27 Spectacular Sightseeing Spots in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States. There are so many things to see and do. Parks, museums, casinos, water shows, there's something for everyone.
When you hear Las Vegas, one activity comes to mind—gambling. Movies advertise it as a place filled with casinos, nightclubs, fine dining, and spontaneous marriages. After all, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right? This fun filled city offers more than just expensive hobbies. There are so many places to see and it would be a shame to miss out on any of them. Read on to find out the must see attractions Las Vegas has to offer.
1. The Strip
Take a long leisurely stroll along this 4-mile street found in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard. It’s lined with entertainments centers, casinos, hotels, and restaurants. You can find 15 of the world’s 25 largest hotels here. At night, this place is brimming with life! Though these places sound expensive, you don’t have to spend a lot in order to enjoy your visit here. Some of the more popular free destinations for tourists are the volcano at The Mirage, the water fountains at Bellagio, Festival Fountain at Caesar’s Palace and the Fall of Atlantis.
2. Bellagio Fountains at Bellgaio Resort
You don’t have to spend several hundred dollars per night at Bellagio Resort to enjoy the Bellagio Fountains. Every 30 minutes, from 3pm to 8pm, and every 15 minutes from 8pm till midnight, this 8.5 acre lake presents a dazzling show of 1,214 spritzers erupting from the water and shooting up as high as 460 feet in the air. It is accompanied with music choreography by Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, etc. The best part? It’s absolutely free! Make sure to stop by here when you’re walking down The Strip.
3. Stratosphere Las Vegas
Up for an adrenaline rush? Head to Stratosphere Las Vegas! It’s a hotel and casino. Its most popular attraction is the Stratosphere Tower that’s 1,149 feet (350 m) high. This is the highest observation tower in the entire United States. But there’s more to do here than just eating and gambling. There are so many rides to enjoy: Sky Jump for bungee jumping (leap off from 829 feet at 40 mph), Insanity - an octopus style ride that holds you 900 feet over the air and spins 64 feet over the towers edge, X-Scream is the third highest thrill ride in the world and will catapult you 27 feet over The Tower’s Edge, and, last but not least is Big Shot which is the highest thrill ride in the world with a whooping 1,081 feet (329 m)! Once you’re done satisfying the daredevil in you, the Stratosphere has several restaurants such as a Starbucks, Top of the World and Fellini’s Ristorante to rest and refuel.
Official website: http://www.stratospherehotel.com/Activities
4. High Roller Ferris Wheel on the LINQ
You can cross off going to the world’s tallest ferris wheel from your bucket list. Enjoy the best view of The Strip by riding the High Roller Ferris Wheel. This ride can be found at the edge of LINQ’s entertainment promenade. It’s 550 feet tall, takes 30 minutes to complete one rotation and each cabin is enclosed with glass to provide you a spectacular view of the city. Each spherical cabin can hold 40 people and though there are benches on each side, I think it would be better to stand against the window and appreciate the view it offers.
Official website: http://www.stratospherehotel.com/Activities
5. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
Take tons of pictures with your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds Museum. It’s truly amazing how lifelike these figures are. The place is great for a small photoshoot and with so many figures around, it’s like having a picture with the real thing. This museum has Nikki Minaj, Audrey Hepburn, Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley, and there are also scenes from some famous movies like The Hangover. Overall, this is a great place to kill a few hours and take photos.
6. Excalibur Hotel
This is one of the most famous theme hotels in the city. With a medieval motif complete with turrets, this hotel has all the amenities a tourist could need during his or her stay, including a pool and a wide array of restaurants nearby. They have great customer service, punctual housekeeping and a reasonably priced and delicious buffet.
Official website: https://www.excalibur.com
7. Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
You may have been to zoos before before, but in any of them have you seen white lions and tigers? Well, at Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden you’ll have an opportunity to see these magnificent creatures and a dolphin habitat. Get a chance to see these adorable creatures, admire magnificent cats like panthers, leopards, and bengal tigers, then play with the dolphins. Take a break and unleash the animal lover in you.
At the Mirage Hotel and Casino.
Main Hours Monday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Admission to both exhibits is $22 for adults, $17 for children (ages 4-12) and free for children under 3. Annual passes are available for $55 for adults and $42 for children ages 4 to 12.
Phone: (702) 791-7188
Phone: (800) 963-9634
8. Gondola Rides at the Venetian
You don’t have to go to Italy to enjoy a gondola ride when you can go the Venetian hotel and casino to experience the same thing. Relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of the waters, the angelic voice of your gondolier and kiss under the bridge for good luck, just like its counterpart in Italy. This is a must-visit place for couples. It’s romantic and something you will remember for the rest of your lives. It’s a little expensive, so if you want to save some money, I recommend sharing the gondola with another couple.
$18.95 per person. Children 2 years old and younger are free. A private, two-passenger gondola ride is available for $75.80. Prices apply for both indoor and outdoor gondola rides. Reservations may be made at the Emporio D'Gondola located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes.
9. Las Vegas Monorail
Las Vegas has its own monorails and trams for easier transportation. Though it is enjoyable to take in all the sights by foot, it can get tiring after a couple of hours. See all the sights around the Strip by taking this cool, train-like transport system. A train is available every 7 minutes and it’s open till 2 in the morning on weekdays and 3am on weekends (Friday-Sunday). If you will be staying in Las Vegas for more than 3 days, then I recommend buying a 3-day pass to save a few bucks.
Official website: http://www.lvmonorail.com
10. Las Vegas Motor Speedway
If you’re a fan of fast cars and racing, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a must-visit. Fifteen miles northeast of the Strip is a 1,200 acre racetrack complex. There are many racing events held here every year including NASCAR, IRL, NHRA and, XFINITY races. You can watch a few races or you can try being a race car driver yourself and take a spin with a professional. Go over the tracks with a speed of 165 mph and feel the rush of energy and adrenaline. Should you wish to go here and there is a major event going on, make sure to allocate plenty of time to get there and to leave. There are plenty of restaurants in the area and if you want to stay overnight, there are camping grounds as well.
Official website: http://www.lvms.com
11. Vegas Indoor Skydiving
Want an adrenaline rush without risking your life to get it? Vegas Indoor Skydiving provides you the opportunity to experience the thrill of skydiving without having to jump of a plane or need a parachute. There are almost no restrictions for height and age so it’s a fun activity for families, couples and friends. There are instructors who will teach you how to position your body properly, the correct hand signals used in the wind tunnel, and other safety concerns. They will help you put on a specialised flight suit and provide goggles, earplugs and a helmet. If you’re a first timer, then one session may take up to one hour. It’s better to make reservations ahead of time and go there early in the day. It’s perfectly safe and a great way to bond with your loved ones.
Official website: https://www.vegasindoorskydiving.com
12. Discovery Children’s Museum
The best way for children to learn is to stimulate their minds and Discover Children’s Museum offers that and so much more. Stepping foot inside is like going to a whole new world. You’ll find just about everything to spark your kid’s interest from art, science, theatre, performing arts, research, and water. One of their attractions is about introducing kids to future jobs they might like and it’s very interactive. Miniature groceries which they can bag and scan, another section where they can pretend to be a mechanic and change tires, and a bunch of other options. On the second floor is a stage area where your kids can reenact anything they want with the abundance of costumes and props available. On one side is a castle with a fake weapon to pour foam balls and can be used to attack other kids and play. On the other side is a ship where they can be pirates and go on an adventure. There is a construction section where children can play with legos and make cars then test them on tracks. Save the best for last which is a water exhibit where it’s guaranteed that the kids will get soaked. Bring extra towels and clothes for them to change into. It’s not just for kids but adults too! To travel between floors, you can take the stairs but going down, there’s a slide that will fit kids and grown-ups alike. Tickets cost $14.50 both for kids and adults. There is an indoor parking garage and it’s free. Wear running shoes and clothes that you can move comfortably in to play with your little ones. You could spend at least half a day here with all the things to see and do.
360 Promenade Pl
Las Vegas, NV 89106
13. Titanic - The Artifact Exhibition
The Titanic is one of the most iconic films of all time. Going to this museum gives a close up view of the ship and what being a passenger in it is like. As soon as you buy a ticket, you get a boarding pass to the Titanic with the name of a real passenger and its class. On the walls, you can find information on the different types of people who boarded the Titanic. You can also find the different artifacts salvaged from the original ship and see the difference between first, second, and third class. Even the staircase where Jack and Rose spent some of their time was recreated and if you want, you can take a picture with the official photographer there. It makes a great backdrop and the temperature control will make you feel like you are experiencing the Arctic Freeze in the movie. Another interesting feature is the ice berg and you can also touch it to see how cold the waters are. The largest piece ever recovered from the Titanic weighs a whopping 15 tons and is aptly called “The Big Piece” and you should definitely check it out. At the end of the exhibit, you can look at the walls to see if the passenger on your ticket died or survived.
The Luxor Hotel & Casino
3900 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (800) 288-1000
14. Conservatory & Botanical Garden
There are different exhibits through out the year to match the four seasons. If you’re passing by the Bellagio, feel free to drop by. The best part is that it’s free and everyone loves free stuff. As soon as you enter the garden, you’ll notice that there’s something magical about the place. There are beautiful flowers everywhere and the displays provide great backdrops for pictures. During Autumn, the flowers are beautiful and bright, a scarecrow, pumpkins, and gourds. For Christmas, they had a snowy tunnel, a giant rocking horse, stunning Christmas lights, a Coca Cola train traveling through the flowers, and a huge and gorgeous Christmas tree. Go to the corner and you’ll find a gigantic chocolate waterfall. The best time to go would be during early afternoons or late evenings which is when there aren’t so many tourists. The Conservatory & Botanical Garden is constantly changing and each visit will leave your surprised and breathless. It’s well maintained, clean, beautiful and best of all, free. Investing your time here will be worth it.
Bellagio Las Vegas
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
The Strip Phone: (702) 693-7111
15. Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
Another iconic tourist spot is the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign. There are people here all the time and it’s a good spot for people watching. You can see tons of people dressed like Elvis, amateur hookers, and wedding parties around the area. You don’t have to worry about other people in the background. There’s a line for people who want to take pictures with the sign as a backdrop so be sure to have your selfie stick on you. Though you may have to wait under the scorching Nevada heat, that picture will be worth it. If you don’t want to wait in line, another option is to take a side view angle. It’s a 15 minute walk from Mandalay Bay Casino and because this landmark has been getting popular through the years, they expanded their parking lot which gives those traveling with cars an easier experience. Some people say it’s just a sign but this sign has been featured in movies, magazines, TV shows, and so much more. You have to make a stop here while in Las Vegas.
5100 Las Vegas Blvd
Paradise, NV 89119
16. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
For only $7 per car, visitors can experience the breathtaking beauty of the Red Canyon. There are plenty of parking spots at major points and unmarked trails where you can explore. They’ve left most of its beauty untouched. The terrain is rather rocky though so keep that in if you’re planning to hike around the area. You’ll find plenty of rock climbers here. Walk a bit further and you’ll find more hiking grounds, look out areas, and a picnic spot perfect for eating and sharing some snacks with friends and family. Red Rock Canyon gives you a scenic and relaxing experience of the city, very much unlike the bustling and lively atmosphere on The Strip. The late afternoon sun gives a new perspective of Las Vegas which both tourists and locals will surely enjoy. When you enter, you are provided a map which shows the major sites. There are plenty of activities to do here such as bike, jog hike, horseback riding, stargazing, see the waterfalls, camping, or just drive an take in the scene of this 13 mile long road. This is a true haven for any nature lover.
1000 Scenic Loop Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89161
Phone: (702) 515-5350
17. The Volcano
Who doesn’t love a free show? There’s one at 7pm and 8pm every night and another additional show at 9pm and 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s a bit warm every time the volcano explodes which is why it makes more sense for the shows to be at night, when the temperatures are much cooler. You get an up close view or a realistic exploding volcano and the show features water, smoke, spewing fire, tropical music and gas.They’ve even included pina colada incense so it’s like being taken to a tropical island for a few minutes. And because it’s free entertainment, similar to most places, it does get crowded easily so being there early will save a lot of time and get you a good spot. Most people tend to gather near the railings so keep an eye on your belongings and kids if you have any. Both children and adults will enjoy the show. You can feel the heat emitting from the volcano and watch as the lava come out and explodes in the air in a rage of fire.
The Mirage Hotel & Casino
3400 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (702) 791-7111
18. Springs Preserve
There’s a saying that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. At Springs Preserve, you can spend hours learning so many things about the past. In the desert that is known as Las Vegas, this is an oasis in the middle of it all. If you’re looking to explore some nature grounds without leaving the city, then this is the place to be. So what exactly do they have to offer, you might ask. Well, there are two museums where you can see various types of natural resources, all kinds of desert animals, wildlife, hiking trails, walking trails, and more. There’s also a butterfly exhibit where you’ll see different exotic butterflies, another exhibit filled with dinosaurs and another one for chocolate. There are events going on the whole year round like weddings and proms. You might just witness one during your visit. If you want to check out the entire area, allocate at least 5 hours to see it all. Locals get a discount so bring your ID. Buying a yearly pass is worth your money if you live in the area. There’s a cafe if you get hungry and a gift shop where you can buy lots if interesting souvenirs.
333 S Valley View Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89136
Phone: (702) 550-7444
19. BODIES… The Exhibition
The human body is truly one of Mother Nature’s most fascinating mysteries. How does the heart beat? Why do we breathe subconsciously? You don’t have to major in Biology or Medicine to appreciate this exhibit. It’s like everything in found in an anatomy book has been brought to life before your very eyes. The displays are arranged via system - skeletal, muscular, respiratory, and show different trivia and information you may not have known about before. You can read a ton of information on the different placards placed around or opt for an audio tour if you don’t want to read. This museum isn’t for the weak of heart. The good news is that even though the museum is filled with bodies, you won’t smell anything at all. The stench of formaldehyde or other chemicals used to preserve cadavers isn’t noticeable. The museum is open from 10am to 10pm and the last call is at 9pm. General Admission tickets are $32, senior citizens 65 years old and up are $30, $24 for kids 4-12 years old, free for kids 3 years old and below, and $29 for locals as long as you present a valid ID. The prices are a bit steep but what you get in return is a detailed presentation of all the intricacies found in the human body - nerves, veins, muscles, bones, organs, and so much more. You may know about the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle and its effect on a person’s body but have you seen what it does on the inside? The results of overeating, not exercising enough, smoking and other activities are featured here and compared with those of the organs of a normal, healthy person. It will definitely want you to consider living a healthier lifestyle. Pictures, phones, and cameras are not allowed while inside so do your best to soak up as much info as you can.
3900 Las Vegas Blvd S
The Luxor Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: (800) 829-9034
20. Pinball Hall of Fame
Pinball has been a source of entertainment for kids and adults alike. It’s a shame though that it is no longer as popular as it was then. The Pinball Hall of Fame has 10,000 square feet dedicated to the game. You’ll find models from the 1950s to 1990s. And they’re not just for show either. All the machines can be played because they’ve been restored to like-new conditions by pinball machine experts. The older models cost only 25 cents per round while the newer machines cost 50 - 75 cents per play but last longer. Aside for pinballs, there are also different older arcade games. There are soda machines, candies, and a popcorn machine. The entire experience is like taking a blast to the past. You’re guaranteed to have fun the moment you take your first step inside. You’ll find kids, singles, couples, families, elderly people. You could easily spend several hours here getting lost in all the games they have to offer.
1610 E Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: (702) 597-2627
21. Paris Eiffel Tower
Las Vegas has its own version of the famous landmark on The Strip. Prices are different during day and night. If you visit when the sun is out, you get to see the city and mountains and at night, a gorgeous view of the city lights. There is a bridge connected from the escalator to the elevator where you can place padlocks on them, just like its counterpart in Paris. When you get to the observation deck, the city view is absolutely breathtaking. From the city lights, on going Bellagio fountain show, and ferris wheel at The LINQ, it is a sight you will never forget. The only downside is that there are fences around the perimeter which will lessen your chances of getting a good shot but that’s a lot better than risking falling down, right?
3655 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89162
Phone: (702) 948-6937
22. Sin City Club Crawl
Clubbing can be expensive, especially if you’re a guy and in Las Vegas. So how do you skip the long lines, expensive drinks, and high cover charges? It’s simple. You go to the assigned meeting area and Sin City Club Crawl will take it from there. You’re brought to 3 fun filled clubs namely the Chateau, the Tryst, and the Drai. You are provided VIP access to these clubs so waiting time is minimal to none at all, free drinks at the party bus where the host will give you all the shots and cocktails you want, and covered transportation. Paying for each club individually and waiting in a long line is rather tiring. Save yourself the cash and trouble. Taking this “tour bus” will help you have a good time as you spend the night partying in some of the hottest spots in Vegas. Just take note of the following rules. Ladies and Gentlemen should abide by the proper dress code meaning no flip flops, sneakers, denim shorts, sports wear, white T-shirts, baggy jeans, baggy shirts, and other dress codes in most clubs. You also must be at least 21 years old and should bring proper identification. Don’t be overly intoxicated before entering the club, and avoid damaging or vomiting on the bus in anyway otherwise you’ll be charged with a hefty fine. Follow these rules and you’ll be off to a good time.
3667 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (702) 686-2582
23. Floyd Lamb State Park
Floyd Lamb State Park is the best place to relax and get in touch with nature. When you enter, most of what you’ll see are rocks and gravel but keep going through and you’ll find paradise. During summer, it gets very hot but the trail circulating the lake stays cool and shaded. Go further from the lake and you’ll see the historical buildings with informative plaques about them. Keep walking and the trail goes around a basin. The shaded rest area is a lifesaver. You’ll see all sorts of animals while strolling through the grass. From lambs, ducks, rabbits, ponies, goats, llamas, horses, and peacocks. Other activities you can do are fishing and biking so go ahead and bring your bicycles. The lake is abundant with catfish during summer, and trout on winters. Bass is plenty throughout the year. There are 4 manmade lakes, clean restrooms, a petting zoo, and picnic areas. The entrance fee is $5 but if you get here little early, perhaps 8am, then there will be no one at the gate and you can just walk inside.
9200 Tule Springs Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89131
Phone: (702) 229-8100
24. Fremont Street Experience
If you’re looking for some free entertainment, go to Fremont Street at night and stroll for a couple of hours. The overhead projector is interesting and cool. There’s a free show every hour and music playing in the background. There are street entertainers to look at, tourist traps, souvenir shops, casinos, and tons of food. The street entertainers are funny and cool. They’ll take pictures with you or dance in exchange for tips. There are also others who sell handcrafts for you to buy. An example are those who make murals using just cardboards or newspapers and spray paint cans. They look amazing and are reasonably priced. Drinks here are cheaper compared to what you’ll find on The Strip where most of the prices are inflated. The world’s largest golden nugget is here which weighs nearly 62 pounds and can be found inside the aptly named Golden Nugget Hotel. There are stages everywhere with different live bands playing. It’s almost like a smaller, more walkable version of The Strip. This was Old Vegas and where all the life was before all the new stores and hotels opened on The Strip. It has been reinvented and has been gaining popularity with both tourists and locals alike.
425 Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 678-5600
25. Downtown Container Park
You’ve been to plenty of shopping-dining-playing areas but what gives Downtown Container Park a twist is that it’s made out of metal shipping containers. You can unleash your inner child because the play area is big enough for adults. The giant tube slides are fun and quite fast. Another game to play is where the objective is to run around the area and touch the lights when they flash and beat your other friends. The ones who touch the most lights win. Giant legos and building blocks for grown-ups are around so you can make bigger structures out of childhood favorites. You can build a house, a spaceship, a bridge, or whatever else your heart desires. The sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity. There’s a treehouse right in the middle of the park that you can climb and play in. It’s 3-4 floors made of shipping containers and recycled materials with a slide right at the top. Once you’re done enjoying the park, there are lots of restaurants with great food to eat in and shops that are once again, made of metal containers. It’s just a short walk of Fremont Street so do drop by. It’s an experience you’ll enjoy for sure.
719 Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Zip lining over Fremont Street should be on your bucket list when in Las Vegas. It’s fun, exciting, and a unique and exhilarating experience. Be warned though that as soon as you purchase your ticket, the time given to you is the time you start to line up and not necessarily you “fly time” and you may have to wait up to an hour or more before it’s your turn. The minimum weight of a person should be at least 100 lbs and not more than 300 lbs. You are given a wristband where you will have to wait in line till you can ride the elevator going up. The employees will strap your equipment and gear. They will also provide a bag for your belongings which will ride beside you. Once you’re all strapped and secure, the door will open and reveal Fremont Street and then the fun begins. It is necessary to push off to go faster otherwise, people, especially those who weigh light, can get stuck in the middle of the ride. It may look funny but this is a reason why the wait is so long. There are a lot of people who get stuck and need to be rescued by the staff. Overall, it’s a fun experience zip lining over Fremont Street. It almost feels like flying with the wind on your face and how light your body can feel. You’ll feel like going faster than a speeding bullet and the adrenaline rush is exciting. Now you’ll know how Superman feels.
425 Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 678-5780
27. Las Vegas Greek Food Festival
Come and be a Greek for a day at the Las Vegas Greek Food Festival. Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasure and Greek food is one of the most delicious and healthy cuisines in the world. Go in groups to save time. The lines and table tend to be packed with people and here, there is strength in numbers. Entrance fee is only $6 for adults and free for children. So what do you get by attending the festival? Hot, delicious food, festive music, bounce houses, places to shop, and loads of beer and wine. You’ll find lots of stalls with different types of goodies of sale. Jewelry, paintings, handmade crafts, clothes, soap, honey and of course, food. Make sure to get some hummus. As soon as you have your first bite, you can tell it’s made with only the freshest ingredients and from scratch. Warm pita bread with hummus makes an excellent appetizer. For some main courses, I recommend getting some Athenian plates. It includes cheese spanakopita, rice, and a choice of either lamb or chicken. There are reasonably priced desert plates to satisfy your sweet tooth. One of their best sellers is the Honey balls. Each ball is cooked to perfection and coated with succulent sweet honey. You won’t be leaving without feeling full and satisfied.
5300 S El Camino Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Phone: (702) 221-8245
And there you have it folks! A list of some of the must-see spots during your stay in Las Vegas. There are clubs, casinos, parks, museums, festivals and all sorts of attractions for everyone. Bring a jacket, sunscreen, and shades because you could find yourself under the blistering heat of the sun for a second and then be in a chilly museum the next. Enjoy your vacation and make sure to take lots of pictures.
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