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Visit Las Vegas: Your Travel Guide

The neon lights of mega-resorts, swanky casinos and desire-fulfilling factories might look like a mirage as your plane descends into Sin City. But believe it or not, what many call The Entertainment Capital of the World is as real as the money you can win at the blackjack tables.

Things to Do in Las Vegas

High Roller
Nothing's small in Vegas. Cue the High Roller: the world’s tallest Ferris wheel turns amusement city into an amusement park. Forty people fit into one observation cabin, and each ride floats across the Las Vegas skyline for 30 minutes. Its designer brags it’s so smooth, you can’t even tell you’re moving. Business meetings are even known to congregate on board.
3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Open every day 11:30 am – 2 am
Fashion Show Mall
Lights... camera... fashion! Whatever you need, the Fashion Show Mall directory will satisfy your consumer craving. Calling itself "the edge of fashion in the heart of Vegas," we won’t argue with any of its 2 million square feet. Though it's filled with fashion runways, the Great Hall’s the place to go to catch must-see models on the catwalk. It’s a living lookbook.
3200 S Las Vegas Blvd #600, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Open Monday to Saturday 10 am – 9 pm and Sunday 11 am – 7 pm
Bellagio Fountains
Take in a water show that dances to Elvis – it’ll set your soul on fire. Head to the Bellagio Fountains where the choreographed spray is an unprecedented aquatic experience. With heights that hit 450 feet, this free spectacle is a carefully constructed art show that you won’t see replicated anywhere. Whet your appetite here anytime, day or night.
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV
Open Monday to Friday 3 pm – 12 am and weekends 12 pm – 12 am
CityCenter Las Vegas
The most indulgent urban complex in the world’s most indulgent city: six shiny buildings that make up a compound of luxury. Designed as living art, it's bursting with everything from avant-garde living spaces to opulent casinos. Peruse Prada, indulge in the culinary delights of Wolfgang Puck, and pamper yourself Shanghai-style at Mandarin Oriental.
South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89518
Stratosphere Tower
Calling adrenaline addicts! The Stratosphere Tower’s thrill ride elicits fear in the bravest souls. Teetering over the building’s dizzying ledge, even teetotalers can experience a Vegas "hangover." Tamer travelers can head to the observation deck with its heart-pounding view from the world’s tallest freestanding tower. Nothing but desert sky and dancing lights for miles.
2000 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89104
Open every day 11 am – 11 pm
Little Church of the West
Just met the love of your life? Love knows no bounds at the Little Church of the West. Rewarding the spontaneous for over 70 years, this might be your only chance to invite Elvis as your guest of honor. Not looking to get hitched just yet? Scope out where the likes of Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton have tied the knot with a tour of the grounds.
4617 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89119
Open every day 8 am – 11 pm
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
Whether it’s 2 pm or 2 am, when you pass "Welcome to Las Vegas," the city will be wide awake. This sign marks your official entrance into the City of Sin. This is where you trade desert dust for glitz and glam. Snap a photo to remember where your trip began. When you leave, the other side urges you to "Come Back Soon." And how could you resist?
S Las Vegas Blvd, Paradise, NV
Las Vegas Premium Outlet
Who doesn’t love a steal? Big brands at low prices let even the unluckiest gambler look like a winner. With over 150 stores, there’s something for every taste and budget. Perfect your prep with Tommy Hilfiger or lace up a pair of Chuck Taylors from Converse. Bargain shoppers beware: you’ll never want to leave!
875 South Grand Central Parkway Las Vegas, NV 89106
Open Monday to Saturday 9 am – 9 pm and Sunday 9 am – 8 pm (changes seasonally; check website for details)
The Neon Museum
Where do neon signs go to retire? If they want to become public art, there’s no better place than the Neon Museum. The Boneyard exhibition of broken bulbs and twisted metal is curated with treasures from Vegas’s past. The guided tour explains the rescued signs’ colorful histories. Proof that glittering lights can’t shine forever.
770 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Open every day 9:30 am – 8 pm
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Blur the lines and test boundaries at Las Vegas's NASCAR Motor Speedway. Drag races and dirt tracks are quick and dirty – in true Vegas style. If you haven’t won the jackpot yet, you can sample the millionaire’s lifestyle by getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari, Audi or Porsche. There are no limits here, only speed.
7000 North Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89115
Open every day (changes seasonally; check website for details)
Bellagio
Famed for its dancing fountains, the Bellagio sure knows how to put on a show. Whether it’s Cirque du Soleil performances or fine-art exhibitions, there’s always something to catch your eye if luck runs out in the casino. Before that happens, you can rock over 2,000 slot machines and 40 poker tables in this classy gambling emporium.
Mandalay Bay
The road to Mandalay Bay Casino glitters with neon lights, but, as its name suggests, sand beaches and palm trees hold sway here. When you’re not caught up in the excitement of playing Crazy Pineapple poker or hitting straight lemons on the slots, you can unwind poolside with a cocktail or visit the Shark Reef aquarium to see exotic creatures up close.
Palms Casino Resort
The Palms prides itself on offering gamers high-class entertainment. The casino has its own cinema, lounge club and theater, where world-class comedy and music acts regularly take to the stage. Some even use the on-site recording studio in between shows or host parties up in the glitzy View Skybar. If it’s good enough for Lady Gaga…
Caesars Palace
When in Vegas, Caesars is a must. This legendary, ornate casino has hosted everything from Frank Sinatra concerts to Evel Knievel motorbike stunts. Today, you can pop into top restaurants by the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Nobu Matsuhisa in between hands of Blackjack. There’s also a sprawling sports-betting room for all the big games and races.
MGM Grand
A playground for the rich and famous, you might end up rubbing shoulders with Hollywood stars at the MGM. This luxury casino features a legendary 24-hour "No Limits" poker room where personal masseuses are ready to help you through high-stress hands. If you need to let loose, you can hit the Hakkasan nightclub for superstar DJ sets by Tiësto and Calvin Harris.
The Venetian
Las Vegas’s own Little Italy. This deluxe casino captures a taste of Venice, complete with canals, gondola rides and a replica of the Palazzo Ducale. It’s also home to Madame Tussauds, so you can meet waxwork versions of your favorite celebs. But there’s nothing fake about the flavors at Lavo restaurant, where you’ll sample the city’s finest Italian fare.
Wynn Las Vegas
Fingers crossed you’ll win at the Wynn. Either way, you’ll have a blast. This casino pulls in as many gamblers for its lavish musical shows as it does for its opulent gaming rooms. After a spin on the roulette wheels, why not treat yourself to some decadent fine dining at the Michelin-starred Wing Lei restaurant? For a show-stopping finish, you can pop some bubbly at Encore Bar.
Mon Ami Gabi
Vegas is all about cramming the world's many styles into its glistening avenues – and Mon Ami Gabi does just that, transporting you directly to Paris's streetside dining culture. Whether you'd rather get some sun on the terrace or cool off inside, you won't find yourself short on people to watch. From the waiters to the locals and especially the tourists – there’s plenty on display!
Fremont Street
Travelers looking for a relaxing, quiet vacation don't usually find themselves on Vegas' neon-lit Strip. Fremont Street is the epicenter of entertainment for Sin City, and here you'll find all those who are ready for fun, with no shortage of people-watching opportunities. Wander the bright streets and shopping areas and see the tourists streaming endlessly in and out of casinos and shows – it's a spectacle in itself!
Petrossian Bar at Bellagio
Surrounded by elegantly draped tables in an intimate cream-colored lounge, this famous hotel bar is the perfect place to sit back and sip on some wine in good company. All the people passing by who have come to Vegas for some luxury and pampering provide the best backdrop for a relaxing drink by the grand piano.
Brooklyn Bowl
Bowling has never been so rock ‘n’ roll! Brooklyn Bowl combines 32 lanes with live music, mood lighting and multiple levels of bars, while its main stage hosts an ever-changing lineup of DJs and bands. You never have to miss a moment’s action either – gigs are streamed onto giant LED screens behind the pins.
Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan’s rooftop is a place to see and be seen. In summer, the Boulevard Pool brims with bronzed bodies, while December sees it transform into a winter wonderland of skating rinks and snow. It also attracts big-name acts for year-round concerts and DJ sets – hire a luxurious day bed for the best views of the show.
The Colosseum at Caesars
Las Vegas venues don’t get much more legendary than Caesar’s Palace. Superstars such as Elton John, Celine Dion and Cher play multi-year residencies to sell-out crowds in its classically inspired Colosseum. This state-of-the-art theatre combines Roman-style architecture with modern technology to create some of the most spectacular live shows ever staged.

When to Go to Las Vegas

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Loved everything. Weather was perfect, resorts, hotels as scenery like no other, so much amazing things to do. Only tiny downfall and this is just me, forcing to buy things or shows while walking on the street. I would definitely go many many more times and highly recommend you all go.
Canada
October 14, 2017
8
Very Good
I've stayed in Las Vegas over twenty times. I love the lights, the excitement, the food, the shows. The weather is mild in the winter and we love to visit when it is cold up north. Great place to visit.
Heather
United States of America
October 14, 2017
10
Exceptional
People watching was fun. The shows were engaging. The shopping and food were outstanding. Resort staff was helpful and pleasant. Room was clean and great view of the volcano.
David
United States of America
October 14, 2017
6
Review score
Too many out of control people. Way scary for a girl. But love the options to do things.
HottieBoobALottie
United States of America
October 14, 2017
6
Review score
People seemed to look sad. The city didn't look real. For all kinds of activities you have to spend your money.
Juozas
Lithuania
October 15, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Las Vegas

Bellagio

8.7 Excellent

Score from 12,057 reviews

$169

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    992 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    442 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    374 related reviews
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

7.9 Good

Score from 6,105 reviews

$45

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    407 related reviews
  • “great pool area”
    331 related reviews
  • “comfortable beds”
    286 related reviews
Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

8.2 Very Good

Score from 9,267 reviews

$42

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    708 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    255 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    241 related reviews
ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter Las Vegas

8.9 Excellent

Score from 7,718 reviews

$129

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    659 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    299 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    265 related reviews
The Mirage

8.4 Very Good

Score from 4,943 reviews

$59

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    563 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    204 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    203 related reviews
Wynn Las Vegas

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 2,636 reviews

$189

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    213 related reviews
  • “beautiful building”
    142 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    96 related reviews
Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

7.4 Good

Score from 15,979 reviews

$30

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    1838 related reviews
  • “great pool area”
    379 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    355 related reviews
New York New York

8.1 Very Good

Score from 8,446 reviews

$49

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    1048 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    295 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    288 related reviews
Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations - Center Strip [No Resort Fees]

9 Wonderful

Score from 2,757 reviews

$134

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    348 related reviews
  • “very clean”
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  • “amazing views”
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Discover Las Vegas

Popular Neighborhoods in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Strip

84 properties

Need an energy drink? Take a sip of the Strip instead! A street of non-stop decadence and indulgence, this hub is why Vegas is dubbed the Entertainment Capital of the World. Put on your dancing shoes at The Cosmopolitan clubs, try your hand at the tables at Caesars Palace, and feast on Michelin-star dining. Do it all in a day if you dare.

East of the Las Vegas Strip

60 properties

East of the Las Vegas Strip are more tees and greens. "Tea" off at the Wynn Golf & Country Club, followed by an event at the Thomas & Mack Center. Craving a bird’s-eye view? Take a helicopter to see the Grand Canyon from the sky. Or you can descend into debauchery at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s infamous Rehab pool party.

Henderson

38 properties

Who doesn’t want to follow in Celine Dion’s footsteps? Head to Henderson, where the diva owned a house on Lake Las Vegas. In a desert dominated by commercial flair, Henderson offers a small town alternative. This ever-sunny desert-scape provides endless golf options and easy access to Sin City. Kick up some dust in its maze of hiking trails.

South of the Las Vegas Strip

30 properties

For a break from the tables, discover the subtleties down south. You can bounce around at the Trampoline Park or treat yourself to some retail therapy at the Town Square Mall and Las Vegas Premium Outlets South. You’ll probably be here anyway to wave hello or goodbye to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, the city’s famous gatekeeper.

Downtown Las Vegas - Fremont Street

20 properties

Modern design accompanies yesterday’s glamour in Downtown Las Vegas. Wander the city’s first casinos at the Fremont Street Experience as you're courted by the glittering lights. Other downtown picks include the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North and the Mob Museum – which documents the city’s more sordid secrets.

Summerlin

8 properties

Escape the 24-hour-ness of Vegas and head to this affluent development nearby. Hit a hole-in-one on one of the many greens. Adventurers rejoice in the multitude of high-desert trails, bike paths, and climbing routes in the nearby Red Rocks. Spires of mountains in the background create a picture-perfect downtown Summerlin.

Local Tips for Las Vegas

Earth Moving Experience
Angela by Angela

Angela is a Vegas veteran, having lived there for 18 years! She loves poolside time with her family.

Bring childhood fantasies to life at Dig This Heavy Equipment Playground! Literally a giant 5-acre sandpit for big kids, you can even get behind the wheel of a bulldozer or a digger. Build mounds, dig trenches, and get your hands dirty for the ultimate fun!

  • 3012 S Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89102
  • www.digthisvegas.com
  • Changes seasonally; check website for details
Best Pool
Marcus by Marcus

An 8-year Vegas local, Marcus’s advice for the glitter city is to let loose and be spontaneous!

Mandalay Bay Beach is the best pool in Vegas, an aquatic oasis with a sandy beach, a wave pool and a lazy river where you can float around on an inflatable ring! Whether you bask in the sun at your private cabana or turn up the party at Moorea Beach Club, this place is splash-tacular!

  • 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
  • Open Monday to Sunday 8 am – 6 pm (changes seasonally; check website for details)
Great Museum for a Rainy Day
Laura by Laura

San Franciscan Laura loves heading to this sun-drenched party paradise for a weekend with the girls!

Inside the stunning glass pyramid of the Luxor Casino lies an unlikely treasure, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Great for a rainy day, you will be taken back in time to discover over 250 artifacts recovered from the shipwreck. (Dare you to walk through without humming Celine Dion!)

  • 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 8911
  • www.luxor.com
  • Open Monday to Sunday 10 am - 10 pm
Zip Line the Las Vegas Strip
Kaitlin by Kaitlin

Kaitlin loves the ever-changing nature of Sin City and hitting the hottest bars and clubs!

If soaring above the heads of tourists while you strike your best Superman pose sounds up your alley, then you will love the Fremont Street Experience! The SlotZilla Zip Line will be the ride of your life, flying 40 miles per hour past the sparkling lights of Old Vegas casinos!

  • 425 Fremont Street, Suite 160, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (The Strip)
  • slotzilla.showare.com
  • Open Sunday to Thursday 12 pm – 12 am and Friday and Saturday 12 pm – 2 am
Las Vegas Strip People Watching
Karriem by Karriem

Karriem rounds up his buddies for a fun weekend in Vegas, exploring the Strip’s secrets!

Walking the Strip is the best way to experience the city’s wacky and wonderful treats. You can also travel the world all in a day with the exciting casino themes! Ride a gondola at The Venetian, climb the replica Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel or brave the roller coaster at New York New York!

  • S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Paradise)
Day Pool Parties
Rachel by Rachel

Having spent 13 summers in the sizzling desert heat, Rachel cools off at the pool parties.

Nothing says summer like a Las Vegas pool party! These water wonderlands are full of teeny bikinis, oversized drinks and the hottest beats in town. Hot spots are Wet Republic at MGM Grand and Encore Beach Club at Wynn, or for a more chilled out vibe head to Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria.

  • 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • www.liquidpoollv.com
  • Open Monday to Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
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Recommended in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has great shopping, and while many stores on the Strip are extremely unaffordable due to their luxurious nature, Fashion Show Mall does a good job of combating them with more affordable shopping options. There are also some good outlets just off the Strip.

Walking the strip. The vagrants and people trying to give you rubbish is getting bad But if you want a girl in your room in 20mins it's the place to go

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Las Vegas for food?

We found this wonderful place to have breakfast/lunch. Off the Strip but not far from Circus Circus, great price and absolutely delicious food.

Either eat up market or clean and basic with nice atmosphere. Avoid all the 2 for 1's

In Las Vegas you see it all. One city one stop 24 hours a day 365 days a year!

All types of shopping-designer/outlet/bargain/touristy catered for.

get public bus pass and get on and off at any place on the strip

Whats happens in vegas stays in vegas

How the casinos light up at night.

Transportation

Las Vegas Transportation

Air

McCarran is Las Vegas’s main airport, and has over 1000 slot machines! The fastest connection to the Las Vegas Strip is by taxi, which takes 10-15 minutes and will set you back about USD 20 (plus the expected 15% tip and USD 1 per suitcase). Tell your taxi driver at the start of your journey to avoid the freeways! A cheaper option is a group shuttle bus, but it can take a while if there are multiple stops to be made. Car rental is also available.

Monorail

The Las Vegas Monorail is a great way to explore the Strip without having to do loads of walking! Starting at the MGM Grand, it runs one block back from and parallel to the strip, with 7 stops down to the SLS Hotel, including the Las Vegas Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased outside stations at vending machines or online; single rides are USD 5, and there are 1- to 7-day passes available. It runs from 7 am until 12 am, with extended hours on weekends.

Bus

Cruise the Strip in true Vegas style, on The Deuce gold double-decker buses. Running every 15 minutes around the clock, these buses stop at nearly every casino and downtown. It’s a cheap option (at just USD 8 for 24 hours) however it can be slow due to heavy traffic and the number of stops. Tickets can be purchased on board. There’s also the Strip and Downtown Express (SDX) bus, which runs a more limited stop (meaning faster!) service for the same price.

Taxi

Walking is a fun way to explore the Strip’s hidden treasures (you can even sip on an oversize margarita while you stroll!), but sometimes the heat or your high heels call for an easier way. In that case, taxis are your go-to method, and while they can be pricey, they run 24/7 and are readily available. It’s illegal to hail a cab off the Strip, but there are taxi ranks at every casino and attraction. Keep in mind drivers usually expect a 15% tip!

Car

Renting a car in Las Vegas is simple and gives you the freedom to explore the great areas and attractions of this jewel in the desert! After arriving at McCarran Airport, follow the ground transportation signs and look for the blue and white McCarran Rent-A-Car Center Shuttle. This takes you to the office, which is open 24 hours and has easy access to the Las Vegas Strip. Most hotels have a free valet service, so there's no need to stress about paying for parking!

Food in Las Vegas

Top Restaurants in Las Vegas

Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Battista's Hole In the Wall
Mid-Range Fare
Asian
Noodle Asia in Palazzo
Mid-Range Fare
American
Serendipity 3
  • 3507 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • Open every day 08:00-23:00.
  • 001 7027317373
Upscale Dining
Italian
Giada
Upscale Dining
Tex-Mex
Mesa Grille
Upscale Dining
Japanese
Nobu
  • 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • Open every day 17:00-23:00.
  • 001 7027856628
Cheap Eats
American
Ellis Island Casino & Brewery
  • 4178 Koval Lane Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • Open every day 00:00-23:59
  • 001 7027338901
Mid-Range Fare
American
Firefly on Paradise
Upscale Dining
Italian
Sinatra
Upscale Dining
Gourmet
Andrea's
Cheap Eats
American
Fresh Grill & Bar
Cheap Eats
Italian
Pin Up Pizza
Cheap Eats
American
Pink's Hot Dogs
Upscale Dining
Mediterranean
Milos, Estiatorio
Upscale Dining
American
STK Las Vegas
Upscale Dining
Gourmet
Del Frisco's Steakhouse
Upscale Dining
Italian
Toscano Italian Steakhouse
  • 3900 Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 89169
  • Open every day 11:30-21:00.
  • 001 7026857171
Cheap Eats
Mexican
DJ’s Taco Bar
  • 3743 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV ‎
  • Open every day 11:00-24:00.
  • 001 7027783051
Mid-Range Fare
Indian
Tamba
Upscale Dining
American
ENVY The Steakhouse
Mid-Range Fare
American
Peppermill Fireside Lounge
  • 2985 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • Open every day 00:00-23:59
  • 001 7027357635
Upscale Dining
Japanese
Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub and Restaurant
Upscale Dining
Italian
Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Mid-Range Fare
Greek
Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe & Lounge
  • 4147 South Maryland Parkway Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
  • Open every day 11:00-01:00.
  • 001 7027316030
Upscale Dining
International
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés - SLS Las Vegas
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