Las Vegas is one of the most renowned resort cities in the world. It attracts millions of visitors from all corners of the globe. The city is best known for its extravagant theme hotels, huge casinos, stunning live shows, and a vibrant nightlife. Often billed as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Vegas, as it is fondly called, has also earned the nickname Sin City for its abundance of adult entertainment. It is a city that never sleeps. A visit to Las Vegas means nonstop entertainment and activities. Here is our pick of the top attractions that the city of Las Vegas has to offer.
- Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
The Madame Tussauds wax museum in Las Vegas is located inside The Venetian hotel on The Strip. It opened in 1999 making it the first Madame Tussauds to open in the US. Just like its several other branches across the globe, the museum features many life-like was statues of global celebrities. Sections in this branch include Viva Las Vegas, Sports, Music Icons, Marvel Superheroes, and TV Stars. Celebrities who have been waxed for this museum include Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Elvis Presley, Celine Dion, The Rock, Will Smith, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Beyonce, and Katy Perry, to name just a few.
- Helicopter Rides
A great way to explore the glitz and beauty of Las Vegas is to take a helicopter ride. These rides are available from several agencies. You can also package your ride with another popular attraction of that region – the Grand Canyon. In fact, a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon gives you an astounding view of the natural wonder. Other attractions cover in the tour include Lake Mead and Hoover Dam.
- Las Vegas Monorail
The Monorail in Las Vegas is a great way to rest your tired feet or to travel along the Strip. It was opened in 1995 and ferries over 13,000 people daily. It connects a number of major hotels and casinos through its seven stations. The stations are SLS (for Sahara Hotel and Casino), Westgate (for Westgate Resort and Casino), Las Vegas Convention Center, Harrah’s/The Linq, Caesar’s Palace, Paris Las Vegas, and MGM Grand.
- Las Vegas Natural History Museum
If you want a break from the bright lights and glitz of the casinos of Las Vegas, then this natural history museum is the ideal attraction for you. It is located about 5 miles north of The Strip. The museum opened in 1991 and has several sections of displays including Treasures of Egypt, Marine Life gallery, Geology Gallery, and International Wildlife Gallery.
- Mob Museum
The Mob Museum is one of the most unique museums in Las Vegas. It is dedicated to the history of organized crime in the US. The museum opened in 2012 and is housed in the former post office and federal courthouse. There are several audio-visual exhibits, photographs, artifacts, and actual items that have been associated with some of the major crime related events of the US. Visitors can sit in a replica of an electric chair and train in a police simulator in the museum.
- Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located in Clark County, which is about 15 miles north east of The Strip. The speedway has a number of racing tracks in its 1200 acre complex. It was opened in 1972 and has a total capacity of around 116000. Even NASCAR races are held in this speedway. The speedway has been witness to several speed records over the years. It also has camping sites and restaurants for those who are planning to stay overnight.
- High Roller Ferris Wheel
The High Roller is a giant Ferris Wheel located just off the Las Vegas Strip. Standing at 550 feet, it is the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world. You can get to it by taking the E Flamingo Road opposite the Bellagio Hotel. You can have stunning views of the city of Las Vegas when you take a ride on the High Roller. It takes about 30 minutes for High Roller to complete a round. It is recommended to take the ride after sundown when the city is lit up in full glow. The wheel has 28 cabins, each having a capacity of 40 people.
- The Strip
This is probably the first place every visitor to Las Vegas will head to. The Strip is a 3.5 mile long stretch that runs north to south along the Las Vegas Freeway. About a mile of The Strip is the most happening part of the city, stacked with theme hotels, casinos, eateries, cafes, and shops. The Strip is so crowded and brightly lit up at night that you would probably not have a sense of the time if you didn’t have a watch! The Strip is home to some largest hotels and casinos in the world. Just taking a stroll along the strip can take a few hours as there is so much to see. Each hotel along The Strip is an attraction in itself.
- Luxor Las Vegas
The Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas opened in 1993 and has Ancient Egypt as its theme. It has 3 buildings with 4407 guest rooms, making it one of the 10 largest hotels in the world. The most distinctive feature of the hotel is its pyramid which was once the tallest building in The Strip. The beam of light from the top of the pyramid was measured at 42.3 billion candela, making it the strongest beam of light in the world. It can be seen from up to 275 miles away! The Luxor, like the other major hotels on the Strip, also has several restaurants, a large casino, and popular live entertainment shows.
- Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay is one of the southernmost major hotels and casino on The Strip. It was opened in 1999 and has the Tropical landscape as its theme. The hotel offers 4426 rooms making it one of the largest in the world. The highlight of this hotel is its Shark Reef aquarium. The aquarium has a total volume of over 6 million liters with over 2000 marine animals belonging to over 100 species. The Shark Tunnel is also very popular with the visitors.
- New York-New York Hotel and Casino
As the name suggests, this hotel has the city of New York as its theme. It was opened in 1997. The 49 floors of the hotel have 2024 rooms. The New York theme is represented in various ways in this hotel. Most prominent are the miniature replicas of the several New York City landmarks at the entrance, including the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. The roller coaster that is seen on the outside travels through the interior of the hotel also! Interestingly, the Forever Statue of Liberty Stamp that was issued by the US Post Office mistakenly featured the statue from this hotel instead of the actual Stature of Liberty.
- The Mirage
The Mirage is a luxury hotel and casino on the Strip that has a Polynesian theme. It opened in 1989 and was the pioneer in paving the way for more theme-based extravagant luxury hotels in Las Vegas. When it opened, The Mirage with its 29 floors and 3044 rooms was the largest hotel in the world. The huge marquee sign in front of the hotel is the largest in the world. Attractions of The Mirage include an artificial volcano that erupts every hour on the hour after sundown. The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is a small zoo inside the hotel. There is a 53 foot long aquarium at the reception that is major attraction with visitors. The Cirque de Soleil Theatre of the hotel has live entertainment every night.
- Excalibur Hotel
The Excalibur Hotel and Casino is one of the uniquely themed hotels in the Las Vegas Strip. It has the Medieval era of knights and castles as its theme and is named after the mythical sword of King Arthur, the monarch of Britain. It was opened in 1990 and presently has 3981 rooms. It had opened as the largest hotel in the world but presently ranks 11th. The Tournament of Kings live entertainment show-cum-dinner is a highlight of this hotel. You will get to see horses and medieval warriors fighting it out in an arena while you are served dinner in an entirely medieval setting.
- Stratosphere Las Vegas
Stratosphere Las Vegas is a hotel, casino, and observation tower that is located just about a mile north of the Strip. The signature landmark is undoubtedly the Stratosphere Tower. With its height of 1149 feet, it is the 2nd tallest free standing tower in the world, after the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada. Other than 2 observation decks, the tower is home to the ‘Top of the World’ revolving restaurant, and 4 thrill rides. These rides — Big Shot, Insanity, Sky Jump Las Vegas, and X Scream — are among the highest thrill rides in the world.
- Paris Las Vegas
Paris Las Vegas is a luxury hotel and casino located on the Strip. The theme of the hotel is Paris and France. It has a replica of the Eiffel Tower at the entrance. At 540 feet, this tower is almost exactly the half of the original Eiffel Tower which stands at 1063 feet. It also has replicas of the Arc de Triomphe and La Fontaine des Mers. The design of the entrance to the hotel is also influenced by the Louvre and Paris Opera House. Paris Las Vegas has 33 floors with 2916 rooms. It also has a theatre with a seating capacity of 1200. It has a large indoor mall and several casual and fine dining restaurants.
- MGM Grand
The MGM Grand is a popular theme hotel and casino in Las Vegas. It has the Art Deco Hollywood era as its theme. MGM Grand opened in 1993 as the largest hotel in the world. Presently, it is the 3rd largest hotel complex in the world. The main building of the hotel has 30 floors. The complex is home to 6852 rooms, 5 outdoor pools, waterfalls, and rivers! It also has a large casino, several restaurants, shops, night clubs, spa, and the MGM Garden Grand Arena which has hosted several major boxing super fights.
- Fremont Street Experience
The Fremont Street Experience is one of the most prominent attractions in the city of Las Vegas. Fremont Street is located about 4 miles north east of the northern tip of The Strip. The highlight of the Fremont Street Experience is the light and music show that runs every hour on the hour from 6 pm to 1 am. The video screen is actually a canopy of LED lights that is suspended 90 feet above the ground in a pedestrian mall. It is 1500 feet long and 90 feet wide with 12.5 million LED lights, making it the largest such screen in the world. Other than the Viva Vision Light Show, the mall area has many street performers, antique stores, souvenir stores, and casinos to keep you engaged.
- Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace is one of the most prominent luxury hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. It was opened in 1966 and remains one of the major attractions of the city. It has the Roman Empire as its theme. The hotel has 6 towers having a total of 3960 guest rooms. Caesars Palace is best known for its high rolling casino, its Greek and Romanesque styled architecture, and its Coliseum for live shows. Many famous celebrities have performed in Caesars Palace over the years including Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Elton John, and Liberace, to name just a few. The hotel has also hosted many memorable boxing bouts.
- The Venetian Las Vegas
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is a luxury theme hotel located on the Las Vegas Strip. The theme of the hotel is, as the name suggests, Venice. It is a part of the Las Vegas Sands which also owns the adjacent Palazzo Hotel and Casino. These two hotels make up a single complex. With 7117 rooms, they make up the 2nd largest hotel in the world, after First World Hotel in Malaysia. With a floor space of 12,000 square feet, The Venetian Macao Casino is the largest casino in the world. The hotel has miniatures of several notable landmarks of Venice like the Piazzo San Marco, Rialto Bridge, Palazzo Ducale, and St Mark’s Campanile. You can even have a gondola ride in its artificial canal! It also has 4 theatres and a shopping mall in it.
Bellagio is a luxury hotel and casino with its theme as the town of Bellagio along Lake Como in Italy. Many consider it to be the most beautiful of all the themed hotels in Las Vegas. The hotel is best known for its stunning dancing fountains. There are multiple free shows every day. It was the largest dancing fountain show in the world until 2010. Another attraction of Bellagio is its conservatory and botanical gardens inside the hotel! Bellagio also has a Gallery of Fine Art. It has hosted several exhibitions including those of masters like Van Gogh and Andy Warhol.
Originally posted 2017-07-11 07:34:14.