Over 70 Things to Do in Las Vegas

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    The Best Things to Do in Las Vegas

    USA, Nevada, Las Vegas at night
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    You know you will need a few ideas on things to do in Las Vegas and even though you have a few of your favorites, we figured we could help you with a few suggestions from our favorite attractions on and off the Las Vegas strip.

    No matter what time of year the weather in Las Vegas is always perfect for having some fun. Maybe it's pool season or maybe you just need a nightclub or a good restaurant or just a little time to relax and rejuvenate your spirit. Whatever the case may be, Las Vegas has plenty of things for you to do. Start clicking and you are bound to find a few things to do in Las Vegas. Some are free and some are outrageously expensive but they are all guaranteed to deliver an experience that you’ll be talking about for some time after.

    This list is ever growing so, therefore, it makes sense to add 11 more things to do in Las Vegas before you get started on the big list:

    1. Peruse the food carts at Harvest by Chef Roy Ellamar at Bellagio
    2. Work on your golf game with a drink in your hand at TopGolf Las Vegas
    3. See Las Vegas from above with Sundance helicopters
    4. Sample the Vegan cuisine in Las Vegas
    5. Tour the strip in search of good food with Lip Smacking Foodie Tours
    6. Have a beer on the patio in Las Vegas
    7. Satisfy your sweet tooth with some gelato
    8. Brasserie yourself at Bardot
    9. Sensational Seafood at Costa di Mare
    10. Tour The Park Las Vegas
    11. Grab a cocktail with a view at Skyfall

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    Ten More Things To Do

    • Take a look at the view from the top of the High Roller at the LINQ
    • Engage in some serious whiskey tasting at Delmonico's at Venetian
    • Get the meat sweats at Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas

    • Travel South Chicken and Waffles at Yardbird Southern Table and Bar

    • See a show at Brooklyn Bowl

    • Zipline high above Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas

    • Indulge in cocktails at Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan

    • Get a little Vegas history at the Mob Museum

    • Room service at Nobu will change you in such a good way

    • Find a bargain at the World’s Largest Gift Shop

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    See Paris at Night from the Cosmopolitan

    USA, Las Vegas, Nevada, view of Bellagio Fountain, Bally's and Paris Casinos
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    Some things that you'll do in Las Vegas are free. The view is free but you'll have to get into a hotel room. The views from a terrace suite at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas are worth the cost of the room and the size of the suites warrant inviting a few friends to share in the cost.

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    Take in the View from the High Roller

    High Roller in Las Vegas
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    Las Vegas from a gondola high in the sky is quite nice and if you are sharing the experience with a few of your friends it gets even better. The High Roller at The LINQ takes you on a slow circular journey into the Las Vegas sky and then right back down while you take pictures of the strip, the desert, and the entire Las Vegas valley.  The entire ride lasts about 30 minutes and you can even take a cocktail with you to enjoy the ride.

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    Daytrip to Zion National Park and Forget the Grand Canyon

    The Watchman at Sunrise, Zion National Park
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    When you drive through Zion National Park and make your way through the tunnel that transports you high above the valley you are introduced to sandstone cross laminations. If you are a rock geek (I am) this is what heaven looks like. The sandstone flows out in every direction and the landscape is so picturesque you wonder why more people do not make the trip out from Las Vegas. Hiking and biking inside Zion is impressive and the ability for an adventure for visitors of any age and type or abundant.

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    Crawl on a Rock in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas Rock Crawlers
    Las Vegas Rock Crawlers

    There is nothing quite as exhilarating as moving at 2 mph while at the wheel of a jeep. Well, that is if you are trying to navigate a boulder field while driving uphill and trying to keep at least 3 wheels in contact with the earth. That is exactly what you do with Las Vegas Rock Crawlers and a reason for you to do it yourself.

     

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    A Meal and a View at Lago at Bellagio

    Bellagio Las Vegas
    Bellagio Las Vegas

    Italian small plates and fancy cocktails but a seat on the patio with all of Las Vegas right out in front of you and you can bet that your evening will be off the charts. Lago at Bellagio Las Vegas is really the ideal spot for a casual meal, a romantic meal, an important business. It is one of those spots that screams “Vegas!”

    In all honesty, at times the view is better than the meal. Sit on the patio at lunchtime and you will be impressed by the atmosphere but you might not be completely blown away by what is coming out of the kitchen. Be cautious with the menu and you'll be fine but ask the server what is coming out of the kitchen that people are excited about.

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    Do It at the Beach Club at Delano Las Vegas

    Giant chessboard the Beach Club at Delano Las Vegas
    MGM Resorts International

    Kick up your feet, grab a cocktail, pick the right book, apply the sunscreen and then sit back and relax because the Beach Club at Delano Las Vegas can handle all the rest. If you feel so inclined you can have a poolside massage or have a meal delivered to your lounge chair or cabana. You might even attempt the giant chessboard in the water. Whatever you do you’ll do it with a touch of Delano Luxury and that is why you should put this on your list of things to do in Las Vegas.

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    Cocktails on the Patio at Vice Versa at Vdara Las Vegas

    Poolside couches at Vice Versa at Vdara Las Vegas
    Vice Versa at Vdara Las Vegas

    This boutique hotel patio that transforms into a lounge is perfect for the afternoon meeting or the sultry happy hour or the late night flirt session. Vice Versa at Vdara Las Vegas has so many personalities you would think that it would lose its identity, but nothing could be further from the truth. This spot is just right for just about anything so grab a comfy couch by the fire pit and indulge in your “Vegas” side.

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    Visit the Towering Collection of Wine at Aureole Las Vegas

    Aureole at Mandalay Bay
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    Sit below the wine tower at Aureole and you might see an angel or you just might fall in love. Not sure which you would rather see happen to you, but consider that the angel will deliver a fabulous bottle of wine to you, and you can see how Aureole at Mandalay Bay can give you the best of both worlds.

    Once you have dinner you will realize that this restaurant is among the best on the Las Vegas strip. The revamped menu and the hard working kitchen staff will blow you away with an approach to your palate that will surprise you.

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    Sample Some Whiskey at Delmonico at Venetian Las Vegas

    Delmonico at Venetian Las Vegas
    Emeril's Homebase

    When you get to Delmonico at Venetian Las Vegas do your very best to hold off on going to your table. Instead, walk over to the bar and chat up the bartender about their whiskey selection. After your conversation, ​take a seat at the bar. After you sit down, try some whiskey. After you try some whiskey try some more. You might as well just order some food because the list is massive and you really need to spend some time with the brown spirits in the room.

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    Juggle Some Fun With Jeff Civillico

    Jeff Civillico
    Jeff Civillico

    If you can juggle you probably know how difficult it can be to hold a conversation as your hands and eyes are full. Now, imagine keeping a room full of visitors, who are anticipating a mistake, laughing. That is exactly what Jeff Civillico does and he does it quite well. He entertains and amuses and all the while stuff is flying through the air and he is creating an atmosphere of pure enjoyment.

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    Fine Tune Your Ear With the Las Vegas Philharmonic

    4th of July concert with the Las Vegas Philharmonic
    Las Vegas Philharmonic

    Spend an evening in Las Vegas with the Philharmonic and discover just how much good stuff can be found off the Las Vegas strip at the Smith Center.  Musical Director Donato Cabrera has put together a season that will charm your ears and delight your musical sensibilities. Las Vegas has grown up and I think you are going to like what it has become.

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    Smile for the Camera at the Polaroid Fotobar at the LINQ

    Polaroid Fotobar Las Vegas
    Polaroid Fotobar Las Vegas

    You have a thousand pictures on your phone. Your walls at home no longer have any updated pictures of the kids. You once enjoyed holding real photographs in your hand. Perfect, the Polaroid Fotobar at the LINQ was created for you. Go in and pick a few photos from your phone and they’ll put them on some nice paper that almost feels like a fancy Polaroid. If you are smart you grab a few extra to hand out as gifts around the holidays.

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    Head to the Top of the Stratosphere Tower

    Insanity ride at the Stratosphere Tower
    Stratosphere Tower

    I will tell you that if you fear heights that the Stratosphere Tower is not the place for you. However, if you love adrenaline then you will find this to be the best spot in Las Vegas to get your heart pumping. Jump, swing or slide off the tower and you will be having so much fun way before you get to the Level 107 Lounge.

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    Cocktails With a Touch of Elegance at Parasol Down

    Parasol Down at Wynn
    Parasol Down at Wynn

    I never hesitate to tell people about stopping into Wynn Las Vegas and taking a moment to have a drink at Parasol Down. It’s simple, even in Las Vegas you want a spot that feels serene, exclusive and casually comfortable in one neat package. This patio overlooking the Lake of Dreams is precisely that. Go ahead, order a second cocktail.

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    The Gardens of Bellagio Are Always Worth a Visit

    Chinese New Year at the Bellagio Gardens and Conservatory
    Bellagio Gardens and Conservatory

    Get your camera ready and take your allergy medication because a tour through the Gardens and Conservatory at Bellagio Las Vegas will introduce you to so many plants, shrub and flowers species that some of your internal chemistry will be altered. This impressive collection of foliage changes with the seasons and you can expect to be surprised by how much attention to detail is on display. The best part is that it is free!

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    Find Some Adventure at Adventuredome

    Roller Coaster at Adventuredome
    MGM Resorts International

    Step into this playground that might be designed for kids and realize that adults can have just as much fun if not more fun than the young ones. Adventuredome at Circus Circus is a theme park without the long lines and extremely expensive price tag but with thrill rides and a multitude of options for fun. The lines are short so plan on riding all of your favorite attractions at least 3 times. This is one of the more popular things to do in Las Vegas for kids of all ages.

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    Get Your Picture Taken at the Las Vegas Sign

    USA, Nevada, Las Vegas, Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada Sign
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    Everybody has to do it at least once. You drive out to the south end of the Las Vegas strip and get your picture taken right alongside the “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. There's a parking lot and a nice area to pose. So don’t be worried about having to dodge traffic to get that great shot. I know that is what your parents made you do but those days are long gone.

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    Grab a Seat With the Best View in Town at Giada

    Giada Las Vegas
    Giada De Laurentiis

    Do you know Giada DeLaurentiis, the petite television chef who has a giant smile and loves to talk about Italian food?  Well, she has this restaurant at the Cromwell Las Vegas and it has possibly the best view on the strip. Grab yourself a light wine and a fancy pasta dish at Giada Las Vegas and hope, just hope, she does the rounds so that you can get your picture taken with her.

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    View a Modern Day Engineering Miracle at the Hoover Dam

    Hoover dam
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    If you take a raft ride down into Black Canyon and look up at the Hoover Dam it is hard to imagine the scale of this concrete structure that holds back enough water to create Lake Mead. Go to the top of the dam and look over the edge and you are shocked by just how far down to the water the drop would be. This is an epic place to visit if you like man-made structures.

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    Meat Meat and More Meat at Bazaar Meat

    Classic tartare & housemade Parker House rolls
    Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres at SLS Las Vegas

    Jose Andreas is Spanish so a tapas restaurant is no surprise but a meat-centric restaurant centered on sharing your food with good wine and conversation is about as good as you can get. Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas is a morsel of protein happiness where beef is just a fraction of what is good.

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    A Bathtub With a View at Aria Las Vegas

    Corner Suite At Aria Las Vegas
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    Selecting a hotel is tough in Las Vegas with so many options and so many price points but you need to check out Aria Las Vegas if for nothing else than the idea of taking a long soak with a view of the Las Vegas strip. The corner suite is perfect for that and if you so happen to have a friend with you I am pretty sure you can get a couple of people under the bubbles.

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    Le Reve: The Dream That Makes You Hold Your Breathe

    Le Reve water fire
    Wynn Las Vegas

    When you take a seat high above the stage at Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas the show seems to surround you in such a way that you feel like you might be dreaming. The show is about a dream. The performers take you on an excursion and soon you feel like time flew by in a dream. A few tips: Don’t hold your breath, the performers will be fine. Also, don’t sit too close if you don’t want to get splashed.

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    Shop Till You Drop at the Grand Bazaar Shops

    Grand Bazaar Shops
    Grand Bazaar Shops

    You don’t have to shop, you can stroll, you can snack, you can ponder what it would be like if you had a limitless amount of change in your pocket. The Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas are that perfect spot to waste way an afternoon window shopping and we can all use that type of activity when the blackjack tables are not cooperating with our master plan for world domination.

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    The Downtown Container Park

    Flaming praying mantis at Downtown Container Park
    Downtown Container Park

    You’ll head to the Downtown Container Park to grab a bite to eat, enjoy a drink in the sunshine or check out a new gallery but you’ll end up in the tree house and the moment you bomb down the tube slide you will realize that Las Vegas is really about just how much fun adults can have.

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    Bacon on a Burger at Della's

    Chicken Turkey Club at Della’s Kitchen
    MGM Resorts International

    If you crave bacon there is a burger at Della’s Kitchen at The Delano Hotel that has to be on your radar. The thick slice of pork combined with a fresh beef ground beef patty between a lightly toasted bun will send you into a burger coma. Make sure to clutch your burger when you doze off because it is so good someone will try to rip it out of your hands. They are not open for dinner so get there early.

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    Swoon With the Fountains Outside of Bellagio Las Vegas

    Night View Of Water And Light Show At Bellagio Hotel
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    The Fountains at Bellagio never get old. No matter how many times you stand out in front of the resort enjoying the light and water show it feels like the entire production was set up just for you. Go ahead and sing out loud, you’ll be surprised as to how many people move aside in order for you to get a better view of the show.  The show is free, maybe that is why it is so popular.

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    Find Your Inner Knight at Excalibur

    Excalibur Hotel
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    Walk around the Excalibur Hotel and capture a glimpse of a budget hotel in Las Vegas that does things pretty well, Play a few games at the midway, grab a meal at Dick’s Last Resort or just find a casino bar to chill out and have a cheap beer.  Las Vegas does not have to be expensive and the hotel proves it.

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    Make Your Own Pizza at 800 Degrees

    Pizza at 800 Degrees Pizza
    SLS Las Vegas

    The best deal in food and in pizza in Las Vegas is at 800 Degrees Pizza at Monte Carlo and at SLS Las Vegas. You set up to the counter and pick from their base pizza, add a few things and then wait a few minutes while they pop it into their wood fire burning oven. Cheap, fast and very good.

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    Watch the Free Show at the Lake of Dreams

    Puppet show at the Lake of Dreams
    Wynn Las Vegas

    Sit on the patio at SW Steakhouse or Lakeside at Wynn Las Vegas and you’ll be sure to catch the free show that happens nightly on the Lake of Dreams. If you would rather just have a cocktail find a seat at Parasol Down and enjoy the show from the outdoor patio. If you really just want to see the free show and not spend any money you can see it from the top of the escalators that take you down to the patio. You’ll know where it is because there will be plenty of other people catching the free show from that spot.

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    Visit Lady Liberty at New York-New York

    New York-New York Hotel & Casino Celebrates Inaugural Las Vegas Aces Season With Jersey On Lady Liberty
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    Why not take a selfie with the Statue of Liberty at New York-New York Hotel? Be proud you decided on Las Vegas instead of New York City. While you are at it take a ride on the rollercoaster and then grab some sweet stuff at Hershey’s Chocolate World.

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    Check out the Jeff Mitchum Galleries

    “Teton Whisper” by Jeff Mitchum.
    Jeff Mitchum Galleries

    Stand in front of these portraits and at times it feels like you have ventured into a dream. You might even feel compelled to grab a passport and start exploring the world. Or, you could just save the money and buy a large print for your living room. In any case, take a moment and visit the ​Jeff Mitchum Galleries and see some impressive fine art photography.

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    Fried Chicken at Yardbird Southern Table and Bar

    Urban Daddy chicken and waffles
    Yardbird Southern Table and Bar

    Half a chicken and a giant waffle should be the path to happiness for everyone on this planet and if it is not you should be checked out by a person with a medical degree. Yardbird Southern Table and Bar at Venetian does chicken very well and their waffle is infused with cheese happiness and then accompanied by watermelon that will drive you nuts with its tiny bit of spice and hint of lime. Share this because the portions are huge and you don’t want to be greedy. Share the love.

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    Relax at the Bathhouse at Delano Las Vegas

    The Bathhouse at Delano Las Vegas
    Delano Las Vegas

    It’s the slow, deep, long movements that make your muscles melt under the pressure of the therapist who works to make you happy at The Bathhouse at Delano Las Vegas. The spa adds the right environment for a few hours of rest and the hotel packages it up in a luxury setting. Yes, you do need a spa day, you just don’t know it yet.

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    American Small Plates at Tom's Urban at New York - New York

    Asian Chicken Lollipops at Toms Urban
    MGM Resorts International

    Food does not have to be set aside as an occasion but occasionally you can have an event that is dictated by food. Tom’s Urban at New York-New York Hotel Las Vegas is a combination of a social event and a need for calories. Small plates and a good view in an open space that brings together large televisions and a view of the Las Vegas strip with conversation and sharing. There is a lot happening with the occasion to share a meal at Tom’s Urban and that is why you’ll show up.

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    Get Wet at Cowabunga Bay Water Park

    Cowabunga Bay Las Vegas
    Cowabunga Bay Las Vegas

    Giant slides that empty into the water are the only way to go at Cowabunga Bay Water Park you can do that and a whole lot more. Yes, this is a seasonal attraction but you have to remember that pool season in Las Vegas lasts for a long time so pack your board shorts and bikini and get ready to get wet.

     

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    Strike out at Brooklyn Bowl at the LINQ

    Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ
    Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ

    It’s not just bowling when you consider that you can sing along to live music and have some actual food while you knock over a few pins. Beers on tap, a dance floor and plenty of Las Vegas sparkle make Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ one of those spots to add to your nightlife repertoire.

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    Find out Exactly Who BAZ Is at the Venetian

    Venetian and Treasure Island
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    It’s theater, it’s Broadway, it’s a large movie set and it is all at the Venetian in Las Vegas. BAZ Las Vegas. You’ll see it if you are a fan of director Baz Luhrman films such as Rome and Juliet and The Great Gatsby or you might see it if you are into a different form of Las Vegas entertainment that immerses you into the story, the show, and the production.

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    Day Trip to Death Valley

    Death Valley National Park
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    Plenty of people make the trek to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas but far fewer people head to Death Valley. You might ask why anyone would want to go to a spot that has recorded some of the hottest temperatures on earth or that sits so far below sea level that you wonder just how far down you go before Dante comes out to greet you. Death Valley National Park is for travelers. Tourists will head to the Grand Canyon and stand on the rim and wonder about where they can get some food. At Death Valley, the traveler will explore sand dunes, sandstone cliffs, and desolate salt beds. Bring a camera and plenty of water.

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    Shake Your Way to the Shack for a Good Cheap Burger

    Shake Shack burgers at New York-New York Hotel
    MGM Resorts International

    Shake Shack at New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas might be the best burger in Las Vegas.  What? Wait. What I meant to say is that those of us who don’t enjoy paying $15 dollars for a burger will really appreciate just how good this burger is especially when it is less than $5. Oh, and it is very good. So good that it is better than plenty of expensive gourmet burgers that you will find on the Las Vegas strip.

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    Grab a Late Night Drink at off the Strip at The LINQ

    Off the Strip at The LINQ
    Off the Strip at The LINQ

    They are open 23/7, which means they have to close for an hour to clean stuff up but don’t worry about that because when you need your late night drink or snack or just a place to tell some tall tales about your Las Vegas adventure Off The Strip at The LINQ will be ready for you.

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    You Can't Miss the Erupting Volcano at the Mirage

    The Mirage Volcano Attraction On The Las Vegas Strip
    Ethan Miller / Getty Images

    By now you have probably seen pictures of the erupting volcano at The Mirage Las Vegas plenty of times. Sure, it is almost a cliché to talk about it or post pictures of it on your social media pages but what is wrong with a little nostalgia. If you have seen it, you have to see it again and if you have only seen pictures then you need to get a selfie of yourself with the Mirage Volcano in the background.

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    Cocktail at DJT Lounge at Trump Las Vegas

    Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
    Trump International Hotel Las Vegas

    There comes a time when you head to Las Vegas and you start looking for those locations that are different than what you have become accustomed to. You no longer want slot machines and smoke filled casinos and the chaos that comes from your typical Vegas vacation. Don’t get me wrong, you still want “Vegas” but you want a refined version of it. You get that at Trump International Las Vegas and while you are at it get your self a cocktail at​ DJT Lounge.​

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    Public Art at City Center

    City Center Las Vegas
    Raimund Koch / Getty Images

    Free is good and when free is combined with the quality it is great. The ​Public Art Collection at CityCenter is one of those attractions that must be seen simply because it is an unexpected treat in Las Vegas. You can head to the National Mall in Washington D.C. to see some of these artists or you can walk around Aria, Vdara, and Mandarin Oriental and see them in between late night drinking sessions in Las Vegas. You choose.​

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    Lounge in a Cabana at SLS

    Foxtail pool at SLS Las Vegas
    SLS Las Vegas

    There is something about having shade while at the pool. There is also the other perk of having a soft place to sit and a refrigerator for your drinks and a flat screen television. After all, you are in Vegas so you need to live it up, right? Those are all great reasons to get a cabana at the Pool at SLS Las Vegas. Go ahead, order a bottle of something nice as well!

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    Hit the Million Dollar Shot at Rio Secco

    Rio Secco Golf Club
    David Cannon / Getty Images

    It is a stiff 4 iron across a ravine with some water to the left into the wind but if you land it on the tiny green and make a hole in 1, legend has it that if you paid the extra cash to enter the contest you win 1 million dollars. Are you up for it? Is your game up for it? Rio Secco is a challenging golf course and they have some very helpful “Tee-Mates” to help navigate the course.

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    The Red Square at Mandalay Bay

    The entrance to Red Square Restaurant & Vodka Lounge in the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino
    George Rose / Getty Images

    When you walk into Red Square at Mandalay Bay you will notice the bar to your right and then you’ll want to walk over and touch the ice bar. It is perfect if you are the type of person who spends a lot of time on one drink. You’ll probably order some food and they do a good job with that as well. What you should be concerned with is their collection of Vodka and that small room that you walked right past when you entered. Ask to go in and have a sip of something very good that should keep you warm in the ice cold room that holds all the jewels.

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    Zip High Above Fremont Street

    SlotZilla zip line attraction at the Fremont Street Experience
    Ethan Miller / Getty Images

    Soar like a superhero over Downtown Las Vegas and then live to tell about it. Slotzilla is launching people daily down Fremont Street so pay for your ride and then race over all the people gawking at you down below. The adrenaline rush in Las Vegas!

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    Get Your Chocolate Fix at Hershey's Chocolate World

    HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD Las Vegas
    Daniel Ramirez / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    If you are trying to watch your weight you should choose to skip Hershey’s Chocolate World at New York–New York Hotel. Nothing good can come from walking into a store that has one objective and that is to glorify the greatness that is chocolate. Fudge, brittle, white, dark, milk…you get what I’m talking about so go in with enough money to negate any working out you may have done for the last month. Chocolate rules!

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    Cocktails and a Little Conversation at the Chandelier Bar

    The Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
    THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

    Multiple levels with multiple bars and plenty of spots to have a seat and mingle, taste, flirt and just enjoy what Las Vegas is all about. The Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is a good spot to start your evening or end your evening or just lounge away your day. The cocktail program is excellent so make sure to step up to the bar and talk to the bartender, if you like it they can probably make it.

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    Why Is It Called the Glitter Gulch?

    Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas
    VisionsofAmerica/Joe Sohm / Getty Images

    I will let you in on a secret. Las Vegas is an adult playground and there are a few spots where you will see naked girls and boys dancing on stages. Let me make this clear, there will be nudity in Las Vegas and you‘ll find it at strip clubs on and off the Las Vegas strip as well as shows in major Las Vegas hotels. If you happen to be in the “Glitter Gulch” that is Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas you’ll be able to walk into the Golden Goose and see an example of some adult entertainment in Las Vegas. It’s not for everybody but there are plenty of people who enjoy it so why not take a peek?

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    Find Your Inner Bad Guy at the Mob Musuem

    1938 Ford paddy wagon at The Mob Museum Las Vegas
    Ethan Miller / Getty Images

    The Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas is one of those attractions that will require a little bit of time. While some suggestions on this list are quick the Mob Museum is worth a few hours of your time. The exhibits are informative and expansive and you’ll find that rushing through the museum is just not possible. Take your time and get the real story behind organized crime in America.

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    You Might as Well Dance at Hakkasan

    Hakkasan Nightclub
    MGM Resorts International.

    A trip to Las Vegas almost always has to include a long night at a nightclub and if you plan on a marathon evening you should consider Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand. Multiple levels, multiple rooms, a restaurant, lounge and plenty of bars to keep you entertained all evening.

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    Place a Bet and Then Watch a Game

    Race and Sports Book
    MGM Resorts International

    The sports book is the perfect place to become an irresponsible person and waste away an entire day in front of a bunch of televisions watching sports. In Las Vegas, you can bet on a few games, grab a bite to eat and drink a bunch of overpriced alcohol. That is my idea of fun.

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    Blow Away Your Taste Buds at L' Atelier De Joel Robuchon

    L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
    MGM Resorts International

    Your best shot of having a life-altering meal in Las Vegas is at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand. Honestly, there are a lot of really good restaurants in Las Vegas but this one is consistently the best simply because they do everything right. The best part about the experience is that you get to sit at a counter with a view of all the magic as it happens in front of you. If you can swing a tasting menu do it and you’ll be surprised by the courses as they make their way out one by one blowing your taste buds away each and every time.

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    Spa Day at Mandalay Bay

    Spa Mandalay
    MGM Resorts International

    Find some relaxation at Spa Mandalay as you take in a full day of saunas, steams, whirlpools and massages. Leave your watch and phone in your hotel room and just turn it off for an entire day and you will be surprised by just how good a digital detox can be. Everyone needs a spa day.

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    Nobu Room Service Will Force You to Stay in Bed

    Nobu Las Vegas
    NOBU RESTAURANTS

    Room service can be a magical experience but room service at Nobu Las Vegas is like a vacation within a vacation.  I will warn you that it is expensive but if you are staying at Nobu Hotel you already know that so it probably is just a drop in your bucket full of cash.

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    The Neon Boneyard Will Fill Your Memory Card With Postcards

    las vegas neon boneyard
    Graeme Maclean / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    The lights of Las Vegas go out eventually and when they do they end up at the Neon Boneyard. Take a tour of these forgotten signs and journey down a Las Vegas memory lane. The tour gives you some Las Vegas history as well as a good education on the art of neon signs.

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    Speed Will Make You Feel Alive

    Exotics Racing
    Exotics Racing

    Hit the gas as you head into the turn and feel the acceleration on your body. At Exotics Racing in Las Vegas, you get behind the wheel of some really fast and expensive cars and you get to push your abilities to the very edge.

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    Bargain Shop for Souvenirs

    World's Largest Gift Shop
    Thomas Hawk / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    Stop! Before you walk into a hotel gift shop to buy some souvenirs for the unlucky people you left at home head over to the World’s Largest Gift Shop on the Las Vegas strip and buy everything you need for a fraction of the cost. The place is huge and the options are plentiful, just don’t expect anything too nice.

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    Spa Day at Trump Las Vegas

    The Wet Room at Spa at Trump Las Vegas
    Trump International Las Vegas

    The case for a facial must be made for everyone. I mean everyone. Who doesn’t like the idea of a gentle scrub followed by a temple massage and then some warm mud rubbed all over your skin in an effort to help revitalize your skin? The Spa at Trump Las Vegas offers a Refreshing Hydrating Facial that will alter your senses and stall your aging. (well…maybe not) It will introduce you to a new version of relaxation, though.

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    Look for the Two Way Mirror at the Cromwell Hotel

    The Cromwell Hotel & Casino
    George Rose / Getty Images

    Yes, there is a two-way mirror in the rooms at The Cromwell Hotel. It is a fabulous surprise if you are on a romantic getaway. It is not so good of a thing if you just so happen to be traveling with your mother-in-law or your brother who has not shaved his back since that mishap in 10th grade. The Cromwell is the small boutique hotel right on the Las Vegas strip that is calling for you to have a romantic getaway too. Do it, just be aware of the view into the shower from the bed if the light is just right.

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    Helicopter Ride Over the Grand Canyon

    View from Helicopter Ride over Grand Canyon National Park
    Solange_Z / Getty Images

    If you feel compelled to see a Natural Wonder of the World do it by air. Hop on a helicopter and take a ride over the expansive Grand Canyon and see what most people never get to see. A small plane or helicopter into the Grand Canyon will save you the pain of walking halfway down into the canyon from the south rim or of driving around the rim wondering what all the fuss is about. It is a fascinating place but you have to realize that is massive and the greatest attraction is a giant hole in the ground that requires some serious hiking to get to the bottom.

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    Get the Best Deal in Las Vegas at the Golden Gate Hotel

    Room at The Golden Gate Hotel
    The Golden Gate Hotel

    When you need a good deal head to Downtown Las Vegas and then look for the best of the cheapest. That happens to be the suites at the Golden Gate Hotel. They are just as nice as any room you’ll see on the strip and they are cheap by comparison. Downtown Las Vegas has a lot to offer these days and your overall costs will be contained by the general vicinity. You can still find very cheap options on Fremont Street.

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    Lounge, Listen, Laugh at the Sayers Club

    Sayers Club At SLS Las Vegas
    SLS Las Vegas

    You can easily find a crowded club to display your dance moves but finding a lounge with live music and a great cocktail program is a bit more elusive. Try the Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas and you’ll find your new sense of cool. They have an outdoor patio with a view of the Las Vegas strip and deep couches for relaxed pontification.

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    Taste a Whole Lot of Emeril Lagasse

    Lagasses Stadium
    Emeril's Homebase

    If you grew up screaming “Bam” and “let’s kick it up a notch!” well then you are no stranger to Chef Emeril Lagasse. Las Vegas is home to four of his restaurants that deliver on individual experiences with a common theme brought together with the Lagasse name. Lagasse’s Stadium is a Mecca for the sports fan, Delmonico Steakhouse brings beef and whiskey to the table, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House give you a little taste of the bayou and Table 10 is a combination of  Emeril’s personality and his food in a casual setting.

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    Chicken Skins and Beer at Carson Kitchen

    Carson Kitchen dining room
    Carson Kitchen

    Downtown Las Vegas is where you are going for a new Vegas experience and Carson Kitchen is one of the spots, of many, that are making you rethink your choices for accommodations. Interesting menu, great vibe and tucked away in a corner of Downtown Las Vegas that is the epicenter for what is right about progress.

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    Play Some Golf on the Las Vegas Strip

    Golf Course in Las Vegas
    bibi57 / Getty Images

    When you place your ball on the tiny white tee and take a long look down the fairway what do you see? Bunkers? Water? Rough? Why not look down the fairway and aim for the Luxor Las Vegas? Why not shape our shot around a palm tree and land it on a soft green while your cocktail is being shaken on the car path? Golf in Las Vegas is all about fun and while you may not see any red numbers.

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    Go off and Get Some Fat Choy

    Food aty Fat Choy
    Fat Choy LV

    You’ll have to go off strip to get a treat at Fat Choy. You’ll also have to hit a small local’s casino but you’ll experience a treat when Chef Sheridan Su puts together a meal that will shock you. The walk through the smoke-filled casino will make you question your choices but once you take a seat you realize that this hidden Las Vegas gem is worth telling everyone you know about.

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    Ice Cold Cocktail at Minus 5

    Minus5 Ice Experience
    Minus5 Ice Experience

    You will not spend all day at Minus 5 Ice Lounge but you will go in, have a drink, take a few pictures, talk about how it is not as cold as you think and then promptly leave with frozen fingers and toes. The concept of a bar made completely out of ice is puzzling in the middle of the desert but you have to do it once.

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    Meatloaf Than Makes You Smile at Spago

    Spago Las Vegas
    WOLFGANG PUCK

    Meatloaf and red wine at Spago is a no-brainer. Don’t ask any questions just find a seat on the patio at Spago Las Vegas and enjoy. Take your time. Make sure to watch the crowds walk by. Leave your phone in your pocket. Use this meal as a way to start your vacation by ignoring everything and focusing on the entire experience.

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    Buffet Time

    The Buffet at Bellagio
    MGM Resorts International

    When you absolutely need a buffet you will find plenty of options in Las Vegas. Caesars has a huge buffet with a big price. Bellagio and Wynn both do the feed stations as good as anybody. Aria should be tried and Rio still has a seafood buffet that is perfect for those of you who love the crab legs.

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    Cocktails With a View at the Mandarin Oriental

    Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental
    Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Limited

    Romantic spots in Las Vegas are abundant however the Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental is on the next level. Find a seat near the windows and sip your cocktail with impressive views of all of Las Vegas. The bar is classy and luxurious without feeling stuffy or over the top. This could be that spot where you pop the question?

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    Take a Selfie With a Flamingo

    THE FLAMINGO WILDLIFE HABITAT
    Caesars License Company, LLC

    Free stuff is good stuff in Las Vegas so walk over to the Flamingo Las Vegas and head out back to where the wild things are. Yes, you don’t need to see ducks and turtles but you do have to check out a Flamingo or two.