23 Things You Have to See In Las Vegas

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    23 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas

    What Las Vegas Looks Like
    Zeke Quezada

    The secret to finding things to do and places to see in Las Vegas is fairly simple if you have a few days to do all the research involved. After all, Las Vegas is a mishmash of adult entertainment, fine dining gems, gargantuan nightclubs and iconic sights all poised to take up every minute of your vacation. Once you add in the factors such as traveling with children or honeymoon spots or girl's getaway you realize there are not enough days in the week to satisfy all that you want to see.

    There is an iconic sign on one end of the Las Vegas strip and a tower on the other end. Downtown still boasts a light show every night and every last spot in between holds treasures of fun for the visitor. How much motivation do you need to finally decide to put together the trip of a lifetime to Las Vegas?

    Take a look at these spots on and off the Las Vegas strip and then start packing your bags.

    What Gets You Excited About Las Vegas?

    • The Pools of Las Vegas
    • Sexy Bathtubs in Las Vegas Hotels
    • Nightclubs in Las Vegas
    • Cocktails by a Lake
    • The Iconic Hotel
    • Cirque Du Soleil

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    The View From a Terrace Suite at Cosmopolitan

    Las Vegas Strip From Cosmopolitan Hotel
    Courtesy of the Cosmopolitan Hotel

    What Might be Overheard in a Terrace Suite: “Wow” or “Do you think we could…”

    Get your thoughts out of the gutter. Yes, some crazy “Vegas Only” things happen on the Las Vegas strip but keep those thoughts to yourself. What I will tell you is that if you want the ultimate view coupled with a very Vegas experience you’ll get it in a room at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

    Take a look at a few pictures and you’ll notice how much space you get and then you see the pool and the great food options and soon you’ll question if you can ever stay anywhere else.

    TIP: This great view comes at the expense of a great sunset so stay up until the sun comes up and see what sunrise looks like from this vantage point. The sky dazzles above Las Vegas in the morning.

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    What the Swimming Pools in Las Vegas Look Like

    Las Vegas
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    Yes, you will need to visit a swimming pool in Las Vegas and if you get into town during peak season you will be in for a long-lasting party under the bright Las Vegas sun. You'll dance, you'll mingle and you'll work on your tan. No need to work on your diving technique because you won't have time for that.

    Check out some Las Vegas Weather resources to help you plan your visit to Las Vegas.

    TIP: Utilize the Las Vegas pools weekdays during March, April, May, September and October and you'll be surprised at how relaxing Las Vegas can be. Summer season is busy so be prepared for a lot more people in the water.

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    The Treehouse at Container Park

    The Treehouse at The Downtown Container Park
    Photo by Zeke Quezada

    If there is a giant tree house in Las Vegas you better believe you need to not only see it but climb it as well. If you have kids there is no reason why you have not already promised them an excursion to Las Vegas for this very reason. Imagine a tube slide that seems to fall out of the sky and a vantage point up high that allows you to catch a glimpse of Downtown Las Vegas. The Downtown Container Park is very Un-Vegas and that is the reason why you should visit it.

    While you are down there walk into Evel Pie for a slice of pizza and a great dive bar atmosphere. Eat at the bar with a beer and check out the Evel ​Kneivel memorabilia throughout the restaurant.

    TIP: If you have children they will love the tree house and the interactive stations in the play area. Adults love the ability to have a chance at a huge slide. The trick when you are both an adventurous adult and you have kids is to grab a snack at Pinches Tacos and a cocktail at Oak and Ivy while the kids play. You might need a little liquid courage to get to the very top of the slide. There are plenty of spots around the tree house to sit and watch the action.

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    Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand Las Vegas

    Hakkasan at MGM Grand Las Vegas
    Photo of Zeke Quezada

    Does a crowded nightclub make you happy? If so, Hakkasan Las Vegas is exactly what you need with its multiple levels and extensive options for nightlife. If you just need a party in Las Vegas that is easy as well and of course, you can always scale it back and just find a Las Vegas pub to have a pint.

    This place is massive with different levels of dancing, lounging, and mingling. You dictate your experience.

    Nearby, Whiskey Down is a good spot for a drink before dinner and you have to take a look at Morimoto for your splurge night out in Las Vegas.

    TIP: Instead of heading into the main room step into the Ling Ling Lounge and you'll be treated to a lace to sit and a more subdued experience. It's still a nightclub vibe but it is far more intimate.

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    Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas

    Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil at Aria Las Vegas
    Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

    It is Impossible to mention Las Vegas entertainment without consistently talking about Cirque du Soleil. Once you see your first show you will feel compelled to see all of the Cirque du Soleil Shows in Las Vegas

    TIP: If you have never seen a Cirque Du Soleil show see Zarkana or Mystere as they both give you a broad scope of what they are all about. If you have seen one, try MJ ONE or Love. If you are even thinking about Criss Angel, consider saving your money. (to be fair, his show is getting better but...every other Cirque show in Las Vegas is better)

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    The View From the High Roller at LINQ

    The LINQ Las Vegas and the HIGH Roller
    Photo by Luke Quezada

    If you go during a busy time you will notice that a lot of people seem to be boarding your capsule into the sky. Don’t worry, this is not like that rickety Ferris wheel from the annual carnival back home. This is an engineering marvel and it will deliver some spectacular views of Las Vegas. I would suggest that if you have an issue with heights that you get yourself a cocktail before you board just to keep you happy for the ​30-minute excursion.

    The High Roller is part of the LINQ Entertainment district and you can be sure that there is plenty for you to do here. They have Yoga on the High Roller and that means you can do breathing exercises while hovering 550 ft over the Las Vegas strip.

    TIP: The High Roller offers special rates during off-peak hours and they also have group rates. Maybe a wedding with a view is what you need?

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    Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

    Rose.Rabbit.Lie.
    Courtesy of Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

    “Was that guy's crotch really in my selfie?"

    They dance on the tables right beside you and almost on top of you at Rose.Rabbit.Lie and it is a lot of fun even if you are trying to enjoy your dinner.  It is so much fun that you might not want to leave after you finish your meal. Don’t worry, there is plenty for you to do so stick around a little longer.  Once you are done check out the Vesper Bar downstairs or head into Marquee Nightclub.

    TIP: Find the small bar behind a wall. There is a name for it but just go left at the entrance and you'll find a cozy place to have a drink with plenty of unique entertainment. This is a good option when you don't plan on having dinner there.

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    Downtown Las Vegas - Fremont East

    Fremont East District Downtown Las Vegas
    Photo by Zeke Quezada

    This is not the downtown of shrimp cocktails and $2.99 buffets. Fremont East is about cool bars, good food and public spaces that feel more like your neighborhood hot spots and less like a Vegas destination. Don’t worry though because the action is very much what you need from a foray into Vegas nightlife. It’s just a bit more refined in the way that good conversation is more than talking.

    Things to See in Downtown Las Vegas

    TIP: When visiting Las Vegas people are starting to consider staying Downtown but you should just do it. The D Hotel, Golden Gate Hotel, and Downtown Grand all have very low room rates and their updated rooms are just as nice as anything you'll find on the strip.

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    The Lobby at Delano Las Vegas

    The Lobby at Delano
    Courtesy of Delano

    It is no surprise that you just feel better at Delano Las Vegas. The lobby has the look of an art gallery and deep leather couches waiting for you to take a load off are so inviting you might elect to sit there all afternoon. The real treasure is Franklin, adjacent to the lobby. This bar does the little things right and when you peruse their wine list or order a cocktail you’ll quickly realize that somebody really cares about the way you have a drink. This is not a hotel lobby bar, this is a destination location. As in “must do” in Las Vegas.

    TIP: Walk over to Franklin, the cool bar just off the lobby, and check out their wine list. Their wines by the glass are better than anyone else on the Las Vegas strip. You just can't match the quality of that list.

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    Wynn Las Vegas Lake of Dreams

    Wynn Lake of Dreams from Parasol Down
    Photo by Zeke Quezada

    Spend any time at Wynn Las Vegas and you feel a sense of elegance that is missing from most high-end Las Vegas hotels. Spend some time on the patio overlooking the Lake of Dreams (Parasol Down) and you'll realize it is because there is a sense of casual comfort that comes with an overall feeling laid-back elegance. If you visit after dark you just may see the show. If you see the show, well, let me warn you that you might see a talking frog that someone does not fit in while somehow fitting in. (Don't let me confuse you, just see it for yourself)​

    More to do at Wynn Las Vegas

    • Lakeside at Wynn
    • Le Reve
    • Golf at the Country Club at Wynn
    • Country Club New American Steakhouse

    TIP: If you decide to have dinner at SW Steakhouse or Lakeside arrive an hour early and have your pre-dinner drink at Parasol Down. You'll need to get there before the sun goes down because people will park themselves for far too long but once you sit down you'll realize you don't want to leave either.

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    Have a Scorpion by a Fire at the Peppermill Fireside Lounge

    Peppermill Fireside Lounge
    Zeke Quezada

    It doesn't matter the temperature outside because the fire is always on inside the Peppermill Fireside Lounge. Your drink of choice is a scorpion and this last of the independent bars right smack dab in the middle of the Las Vegas strip is very much old school. Do the late night thing here and you might just begin a tradition for every trip after your first one.

    TIP: People watch. This is a great location for sitting and watching. Sitting right by the fire is fun the first time you go in but after that try to get a booth by the wall in order to get a between the view of all the visitors.

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    Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas

    Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas
    Courtesy of Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas

    There is a vibe of cool without being pretentious yet it is a step above the ordinary nightlife scene. Live music does that. Soft leather couches add to it. Great cocktails just enhance the experience. The outdoor patio is great for mingling and the bar area is good for finding someone to mingle with. This is not a nightclub, it’s just a club, like a type you wished you could frequent back home where the house band is more than capable and the room lends itself to long conversations and dangerous encounters that might be more lust than love. The Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas is what it feels like when you have graduated past the nightclub scene in Las Vegas.

    TIP: The best seat in the house is actually outside. The outdoor patio has a different feel and allows for a bit more mingling when it gets crowded inside. If there is a performer inside you'll still be able to hear the music you just won't have to look over people to see the show.

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    The Art of a Good Bathtub

    The Bathtub at Palms Place
    Courtesy of The Palms

    This bathtub inside a room at Palms Place is perfect for having a conversation with somebody in bed or for catching the highlights while having a long soak.  Bathtubs are extra special in Las Vegas, some have great views like the tub in an Aria Corner Suite. Some are spacious like the tub in a penthouse at Hotel 32 and others just allow you some open space like the tub at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

    TIP: Order room service. Put on some music. Lock the door. Soak. Big tubs with great views are impossible to recreate at home to take advantage of it!

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    Lunch at Tableau at Wynn Las Vegas

    Tableau at Wynn Las Vegas
    Robert Miller

    The room is wide open and spacious. You can't help but smile when you have breakfast or lunch at Tableau at Wynn Las Vegas. It is classy, comfortable and casually elegant.

    TIP: Have an early lunch and make sure to order a cocktail. Starting the day at Tableau is about as "Vegas" as you can get. Now, if it is a very nice day consider grabbing a snack for the pool. This is also a good location for impressing the in-laws are a laid back business lunch.

     

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    Public Art at Aria is a Hidden Gem

    Jenny Holzer, Vegas, part of the City Center Art Collection
    Photo by Zeke Quezada

    The public art found at Aria Las Vegas and CityCenter is impressive and it is free to view. Take a long stroll around the property and check out some very impressive pieces from very significant artists.

    TIP: Go to the concierge at Aria and ask for a walking tour brochure or download the Aria Art Collection App. The App gives you artists information, pictures, and fun facts. If you need more art from this spot walk next door to Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts or Garage Art at Cosmopolitan. 

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    The Serenade at the Venetian Las Vegas

    The Gondola at Venetian Las Vegas
    Courtesy of the Venetian

    The gondola makes its way around the Grand Canal Shoppes as the sound of the gondolier's voice enchants you on your journey. It can be romantic or it can just be a fun boat ride. You decide on your gondola ride at Venetian Las Vegas.

    TIP: This attraction is a little corny, who really wants a ride on a gondola through a fancy mall? Oh, wait, this is fun and believe it or not, when the gondolier starts singing it feels a little romantic. Makes this a different type of date night with some bubbles at Double Helix and then dinner at Delmonico after the ride.

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    Thrill Rides at Stratosphere Tower

    Stratosphere Tower
    Zeke Quezada

    If you need a good idea of what La Vegas looks like just head to the top of the Stratosphere Tower and look around. All of Las Vegas spreads out below you and while you are there go ahead and hang off the edge on Insanity.

    TIP: Buy the all day pass as it is a much better deal if you plan on getting on the thrill rides. If you think you just want to enjoy the view, let the attendant know that you are going to either Top of the World Restaurant or Level 107 lounge for their great happy hour and you'll save the money on tower admission.

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    The Artwork in the Venetian Hotel Lobby

    The Lobby at Venetian Las Vegas
    Photo by Zeke Quezada

    This is what Las Vegas really looks like. Walk along the corridor at the Venetian Las Vegas and catch all the attention to detail. Maybe you don't have to go to Venice after all.

    TIP: If this art is something you enjoy walk out the front entrance and admire the square out front and then look for the entrance to the Grand Canal Shoppes where even more of these paintings adorn the ceilings. If you really like these reproductions walk into Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and you'll see wax copies of real people.

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    Have a Drink at the Cromwell

    Bound for a drink at the Cromwell Las Vegas
    Courtesy of the Cromwell

    Las Vegas has accepted the role of the boutique hotel and you see it in the transformation of the Cromwell Hotel and The Delano. Find a spot at the bar and examine how this once shoddy property now looks and feels like an entirely new character in the Las Vegas storyline.

    TIP: Since you are already on the property go to the second floor and visit Giada. You don't have to eat there but have a drink and enjoy the views for a fraction of the cost if you were having an entire meal.

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    History in Lights at the Neon Museum

    Neon Museum
    Courtesy of the Neon Museum

    Take a walking tour through a little bit of Las Vegas history at the Neon Museum

    TIP: Make a reservation before you stop in as they can get busy which would cause you to have to wait for a tour. Since you are already headed towards Downtown Las Vegas check out the Mob Museum for a little more Las Vegas history.

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    Bauman Rare Books at Palazzo Las Vegas

    Bauman Rare Books at Palazzo Shoppes
    Photo by Zeke Quezada

    Just so that you do not get the impression that Las Vegas is this shallow place where all that happens is hedonistic and lecherous you should visit Bauman Rare Books at Palazzo Las Vegas. If old books do not excite you might want to click the arrow and move on, there is nothing to see here. However, if you get excited at the thought of holding a first edition Catcher in the Rye or you enjoy the scent of fine literature as it ages like a fine Bordeaux you have to spend an afternoon with your nose in some of these books. You might not be able to afford them but you be able to appreciate them.

    TIP: Don't worry about acting like you are really not buy a book. The staff here enjoy literature as much as you do so just gawk at the first editions and spend some time in the store like you would any other bookstore. When you are done have a milkshake at I Love Burgers to soothe your craving for something nice.

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    Caesars Palace Las Vegas

    Caesars Palace Las Vegas
    Courtesy of Ceasars Palace

     The icon on the Las Vegas strip, Caesars Palace. It is possible to check into this resort and never leave the property. That would be a shame because Las Vegas has so much to offer but you would never be at a loss for things to do.

    Things to see at Caesars Palace Las Vegas:

    TIP: Some of the best people watching and a relatively affordable meal are at Spago in the Forum Shops and Serendipity 3 begs you to visit with their frozen hot chocolate, however, the best thing to do is to walk outside near the Absinthe tent and look for the people handing out discount coupon tickets to the show. This is where you save some money for a drink at Shadow Bar later on in the evening.