The ‘Sin City’ will probably have to be voted as the most happening place on the planet. If you’re headed to that direction, you might be surprised to find out that there’s more to Vegas than casinos and instant wedding chapels as it is mostly portrayed in the movies. While the neon lights on the Vegas Strip is a must-see spectacle at night, wouldn’t you want to discover your Las Vegas Love?
When In Vegas
You probably won’t get to see the majority of Vegas unless you’ll be there on an extended vacation. Whether you have the weekend to spare or, an entire week to spend in Vegas, here are the 5 places you need to be in to make the most out of your trip:
You Need To See The Casinos
It’s a given. You have to actually gamble — socially — to enjoy this part of your trip. Roll the dice and bet on baccarat or, at least try spinning the slot machines. In fact, casinos have so much more to offer than odds and betting. You can practically go around the world just by visiting replicas of key famous landmarks from all over the world just walking along the Vegas Strip. Here are some of the backdrops where mandatory selfies are a must:
- At Caesar’s Palace: Trevi Fountain; Colosseum that is as gigantic as the real thing in Rome; Garden of the Gods which depicts the old bathhouses and it’s 21 and over only admission Venus European Pool Lounge; The Roman Forum which is lined with high-end fashion brands; and, Cleopatra’s Barge, a floating bar patterned after the equally famous mistress of Julius Caesar
- At Luxor Hotel: The Sphinx and the Pyramid; Nile River Tour via an artificial river that encircles the casino; the Luxor Sky Beam which is famed as the brightest light that strikes the sky at night; and, King Tut’s Museum which is an exact replica of the tomb of King Tutankhamen, arguably among the most famous royals of Egypt
- At The Venetian: The Rialto Bridge which you can take a photo of in the background whether you are walking or, sailing on a gondola; St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Campanile, and more at The Grand Canal
- At Bellagio: Dancing Fountain consisting of 1,200 geysers
This is just the tip of the iceberg, keep walking up and down the strip and you’ll find English castles, the Statue of Liberty and the skyscrapers of New York, the Hôtel de Ville and Arc de Triomphe, and so much more. Time-strapped? Catch these sights morning or night aboard the Vegas Monorail.
If you had to tighten your tour some more, there are other details to help you choose which one to see based on what you want to do and the company that you keep:
- There’s plenty of sights to see for free just walking up and down the Strip. You don’t have to walk in every hotel to get the best of different worlds the casinos each have to offer.
- You can play games other than poker, roulette, and blackjack. Join bingo games or, take gaming a notch higher at Level Up, located at MGM Grand, where you can also play billiards and oversized consoles of the most popular video games of all time (PAC-MAN anyone?).
- Indulge in the endless food offerings, from authentic Chinese cuisine to the tapas of Spain.
You’d Want To Watch a Live Show
Concerts from top-billed artists like Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Cher, and Bruno Mars. You’ll find the Whos’ Who — then, now and the future, that is — of the entertainment industry running regular shows all over the most lavish concert venues and the most exclusive clubs on the Vegas Strip. You don’t get that much selection of great artists all in one place anywhere else in the world so, take this opportunity to experience them up close and personal.
If you’re not into music or, simply enjoy other forms of entertainment, you can also watch the breathtaking Cirque du Soleil, be spellbound with magic by performers in the likes of David Copperfield, David Blaine, and Mat Franco. Of course, adult entertainment may also be found all over the streets of Vegas.
You Need To Get On The High Roller
This is the eye of Vegas. Standing at 550 ft with a diameter of 520 ft, the High Roller is currently the largest Ferris wheel in the world today. Ride it from the LINQ Promenade, an outdoor shopping arcade located just across Caesar’s Palace and right smack in the middle of the Vegas Strip. The current daytime rate is $25 while riding at night costs $37. You can pay higher to pass the line and ride when you want to. There is also a half-hour open bar option so you can toast to the view.
You Have To Try The Spa
Try the flashy spas around Vegas, many are known to provide some of the world’s finest services and unparalleled ambiance that’s just rightfully Vegas. Whether you prefer Chinese style treatment at the Mandarin Oriental, a quick soak and rub from the Himalayan Salt Cave at Linq or, prefer to splurge in a spa party with your closest friends at the Qua Baths of the Caesars Palace, Vegas has your muscles covered.
You Need To Be In a Helicopter
Seriously, you also need to get out of the 136 sq. mi. of Vegas and see what’s lying just around its perimeter. The best transport? Onboard a heli. Get the best view of the Red Rock National Conservation Area, take it all the way to the Grand Canyon, and pass by Hoover Dam along the way. Of course, if you’d rather take an adventure by foot, hiking and camping tours are also available. If you wish to take it to the extreme, rock climbing is also permissible.
Las Vegas Is Wonderful
Extravagant, lavish, and many times vulgarly outlandish, Sin City is the one place in the world where you don’t have to be compelled to do only what the Romans do when in Rome, unlike what many people believe. There are so many things to enjoy in Vegas that are perfectly suitable for the young, the old, the rich, the budget traveler, and everybody else in between. Choose your own adventure and, when you can, live the lavish lifestyle even for just night in your life — Vegas style.