- Strolling on the Strip After Dark: You haven’t really seen Las Vegas until you’ve seen it at night. This neon wonderland is the world’s greatest sound-and-light show. Begin at Luxor and work your way past the incredible hotels and their attractions. You’ll probably be exhausted, both physically and mentally, by the time you get to the halfway mark around Caesars Palace, but forge ahead and you could go all the way to the Stratosphere Tower for a bird’s-eye view of the city from more than 1,000 feet up. Make plenty of stops en route to see the Mirage Volcano erupt, take a photo of the full moon over the Eiffel Tower, and marvel at the choreographed water-fountain ballet at Bellagio.
- Casino-Hopping on the Strip: The interior of each lavish hotel-casino is more outrageous than the last. Just when you think they can’t possibly top themselves, they do. From Venice to Paris, from New York City to the Manhattan-style chic of CityCenter, it is all, completely and uniquely, Las Vegas.
- Sleeping In: Come on! You’re on vacation! Yes, there are lots of things to see and do in Las Vegas, but with tens of thousands of the most luxurious hotel rooms in the world, don’t you just want to stay in one of those big fluffy beds and maybe order room service? We know we do.
- Visiting an Only-in-Vegas Museum: A stuffy and “tasteful” museum would never do the trick here in Vegas, so visit these few that are worthy of their Sin City locales: Go nuclear at the National Atomic Testing Museum, get “made” at the Mob Museum, or get lit up at the Neon Museum.
- Spending a Day (and Night) in Downtown: Glitter Gulch is undergoing a renaissance with fun, modern hotels and casinos like The Downtown Grand; terrific and affordable dining options such as Eat and La Comida; fun and funky bars like The Commonwealth; and must-see attractions like the Fremont Street Experience. Oh, and there’s a giant, fire-breathing praying mantis at the Downtown Container Park. If that doesn’t make you want to go, nothing will!
- Shopping Until You’re Dropping: Take what Napoleon called “the greatest drawing room in Europe,” replicate it, add shops, and you’ve got The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian—it’s St. Mark’s Square, complete with canals and working gondolas.
- Dressing up for a Show: You’ll see plenty of cats in Bermuda shorts, hoodies, and Hawaiian shirts, but there’s something about putting on your best suit or fanciest dress for an evening at the “thea-tuh” that can’t be beat.
- Breaking Some Records: You can find thrills almost anywhere in town, but a few of the adrenaline-pumping attractions here are worthy of spots in The Guinness Book of World Records. High Roller is the world’s tallest observation wheel; The Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides are the highest in the United States; and SlotZilla is the world’s tallest “slot machine,” which is the launching platform for zip and zoom lines down Fremont Street.
- Getting Away from It All: Las Vegas can be overwhelming, so be sure to put some time on your itinerary to find your Zen at such scenic spots as the Valley of Fire State Park or Red Rock Canyon.
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