Las Vegas has evolved into one of the world's greatest holiday destinations, and there's no better time than now to travel and experience it for yourself. Nearly 40 million tourists visit Las Vegas every year, and it's easy to see why the city has something for everyone, with unparalleled attractions, shopping, dining, pools, spas, golf, the biggest names in entertainment and sizzling nightlife. It's the kind of excitement that only a Las Vegas holiday can deliver.
No matter if you've been here before or this is your first time, there's always something new and spectacular to see or do in Las Vegas. After all, it isn't called the Entertainment Capital of the World for nothing. The iconic Las Vegas Strip is home to restaurants of world-renowned chefs, beautiful luxury resorts, international designer shopping, never-ending entertainment, world-class shows and, of course, all the gaming Vegas is famous for. You can do everything Vegas is known for, such as taking a picture at the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign, or you can do something unexpected like enjoying a cup of tea at the Mandarin Oriental.
Looking for something adventurous? If you've recently conquered your fear of heights, you might want to take the 108-story controlled free fall of SkyJump at the Stratosphere. As if that wasn't enough adventure, you can also dive with sharks at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. No matter what your comfort level, there are hundreds of ways to spend your days and nights on the Las Vegas Strip.
But Las Vegas doesn't stop at the end of Las Vegas Boulevard.
Downtown Las Vegas has exciting nightlife, classic Vegas casinos and delicious restaurants packed into just a few blocks. Start your night off with a couple of drinks at one of Fremont's newest hot spots like the Downtown Cocktail Lounge, Parks on Fremont or Commonwealth. Then, head over to any one of the great venues that offer live music, such as the open-mic piano bar, Don't Tell Mama or the ever-bustling stages of Beauty Bar. Partake in the unique experiences offered at the many specialty bars and lounges or experience SlotZilla, the high-speed zip line over Fremont Street and under the giant video canopy.
After the excitement of the Strip and Fremont Street, you might want to take a break from the bright lights of Vegas. After dusk isn’t the only time to have an unforgettable experience in Las Vegas. If you're a nature lover, you might want to venture into Red Rock Canyon for a day of breathtaking hiking. Or, if you’re interested in a little fun in the sun, you'll want to head over to the brand new Wet&Wild water park. Curious about seeing a little Las Vegas history? Check out the Neon Museum full of one-of-a-kind signs that once adorned hotels and casinos from Fremont to the Strip.
There are so many entertainment options all around Las Vegas, you'll find yourself wishing you had planned for an extra day. Or week.
Las Vegas, Nevada Highlights
You'll know you're here when...
...you see the glow of the neon lights. More than 88 locations currently display a neon sign, and then of course there’s the Neon Museum.
You might be surprised by...
Las Vegas provides a wealth of options for the outdoor adventure seeker: winter sports at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, world-class rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon, whitewater rafting at the Grand Canyon, ziplining in Boulder City, golf at some of the country’s best courses and dune buggy tours through the sand dunes.
Top photo opportunities
Standing in front of the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign on South Las Vegas Boulevard.
The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, National Atomic Testing Museum, Auto Collections, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art and the Neon Museum.
Want to stay up late?
You’re in the right place! Las Vegas is truly a 24-hour city. The resorts never close and the nightlife options are typically open until everyone begins to go home around 4 a.m. Some of the world’s best nightclubs and lounges are located within a four-mile stretch.
Your child will always remember...
Watching the dolphins up close and personal at the underwater viewing window inside Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage.
Don't overlook this...
The burgeoning downtown arts scene is not to be missed.
With an average of nearly 100,000 marriage licences issued annually, Las Vegas is recognised as the world's wedding capital. Whether you’re eloping or planning an elaborate ceremony for hundreds of family and friends, there is no place like Vegas to make it official.
Films shot here
Las Vegas has been the focus of many blockbuster hits over the years. Some of the most notable are Ocean’s Eleven, Casino, Vegas Vacation, Rain Man and The Hangover.
For your first visit...
First up: people-watching. And there's no better spot than Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas, right on The Strip and across from the Bellagio fountains. Cruising the Strip is required for any first-timer, by car or by foot. Check out the signs for the Cirque du Soleil shows; the people back home will expect you to see at least one of them. You almost have to try your luck at a casino. Many hotels offer free lessons for novices. Hungry yet? Las Vegas used to be famous for buffets. Now it's more about celebrity chefs, but as a first-timer, you need to try a buffet. The Buffet at the Bellagio will satisfy your palate with international selections, while Cravings Buffet at the Mirage offers 11 cooking stations. Once you’re ready for adventure, head to the SkyJump at the Stratosphere—a 108-storey free fall. Then experience Fremont Street Flightlinez, where you get hooked to a harness and zipline right over the crowds on Fremont Street and under the giant video canopy. Not daring enough? How about swimming with the sharks at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay.