There are so many things to do in Vegas. We ended up spontaneously driving down for the last two nights of our trip to LA (see my full LA itinerary here), but I could have stayed a lot longer. I actually fell ill on the second night, which meant a lonely evening in (albeit in the best hotel ever- more of that to come), but what I did do was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. You know the kind of place that looks like a film set and is so amazing you’re literally lost for words? Yeah, that. So if you’re planning a trip, here are seven things to do in Vegas that you’ll never forget:
1. See the Bellagio Fountains
There are a few free shows to see in Vegas, but in my opinion there’s only one worth going to: the Bellagio fountains. The show goes on every half-hour between 3pm and 8pm, and every 15 minutes from then until midnight. Unfortunately we weren’t able to see the full display since it was so windy (gutted), but my mum and stepdad saw the whole thing in August and said it was absolutely mind-blowing. Plus, it’s so big that you needn’t worry about getting a good spot- the view is amazing wherever you stand.
2. Visit The Venetian
We actually stayed here (I’ll be sharing a full review next week), but hotels in Vegas aren’t just somewhere to sleep- they’re a landmark in their own right. The Venetian tops the lot. As you’ve probably gathered from the name, it’s based on Venice, complete with its own canal, gondolas and replica of St Mark’s Square. You can go inside for free where you’ll find a casino, over 40 restaurants, two nightclubs, three pools, a ‘beach’ and a spa. Basically another world.
3. Take a trip to Paris
If you haven’t made it to the real deal, Paris in Vegas is the next best thing. It’s primarily a casino on the strip, but the best bit is the Eiffel Tower. There’s even a lift to take you up to the top just like the one in France- this’ll cost around £40 per person, but the rest is free. Sightseeing at its best.
4. Get a snap with the sign
The official Las Vegas sign is located at the top of the strip (right next to a Whole Foods which is everything if you’re a health freak like me), and tourists queue for a snap meaning you don’t have to deal with the whole excuse-me-can-you-kindly-get-out-of-the-way-while-I-take-a-photo-or-ten awkwardness. Go early morning if you’d rather not wait, but the queues are never longer than 20 minutes or so.
5. Go clubbing
Nightlife in Vegas is unreal. From TAO and Marquee to Encore and Drais, there are plenty of clubs to choose from and they’re all AMAZING.
Tip: Promoters will approach you on the strip during the daytime and ask if you’d like to go on the guestlist. Say yes- this’ll get girls free entry and a drink upon arrival.
6. Visit the Grand Canyon
Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to do this on our trip, but as well as seeing the whole Bellagio fountain show, my mum and stepdad also took a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and they haven’t stopped talking about it since. You’ll need to book ahead and it’s pricey (Grand Canyon Tours do it for around £150 per person), but an experience you’ll never forget.
7. See a show
As well as a handful of free shows, Vegas puts on some of the best theatrical performances in the world. I’d recommend Cirque du Soleil– the London equivalent was out of this world.
So there we have my top seven things to do in Vegas. I’ll be reviewing The Venetian Las Vegas next week, and if there’s anything else you’d like to know, just comment below or email me. Remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas 😉