Planning on attending one of the real estate industry shows in Vegas this year? If so, make this Las Vegas Travel Guide your first stop for the finest in entertainment, food and fun.
There’s a good reason Las Vegas is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World. It’s home to some of the best gambling, dining, shopping and shows anywhere! Here, we deal a winning hand for the best in food, local sights and, of course, top casino action while you’re in town.
Just past the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, the iconic neon glow of the famous Las Vegas Strip lights the way to some of Vegas’ most notorious landmarks including the Bellagio Fountains, the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, The Luxor’s signature pyramid and sphinx, and The Venetian’s Grand Canal. Take a long stroll down this most famous of promenades or pick and choose your hot spots for a truly memorable visit.
The historic heart of Vegas can be found on Fremont Street, or Glitter Gulch as it’s often called due to its marvelously bright neon signs. The first paved road in Vegas, Fremont now gives The Strip a run for its money with its food stands, souvenir shops and the SlotZilla zip line. Come between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. to witness an impressive six-minute light show on the hour, every hour.
Paris Las Vegas and the Eiffel Tower Experience
It may not be the City of Lights, but it’s still an authentic take on Paris’ most popular sights. From a replica of the Arc de Triomphe to a (half-size) Eiffel Tower, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino serves a small taste of Paris stateside.
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil, known for its spectacular acrobatics and artistry, offers a great performance choice whether you’re out on the town with colleagues or looking for a fun family diversion with the kids in tow. Select from six shows, including O at the Bellagio, Michael Jackson ONE at the Mandalay, KA at the MGM or the highly acclaimed Beatles’ LOVE Magical Technical tour at The Mirage.
High Roller Observation Wheel
From 550 feet in the air, you’ll certainly get a unique view and a great photo op of The Strip from the High Roller Observation Wheel, the largest in the world with 28 transparent pods, each holding 40 passengers. Located at the east end of the LINQ Promenade on The Strip, the observation wheel is open nightly until 2 a.m.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Las Vegas may be brimming with luxury and excess, but it’s also just a few miles away from one of the seven natural wonders of the world. If you’re able to build in an extra day in Vegas, head over to the Red Rock Canyon for a nature excursion complete with a 13-mile scenic drive and breathtaking views of the Hoover Dam, Joshua Trees and desert wildlife.
If casinos don’t satisfy your inner thrill-seeker, find your way to SPEEDVEGAS on Las Vegas Boulevard and take a ride in one of the fastest cars in the world. Choose from an exotic Lamborghini, Porsche or Ferrari for a real racetrack experience, or hit the dirt if off-road is more your thing.
New York New York and the Big Apple Roller Coaster
For a spectacular ride through the “Manhattan skyline,” stop by Las Vegas’ New York-New York and ride on the Big Apple Coaster & Arcade. To complete your faux NYC experience, make sure to grab a NY style slice of pizza on the way out.
The Neon Museum
Once the sun sets, head over to the Neon Museum to experience a nearly two-acre outdoor exhibit of flashy, colorful neon lights. Led by local historians, this one-hour walk-through exhibit shows more than 200 pieces of old Vegas signage, including 15 fully restored lit signs, for a glimpse into Las Vegas’ bright past. For movie fans, the museum is hosting “Lost Vegas: Tim Burton” as a featured event through April. Check the site for hours, tours and details.
The Mob Museum
Las Vegas hasn’t always been the glamorous place it is today. In fact, the city had a pervasive mob culture during the 20th century gangster era. Check out the Mob Museum to learn about notorious gangsters like Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel and John Gotti, as well as the history of mob activity in Las Vegas and across the U.S.
Pinball Hall of Fame
Visit the Pinball Hall of Fame to view the world’s largest pinball collection and try your luck beyond the slots with more than 10,000 square feet of tables. Best of all, the proceeds from this non-profit benefit charities, like the Salvation Army.
If you’re looking for an innovative, fun meal experience, visit standout chef Jose Andres’ “meat house” to try a range of flavors from A5 Kobe direct from Japan to Finnish Caviar.
Tucked away in a Chinatown strip mall, this pristine Japanese robatayaki (aka “fireside cooking”) restaurant attracts visitors and locals alike.
Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
Taste modern French cuisine in an undeniably stunning space with impeccable dishes. For a truly memorable dining experience, select from one of the five- or six-course tasting menus.
Sparrow + Wolf
With inventive dishes and beautifully designed plates, the meals at Sparrow + Wolf are as much art as they are delicious. The cuisine is based on old techniques that have been reinvented in a modern manner, melding American tastes with a “melting pot” of cultural and seasonal ingredients.
Who doesn’t love comfort food? Come to Carson Kitchen for a lively vibe and creative twists on your comfort favorites.
For a wide variety of scrumptious pizzas, visit Pizza Rock and try the brick oven slices from award-winning Chef Tony Gemignani.
Inspired by the cultures of Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, Chica puts a dynamic twist on traditional flavors.
The Black Sheep
Chef Jamie Tran’s American-Vietnamese draws inspiration from her heritage to create a casual space with a refined and unforgettable menu combining American and Vietnamese flavors.
Bellagio Casino and Fountains
Of all the casinos in Las Vegas, the Bellagio Casino has become the standard of Vegas luxury. With an upscale atmosphere and famous attractions, including its signature “dancing” fountains, Bellagio is often regarded as an enjoyable space for non-gamblers and high rollers alike.
The Venetian Casino and Grand Canal
Snuggled along The Strip, the Venetian Casino offers a slice of Italy. The Venetian replicates parts of Venice, complete with gondola rides on the Grand Canal and singers, stilt walkers and “living statues.”
Mandalay Bay Casino, Aquarium and Beach
If you’re looking for a little less kitsch and a more laid-back casino on The Strip, the Mandalay Bay Casino offers a more low-key space to relax at its beach, ride down the lazy river and visit its massive aquarium.