10 Attractions You Can’t Miss In Las Vegas

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10 Must do’s in Vegas for First Timer’s

This desert oasis is a city that most people already know a decent amount about.  It is one of the biggest epicenters for gambling in the world.  When you get off a plane in Las Vegas airport you are immediately greeted by slot machines.  As you leave the airport you have amazing views of “The Strip”, which is an incredibly long stretch of mega casino and resorts lit up by glowing neon lights.  The gambling doesn’t stop there as gas stations and even grocery stores feature slot machines (seriously, people actually hang out and gamble in grocery stores).

Las Vegas has done a good job of adding more than just gambling to its offerings.  It attempts to brand itself as the “entertainment capital of the world”, and frankly they are doing a pretty good job of it.  There are musicians that take up permanent residency in Vegas (yes Britney, Backstreet Boys, and maybe Gaga), an incredibly variety of shows (Cirque du Soleil to Blue Man Group), world class dining options, phenomenal golf courses, mountain hikes, endless shopping (high end to outlet malls), pool parties and nightlife, and even a manmade beach and ski-resort.

As a Vegas local the novelty of many of these things has worn off, but I can’t deny that when I first moved to Vegas, I was enthralled by everything “Sin City” had to offer.

This list is in no way inclusive of everything you could plan on a Vegas vacation, but is designed to include some of the most iconic Las Vegas attractions that are perfect for the first timer, and things that you may not think to explore.

Top 10 Must do’s in Vegas

1. Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

Taking a picture at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is a rite of passage for vacationers. Whether you are here for a bachelor party, work convention, or just escaping cold winter temperatures this sign on the South end of The Strip is a perfect way to begin your trip. Click through to read the full post!Taking a picture at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign is a rite of passage for vacationers.  Whether you are here for a bachelor party, work convention, or just escaping cold winter temperatures this sign on the South end of The Strip is a perfect way to begin your trip.

2. Visit Foreign Cities

Visit Foreign Cities in Las Vegas! Click through to read the top 10 things to do in Las Vegas!
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Okay not really, but lots of the casinos are based on a location or theme from somewhere else in the world.  The Paris features its own Eiffel tower and really is reminiscent of Paris, the Venetian is based off of Venice (discussed more below), the Luxor is based off of ancient Egypt, Caesar’s Palace is based off classic Rome, the Imperial Palace shouts out to Imperial Japan, and New York New York is pretty self-explanatory. Obviously visiting a casino is not a substitute for seeing these places, but I recommend exploring more than just the one you stay in as it is fun to see what elements from around the world have implemented in Vegas.

3. Freemont Street (Old Vegas)

Fremont street Las Vegas! Freemont Street is where you will find the old school Vegas casinos like the 4 Queens and Golden Nugget (featuring a water slide through a shark tank). Even though it is old, it is not run down or left behind.

Freemont Street runs straight through most of the big classic casinos, and is a perfect spot to get a drink from an outdoor bar, see some of the most unique street performers in the world, experience free live music, as well as have strippers attempt to pull you in to see their shows (seriously, be careful).

4. Bellagio Fountain and Gardens

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Even though each resort has amazing things to see, the water show and botanical gardens at the Bellagio cannot be missed.  The 8 acre man-made lake features a dancing water fountain show choreographed to music.  The show is different every 15 minutes, and the results truly are beautiful.  This is the spot that was glorified in Oceans 11 (Brad Pitt and George Clooney could make anything glorious).

The gardens in the lobby are exquisitely decorated and maintained for each season with some of the most unique plants and flowers in the world.  Even as a local I make a point to go down each year to see the gardens decorated with a Christmas theme.

5. Gondola Ride at the Venetian

Gondola ride at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas! The sky in this picture really is painted on, and it does look that amazing in person.

The Venetian is a luxury resort based off of Venice Italy.  My favorite part of the Venetian is that they built canals throughout the ground floor and mall of the casino, and offer motorized gondola rides while you get serenaded by your very own gondolier.

Even though it makes my husband want to barf, I love how romantic these rides are.  Somehow they designed it so that you don’t feel like you are floating through the middle of a casino.

Note – Want to see some more absurd things to do in Las Vegas?  Like knowing what it feels like to float in space?!  If so, check out 14 Unique Things to do in Vegas next.

6. Adventure Rides at the Stratosphere

Adventure Rides at the Stratosphere! Read our top 10 list for must see attractions in Las Vegas!
Photo: Stratosphere Hotel & Casino / Flickr

The Stratosphere is  hotel and casino that towers over all on the North end of The Strip.  The Stratosphere is most famous for its views of The Strip and hair-raising rides.

It is by far the tallest building in Vegas, and the rides up top are NOT for someone who is afraid of heights. My favorite is the Big Shot, which shoots your seat straight up the top of the tower and into the sky.  It is the tallest thrill ride in the world.  If that isn’t gutsy enough for you, you can jump off the top via controlled cables to the bottom.

7. The High Roller 

This gigantic observation/Ferris wheel is brand new to Las Vegas. It is like the London Eye, but bigger. Surprisingly it really is a fun ride as pods are big enough to feature whole groups of friends, and even your own bar and bartender. Click through to read the top 10 things to do in Las Vegas!
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This gigantic observation/Ferris wheel is brand new to Las Vegas.  It is like the London Eye, but bigger.  Surprisingly it really is a fun ride as pods are big enough to feature whole groups of friends, and even your own bar and bartender.

8. Hoover Dam

Not all the attractions in Vegas feature neon lights. The Hoover Dam is a testament to modern engineering. I found the tour showing how the dam generates power for Las Vegas fascinating. Also, the lake made by the dam (Lake Mead) is great for boating. Click through to read the top 10 things to do in Las Vegas!
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Not all the attractions in Vegas feature neon lights.  The Hoover Dam is a testament to modern engineering.  I found the tour showing how the dam generates power for Las Vegas fascinating.  Also, the lake made by the dam (Lake Mead) is great for boating.

9. Las Vegas Ski Resort

Las Vegas Ski Resort! Yes, in the mountains just 45 minutes away from The Strip developers built a ski-resort.  It is not huge, and does not feature the world’s best snow, but the novelty of being able to ski within 45 minutes of the scorching desert heat is unreal.

10. The Mob Museum

Mob Museum in Las Vegas!
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Part of the reason that Las Vegas is built the way it is today is because of the involvement of organized crime.  The mob used casinos to launder their money.  Supposedly organized crime is out of Vegas now, but a fascinating history remains.  The Mob Museum doesn’t just explore Vegas’ criminal history, but the characters that made this possible from around the country.  The museum does have some creepy elements as it allows visitors to hold a tommy gun, explore crime scene photos, and even see the bloody walls left from massacres.

There are so many more things I would like to list but don’t have the space for.

What would you add to this list?  Let me know in the comments below.

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    • Yes, it does look like the photos are from the same time. They change it up every season so it keeps it exciting to revisit. Awesome blog by the way!

  1. I would recommend Container Park. It is a cool little spot off from Fremont East with the best hot dogs ever and a nice calm place to check out.

  2. I’ve been to Vegas dozens and dozens of time (work takes me there A LOT…too much LOL) and I have yet to do the gondola haha! I’d add Red Rocks – we took our Harley out there and it was a good ride. Lake Henderson is nice, too.

    Good list!

    • That’s awesome you get to come so often with work!! Red Rock is another awesome place in Vegas. That one is going to be included in my next post for sure! Lake Henderson too! So many great places to visit outside of the strip. Thanks Heather!

    • Hey Fardin, I am not sure what the Headline Center of Las Vegas is? I have actually never heard of it. Sorry! Wish I could be of more help to you.

  3. If you plan on going to the Hoover Dam, then I recommend just renting a car for the day and check out Red Rock Canyon for a couple of hours. It’s a really cool place to hike and drive around in just on the outskirts of Las Vegas.

  4. Very good article! On my last trip to Las Vegas, my husband and I took a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon, which also flew over Hoover Dam. I highly recommend!

    • Do you remember the company you went with to take a helicopter ride the Grand Canyon? Going there in a week and this sounds awesome!

    • I know! I actually had never heard of it either until my husband mentioned it to me a while back. It really is pretty cool if you get the chance to go!

  5. After 50 + trips to Vegas with work thought I’d “ done “ Vegas
    Then we discovered something NEW
    hanging out of a helipcopter firing a machine gun !
    They also have a snipers riffle and hand held machine guns .
    All at targets placed in the range
    Amazing experience truly amazing !

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