Las Vegas – one continuous entertainment complex. Millions of tourists from all over the world come to the city of numerous casinos, night clubs, first-class restaurants and hotels every year. But here they are waiting not only for excitement, risk and excellent service. Very interesting sights of Vegas – museums, canyons and national parks. Today I talk about the best objects of the city and its environs.
Las Vegas in one day: what to see, where to go
It will be about the TOP places of the city, which are indicated in all guidebooks.
Sign “Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas”
The main attraction of Las Vegas is the sign “Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas”. A sign in the form of a diamond with pointed lower and upper corners was installed in 1959 on a boulevard in the southern part of the Strip. The design of the sign in the style of googie was entrusted to Betty Willis. The height of the structure is 7.6 m. Since 2009, the sign is included in the National Register of Historic Monuments of the United States. The design of the mark is not protected by copyright, so it can be seen on any souvenir products, in the design of buildings, etc.
But get ready to stand in line to take a picture against the backdrop of a popular sign!
We waited for 10 minutes, and behind us a queue was created even longer!
By the way, the sign has a large parking lot, therefore, you can drive up here before entering Vegas or already at the exit. To go from the city and especially to go, I do not recommend. About an hour on foot from the center.
Las Vegas Strip and the famous Vegas hotels
I will dwell on the Las Vegas Strip, this is what millions of tourists travel to Vegas for. The best casino hotels of the city, shops, bars, shopping centers, restaurants are concentrated on this 7-kilometer boulevard.
Perhaps the most famous is the Hell’s Kitchen or Hells Kitchen restaurant, lunch in which will cost from $ 150 for two, dinner – from $ 200.
The local hotels are decorated in the style of medieval castles and art deco buildings. No need to go to New York, Paris, Venice or Egypt to see popular attractions, Vegas has everything from the Eiffel Tower to the Sphinx. The average cost of living in one such hotel is $ 150 per night in a double room.
We stayed at Paris Las Vegas. It is located in the center of the Strip, opposite the fountains of the Bellagio. This is a 4 * hotel decorated in French style. Decorated with a copy of the Eiffel Tower and other “Parisian” sights. The hotel has a pool, but it is closed in February. Of the infrastructure, it is worth highlighting the theater, spa, 11 gourmet restaurants, 5 bars with a good selection of snacks, desserts and drinks. In the casino you can play slot machines or any other gambling.
Hotel Venice 5 * is another notable hotel complex on the Strip. Having crossed its threshold, guests find themselves in little Venice with its sights and unique atmosphere. There are even walks along the narrow artificially created gondola river and the famous carnivals. The hotel has one of the city’s most prestigious casinos.
The New York Hotel , which is also located on the Strip, has 4 stars. It hosts vibrant show programs and music and dance evenings, there are attractions and a roller coaster. The hotel has a casino with 67 card tables. Beginners can take one master class from the maestro for free.
Another famous hotel is the Caesars Palace 5 *, which was further enhanced by the film “The Hangover”. The complex is decorated in the style of ancient Rome. It has 7 pools and 13 restaurants with impeccable service and a wide selection of dishes. In the modern beautiful hall with television screens you can watch sports competitions and place bets. The number of rooms consists of 3960 stylish apartments. The hotel often hosts wedding ceremonies. World-class stars appear at the 3000 m² nightclub, and the local spa is included in the TOP-100 of the best US spa centers.
Hotel “Bellagio” 5 * was built in 1998. It is designed for 4000 guests. 14 restaurants on site, a luxurious garden, pools and bars – the complex’s infrastructure is rich. The rooms are decorated in a stylish classic style. In addition to the high level of service, Bellagio is known for its “singing” fountains, which are not inferior to the fountains in Dubai.
Magnificent musical fountains, equipped with 4.5 thousand light bulbs, are located 100 meters from the main entrance to the Bellagio Hotel. Every day from noon until late at night, bright music and light shows are held here. Powerful jets of water perform a spectacular dance to the eternal hits of Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavorotti, Madonna, Elton John and Celine Dion. In total, the fountain produces 1175 water jets. The creation of this masterpiece took 40 million dollars. Each performance lasts about 5 minutes, you can watch it for free at any time.
What to see in Las Vegas in 2-3 days
Of course, the more time you spend in this amazing city of Nevada, the better. But if you only have a couple of days left, pay attention to the following points of interest.
Fremont Street is another famous Las Vegas street located in Downtown, Old Town. Until 1990, it was the center of nightlife, and then built the modern Strip and the main “party” moved there. Although nowadays here, just like on the Strip, there are the most popular casinos, restaurants, and shows (but more often the shows are arranged by street performers). Car traffic has been banned since 1994, and the history of the street itself began 100 years ago. Bright large signs, a huge number of buildings in various architectural styles made Fremont Street an ideal place for filming various films: “Back to the Future” (in the “role” of Beef Casino – Plaza Hotel & Casino), “Diamonds Forever”, “Darling, I reduced children. “
Chapel of the Flowers (Las Vegas Chapel)
And these attractions will be very popular with girls. The Las Vegas Chapel, or in other words, the Chapel of Flowers is a legendary place where couples from all over the world marry. It even hosts ceremonies on the Internet! It is hard to imagine how many marriages were made in the chapel. In addition, the reason for such popularity does not remain fully understood. In appearance, the building looks simple and concise, no flashy details.
Ranch Casa de Shenandoah
This ranch is the former estate of musician Wayne Newton, who was nicknamed “Mr. Las Vegas” for his many appearances in the city’s casinos. The ranch covers an area of 16 hectares. The pop singer bought the first few hundred hectares of land in 1966, gradually expanding his possessions. The place became a city attraction in 2015. Here you will see a good collection of expensive car brands, an airplane, dozens of purebred Arabian horses and exotic species of animals.
The Neon Museum in Las Vegas is what you can see in 2 days in the city. Established in 1966 The museum is located on an area of 2.4 hectares near Fremont Street in the open. It presents a collection of neon signs, just a few hundred exhibits of various shapes and sizes. You can take pictures here only on a smartphone, it is forbidden to use the camera. Each sign has its own unique history, but the main part is inoperative. Entrance fee to the Neon Museum (Las Vegas) – $ 30. You can buy tickets in advance online.
A very original attraction is the Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. He was placed in a former courthouse in 2012. Museum equipment cost local authorities $ 50 million. Here you can study hundreds of photographs from the criminal past of Las Vegas, gang weapons and even sit on an electric chair. Entire halls are opened, which tell about the special operations of the FBI, the famous mafiosi and court hearings. For visiting the museum, pay from $ 30. Children under 10 years old have free admission. Opening hours: daily, from 9:00 to 21:00.
Madame Tussauds museum
Look for the wax museum on the Las Vegas Strip. Opening date – 1999. The museum covers an area of 2700 m². A collection of 100 exhibits is allowed to touch and photograph. Some wax copies are interactive. They blush and laugh when hugged or kissed. Ticket price – $ 19.99. Come every day from 10:00 to 20:00 (Sunday-Thursday) and from 10:00 to 21:00 on Friday and Saturday.
Shelby American Museum
The American Shelby American Museum contains a good collection of 50 Ford Mustang racing cars. It hosts exhibitions, theme parties for connoisseurs of these cars and free tours that tell the story of the creation and evolution of this brand of vehicles. There is a gift shop with an excellent selection of products. Prices are average. The museum is open to all comers only on Saturdays from 10:00 to 16:00. Admission is $ 5. Children under 12 years old are free.
Museum of Natural History
Downtown Las Vegas houses a private, non-profit natural history museum. It is open daily from 9:00 to 16:00. Save $ 12 on the ticket. The history of the museum started in the second half of the 20th century. In several halls the remains of mammoths, whales, stuffed rare birds are housed. If you click on the button next to a specific exhibit, it will begin to growl or roar. The museum will especially appeal to children!
If you are a fan of the cult film “Titanic” in Las Vegas, do not forget to look into the thematic museum. Its working hours: daily from 10:00 to 22:00. Geographically located in the hotel-casino Luxor. Visitors receive a ticket and embark on an impromptu ship. The halls look like cabins, which feature 300 exhibits from the Titanic: documents, personal belongings of passengers and crew, furniture and interior items. For immersion in the past, pay $ 32.
Las Vegas Aquarium
The local aquarium is called Shark Reef. The total area is 9 thousand m². You will find it at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. In dozens of aquariums, 2,000 different species of representatives of the sea depths live. Golden crocodiles, 15 sharks, piranhas, turtles and jellyfish are just a small part of the most interesting local inhabitants. The oceanarium’s feature is the long “Shark Tunnel”, in which only a few sentiments of thin glass share the guests of the complex and sharks.
From Sunday to Thursday – from 10:00 to 20:00, on Friday and Saturday – from 10:00 to 22:00. Prepare $ 25 for an adult ticket, $ 18 for children.
Las Vegas Attractions
In addition to the casinos and the “cultural attractions” of Las Vegas, the city has a lot of entertainment where you can have a lot of fun.
I’ll tell you about 6 interesting attractions of the city.
Ferris Wheel in Vegas
The Ferris wheel is called High Roller. Its height is 168 m (the London Eye is 30 meters lower!). At the time of opening in 2014, it was the highest ferris wheel in the world. In 2016, a new “highest” wheel in the world (191 meters) was opened in New York, and in 2020 it is planned to open the “eyes of Dubai” with a height of 210 (!) Meters.
In Las Vegas, guests can take a ride in one of 28 glazed booths with heating and a soft sofa. Each cabin accommodates 40 people. The wheel makes a full revolution in half an hour. How much does it cost to ride a Ferris wheel in Vegas? In the afternoon – $ 25 in the afternoon, at night – $ 35.
The Ferris Wheel in Las Vegas was built near Caesars Palace. It is often rented for various events.
Adventuredome is a huge indoor amusement park with an area of more than 20 thousand m². Stands on the Las Vegas Strip. Opening date – August 1993. The complex includes 25 attractions, a climbing wall, golf courses, shops and cafeterias. The theme of dinosaurs is well disclosed in it. Surrounding the perimeter are surprisingly realistic exhibits that make scary sounds. Park opening hours depend on the season. Tickets cost $ 39.95 for an adult and $ 19.95 for a child.
Dig This Park
Another original amusement park in which you can drive a giant excavator or bulldozer and delve into a vast area of sand and dirt. Children under 14 must be accompanied by at least one adult. Charming instructors first tell you all the safety rules. All guests of the park are given a bright vest and hard hat.
The idea of building came to mind a simple worker from New Zealand, Ed Mummu. The opening date of the park is 2010. The cost of entertainment depends on the selected program. Prices start at $ 169, the most popular ticket is 285 bucks.
Stratosphere, Las Vegas.
Stratosphere Las Vegas is a world-famous casino hotel on the Strip with the highest tower in the USA (350 m with a spire). Opening date – 1996. The number of rooms consists of 2446 rooms, and the area of the casino is 7000 m². Stratosphere Vegas is located away from the main casino hotels, in the very north of the Strip. Due to the controversial location, many did not believe in the success of the project. Then the city authorities launched a round-the-clock transport connection between the Stratosphere and other casino hotels, and at the Stratosphere casino they made the lowest bets for playing blackjack – $ 5. These steps brought success.
Sky Pod is an entertainment complex on the tower of the Stratosphere complex. The building has a safe and modern viewing platform. The views, of course, are stunning, especially at night.
Sky Pod has an amusement park for extreme sportsmen. If you want to tickle your nerves, visit the attraction “Big Shot”. This is a catapult at an altitude of 329 m, which “sends” passengers to the sky at a speed of 90 km / h.
The X-Scream ride has excellent reviews – giant swings at an altitude of 264 m. They swing with force, passengers fly up into the sky and just as quickly fall down.
The most popular is the desperate jump from a height of 260 m (Sky Jump). He is absolutely safe! If you want to feel the free flight and unforgettable emotions for life, you are here!
Opening hours: from Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 to 1:00, and on Friday-Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00.
Observation deck Stratosphere Las Vegas – $ 20
Lookout + 1 attraction – $ 25 (+ $ 5 for each attraction)
Unlimited – $ 40
Sky Jump – $ 120 (+ $ 10 per photo or + $ 30 per video).
Another entertainment for fans of extreme sports is an adventure on a zipline (“flying” on a steel rope). You can ride with the breeze while sitting and lying back and forth. The attraction is open daily from 11:00 to 01:00. Ticket – $ 21.75. The ride is on the LINQ boardwalk in Las Vegas.
Cirque du Soleil
Official website https://www.cirquedusoleil.com
The legendary circus that has worldwide recognition. The troupe of Cirque du Soleil has 4 thousand people. The main part gives performances in Las Vegas, the other tours around the world. The circus promotes the refusal to participate in animal performances. According to critics, the circus du Soleil breathed new life into circus art. Their performances combine original music, interesting design and expressive choreography.
Currently (March 2020), Vegas hosts 6 different circus shows. You can find out the details and choose the most interesting on the official website. Tickets can be bought at any Vegas tourist kiosk, through the hotel reception, or online on the official website.
Attractions Near Las Vegas
Come to Las Vegas for a week? Then the map of visiting attractions expands. In the vicinity of the city there are many beautiful places.
One of the most grandiose artificially created dams is located on the border of the states of Nevada and Arizona. Opening date – 1937. Up to 9 million tourists come to see the attraction annually. It is named after the 31st US President Herbert Hoover, who did a lot to create this facility. The image of the dam can be seen in famous films: Transformers, Universal Soldier.
Red Rock Canyon
Las Vegas Canyons are very popular with travelers.
The Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas is a national reserve located 27 km from the gaming capital of the United States. Entrance for pedestrians and cyclists is free. The whole territory of 110 km² is painted red and dozens of its shades – it is very beautiful! Among the desert and amazingly shaped rocks live 20 species of mammals. Wild these places only seem. Arbours, toilets are equipped throughout, observation platforms are marked with special signs. It is allowed to have picnics and put up tents. The national park has an exhibition center divided into 4 zones.
I took a photo near the canyon, even from the road it’s clear that everything is really red:
Also pay attention to the Grand (Grand) Canyon, which stretches along for 446 km. Its width is from 6 to 29 km. This is one of the deepest canyons in the world and, undoubtedly, one of the most famous attractions in the United States. In some places, the depth reaches 1857 m. Here you can find traces of four geological earth eras, a huge number of caves and rocks, thousands of pines, firs and firs. A popular tourist attraction is mule canyoning. From Vegas to the Grand Canyon, a variety of excursions are provided. You can buy an excursion to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas either at any kiosk in the city, or online via the Internet. The choice is huge.
Valley of Fire
If you’re thinking about where to go around Las Vegas, check out Valley of Fire. It is located much closer than the Grand Canyon (only 80 km from Las Vegas), and according to reviews, it is no less impressive. Wonderful trails are located there: “Fiery Wave”, “Pink Canyon”, “White House” and others. The places are really very picturesque. Visit the trails in the morning. It is very hot in the summer.
The park got its name because of the main color of the landscape. The age of local rocks reaches 150 million years. Entrance to the territory – $ 10 per car.
Las Vegas Death Valley is another national park in Nevada. Geographically located 203 km from the city of Sins and covers a vast territory of 1.5 million hectares. It is very dry and hot. From May to September in the afternoon the air temperature reaches 49 degrees. Look at the bottom of the valley, which is covered with salt plains, high mountains reaching a height of 300 m, sand dunes and oases of wild vegetation. 91% of the terrain is absolutely wild. The attraction got its name after a group of tourists died here at the end of the 19th century.
The national park is open to visitors all year round. On the territory you will find a tourist center, several campsites. I showed my photos of Death Valley here .
To the west of Las Vegas, in the arms of a hot desert, is a large green oasis – Spring Nature Reserve with underground fresh water sources. It occupies an area of 70 hectares and is well equipped. There are museums, gardens, exhibition centers, a photo gallery, cafeterias. They come to the reserve for several days to take a break from the endless noise of Vegas.
Opening hours: daily, from 9:00 to 17:00. Entrance ticket for adults is $ 19, for children from 4 to 11 years – $ 11. Young visitors under 4 years old have free admission.
Lake Mead is about a 40-minute drive from Vegas. This is the largest US reservoir that was formed during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The main source of water for Nevada and Southern California. It offers a large number of entertainment: water skiing and boating, sport fishing. A nice botanical garden was built nearby. Whole islands can be seen on the lake depending on the water level.
These are the main attractions of Las Vegas and Nevada. I hope I was able to orient you a little in them, and now you know exactly what you want to visit in the first place.
Have a great trip to Vegas!
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