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81 Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas

People come to Las Vegas to have a good time: to gamble, to get married and to enjoy the nightlife. But how does a getaway to the Grand Canyon sound?

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

11 min read

81 Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas

The Art District of Las Vegas | ©NeONBRAND

When we think of Las Vegas, the first things that come to mind are its neon lights, casinos, neon signs and nightly shows. Also its picturesque chapels where more than 120,000 weddings are celebrated annually. But the main city of the state of Nevada is much more. Do you want to know everything you can see in Las Vegas and its surroundings?

1. Welcome to Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas sign| ©Sung Shin
Welcome to Las Vegas sign| ©Sung Shin

The irrefutable proof that you have been in Las Vegas is to have your picture taken with its famous welcome sign. It is located to the south on Las Vegas Boulevard and has a curious story behind it.

If you want to have your picture taken, you will have to wait in line for a while, but it is well worth it to have it in your Las Vegas trip album.

Las Vegas has many corners that you can miss among so much "eye candy", so I recommend you to take a guided tour to make sure you don't miss anything. Here are the ones that for me are: Best Tours and Day Trips from Las Vegas.

Why this sign is so iconic

The sign was created by local artist Betty Whitehead Willis in 1959, author of other classic signs such as the Blue Angel Motel and the Moulin Rouge Hotel. However, the graphic designer never registered this work as it was her gift to the city. Today this image is reproduced in any kind of Las Vegas souvenirs.

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2. Tour the Las Vegas Strip

The Las Vegas Strip| ©Bernard Spragg. NZ
The Las Vegas Strip| ©Bernard Spragg. NZ

It is the main artery of the city where the casinos and the most famous hotels of Las Vegas are located. As you walk along it, you will see that the atmosphere on this 6-kilometer-long boulevard is vibrant both day and night. Its main attractions are the colorful neon lights and giant screens, the crowded casinos, the imposing hotels and fascinating shows.

One of the best things to do in Las Vegas at night is to visit the Las Vegas Strip, when the sunlight gives way to the glow of the illuminated signs that decorate this street. Taking a walk you will be able to know its famous hotels and its amazing atmosphere and architecture, being the Bellagio Fountains or the Mirage Volcano two examples that attract hundreds of people.

In addition, here is located one of the most frequented shopping centers in Las Vegas: the Fashion Show Mall, which is full of stores and restaurants, where you can enjoy some of the gastronomic tours of Las Vegas.

Don't miss the inside of one of the casinos in Las Vegas, where you can experience the best shows in town. You can find numerous night tours in Las Vegas that include a visit to this popular street.

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3. Stroll down Fremont Street

Fremont Street Experience| ©Bernard Spragg. NZ
Fremont Street Experience| ©Bernard Spragg. NZ

Another of the places to see in Las Vegas is Fremont Street, the historic heart and the old part of the city that was founded in the early twentieth century. Today it is the second most important street in the city behind the Las Vegas Strip, but in the past it was home to the most famous casinos and hotels.

In this street is held the Fremont Street Experience show, one of the most fascinating of Las Vegas to combine sound, lights and music to perfection. It was created to revitalize tourism in the old part of the city. In addition, in this place you can jump 34 meters high on a zip line to have a different view of this famous street.

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4. Discover Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon| ©Exothermic
Red Rock Canyon| ©Exothermic

If you like hiking, one of the places to see in Las Vegas given its proximity to the city is Red Rock Canyon, a natural park in the Mojave Desert where you can see reddish rock formations with landscapes similar to those of the Valley of Fire.

Red Rock Canyon has a number of hiking trails of varying levels of difficulty. At the Visitor's Center they will inform you of those that bring you closer to the most interesting sites such as the Calico Hills sandstone hills, the petroglyphs in Willow Springs or the Spring Mountain State Park ranch.

During the tour you will be able to contemplate the unique reddish colored landscape adorned with a unique flora where the Mojave Yucca and Joshua Tree stand out. Also one of the most famous faults on the planet: Keystone Thrust Fault. In addition, Red Rock Canyon is home to coyotes, snakes, burros, scorpions, spiders and even endangered species such as the desert tortoise.

Another incredible place that I recommend you not to miss is the Zion Natural Park. Here is a link with the best excursions to this unique place.

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5. Valley of Fire

Elephant Rock, Valley of Fire| ©Ken Lund
Elephant Rock, Valley of Fire| ©Ken Lund

Located less than 95 kilometers northeast of Las Vegas is a red sandstone landscape in the Mojave Desert that looks like something from another planet: the Valley of Fire. It is Nevada's oldest and largest state park and gets its name from the colorful hue of its rock formations, which were sand dunes that fossilized 150 million years ago.

The Valley of Fire is one of the most photogenic sites in the state and is a popular place for locals to hike, camp or picnic. As a tourist it is one of the best places to see in Las Vegas and not to be missed. The best thing to do is to go to the Visitor's Center to receive all the information about the places to visit. You can also visit its small museum where you can learn more about the history, ecology and geology of the place.

What to see in the Valley of Fire

The tour through the interior of the Valley of Fire is circular so you can stop for a walk and take some pictures of this magical landscape. Of the different areas that make up the state park, the most recommended are White Domes, Rainbow Vista and Mouse's Tank, which are located in the northern area. On the main road Atlatl Rock, Arch Rock and Seven Sisters are also a must.

A word of advice when visiting the Valley of Fire: wear comfortable clothes and shoes, bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen as the heat here is strong. For those of you who go by car, remember to fill up the tank.

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6. Get up close to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Hoover Dam| ©Nathan Roser
Hoover Dam| ©Nathan Roser

Considered one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century, the Hoover Dam is a colossal structure located on the course of the Colorado River that created Lake Mead, the largest artificial lake in the United States with an area of 640 square kilometers.

Today, the Hoover Dam supplies electricity to Nevada, Arizona and Southern California and is visited by more than one million people each year. Visiting it next to Lake Mead is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas. On the one hand, you can visit the Hoover Dam with a guided tour inside to learn how it works and then access the viewpoints to enjoy spectacular views, undoubtedly one of the best views of Las Vegas.

On the other hand, in Lake Mead it is possible to do outdoor activities such as renting a boat, riding a jet ski, scuba diving or horseback riding.

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7. Fly over the Grand Canyon of Colorado

Grand Canyon| ©Maria moresco
Grand Canyon| ©Maria moresco

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado is one of the most impressive landscapes in the world and, therefore, one of the essential excursions to do in Las Vegas. Every year about 5 million people visit this natural monument located in northern Arizona either by air by helicopter or by road by car.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a steep gorge carved by the Colorado River for more than 2 billion years. With astonishing dimensions of 446 kilometers long and a maximum height of the gorge of 1,500 meters, you only become aware of the proportions of the place when you look out from one of the viewpoints of the Grand Canyon and are captivated by the beauty and immensity of the place.

The different areas of the Canyon

The Grand Canyon is divided into three parts: North Rim and South Rim (managed by the National Park Service with wonderful views) and West Rim (the area most visited by tourists from Las Vegas, which is managed by the Hualapai Indian tribe). Taking a helicopter tour of the South Rim of the Colorado Canyon is one of the most breathtaking experiences I recommend on your trip to Las Vegas.

Skywalks Overlook

In the West Rim area, at the Eagle Point overlook, is a favorite visitor attraction known as the Skywalk. A horseshoe-shaped glass-floored platform suspended on a cliff over 1,200 meters above the Colorado River, the experience is highly recommended if you're not afraid of heights! And if you have vertigo, an occasion like this is the best to overcome it and enjoy a unique landscape that you will never forget.

You can take a helicopter tour of the West Rim so that you don't miss this amazing experience for the eyes. Although you may also be interested in other helicopter tours in Las Vegas or the best excursions to the National Parks from the city.

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8. Get Married in Las Vegas

Say "I do" in Las Vegas| ©Pattie

It is very common to see the bride and groom heading by limousineto the wedding venue or along the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street posing happily for their photo shoot. Every year thousands of couples take advantage of their trip to the United States to seal their love and walk down the aisle in one of the picturesque chapels that are scattered throughout the city.

What encourages many couples to get married in Las Vegas is that it's a little crazy to take home a souvenir but also that, unlike other places, they don't have to invest a lot of time in wedding planning and paperwork. Having a wedding in Las Vegas is fast, easy and fun and can be done overnight.

Las Vegas offers the bride and groom a wide range of original options for saying 'I do': from romantic traditional chapel weddings with Elvis as master of ceremonies to themed weddings that have an extravagant twist to make the day even more special and memorable.

For example, can you imagine getting married in a self-service ceremony without getting out of the car as if you were ordering hamburgers? In Las Vegas it's possible and in less than 10 minutes! How about making your Las Vegas wedding epic with a helicopter wedding at the Grand Canyon or a limousine wedding in the Valley of Fire? You will get an absolutely stunning and unparalleled photo album.

9. Visit a Las Vegas museum

There is always time for one or more cultural stops and Las Vegas is not going to be less because it also has a wide range of museums to visit. Let me tell you what they are:

Some must-see shows

We already know that Las Vegas is known as 'Sin City', that's why it has an endless number of shows where fun and debauchery abound. On the famous Strip you have for example the famous Planet Hollywood shows. This casino offers magic shows, illusionism, burlesque performances or representations of horror movies, among many other shows that you can not miss on your trip to Las Vegas.

If you feel like having fun in a show full of sexy men and laughing non-stop in this show full of humor, be sure to buy tickets for Thunder from Down Under in Las Vegas.

Cirque du Soleil also has a permanent show in Las Vegas. There are several themes to choose from, such as the one about the underwater world, the mystery of life or the one that tells the story of Michael Jackson, although any of their performances will leave you thrilled.

But as Las Vegas has something for everyone, if you are passionate about the world of motors and vintage cars, you will surely be interested in the Counts Kustoms experience in Las Vegas, where you can tour the places where the famous show 'Crazy about cars' has been recorded.

10. Take a trip to Hollywood

Another plan I suggest is to visit the world capital of cinema located in Los Angeles. From Las Vegas there are several ways to get there, from taking a day trip with everything well planned, to taking a flight or renting a car on your own.

What is clear is that taking advantage of your trip to Las Vegas and visiting the Dolby Theater, where the Oscars are held, the Walk of Fame or the glamorous neighborhood of Beverly Hills, will be unforgettable and not only for movie buffs.

Nor can you miss the excursions to Area 51 from Las Vegas, a must for mystery fans. Or those that take you to the best shooting range experiences in Las Vegas.

Getting around Las Vegas

Tourist buses are always a great ally when it comes to moving around cities for sightseeing. No less so are the tourist buses of Las Vegas. Aboard one of them you can see the main attractions of the city, such as the Stratosphere Tower or the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas.

With its varied routes you can comfortably tour the city, even in winter because the cold of the months of December or January can not stop your plans in Las Vegas. And if you travel during the Christmas season you will enjoy the incredible illumination that this fantastic city has prepared for you.

However, if you like to get out of the ordinary, you can enjoy other ways to get to know Las Vegas with limousine tours, those that take you in an SUV or I also suggest the fun kayak tours in Las Vegas.

Plan your trip well

A fundamental tip to get to Las Vegas, is to hire in advance the airport transfers. Check the different options and you will not waste time once you are there.

Also, I recommend that you make a travel plan with the activities you do not want to miss. I know there are many proposals, so do not worry, I leave here a list of things to do depending on the days you plan to travel to the 'Sin City':