. And it’s absolutely brimming to the edge with activities. Take your visit to new heights on the High Roller or see famous landmarks, such as the Bellagio Fountain, on a helicopter tour. And when you’ve had your fill of neon and roulette, remember that you are in the middle of spectacular desert landscapes. Another top thing to do is an excursion to admire the rust-hued scenery of the Red Rock Canyon. From the famous Strip and its remarkable shows to the Grand Canyon, here is the best Las Vegas has to offer.
Top six things to do in Las Vegas
1. Stroll along the Strip
Where the bright lights don’t get any brighter. The Las Vegas Strip is 7km of casinos, hotels and upscale restaurants. A stroll at night when the city and attractions are lit up is like a walk in Wonderland. There’s a reason it’s one of America’s most famous streets – it’s packed with just about everything imaginable. There’s a hop-on, hop-off bus if you want to rest your legs, while if you fancy going ‘full Vegas’, a pink 4x4 tour ticks all the boxes.
2. Take your visit up above on the High Roller
Opened in 2014, this brilliantly named giant Ferris wheel is the second tallest in the world – the equivalent of 46 storeys. It features 28 pods, each with a capacity of 40 passengers. The panoramic views of Sin City from way up are like no other. Each journey gives you a quick history lesson about the city and its landmarks. To take it to the next level, you can pair your experience with the Fly LINQ Zipline and glide your way above The LINQ Promenade to the High Roller.
3. Venture out to the Grand Canyon
A city located in the middle of the desert makes for plenty of nature shots. And Vegas has a trump card up its sleeve. The Grand Canyon is just a two-and-half-hour drive away. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, its breathtaking panoramas are second to none. More than 2 billion years of geological history can be admired in its red-brown rock formations. Viewing options include helicopter tours and the Grand Canyon Skywalk – a glass bridge that extends out 20 metres above the canyon floor 250 metres below.
4. Catch one of the famous shows
Nightlife and entertainment are two synonyms of Vegas. From comedy shows to concerts, cabarets, and the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, the variety of high-energy and captivating shows on offer is endless. If you’re looking for something to do post-dinner, then catching a performance at one of the venues on the Strip or nearby downtown is one of the best things to do to finish the evening.
5. Test your luck at a casino
It’s almost impossible to visit Las Vegas and not set foot inside a casino. With more than 50 near the Strip alone, you’ll be tempted to check one out, even if it’s not to gamble. The sound of the slot machines and the buzz about the tables are all part of the Vegas experience.
6. Explore the beauty of Zion National Park
If the great outdoors is your thing, then you’re in for a real treat here. Founded in 1919, Zion National Park is a three-hour drive from Las Vegas. The river valleys, canyons, and landscapes are all Instagram-worthy. A must-do is Angels Landing, a 4km hiking route that will present you with stunning views of the 800-metre-deep Zion Canyon.