Thanks to Hollywood, Las Vegas is now on every traveler’s wish list. And why not? Few can resist the bold statement the “Sin City” makes. Vegas knows how to do things and do them big, which makes it a must-visit for everyone who like to party till the sun comes up.
However, while Vegas is all about the nightlife and casinos, there’s even more to see off the glamorous boulevard. Here are 6 things you must do when in Vegas.
Live your Casino Royale dreams
Your trip is likely to start at the “Strip,” which runs from Mandalay Bay on the south end to the Stratosphere casino on the north end. The Strip is dotted with the best and oldest casinos. You will find a plethora of ways to lay your money on the stake when you reach this bustling patch of the city. If poker seems like your cup of tea, then head over to the infamous Bellagio Casino or downtown’s Golden Nugget, where you can find some seasoned players to test your skills against. If playing slots or video poker is more your thing, then Palms or Circus Circus is your best bet. However, we do not recommend you hit one of these places without some prior research and practice in the game unless you want your money doomed. So, glam up and let the coins roll!
Cruise the Venetian in a gondola
Get a taste of Italy right in Las Vegas at the legendary Venetian without having to travel halfway across the globe. The Venetian clones the look and feel of Italy to utter perfection by replicating even the smallest details like the costumes of the gondoliers and the serenades they play. Grab your date and hop on a gondola while it floats romantically under bridges and past cafes and restaurants, just like in Venice.
Feast your eyes on the Bellagio Fountains show
One of the best cinematic moments of the famous Hollywood flick Ocean’s Eleven is when the camera pans the massive aquatic spectacle of the Bellagio Casino. If you thought of giving Bellagio a miss because gambling is not your game—don’t. Let the mesmerizing dance and music of the water fountains take your breath away with their sheer beauty. They erupt every half hour in the afternoon and every 15 minutes in the evening. What more, they come completely free. While you’re there, take some time out to appreciate the lavish architecture of the casino.
Book a show at Cirque du Soleil
If you are from India, then your trip to Vegas is probably going to be your only chance to catch this famed circus company work its magic. Circus de Soleil, which translates to “Circus of the Sun” employs the best of the best acrobats, aerialist and strong men who put on a show worth traveling from the other side of the world to see. If you are in the mood for something naughty, then get yourself a ticket for the Absinthe’s Spiegeltent outside Caesars Palace.
Live the high life
No, not the one that will make you forget what you did the other night. Away from the glitzy nightlife of Vegas, near Boulder City, lies heaven for adventure seekers in the Bootleg Canyon Flightlinez. A hike to the top of Red Mountain will prepare you for the adrenaline rush of a 1.5-mile descent over four different zip lines that can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. For those who want a gentler approach, consider the Slotzilla, an oversized slot machine on one end of the Fremont Street Experience that propels riders under the canopy, either hanging or Superman-style.
Bird’s eye view of the Neon City
Vegas is quite a view at night, and even more so when you look at it from atop. For those who are still in touch with their inner child, a ride on the High Roller is an absolute must. Currently the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, the High Roller has glass-enclosed cabins, ensuring safety and giving a marvelous view of the city.
If you are more of a foodie, then consider dining just a few feet higher than the highest point of the High Roller at the infamous Top of the World Restaurant at the Stratosphere Casino. If you ask for our suggestions, we recommend both.
This was just the tip of the iceberg of things you must do in Vegas. However, it is imperative that you choose a quality hotel from the best hotels in Las Vegas for yourself. Vegas draws in hordes of tourists every day from all across the world, which can make it hard to get a room on short notice. Booking your hotel online is convenient and offers the most competitive rates even when you are miles away.
The second thing is to get your US visa along with your flight tickets if you are traveling from India or any other Asian country. It is a good idea to contact a travel and tour agent to make the process smoother and keep a check on your budget.
Above all, have the best time of your life when you are in Sin City. And always remember: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.