Sights worth seeing!
Hotels in Vegas are more than just a place to sleep! They provide you with a world of entertainment, all with the aim of keeping you within their 4 walls! But don’t be afraid to explore other hotel offerings!
Whilst at Caesars take a break watching the animated statue show every hour from 10am until 11pm and the street performers at the Venetian around St Mark’s Square. Visitors can even take a break with a gondola ride around the hotel’s waterways and should see the painted ceilings in the main casino and the galleria which is just off to the side of the main casino room.
If you like roller-coasters there are some spectacular rides that should not be missed. The New York New York, Sahara and Circus Circus resorts have indoor rides whilst for a once in a lifetime ride don’t miss the ‘High Roller’ and ‘Big Shot’ on the roof of the Stratosphere Tower.
The observation deck of The Eiffel Tower at the Paris give some excellent views of the strip and is a great way to see the Bellagio fountain shows after dark. For a real treat you can eat at the restaurant at the top of the tower although this is one of the priciest in town.
Another highlight is the Fremont Street Experience which is one of the best free lightshows in town. The canopy over the Fremont Street mall is an enormous screen with over 2 million light bulbs which plays out a fantastic light show every night at dusk until 11pm. For another breathtaking view of the cities extravagant lights the south end of the strip has pedestrian bridges from which there are superb views of the whole of the strip, especially at night.
Vegas really is a feast for all of the senses and there are some great entertainments that are either free or well worth the minimal charges. Don’t miss….
Luxor Hotel Light Show Las Vegas
- The laser show from the Luxor Hotel which can be seen from outer space and the Pharaoh’s Feast buffet for under $10.
- New York, Now York at 3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South for a stunning recreation of the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
- The Mirage hotel and the spectacular volcano which erupts at regular intervals.
- The free Fountain Show in front of the Bellagio shoots off every 30 minutes from 3 pm to 7 pm and then every 15 minutes until midnight. (The routines often vary from one show to the next.)
- At Mandalay Bay, you can see killer sharks up close at the Shark Reef exhibit. You walk through a glass tunnel that cuts right through a massive aquarium tank containing sharks, rays, and hundreds of other exotic fish.
Beyond Las Vegas
If you can pull yourself away from the roulette wheel for half a day, rent a car and tour Hoover Dam and Lake Mead (27 miles southeast on U.S. 93). Together, the two attractions pack a wallop: Lake Mead is one of the world’s largest man made lakes, at 116 miles long; and the Hoover Dam (1939) is considered one of the architectural marvels of the world. Avoid the bus tours — they can be an expensive waste of time.
Valley of Fire State Park (58 miles northeast on I-15; 702-397-2088) is a stunning desert overlooking Lake Mead. Several petroglyphs (cave drawings by the area’s early Native Americans) from thousands of years ago can be seen here, as well as the endless hues of red, orange, and violet of the desert landscape at sundown.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, west of Las Vegas on State Route 160, is so close to the city the skyline is visible from a number of overlooks. The park is famous for its sandstone outcroppings, prehistoric sand dunes and dramatic cliffs along the 65-million-year-old Keystone Thrust.
Red Rock Canyon’s unique attractions include prehistoric pictographs, found near Willow Spring Picnic Area. Archaeologists speculate that the tribes who once lived in the canyon put their handprints on the rocks to announce births. The tribes’ origins, however, remain a mystery.
More than one million people visit Red Rock each year, but that number is dwarfed by the hordes of visitors to the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most popular national attractions. The park is a five-hour drive from Las Vegas, but a handful of companies offer helicopter tours from Boulder City that land inside the canyon, within the Hualapai Indian Reservation.
The flight from Boulder City takes roughly 35 minutes. It passes over Hoover Dam and Lake Mead before making a 3,500-foot descent into the canyon.