If the bright lights and flashing smiles of the city aren’t enough to lure you there, think of these enticing words written by Chuck Palahniuk, “Las Vegas looks the way you’d imagine heaven must look at night.” Indeed, a sense of wonder will wash over you when you see the Strip for the first time. Don’t be embarrassed to get caught looking wide-eyed at the sparkling buildings and fluorescent flashes all around you—most everyone here is a tourist, but locals still appreciate the magic of Las Vegas in the moonlight. Ensure that you see all the bewitching attractions that call Sin City home by reserving one of the top hotels in Las Vegas.
Things to do in Las Vegas
Donned in your best desert chic attire, you step out onto the Strip and are awed and overwhelmed by all you see. With so much activity and a plethora of street performers, how will you decide to spend your time in Las Vegas? You begin with the basics—hanging out poolside just steps away from one of many decadent Las Vegas hotel rooms. After a refreshing dip and a leisurely afternoon spent sipping on sinful cocktails, you feel well-rested and ready to take on the city. Admire the opulent casino inside the Bellagio hotel and pass underneath the acclaimed Chihuly art installation inside the venue. Afterward, make your way to Mandalay Bay and gaze at the aquatic predators that call Shark Reef Aquarium home.
As night falls in Sin City, there are an abundance of ways to spend your time. You could head downtown to the pleasant sensory overload of the Fremont Street Experience, or stay on the Strip to watch as the fountain show begins outside the Bellagio. Of course, those who prefer colorful displays from nature rather than neon lights should venture to Hoover Dam to watch the sun go down over the Colorado River.
Eating and Drinking
Las Vegas is known for its larger than life magicians and grand acrobatic performances, but the real magic in the city is its top notch eateries. Unlike many other large American cities, Las Vegas doesn’t have a notable signature dish, but that’s because it excels at making every type of cuisine. Indeed, no matter what type of food you’re craving (and no matter the time of day), you’ll be able to find what tempts you in Las Vegas. Sin City’s steakhouses are especially well-known for creating mouthwatering menus that will tempt carnivores and herbivores alike. Sumptuous slabs of rib-eye steak and mounds of jumbo crab paired next to a refreshing garden salad or luxurious mound of mashed potatoes will have you loosening your belt with pleasure.
But for those eaters who are serious about sampling all the international cuisines of Vegas, forego expensive restaurants that speak to one nationality, and instead—visit a Vegas buffet. Nearly every casino in town offers buffet options, typically for brunch and dinner, and if you choose wisely, (hint: Wynn Buffet) you’ll be greatly rewarded. Accomplished chefs at the top of their culinary game compile the diverse menus that await you. Many buffets include carving stations that will slice up decadent portions of prime rib, as well as fresh seafood displays, including lobster tails, shrimp, crab legs, and innovative sushi rolls. Between the many meaty options, you’ll be delighted to discover opulent salad bars that seem to stretch for miles, and internationally influenced cuisine including Japanese, Italian, Indian, and French fare. Your trip to the dessert table will be a test of will power—but how could you resist at least tasting the macarons, raspberry cheesecakes, and sugary crème brûlées that beckon to you?
Green Spaces Galore
Need a break from the flashing lights and sounds of slot machines? Venture 79 miles southeast to visit the stunning Lake Mead National Recreation Area. With the option of enjoying either Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, you’ll want to pack a picnic to enjoy your day in the lush desert landscape. Visitors can sit in the shade of trees and watch as rippling waves pass through the water, or choose to get a bit wet instead. There are myriad ways to enjoy the lakes, including boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, or just swimming in the sunshine. You might be intimidated to watch locals partaking in watersports on the lake—their form is immaculate—but keep in mind that they’re permanent Nevadans and are used to the dry heat and choppy freshwaters.
Day Trips from Las Vegas
If you still feel the call of the desert from inside one of the cheap rooms in Las Vegas, embark on a day trip that will have you appreciating the contrast of the bustling city. Zion National Park is located 160 miles northeast in Springdale, Utah. This iconic destination is an outdoorsman’s paradise; choose to slip on your favorite pair of hiking boots and traverse one of the many trails throughout the park, with options for explorers of all levels. Two of the park’s most well-known features, the Narrows and Angel’s Landing, are perfect for photos and will have you feeling a sense of accomplishment as you complete their respective routes. Carry this winning feeling back with you to fabulous Las Vegas, where your new sense of victory will hopefully reveal itself on the blackjack table as well.
Viva Las Vegas
With a never-ending list of sights to see and things to do in Las Vegas, you suppose Chuck Palahniuk was right in comparing it to heaven. That is, if your version of heaven consists of sumptuous buffets at every turn, legendary live performances, and expertly air-conditioned hotel lobbies. Not to mention an abundance of casino games and pools so beautiful and refreshing that you think the architecture gods themselves must have had a hand in their creation. Find cheap hotels in Las Vegas today on Travelocity; we not only offer a plethora of exquisite Las Vegas hotels, but you’ll be in close proximity to all the magic emanating off the Strip. And that’s not just luck having its say in things, it’s your travel destiny.