Spend a day strolling Las Vegas Boulevard, visiting all the entertainment and shopping complexes and numerous attractions, including stops at many of the casinos and hotels, each with its own beauty, excitement, theme and artistic displays.
Check out the more than 5,000 exotic fishes, sharks, and sting rays living at The Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel.
Swim with the sharks at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay.
Hook into a harness at Fremont Street Flightlinez, and zip line right over the crowds on Fremont Street and under the giant video canopy.
Visit the spectacular Hoover Dam, which took a total of 21,000 men and five years to complete the structure in 1935.
Hit the Fremont Street Experience, in downtown Vegas, for free nightly shows and 12.5 million lights and 550,000 watts of sound at VivaVision. Check out the Neon Museum, at the east end, which hosts some of the old hotel’s neon signs.
Admire the gold leaf linens, masks and other treasures of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb & Museum at the Luxor Hotel.
Watch the tigers through a glass wall at the MGM Grand Hotel’s Lion Habitat, and view the flamingos, turtle, koi fish and penguins in a tropical setting at The Wildlife Habitat in the Flamingo Las Vegas.
Test your limits by stepping on Speed, a rollercoaster ride at the Sahara Hotel that explodes right out of the starting gate.
Play blackjack against Dolly Parton, Elvis, Ricky Martin, Rod Stewart, Janet Jackson and other celebrity impersonators known as “Dealertainers” at the Imperial Palace.
Party with the stars, like Rihanna, at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas in a night-club inspired room with real-life-looking wax figures of top celebrities.
Catch the famous Fountains show at the Bellagio Hotel where every 15 minutes, between 8 p.m. to midnight, 1,200 nozzles shoot off a spectacular dancing water show to music and flashing lights, then visit the volcano at the Mirage, erupting every hour from 8 pm to midnight.
Visit the Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix, a theme park with something for adults and kids of all ages, including an extensive arcade, large slides, mini rollercoaster and go-kart racing on four tracks.
Get big thrills at Circus Circus Hotel’s Adventuredome, a 5-1/2-acre indoor theme park with 24 rides and attractions, including the Canyon Blaster roller coaster, Rim Runner water chute, the Sling Shot, the Inverter and the Chaos. Adventuredome admission is free; you only buy ride tickets.
Experience more than 200 video game scenarios or interactive attractions in life-size fashion at GameWorks. Adults and kids can digitally compete in skateboarding or motorcycle riding, and climb into animated tanks for battle or on the 75-foot-tall climbing wall. There’s also a casual full-service restaurant and a bar with spirits for adults.
Skydive without jumping out of a plane at Flyaway Indoor Skydiving of Las Vegas where you can experience the exhilaration of free-falling in a wind tunnel without ever leaving the ground.
Watch Brazil’s Carnivale comes alive at the free Carnival Show In the Sky seven times daily in the Masquerade Village in the casino wing of the Rio Hotel. Floats make figure eights across the ceiling as gamblers and guests gaze up to catch the beads and little souvenirs being thrown.
Plan a day trip to the Grand Canyon, a must-see majestic wonder about a five-hour drive by car or even faster with breathtaking views by helicopter tour.
Rent a Harley and tour the open road, scenic ride and unexplored territory of Vegas and its outlying areas.
Find the courage to ride four extreme thrill rides just above the observation deck level of the Stratosphere Tower: The Big Shot, The High Roller, XScream and Insanity.
View the beautiful landscapes and portraits of America at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, and the breathtaking glass-blown ceiling art inside the Hotel.
Step aboard “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit,” a long-standing 25,000-square-foot exhibit at The Tropicana Hotel, with retrieved artifacts and authentic walk-through replicas of first-class and third-class passenger rooms.
Visit the offbeat Liberace Museum, whether you’re a fan or just interested in checking out the showman’s legendary bling and elaborate costumes.
Find international art gems and some local talent at The Las Vegas Art Museum, and explore pop culture at the Valentino’s Zoot Suit Collection, including clothing from the 1940s and ’50s, including Zoot Suits, men’s fedoras and women’s pumps.
Experience a local flavor of fine art, folk art and sculptures browsing through the 3,600-square-foot building of Left of Center Art Gallery and Studio, which also offers artists hosting discussions, classes and workshops.
Check out the entertainment at the University of Nevada’s Performing Arts Center, which has drawn some big names over the years, including Yo-Yo Ma and the Shanghi Ballet, and lecturers/authors like Cokie Roberts and John Irving.
Visit Vegas’ many architectural treasures and unique landmarks, such as the old Mormon Adobe Fort at the Old Mormon State Historic Park and the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts, an art-deco-style building that was once home to Las Vegas High School.
Cruise by the Huntridge Theatre, which was once a beloved movie house and then music venue.
Spend the day at Clark County Heritage Museum, a Cold War Museum that includes tree-lined streets of homes that were architecturally significant to Las Vegas during the 1930s to ’60s.
Drive less than an hour to Tule Springs, which features Floyd Lamb State Park, a 1940’s dude ranch that that was originally for those who wanted to get quick residency status to obtain an even quicker divorce. The eclectic mix of 23 well-kept, unmodified buildings are the best example of a divorce ranch remaining in the U.S. today.
Shop the upscale stores of Via Bellagio Shops that wind around Lake Bellagio. You can grab lunch at the elite Todd English’s Olives after picking up some new goodies at shops like Chanel and Tiffany & Co.
Immerse yourself in vintage memorabilia and new art by local artists at the Funk House, and take a glorious stroll down the 10 blocks of Antique Row, featuring various boutiques of collectibles, clothing, furniture, jewelry, dishes and toys.
Spend an afternoon walking the tree-dotted streets and cobblestone sidewalks of the District of Green Valley Ranch, with 40-plus specialty retail stores and restaurants to meet every need or desire. Stop by Mel Fisher’s Treasures, which displays cargo salvaged from a Spanish galleon that sunk off the coast of Florida nearly 400 years ago.
Gather up fringe finds at Mandalay Bay stores including Urban Outfitters, Oilily, Nike Golf, and Blank Space, then take a chance and try the to-die-for buffalo burger at Burger Bar.
Spend a night club hopping on The Strip, with non-stop energy and excitement at numerous nightclubs of all types and styles—many that draw celebrity guests. Club-hopping is a huge part of the fun.
Try your luck at several of The Strip’s casinos, most of which host daily gaming tournaments, like the free daily slot tournaments from 10 am to 5:30 pm at The Plaza. Hundreds of dollars in prizes are awarded each day.
Spend an evening catching many great acts on The Strip, like the cabaret show Folies Bergere, which has been wowing audiences since 1959, or comedy shows like Carrot Top, concerts by many of your favorite singers and burlesque shows like Ivan Duke’s Forty Deuce show at the Mandalay Bay Casino.
Visit The Aladdin Theatre for The Performing Arts at the Aladdin Hotel, which seats up to 7,000 people and offers many types of major shows like concert tours, Broadway shows and dance companies.
Catch a wide variety of events, from boxing to rock ‘n’ roll shows at The Mandalay Bay Events Center, a 12,000-seat arena.
Climb the wall, literally, at the Powerhouse Rock Climbing Center, which houses 9,000 square feet of climbing surfaces.
Pack a picnic, swim, play horseshoes and explore the 320-acre site of Sunset Park.
Grab a pint and listen to old stories at JC Wooloughan’s Irish Pub inside the Rampart Casino in Summerlin. The pub was built in Ireland and shipped from Dublin piece by piece for an authentic Irish experience.
Cool down with a 30-mile drive out to Lake Mead, the 16th largest man-made lake in the Western Hemisphere, or take a quick hike and interpretive tour of Frenchman Mountain.
Take a quick jaunt up the Great Unconformity Interpretive Trail, which reveals interesting rock exposures and explains some of the major topographic features and the geologic evolution of southern Nevada—plus a scenic view of Las Vegas at the top overlook.
Tee up at The Red Rock Country Club Arroyo Course, the second Arnold Palmer signature course to open in Vegas and offering desert and mountain terrain thoroughfares with amazing views of the Red Rock Canyon; or hit the Jupiter Golf Center, which features driving range and batting cages.
Fire off some rounds at the esteemed local rifle range at The Gun Store where you can even shoot off pistols and guns that are only legal in Nevada due to liberal laws.