10 Best Attractions In Las Vegas

Las Vegas or Sin City is the world’s most famous resort town. Located in the middle of the desert with nothing around it, Vegas seems like an oasis. The unique city is often described as a playground for grownups or America’s playground, with casinos (around 75 of them) and slot machines wherever you look, bars which are open around the clock and world famous shows and performers all within a walking distance

1. The Strip – The Las Vegas strip is the second most popular attraction in the United States after Times Square in Manhattan. The Strip is the main boulevard in Vegas. It is home to some of the world’s largest hotels (15 of the largest 25), largest casinos and largest resorts. Walking between the bright neon lights of the strip, you can get from the Eiffel Tower in Paris (or Paris Las Vegas) to a Gondola ride in Venice (in the Venetian) or to a quick visit in Rome (Caesars Palace) in just a few minutes. You can also take a short walk from Egypt (Luxor Hotel) to an amazing roller coaster in New York (New York-New York Hotel). The Strip is truly an incredible phenomena

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: The Strip

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: The Strip (source: Lasvegaslover)

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: The Strip

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: The Strip

 

2. Watch a show – Las Vegas is a great place to catch a show. In addition to wonderful shows that perform here regularly, there are always world famous performers that fly-in to put on a few shows. So even if you didn’t plan in advance, chances are someone great will perform here tonight, and you can still get tickets

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Shows! (The Blue Man - a popular show in Vegas)

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Shows! (The Blue Man – a popular show in Vegas; source: Steve Jurvetson)

 

3. Gambling – Las Vegas is the most famous gambling destination in the world. It is home to some of the world’s largest casinos and I doubt anyone leaves Vegas without trying to beat the house at least once. The size of some of these casinos is remarkable, with slot machines as far as the eye can see, and countless table games. You can play in the casino of your hotel (yes, it has one) or enter any other casino you may desire – they’ll be happy to take your money (or, less likely, give you some of theirs)

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Casinos

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Casinos (source: Corpse Reviver)

4. Bellagio Fountains – The fountains of Bellagio are huge fountains located on an artificial lake in front of the Bellagio hotel in the Strip. The fountains feature a vast choreographed water performances set to light and music, and are visible to everyone walking the strip. The show takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and every 15 minutes from 8 pm to midnight. The fountain display is choreographed to various pieces of music, including “Time To Say Goodbye”, “Your Song”, “Viva Las Vegas”, “Luck Be a Lady”, and “My Heart Will Go On”

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Bellagio Fountains

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Bellagio Fountains (source: David Stanley)

 

5. Hoover Dam – Built in the years 1931 till 1936, during the Great Depression, the Hoover dam is one spectacular concrete arch dam. It may not be one of the largest dams in the world today, but its construction in the middle of the desert in Nevada is remarkable and shows determination and self belief, and is therefore considered an amazing engineering achievement. Its impact on it’s surrounding, giving life to the once empty desert by means of electricity and irrigation water, is priceless. The dam provides electricity to Nevada, Arizona, and California. The dam is less than an hour drive from Las Vegas, so you could easily visit it in the morning and come back in time to catch a show, get drunk, enjoy the casino, or better yet – all of the above

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Go see the Hoover Dam

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Go see the Hoover Dam

 

6. Red Rock Canyon – The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located just 15 miles (24 km) west of Las Vegas. The canyon is home to large red rock formations, sandstone peaks and high rock walls that reach up to 3,000 feet (910 m) high, and the highest peak is at the La Madre Mountain, at 8,154 feet (2,485 m). Visitors can easily explore the conservation area in a car through a 13 miles (21 km) long loop road. The area is a popular destination for hiking, rock climbing, bicycling, and more

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon (source: Nandaro)

 

7. Las Vegas Sign – The sign that welcomes you to Las Vegas is among the country’s or even the world’s most famous city signs. This 25 ft tall (7.6 m) landmark holds flashing letters that spell “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas”. The sign was created in 1959 and is considered by some to be the official southern end of the Las Vegas Strip

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: The Welcome To Las Vegas sign

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: The Welcome To Las Vegas sign

 

8. Fremont Street Experience – About 10 minutes drive from the Strip, the Fremont Street Experience is a pedestrian only, covered section of Fremont street, built entirely for your amusement. Typically to Vegas, this open-air shopping mall is filled with bright neon lights, and the ceiling is projected with a visual show accompanied by appropriate music. In Fremont street you will also find street performers, entertainers and more. Here’s the official site

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Fremont Street Experience

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Fremont Street Experience (source: Blane)

9. Stratosphere Tower – At 1,149 ft (350.2 m), the Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. The rooftop of the tower doesn’t just offer a remarkable view of the Strip, Las Vegas and the surrounding area, it is also home to thrill rides like the SkyJump, Big Shot, X Scream, and Insanity, as well as a restaurant. Click here for the official site

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Stratosphere Tower

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Stratosphere Tower (source: Sahmeditor)

 

10. National Atomic Testing Museum – Opened in 2005, the Atomic Testing Museum covers the history of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site north of Las Vegas. The period started with the very first test, on January 27, 1951, and continues to the present day. The exhibitions in the museum include testing equipment, radiation testing devices, a simulator for the experience of observing an atmospheric nuclear test and even pop culture memorabilia related to the atomic age. The museum also include an interesting exhibit about Area 51 (which also located in Nevada). Click here for the official site

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Atomic Testing Museum

Best Attractions In Las Vegas: Atomic Testing Museum (source: zzyzx)

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