Top 16 Things to Do in Las Vegas

By Lip Smacking Foodie Tours
May 7th, 2020 - 12:02 AM

Las Vegas has been described in many ways over the years. But one thing it has never been accused of is boring.

One could live 100 lifetimes – and still not experience everything this electrifyingly diverse city has to offer. It’s what keeps people coming back time and time again.

With so much to revel in, where does one start? With our “Top Things to Do In Las Vegas’’ list, of course.

The 16 Best Things to Do in Las Vegas

It’s a given that Vegas is home to sensational restaurants and lively casinos that should not be missed. But there’s much more that also deserves its due. Here are the 15 best things to do in Las Vegas that definitely merit your undivided attention.

1. Visit a Different World at Absinthe

Vegas boasts shows galore, featuring everything from astounding magicians to jaw-dropping aerialists to international superstar singers.

One of the shows most beloved by visitors and locals alike is Absinthe at Caesars Palace. A cabaret experience akin to Paris’ legendary Moulin Rouge, this show takes place on a circular stage. That means there are absolutely no bad seats in the house. The 90-minute performance spotlights carnival acts and vaudeville routines in a raucous affair.

2. Take a Trip Back in Time at The Neon Museum

Las Vegas is not known as “The City of Lights’’ for nothing. One glimpse of The Strip at night tells you why.

Awash in a profusion of mesmerizing bright lights, the Strip is home to some of the most iconic neon signs in the world, including the one that greets visitors with: “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas.’’

The Neon Museum immortalizes this bright side of the city’s history. Since 1996, this nonprofit has welcomed guests who want to learn more about these colorful symbols of Sin City’s past. It’s a charmingly eccentric museum with its own collection, as well as revolving exhibits such as a recent installment by fantasy film director Tim Burton.

3. Enjoy the Best View in Las Vegas at SkyBar at Waldorf Astoria

Take in a sweeping panorama of those neon lights of Las Vegas from 23 floors up. The famous SkyBar inside the lavish Waldorf Astoria offers up what many people consider the absolute best view of the city. Not only is the bar perched high up, but it sports floor-to-ceiling windows, affording an arresting sight whether you’re seated at the actual bar-top or at a table for dinner.

There’s more to love here than just the view. This bar also employs some of the best mixologists in the city, who shake, stir and pour imaginative cocktails that are surprisingly reasonably priced, too.

4. Take a Tour of Las Vegas Like No Other with a Maverick Helicopter Night Flight

For the most dramatic view of Las Vegas, climb aboard a Maverick Helicopter Tours. This unforgettable experience lets you soar high above The Strip, downtown Las Vegas, and Fremont Street for a bird’s eye view of this dynamic city all lit up at night. For your convenience, the company even provides complimentary transportation to and from its terminal to your hotel on The Strip. What’s more, there’s a champagne toast included – complimentary, too, of course.

5. Take Some Swings at Topgolf

Whether your swing is as smooth as Tiger Woods’ or more often ends in a bunker shot, you’re sure to have a good time at Topgolf in Las Vegas.

Perfect for the entire family, this driving range features more than 120 climate-controlled hitting bays, making it ideal no matter what the weather.

Topgolf also features 5 bars, 2 pools, a TCL gaming lounge, a 48-foot TV screen, and a 900-seat concert venue for all your entertainment needs.

6. Take in the Fremont Street Experience

The Fremont Street Experience is quintessential Las Vegas – scintillating and over the top. Always bustling with excitement and energy, Fremont Street’s focal point is a four-block-long canopy that dims to darkness then comes alive in an explosion of orchestrated lights.

It makes for a one-of-a-kind public space not to be missed on any trip to Vegas.

7. Attend Your First Vegas Golden Knights Hockey Game

The Las Vegas Golden Knights officially joined the NHL in 2017 and wasted no time showing the league that they were serious. They ended their first season as Conference champions, breaking the record for games won by an expansion team in its first playoffs, and making it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

That success has helped make Golden Knights games one of the most sought-after tickets in a town that abounds with competition. The beautiful T-Mobile Arena is conveniently located right on The Strip, so it couldn’t be easier to take in a game, then head right back to the gambling or dining tables afterward.

8. Enjoy Some of the Best Shopping in the World

Las Vegas isn’t just a fun place to win money. It might also be one of the best places to spend it, too. Besides world-famous restaurants and larger-than-life shows, Las Vegas also has phenomenal shopping malls, including:

  •  Las Vegas Premium Outlets – You can find practically anything at these outlets, from essentials you may have forgotten to pack to the newest looks for yourself from Gucci and Jimmy Choo and even clothes and accessories for your four-legged friends.
  • Forum Shops at Caesars Palace – Even if you don’t plan on buying a single thing, it’s worth strolling to the Forum Shops just to take in the beautiful interior of this luxury mall — the highest-grossing one in the country.
  • Fashion Show Mall – As the name suggests, this mall offers more than just great shopping. On weekends, a retractable runway is extended to host glamorous fashion shows in the central atrium.

9. Take a Trip to the One-and-Only Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is considered one of the great wonders of the world – for good reason. Photographs alone don’t do justice to Its sweeping magnitude. It has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.

The Colorado River and its many tributaries carved out over more than two billion years one of the most magnificent geological sites in history. If you can, take in the view at sunrise, a truly awe-inspiring sight.

Traveling from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon’s West Rim takes about four hours by car, so plan accordingly. It’s a road trip well worth the trek.

10. Check Out the Amazing Hoover Dam

Hooover Dam on the Colorado River straddling Nevada and Arizona at dawn.

If the Grand Canyon is a natural wonder not to be missed, then the Hoover Dam is a man-made equivalent must-stop.

Drive just 40 minutes from Las Vegas to go from the desert to the rushing Colorado River to discover this astonishing spectacle that draws millions of visitors annually. Guided tours are also offered of the dam and the power plant. You’ll hear the fascinating story behind its construction, walk through some of the original tunnels, and even study the dam from a viewing platform so close that it actually vibrates from the rush of the water.

11. See Some of the Biggest Stars in the World at Residency Shows

Ever since Liberace established his own regular show at the Riviera Hotel and Casino almost 80 years ago, Las Vegas has been a beacon for residencies.

Nowadays, multiple ones occur every night. Here are just some of the many performers who have residencies in Las Vegas:

  • 311 at the Park Theater
  • Aerosmith at the Park Theater
  • Cher at Park Theater
  • Christina Aguilera at Zappos Theater
  • Diana Ross at Encore Theater at Wynn
  • George Strait at the T-Mobile Arena
  • Gwen Stefani at Zappos Theater
  • Lady Gaga Las the Park Theater
  • Mariah Carey at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
  • Santana at House of Blues
  • Shania Twain at Zappos Theater
  • Sting at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

No matter what your musical tastes, there’s a residency sure to satisfy.

12. Drop Your Jaw at a Cirque du Soleil Show

Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas has grown from a niche performance troupe to one of the most celebrated entertainment companies in Las Vegas Its shows regularly sell out. The acclaimed Montreal-based contemporary circus company now performs several shows in Vegas, including a few exclusive ones that never tour elsewhere:

  • “Michael Jackson ONE” at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
  • “Mystère” at Treasure Island
  • “O” at Bellagio Hotel & Casino
  • “The Beatles LOVE” at The Mirage
  • “Zumanity” at New York New York Hotel & Casino
  • “KÀ” at MGM Grand

13. Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Every season, the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens gets a redo with a spectacular array of fresh flowers, living plants, stunning statues and other accessories attuned to fall, winter, spring or summer. Its skilled team of horticulturalists and designers even create a special look to commemorate Chinese New Year.

Best yet, this lavish wonderland at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino is free for visitors to enjoy.

14. Red Rock Canyon with Pink Jeep Tours

With all its glitz and glamour, the city’s unique natural environment sometimes gets overlooked. Head to Red Rock Canyon for a real breath of fresh air from everything else. The nearly 200,000-acre canyon is indeed tinged red, and filled with a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. Its beauty has been a featured backdrop in many film and TV productions, including “Jurassic Park”, “Holes”, and “Lost in Space.”

Get to know this ideal spot to decompress by taking a Pink Jeep Adventure Tour of Red Rock Canyon. The company conveniently picks you up from your hotel, too. Then, all you have to do is take a seat in one of its Pink Adventure Tour Trekkers – a Jeep Wrangler customized for tackling the canyon’s challenging landscape in comfort.

15. Enjoy the City at Your Own Pace with a Self-Guided Tour

One of the best ways to enjoy Las Vegas is simply by walking around on your own at your own pace. Take in its many attractions as leisurely as you like.

  • Some of the most postcard-worthy sights are:
  • The “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign
  • Fountains of Bellagio
  • Mirage Volcano
  • Gold & Silver Pawn Shop
  • Arts District Antique Shops & Art Galleries
  • The Venetian Hotel’s Canals
  • Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel

The 16th Best Thing to Do in Las Vegas

Of course, it’s probably impossible to hit every attraction in the city in one full swoop. But one way to maximize your time when it comes to enjoying as much world-class food in Vegas as possible is by taking a Lip Smacking Foodie Tour.

This award-winning culinary walking tour allows you to savor the best signature dishes at up to 4 top restaurants in one smooth, efficient outing, complete with VIP service. There are no hassles with making your own reservation or waiting in long lines. Instead, this gastronomic adventure puts you in the best seats in the house pronto.

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