Looking to getaway for a short time to party and people watch? Then Las Vegas is a great place to visit. There is so much to do in the city and you don’t have to gamble. You can pretty much fly in from anywhere in the US and will be greeted by a giant slot machine on arrival.
To and from the airport
If you are travelling to Las Vegas by yourself or with up to 3 people, the best way is via a group shuttle. They run 24 hours a day and cost $9 to travel to the strip. It is always nice to tip the driver a dollar or two per person.
The Strip runs from the Mandalay Casino to the Wynn and Encore Casino. The streets are packed with people from all over the world. You can walk around with open alcohol and you will see plastic yard glasses strung around people’s necks.
The strip can be a long street after walking up and down it a few times. Las Vegas offer a bus service which runs every 15 minutes. There are two routes the bus takes.
2 hrs - $6
24 hrs - $8
3 days - $20
A little bit south of the strip and you will find the Las Vegas Sign. It is one of the most iconic signs in the world. The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is found south of Russell Street, a 10 minute walk south of the Mandalay Casino. If you have your own car, you can park at the designated car park in the middle of the road.
A couple of kilometres north of the Strip and you will come across Freemont Street. This is the Las Vegas of old and is where it all started. There is a light show in the evening so be sure to make it down there during the night.
The casinos are what make Las Vegas, Las Vegas and are one of the most popular attractions. These iconic buildings have been made famous by plenty of movies such as Oceans 11, The Hangover, 21 and many more. Each casino offers a different theme, but is usually based around gambling. Spend some time walking through the casinos; maybe even try your luck to see if you can win. Remember to gamble responsibly and only put down what you can afford to lose.
The Bellagio - Famous for its fountains, you can witness different shows throughout the day. M-F 3-12, S 12-12, S 11-12
Palazzo – indoor canal where you can ride in a real gondola
Circus Circus - check out the review
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Mirage - check out the light show at night with fire over the waterfalls
Shows and attractions
All the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas makes it a city where entertainment surrounds you. A must do when hitting up Vegas is to go to a show. They range from magicians and illusionists blowing your mind, classic entertainers like Celine Dion singing her heart out and circus acts by Cirque Du Solei. If you haven’t seen a Cirque Du Solei production before, then now is your best chance. There are plenty to choose from. To buy discount tickets check out Tix4tonight. Jump on to their website to see what show they are selling and then head to an office down the strip.
Set in the old court house, the Mob Museum is open 9am to 9pm every day. It is an interesting mix of accounts from members of the Mob and also the enforcement. Corruption, scandals and history make this museum an interesting place to visit. Spread over three levels, there are a couple of interactive exhibits but mostly the information is displayed on panels and shown through videos. Tickets are $19.95 if bought online otherwise they are $23.95 at the door. If you love movies about the mob, then you will love this museum.
The lookout at the top of the Eifel tower at Paris provides a great view of the strip. It is a 165 m replica and is located opposite the Bellagio Fountains. It can become quite popular around sunset as people queue to see the sun set behind the nearby mountains. You might be able to score a cheap ticket through Tix4tonight with a purchase of a show ticket.
No matter what time of the day you are in Vegas, there is always somewhere to party. After a big night there is no better cure than hitting up a pool party. An after party during the day started at Rehab (Paradise) – this is the original one and is located at the Hard Rock Café
Drai’s Beach Club
Marquee Day Club
Daylight Beach Club
Encore Beach Club
Visit the Grand Canyon in 1 day
This area is the closest to Las Vegas and is a popular day trip from the lights of the big city. You can capture the size of the Canyon from the edge of the Sky Walk or from up above in a helicopter. There are a few companies who offer both these trips:
If you are tight on time or are only visiting Las Vegas then I would recommend visiting this part of the Canyon. It is about 3 hours’ drive from the strip.
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