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Things to do in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West & Hoover Dam Tour with Meals

1. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West & Hoover Dam Tour with Meals

Embark on a full day of adventure and fun with this VIP tour of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim – home of the famous Skywalk. Depart Las Vegas by a luxury air-conditioned bus (with a bathroom onboard) in the morning, included in this tour is a hot sit down breakfast at a local restaurant just outside of Vegas. (Vegetarian options are available). This tour includes a photo stop at the Hoover Dam, where you are able to get incredible panoramic photos of the dam.. Have your camera at the ready for the numerous photo stops on the drive through the famous Joshua Tree Forest, spending your time in the expert company of fully-trained professional tour guides all the way Once at the canyon you will receive VIP bus access - no need to transfer to a shuttle bus to take you around the view points like other tours - this tour uses the same bus that picks you up from the hotel teo take you around at the Canyon, meaning more time to enjoy the amazing views, and less time waiting in lines. You will also receive a scenic BBQ lunch at the Canyon at Guano Point, where you may enjoy your meal surrounded by the incredible beauty of the canyon . (Vegetarian options are also available) It is also possible to treat yourself to a trip on the world-famous glass Skywalk built over the edge of the canyon, if you select this option when booking.

Las Vegas: Entry to Madame Tussauds with a Gondola Cruise

2. Las Vegas: Entry to Madame Tussauds with a Gondola Cruise

Mix with megastars and get face-to-face with superstars at with a ticket to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, the world’s greatest wax museum. Meet Marvel’s megastars like, Nick Fury, the Hulk, Spiderman, and Captain America. Cruise along the Venetian Hotel and Casino on a gondola ride. Take a ride on Miley’s life-size wrecking ball and bow down to Queen Bey. Take a spin on a DJ set with headliner Steve Aoki. Feel the thrill of plunging in a pool of a million poker chips and party with the Wolf Pack boys. Sail on a gondola cruise on the water outside the iconic Venetian Hotel and Casino with views of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Float beneath bridges, beside cafes, under balconies, and coast down the Grand Canal. Be transported by the soothing sound of the water and the romantic songs of the gondoliers. Complete your experience by selecting the option to add a delicious all-American meal at the Hard Rock Café after your gondola ride.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

3. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

Take in spectacular views over the Grand Canyon on a helicopter flight from Las Vegas. Land in the canyon to enjoy champagne and refreshments, and benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off. After pickup from selected Las Vegas hotels, head to the helipad to board the comfortable helicopter. Enjoy views of Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and Fortification Hill. Soar over an extinct volcano as you journey towards the Grand Canyon.  When you reach the canyon, drop down towards the Colorado River, where you’ll land in Hualapai Indian Reservation. Stop here to enjoy some champagne, drinks, and a light snack as you admire the canyon from a different perspective. Fly back towards Las Vegas through the Grand Canyon and see the red rock formations of the Bowl of Fire. Finish off your adventure with views over downtown Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip. Select the early morning flight to beat the heat of the day. With this option, you’ll enjoy a continental breakfast with champagne during the canyon landing. Choose the sunset option to fly back through the Grand Canyon as the sun goes down. Enjoy the scenery at sunset, and admire the city lights below as you soar over Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Bus Tour & Optional Skywalk Ticket

4. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Bus Tour & Optional Skywalk Ticket

Witness the breathtaking views across the Grand Canyon West on a guided trip from Las Vegas. Learn about the landscapes from your guide and visit the best vantage points, including the Skywalk and Guano Point. Depart Las Vegas in the morning and enjoy a delicious breakfast snack on the way to Grand Canyon West. Upon arrival, ride the shuttle to Eagle Point, where the Skywalk and gift shop are located. Get an incredible view of the eagle-shaped rock formation and walk right up to the edge of the canyon. See some of the dwellings that the Native American tribes lived in olden times. Then, experience the most spectacular views from the Skywalk (if option selected), a glass-framed overlook sitting 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon. Walk along the 10-foot-wide, horseshoe-shaped glass bridge and peer over the West Rim of the canyon. Next, go to Guano Point for a different perspective over the canyon. Follow the dirt trail at the edge of Guano Point for spectacular views from different angles. Return to the Welcome Center before heading back to Las Vegas. Make the most of a photo stop at the Hoover Dam and a 30-minute break for dinner. Relax on the airline-style seats and look out of the panoramic windows at the stunning views on your way back to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Strip: The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket

5. Las Vegas Strip: The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket

There's no better way to enjoy the views of Las Vegas than from the top of the High Roller. This observation wheel, which stands over 550 feet tall (around 168 meters), provides the perfect viewpoint to see everything that’s going on along the Strip. See for yourself during a 30-minute revolution in one of the High Roller’s 28 air-conditioned compartments. The High Roller even beats out the London Eye as the biggest observation wheel in the world. During your ride, an amusing audio tour will cover the history of Las Vegas, perfectly timed to point out the area’s landmarks as they appear during the rotation. The High Roller is located at the heart of Las Vegas’s LINQ, a lively promenade featuring bars, shops, and restaurants. This leaves you in the perfect place to continue your evening after experiencing Las Vegas from above. High Roller Hours of Operation: Monday -Thursday from 2 pm to 12 a | Friday - Sunday from 12 pm to 12 am 

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Tour, Lunch, Skywalk Option

6. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Tour, Lunch, Skywalk Option

Experience the Grand Canyon West Rim on a single-day tour with 4-hours on the Hualapai Reservation. Depart Las Vegas and drive through the Mojave desert on a bus. Make a brief stop at Arizona Joshua Tree Forest for photos of these unique trees and pass through the Grand Wash Cliffs on the way to the Hualapai Reservation. Spend 4 hours at Grand Canyon West, where you have to visit Eagle Point, Guano Point, and Hualapai Ranch. Keep your energy up with a granola bar. You can upgrade the experience to include the architectural marvel of the Grand Canyon Skywalk. For lunch, select from various menu options at Grand Canyon West's Sky View Restaurant. Make a short photo stop of the Hoover Dam from the bridge overlooking a viewing area on the way back to Las Vegas. Make a brief stop at Hemenway Park in Boulder City to possibly catch a glimpse of the local Bighorn Sheep on the return journey to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York Hotel

7. Las Vegas: Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York Hotel

Fly through the skies above Las Vegas with a ride on the Big Apple Coaster. Snake through the Manhattan mock-up on the roller coaster’s red track, as the twists and turns set your heart pounding. Feel the tension rise as you climb towards the first drop. After this, the excitement doesn’t let up as you spiral through loops, reaching speeds of almost 70 miles per hour. This experience is the perfect hit for adrenaline junkies.

From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend Tour & Lunch

8. From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend Tour & Lunch

Explore the world-famous Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend on a day trip from Las Vegas, with entry tickets included. Hike through the Arizona landscape and stop to take photos at scenic spots. Meet your guide in Las Vegas and board the air-conditioned luxury coach bus to begin your experience. Relax on the drive to Page, and enjoy views of the Virgin River Gorge and rock formations at the Escalante/Grand Staircase National Monument.  Walk between the famous sculpted sandstone walls as you admire the kaleidoscope-life colors and patterns of light you’ve seen 1000 times before in photos.  Stop to take your own personal photos as you listen to your Navajo guide share tidbits about the local history and culture. And enjoy your included granola bar and water along the way if you get hungry or thirsty. Continue onto Horseshoe Bend Overlook next, where the Colorado River has carved the famous horseshoe-shaped turn. Enjoy a short round-trip hike of 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) to reach the viewpoint, then enjoy the views of the river as it flows through Glen Canyon.  Head back to the bus for your return journey to Las Vegas, where you’ll be dropped off at the original starting point.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

9. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

Marvel at the Grand Canyon from above on this popular helicopter tour from Las Vegas, with transfers included. Land on the canyon floor 3,500 feet below the rim to enjoy it up-close. Treat yourself to some champagne and refreshments while overlooking the Colorado River. After your Las Vegas pickup, experience a breathtaking helicopter flight over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and Fortification Hill—an extinct volcano—along with many other awe-inspiring views. After descending 3,500 feet inside the Grand Canyon and Hualapai Indian Reservation, make sure to snap some photos after landing for some unforgettable souvenirs.  Take in the breathtaking views of the canyon and river in front of you. Then, enjoy a cool beverage, light snack, and champagne toast while sitting 300 feet above the impressive Colorado River.  Continue your journey through the beautiful Black Canyon as your return to the South Las Vegas terminal, then enjoy your transfer back to Las Vegas.  Upgrade your tour to include a flight over the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and the city’s downtown area before heading home. This option includes the standard tour plus an additional flight over the world-famous Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Clear-Kayak Tour

10. Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Clear-Kayak Tour

Take a day trip to experience the Colorado River's majestic Emerald Cave on a scenic kayaking tour that includes snacks and optional round-trip transportation from Las Vegas. Meet your guide at Willow Beach to get prepared for the day, get a quick lesson, and jump onboard your clear-bottom kayak. Start with a pickup from one of the resort hotels on the Las Vegas strip and travel towards Willow Beach, Arizona for your guided kayaking tour. Upon arrival at the canyon, receive a quick kayaking lesson from your guide and get ready for your adventure. Enjoy the underwater views through your glass-bottom kayak. Paddle towards Emerald Cave, with a break to stop and admire the fantastic views of the entire canyon. Keep a lookout for wildlife species such as the Desert Big Horn Sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Enter the Emerald Cave and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Take the opportunity to swim in the Colorado River, before heading back to the starting back for your return transfer back to Las Vegas.

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Insider tips: Planning a trip to Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but planning your trip should start early to ensure you don't miss any of the excitement of Sin City. So you can make the most of your trip, we've enlisted the help of destination experts Mayuri & Salil from ToSomePlaceNew. Read below for their valuable tips on what to experience when you visit Las Vegas.

What should I do on my first trip to Las Vegas? 

If this is your first-ever trip to Las Vegas, I highly recommend taking a stroll at the Las Vegas Strip. This is one activity that you cannot experience in any other U.S. city. As you stroll from one end of the Strip to another, you will be mesmerized by the architectural wonders, and the world landmarks and replicas will leave you spellbound!

What are some hidden gems to see in Las Vegas? 

Las Vegas is seldom known for its museums. And that’s why I think it is one of those unique/underrated activities that you must consider doing on your trip to Vegas. My favorites - Mob Museum (this is an interesting place showcasing exhibits of organized crimes), and the Neon Museum (a fun place to explore electric and bright neon signs collected from various places). 

If you like to venture outside the city, I recommend the Seven Magic Mountains, which highlights 35 feet high neon rock installations outdoors. And they are perfect for Instagrammable photos. It is located about a 20-minute drive from the Strip.

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How much time should I spend in Las Vegas? 

Ideally, 2 days in Las Vegas is perfect to explore all of the city highlights. This includes a sightseeing tour of the Strip, shopping, and live show on day one, followed by a visit to the Downtown neighborhood (Fremont experience), and activity of your choice - go-karting, half-day tour to Red Rock Canyon, or once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon ride over the city.

What food is Las Vegas known for? 

Although Las Vegas doesn’t have an official dish, you will be amazed by the plethora of Michelin Stars restaurants, and world-class chefs showcasing their best culinary delights. One of the must-try food items in Vegas is Sage Fried Chicken & Waffles (at Hash House A GoGo) or Chicken, Watermelon & Waffles (at the YardBird) - their take on waffles is wild!

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Las Vegas? 

Hands down, Las Vegas Strip! The Strip has all major attractions, fancy and budget accommodation, and food options that you won’t be disappointed in here. The hotel properties are landmarks in themselves, and with so many free things to do at the Strip, it will make your visit memorable. Plus most sightseeing tours (to Red Rock, Grand Canyon & more) offer pick up and drop off from major Las Vegas Strip hotels.

What is the best way to get around Las Vegas? 

Las Vegas is best explored on foot. You can explore/walk the entire Strip in about 45 minutes (without stopping by). For exploring further areas like downtown or the outlet malls, a car or taxi is the best option. Public transportation (trains) are available but they take longer to arrive, as compared to a car ride. Downtown Las Vegas from the Strip is about a 10-minute drive, and trains take 40-45 minutes (one way).

What are the best months to visit Las Vegas? 

Spring and late fall months are the best time to visit Las Vegas. During this time, the weather is mild which makes outdoor exploration - comfortable. Plus there are a ton of festivals that you can participate in. If I were to pick a season, I did say go with fall (September to November). Vegas holds a number of events in these months, starting with the Greek Food Festival and the Rock and Roll Marathon in November.

What are the best neighborhoods for food? 

The Strip is the place to be - for epic restaurants and culinary options. You will easily find fine dining, modest restaurants to fast food chains here - something for every budget. You can also add special/celebratory dinners at a variety of upscale restaurants, featuring cuisines from all over the world!

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

For luxury shopping at the Strip - visit the Forum Shops (at Caesars Palace) or Grand Canal Shoppes (at the Venetian). You will love the ambiance at these two places as you shop along. If you are looking to score a deal with luxury brands (like Armani, Burberry, DKNY, etc.) head to the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets - you can save anywhere from 30 to 60% off retail prices here.

Want more helpful tips for visiting Sin City? Check out our itinerary for how to spend 3 days in Las Vegas.

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What people are saying about Las Vegas

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We did a private tour with George today. He was very kind, polite and knowledgeable. George gave us a full description on the ride there, provided fun facts, and spoke very passionately about the scenery and wildlife. it was very humbling to be with a guide that clearly loved what he did. When we got to the mountains, George pointed out all the best spots for photography, was very willing to take photos for us and added to fun boomerangs my friend and I created. George brought along a sled for the snow and was kind enough to give us a push to get the best sledding experience. We made conversation while we walked and explored Mt. Charleston and really enjoyed our time with George. We would 100% recommend a private tour with George specifically, he is such a great person and excellent photographer, the best guide you'll get. If I had to say anything as a critique, it would be that the company itself needs a minimum of 4 people to do the group tour or they will try to cancel/change it.

Best Vegas show. Love the lights. So entertaining and suprisingly energetic for being an afternoon show. Can only imagine what a night show would be. We paid for ViP seating and it was worth it...especially since they encourage you to get up and dance when you feel like it. The music was great and it follows a storyline too. The whole show is fabulous and i'd give it 5+ stars. Its a great show for children who are not afraid of the dark and/or loud music. There is an audience participation portion and this one dancer brought up this little girl (maybe 5? 6?) he pulled down his mask so she could see his whole face and he taught her basic dance steps...it was too stinkin cute!

What a total family from grandma to baby our whole family enjoyed this show and totally worth the money! Two thumbs up would do it again, 5 1/2 ⭐️ “s keep up the great work animal power!

The bus passed all the major sites in the city! The inside was cool and the drivers were funny.

Amazing tour, breathtaking views, Skywalk experience loved it!