1. The Strip
This is by far the most famous and visited among the Vegas attractions, as it contains most of the casinos in the city in one big stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South. It is 2.5 miles long and runs through the city from northeast to southeast and is filled with huge entertainment palaces, home to performance venues, luxury hotel rooms, and fine dining. You can witness giant mega-casino hotels, decorated with attention to detail, which create a fantasy-like atmosphere. We are certain you have seen most of them in the movies. In most cases, hotels are connected to each other either by bridge or underground or in the case of the Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay, by a complimentary rail shuttle. Be aware that during the summer, the oppressive heat during the daylight hours may make walking a very uncomfortable activity. The Strip is particularly impressive at night when the city is illuminated by an endless succession of glittering neon signs.
2. Paris Hotel and the Eiffel Tower
Paris Las Vegas is located on the Strip and is one of the most easily recognized resorts in the city. What makes this resort Paris-like, is the scale model of the Eiffel Tower, which is situated out front. Furthermore, down the way, you can encounter a recreation of the Paris Opera House. Forty-six stories above the city streets, the Eiffel Tower allows visitors to get a 360-degree view of Vegas. There are special tour-guides, which are nice enough to name all the landmarks, which visitors can see from the top, so don’t worry about that. Just below the top, you will also find a romantic restaurant, which allows you to enjoy a breathtaking view while eating your food. Las Vegas is particularly stunning at night, because of the millions of lights, so do visit the tower in the dark part of the day.
3. Venetian Hotel and Gondola Rides
Another one of the Las Vegas attractions, which will transfer you to Europe is the Venetian Hotel, also located on the Strip. It is one of the city’s finest resorts and has many interesting tourist attractions. Venice, Italy, is famous for its canals and singing gondoliers, but travellers won’t need a passport to ride the Grand Canal at the Venetian Casino Resort in Nevada’s largest city. Inside is a themed shopping arcade built to resemble the city of Venice, complete with blue skies, canals, and gondoliers. The hotel also features recreations of the main attractions found in Venice, such as the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs, along with many others. Gondolas, complete with costumed singing gondoliers, guide their craft under bridges and balconies, and past shops with exterior décor that mimics the real thing. This will guarantee your full-on Venetian experience, where couples can share a kiss under the Rialto Bridge or any of the other bridges, for that matter.
4. Bellagio Resort and Fountain Show
The Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas is a massive, high-end hotel complex, with a wide variety of attractions, including the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, a spa and salon, and some of the finest restaurants in Las Vegas. The resort is famous for its dancing fountains and conservatory and botanical gardens. The garden has so many plants, it takes 140 horticulturists to maintain it as well as plan holiday-themed displays. Experts also answer visitors’ gardening questions daily in the conservatory. Beyond the lobby is a showroom area with changing themes, the most impressive and famous of which, is the fountain show. In front of the Bellagio, along the Strip, the dancing fountains perform a beautiful display of water set to music. From the sidewalk, visitors have a ringside view. This is often described as the best free attraction in Las Vegas. The Bellagio is often described as “the most ambitious, choreographically complex water feature ever conceived.”
5. New York-New York Hotel
The New York-New York Hotel in Las Vegas is visually stunning and is designed to appear like New York’s skyline, complete with the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. A huge roller coaster circles in and around the site. This hotel contributes perfectly to the international atmosphere that the Strip creates in all visitors of Las Vegas. Thus, with visiting one city, you will get the atmosphere of a bunch of others, as well. The Big Apple roller coaster at New York New York Hotel is a ride for all the thrill seekers out there and it draws around 1.4 million riders annually. It’s the world’s first roller coaster with a 180-degree to twist and dive, meaning riders will be upside down part of the time, with the coaster zipping along at 67 mph. So, it is a ride worth taking and an attraction worth visiting.
6. Fremont Street
Fremont Street is situated in old downtown Las Vegas, a few kilometres from the Strip, and is a pedestrian-only area with multiple unique sites worth seeing. This is an attraction no one, who is visiting Las Vegas should miss. What it offers its visitors, are top-notch sound and light shows and colourful displays, which take place several times a night under a 90-foot canopy. While this happens, all casinos and other businesses turn off their lights, which serves as a signal that the light show is bound to begin. More than 12 million LED lights streak through the pedestrian mall located in the historic section of Las Vegas. It is definitely a show that will wow your senses. Street performers and special entertainment acts often perform outdoors in this area. Although don’t expect to see any of them hula-hooping! A ban on hula-hoops in Fremont Street is just one of the many stupid laws in Nevada. Finally, if you want to truly experience Las Vegas at night, take the 3.5-hour Las Vegas Lights Night Tour, which includes the Fremont Street light show and highlights along the Strip.
7. Caesar’s Palace and The Colosseum
This resort was built by Jas Sarno, who worked hard to create what he envisioned – a casino much more glamorous than what the Strip had been offering. This is how the Caesar’s Palace was born in the 1960s at a cost of $24 million. It was definitely unlike anything Las Vegas had seen till that moment. With fountains and pools and employees in Roman-themed uniforms, it was an immediate hit and set the standard for the themed-hotels that are so common in Sin City today. This casino appears in a couple of Hollywood movies since its opening, including the popular comedy The Hangover. So, it would be great fun to visit this hotel and follow in the footsteps of the main characters. The hotel is also closely associated with shows held in its huge concert venue known as “The Colosseum.” Top performers (which have included Celine Dion and Elton John) perform here for extended periods, and shows are often booked out well in advance.
8. Mob Museum
The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement is a truly unique museum in Nevada. The building it is housed in is a 1933 Neoclassical building, which was formerly the US Post Office and Courthouse. It was one of the locations for the famous Kefauver Committee hearings in 1950, which revealed some ugly truths about organized crime in Las Vegas and across the US. The museum tells the history of the mafia in America through engaging, interactive displays and video clips. This non-profit museum explores organized crime from its beginnings to today through exhibits and interactive activities. There, you can learn about mobsters and G-men, molls and speakeasies, bootleggers and casino skimmers, and present-day mob activities. But a fun fact about this place is that the $42 million to build this museum was given by the government, and not the mob. This place can be qualified as one of the Las Vegas attractions for adults, as you probably don’t want children anywhere near stories about the mafia.
9. The Stratosphere Tower
The Stratosphere Tower is an unmistakable sight on the Las Vegas skyline, which rises up 1,149 feet and is the tallest freestanding tower in the United States. On the rooftop of the tower are a variety of heart-pounding thrill rides, including the SkyJump, Big Shot, X Scream, and Insanity. The observation deck is THE place to go for spectacular 360-degree views of the city and the surrounding terrain. Since the tower is open until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends, it’s a good place to see Las Vegas at its glittering best. This attraction is one of the most visited in Las Vegas as it appeals to daredevils and thrill seekers, who can pay to sky jump off the tower at 855 feet (261 meters). So, we definitely believe this tower is a sight worth seeing.
10. Helicopter Rides over Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon
If you are dreaming of a new and adventurous experience, take a ride with a helicopter over Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. There are numerous companies, which offer this attraction and will take you on an aerial tour over Vegas and the Strip and many other fascinating locations, which are even more interesting when seen from the sky. This is perfect for people, who do not have enough time in Vegas to visit all the attractions worth seeing. The helicopter tours are a great opportunity for visitors to observe the amazing landscape surrounding Nevada, which holds one of America’s most impressive and famous natural attractions. You can choose a long helicopter tour, which will take about 6.5 hours and will allow you to see all you wanted.
So, this was our short blog post about the most prominent Las Vegas tourist attractions, and if you are lucky enough to visit Sin City, then definitely do not miss out on any of the aforementioned sights, as they are, for sure, worth seeing.