Las Vegas isn’t just about the casinos and wedding chapels. Here are six ideas to add to your Vegas holiday plans.
What springs to mind when you think of Las Vegas? Casinos full of slot machines and gambling tables? Elvis Presley singing in a rhinestone covered jumpsuit? Or maybe an impromptu wedding in a drive-through chapel.
These are the kind of things most people associate with the city known as the Entertainment Capital of the World. So when you visit, it’s worth taking time out to see the Las Vegas attractions on this list.
You’ll discover that there’s much more to Las Vegas than rhinestones and gambling chips.
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Take a photo by the Las Vegas Sign
The first item on my list won’t cost you a dime!
The neon ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign dates back to 1959 and is nearly 8 metres tall. You’ll find it at 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
On the reverse of the sign, not seen in so many photographs, you’ll see the message ‘Drive Carefully – Come Back Soon’
The sign is often regarded as the unofficial marker of the southern end of the Las Vegas strip. Taking a photo of this iconic Las Vegas sign is surely a vital part of your holiday in Las Vegas!
Wonder at the Grand Canyon
While you’re visiting Las Vegas, it’s worth taking a trip to the neighbouring state of Arizona – home to one of the world’s natural wonders: the Grand Canyon.
Walking or taking a coach tour through the Canyon will let you get right up close to the rocks. But it’s from the air that you’ll really appreciate the vast spectacle in front of you.
A Grand Canyon helicopter tour is ideal if you want to get closer to the Canyon. Many flights even include a descent and landing within the Canyon itself. Alternatively, a Grand Canyon Plane tour can take you further into the Canyon for spectacular views of the West and South Rim.
View the Strip by helicopter
Las Vegas is the fabulous City of Lights, famous for the neon-lit extravaganza of the Strip.
You can see the sights of the Strip on foot, but taking to the skies in a helicopter will give you a magical bird’s eye view of the city at night.
You’ll be able to spot famous landmarks like Caesars Palace, the Venetian’s St. Mark’s Square, the New York New York skyline and the 350 metre tall Stratosphere Tower.
Travelling by helicopter will allow you to experience Las Vegas in a way like no other.
Take a hot air balloon ride
For a more peaceful way to view the Strip, why not take a hot air balloon ride over Las Vegas.
Take to the skies in the basket of a 10 stories tall hot air balloon, as it floats gently across the city. You’ll enjoy birds-eye views of the Las Vegas Strip and the beautiful Red Rock Mountains in the early morning sun.
And once you’re back on solid ground, you can celebrate with a champagne toast in the tradition of hot air balloonists across the world!
Marvel at the fabulous Fountains of Bellagio
The hotels in Las Vegas are renowned for being luxurious and offering world class service. And one of the most famous hotels is the Bellagio, with its fabulous fountain display.
The choreography of the music, light and water show is incredibly complex, and the display changes every 15 minutes.
You’ll recognise the display from photographs and videos, but there’s nothing like seeing it for yourself. It’s free for any visitor to watch, so find a comfortable place to sit back and enjoy the show.
Take in a Show
And of course, Las Vegas has been the venue for many fabulous shows by top artists throughout the decades. From the Rat Pack days of Frank Sinatra, through Elvis’s rhinestone jumpsuit years, right up to more recent artists like Celine Dion and Britney Spears.
Take your pick from a wide selection of Las Vegas shows including music concerts as well as shows byartists like the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. It’s bound to be a show like no other you’ve seen before!
3 thoughts on “Six Must-See Las Vegas Attractions (that aren’t casinos…)”
We’ve just got back from Vegas and we loved it. The fountains at the Bellagio were amazing! So much to see and do in this crazy place.
It’s a city I’d definitely love to visit – it always looks amazing!
Vegas is the sort of place that grows on you. I have to admit I’ve done most of these things, even taken a helicopter over the Grand Canyon and then over the Las Vegas Strip, but I have never seen a show! I really wanted to see one of the Cirque Du Soleil shows when I was there two years ago – maybe next time
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