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What happens in Vegas

Vegas is a shimmering party scene at the edge of the Mojave Desert. A-list entertainment, glitzy casinos, and celebrity-chef restaurants are the games in town, but spectacular scenic beauty is not far from the Strip—Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon are less than an hour away.

Top 10 attractions in Las Vegas

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Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

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The Hoover Dam (originally known as Boulder Dam) is an inspiring symbol of American engineering, built during America’s Great Depression as the then-largest dam construction project in the world. Travelers have flocked here for decades to see picturesque views of Lake Mead and the Colorado River, and today, the dam receives more than 1 million annual visitorsMore
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Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip

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Lined with Sin City’s top hotels and largest casinos, the glittering 4.2-mile (6.8-kilometer) Las Vegas Strip is the United States’ biggest adult playground. Look out for over-the-top architecture, revel in trendy nightclubs, take in dazzling shows and avant-garde performances, and sink forks into five-star dinners. Hotel highlights include iconic complexes such as Treasure Island, the Venetian, MGM Grand, Bellagio, and Caesars Palace.More
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Grand Canyon West Rim

Grand Canyon West Rim

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The Grand Canyon’s West Rim, located just outside Grand Canyon National Park, is home to the vast Hualapai Indian Reservation and includes 108 miles (173 kilometers) of picturesque canyon views. The closest section of the canyon to Las Vegas, the West Rim is famous for the lofty Grand Canyon Skywalk, Guano Point, and Eagle Point.More
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Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience

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Spanning four city blocks, the Fremont Street Experience is a massive outdoor mall and the site of Las Vegas’ very first freestanding casino building. Today, it hosts 10 different casinos with games and tables, plenty of restaurants, and free concerts and other live entertainment, with multiple performances staged each day. It’s also notable for its famous Viva Vision canopy, which projects thousands of different color combinations and images overhead.More
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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

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The Grand Canyon is a humbling testament to nature’s power. Carved by the mighty Colorado River, this northwestern Arizona wonder is 277 miles (444 kilometers) long and more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) deep. It’s no wonder Grand Canyon National Park is one of America’s most popular attractions, with over 6 million annual visitors.More
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Fountains of Bellagio

Fountains of Bellagio

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The Fountains of Bellagio in front of the Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip are like many Sin City attractions: an over-the-top spectacle, but in a good way. The waterworks are synchronized with a changing playlist and light show, so visitors will never see the same show twice.More
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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

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Constructed in 1959, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is an icon from the era of classic Vegas. Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, the neon landmark welcomes visitors driving into the city from the south on Las Vegas Boulevard, aka the Strip.More
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Bellagio Las Vegas

Bellagio Las Vegas

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The grand dame of the Strip, the Bellagio still seems new compared to the vintage hotels of downtown Las Vegas. The hotel and casino has been one of the city's top resorts since 1998, when it was the most expensive hotel ever built. Named after the Italian town on Lake Como, Bellagio is known for luxury in a city where over-the-top is the norm.More
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Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

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The 195,819-acre (79,245-hectare) Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada comprises a network of narrow canyons, seasonal waterfalls, rock art sites, and surreal rock formations with ample opportunity for hiking, biking, rock climbing, and desert wildlife watching, all a short drive from Las Vegas.More
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Stratosphere Tower

Stratosphere Tower

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Standing 1,149 feet (350 meters) above the Las Vegas Strip, Stratosphere Tower is the tallest observation tower in the United States. From the top, visitors enjoy 360-degree views of Las Vegas from an observation deck, aboard thrill rides, or over a drink or meal at one of several bars and restaurants.More

Trip ideas

Choosing the Right Las Vegas Show For You

Choosing the Right Las Vegas Show For You

Top activities in Las Vegas

Grand Canyon National Park Bus Tour

Grand Canyon National Park Bus Tour

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Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Small Group Day Tour
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas with Champagne & Light Picnic
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Recent reviews from experiences in Las Vegas

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Nice but chilly
Dionne_H, Dec 2021
Big Bus Las Vegas Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour
It’s cold to visit Las Vegas in December.
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30 year anniversary trip
Bobbie_N, Dec 2021
Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas With Lunch
The tour guide was hilarious lol Bobbie Neal Blue Springs, MO
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Amazing experience
Brenda_E, Dec 2021
Big Bus Las Vegas Open Top Night Tour
It was so beautiful to see everything at night.
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Great Tour and Amazing Tour Guide
Megan_J, Nov 2021
Small-Group 3 Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour With Strip Pickup
I highly recommend this tour for all ages that are looking to see Nevada outside of the Las Vegas strip.
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Wow! This is a must try!!!
Vincent_B, Nov 2021
Las Vegas Helicopter Night Flight with Optional VIP Transportation
What an amazing and thrilling experience to see the beautiful Las Vegas strip at night above the sky!
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Visit Amazing
BURKHART_B, Nov 2021
Emerald Cave Kayak Tour - Half Day
We came to the area to visit our son in the Air Force.
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Good experience!!
Patricia_C, Nov 2021
Big Bus Las Vegas Open Top Night Tour
Recommend to do the big bus tour on the first night so you learn places to visit.
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It’s was cold as we...
cynthia_j, Oct 2021
Big Bus Las Vegas Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour
It’s was cold as we toured and sat on the top of the bus in order to see all the sights in Las Vegas
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The high Roller
Jerry_H, Oct 2021
The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket
It’s a great Experience to see all of Las Vegas at night and happy hour was fun with the open bar.
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Wonderful experience.
Allen_M, Oct 2021
Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour & Hoover Dam Photo Stop with optional Skywalk
Have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon and was able to fit it in while we were in Las Vegas.
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Great tour
Jessica_W, Oct 2021
Seven Magic Mountains and Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
We wouldn't have been able to see more of Las Vegas.
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See Vegas from the clouds!
Renee_D, Sep 2021
Las Vegas Strip Helicopter Night Flight with Optional Transportation
The only way to see Las Vegas!!!
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I can’t believe some of the things that this magician accomplished!
Will_S, Sep 2021
Witches and Warlock Show at Las Vegas Magic Theater
Many of the magical effects created in the show can only be seen in the big Las Vegas attractions, but in this case in an intimate magic theater.
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Seeing the Grand Canyon
BENSCHOEMAN_G, Sep 2021
Grand Canyon West Rim Aerial Helicopter Tour
Had work in Las Vegas and wanted to see the Grand Canyon.
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Great experience
James_S, Sep 2021
The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket
Getting to be taken high up to see the Las Vegas lights after dark and surrounding hotels moved thru the lines very quickly
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Girls just want to have fun
Ramblingwoman, Sep 2021
Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon - Self Drive
For those who love the outdoors and adventure this is one of the greatest things to do while in Las Vegas.
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Best way to see Downtown Las Vegas!!
Michelle_P, Sep 2021
Downtown Las Vegas Evening Tour by Segway
Segway tours are our favorite way to see a city and Shaun proved to be best if the best.
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Must do at least once!
christopher_c, Aug 2021
Las Vegas Strip Helicopter Night Flight with Optional Transportation
It was an awesome experience to see Las Vegas from above.
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Awesome ride
Brian_D, Aug 2021
Drifting Ride-Along Experience On A Real Racetrack in Las Vegas
Maybe this fall.
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Great tour guide
Dawn_Max, Aug 2021
Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour & Hoover Dam Photo Stop with optional Skywalk
Can’t wait to visit Las Vegas again.

All about Las Vegas

When to visit

There’s so many things to do and see in Vegas that it’s easy to visit no matter the season, but there are some things to keep in mind.

Late spring and early fall bring mild weather and thinner crowds, ideal for exploring outdoor parties at the Fremont Street Experience. These are the best times to visit, but it’s smart to plan your trip after spring break and conference season, when Vegas is packed.

Summer temperatures easily reach the 100s—beat the heat with pool parties, waterparks, and rolling the dice until sunrise. The hottest days are also perfect for staying indoors at the Neon Museum or the Mob Museum.

Winter brings desert chill, and discounts on hotels, attractions, and other things to do. The mood heats up on New Year’s, and again during conference season and Chinese New Year in February.

Getting around

Bus: Buses are excellent for getting around the roughly 4-mile Strip. RTC buses and Deuce double-deckers run 24/7 along the Strip and downtown. If you’re staying at an off-Strip casino or hotel, chances are they offer limited shuttle buses there, too.

Rail: The monorail runs limited, expensive routes next to the east side of the Strip roughly every five to eight minutes. Separate trams operate between casinos; they’re free but slow and are designed for passengers to get off at the casinos that run them.

Rideshare and cab: Uber and Lyft rides along the strip are sometimes half the price of taxis, and even cheaper when riding with other passengers. Cab drivers expect a tip, and will only pick up at taxi stands as it’s illegal to hail from the street.

Traveler tips

Vegas is full of surprises, and offers much more than a trip along the Strip. For something different, try shopping for antiques downtown or rubbing elbows with locals at Fremont East (away from the LED canopy and zipline at the Fremont Street Experience). Also, culture hounds can explore gourmet restaurants, art venues, and newer hotels that have taken the focus away from gambling and put it on stylish design. Whatever your desires, there’s a good chance Vegas can dish it up.

A local’s pocket guide to Las Vegas

Jenny Crossling

Viator's resident Vegas expert, Jenny feels incredibly fortunate to live in what she believes to be one of the most vibrant, exciting, and colorful cities in the world.

The first thing you should do in Las Vegas is...

a hop-on hop-off tour to get your bearings along the Strip and in the Fremont Street area. Get to know the crossroads, too, as that’s how locals give directions.

A perfect Saturday in Las Vegas...

involves visiting the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, and the Fremont East district, where there are plenty of cool restaurants and bars. Finishing your evening with a cocktail at Circa.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Vegas’ entertainment scene. From stars like Celine Dion and Britney to over-the-top shows and world-class sports teams like the Vegas Golden Knights and the Raiders, Vegas has it all.

To discover the "real" Las Vegas...

head to the desert. Red Rock Canyon has great year-round outdoor activities; the Valley of Fire has incredibly stunning scenery; and Lake Mead is a boaters paradise.

For the best view of the city...

go to the Skyfall Lounge or the Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay for a view of the Strip. Or, visit the Apex Rooftop Bar for panoramic views over the entire valley.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking we all live on the Strip (not the suburbs) and that Las Vegas has no culture, when there’s actually a thriving arts district and Performing Arts Center. Oh, and we don’t all work in casinos.

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