The bright lights and take-no-prisoners approach to partying has earned this town the moniker of entertainment capital of the world.
It’s been the setting for many an unravelling – the Hangover and Casino films, William Burroughs and Hunter S Thompson to name a few – but this former watering hole for Spanish Mexican explorers keeps drawing them back like moths to a flame.
Everything is done to excess from the celebrity studded restaurants to sprawling 24 hour factory shopping to the mega star mega shows. It’s fabulously, staggeringly, excessively over the top. And when you can’t take one more second, hit the road for the bright blue skies and purple sunset of the eerily beautiful Mojave Desert.
Need some inspiration on what to do? Here are some of the top things to do in and around Las Vegas.
- Hit the factory outlets for some serious Vegas style shopping, some open 24 hours a day
- Drive out and see the Grand Canyon National ParkOpens external site in a new window, one of the seven wonders of the world and only three hours from Vegas
- Get married Hollywood style in a white chapel - most hotels have their own chapel to say the big 'I do'
- Discover the virtuous side of Vegas in one of the city’s excellent spas such as the Canyon Ranch SpaOpens external site in a new window at the Venetian and the Palazzo
- Supersize your shopping experience at jaw dropping 636,000 square foot Forum ShopsOpens external site in a new window at Caesar’s Palace.
Most visitors to Las Vegas spend their time on the Strip, and possibly even inside a casino on the strip, but don’t let that stop you from visiting some of the attractions of one of North America's fastest growing cities.
Just north of the Strip, you’ll find Downtown, where districts like Fremont East reflect Vegas’ hipster vibe with its cool galleries and boho speakeasies.
It’s there you’ll find icons of vintage Vegas such as the Golden Nugget CasinoOpens external site in a new window, the famous 40-foot neon cowboy sign, the Mob MuseumOpens external site in a new window and the Neon BoneyardOpens external site in a new window. There’s also the Las Vegas Premium OutletsOpens external site in a new window mall if you want to do some discount shopping or if you're an adventure-seeker why not fly the SlotZillaOpens external site in a new window zoomline.
The unincorporated town of Paradise is where it’s at – the Bellagio, Venetian, Mirage, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand – and the connecting backbone; the 'Strip' or Las Vegas Boulevard. Think the glammed up girls of Casino, the frat boys of the Hangover and little old ladies on the slots. They’re all here and in neon. The strip is just over six kilometres in length and features wide sidewalks, however be aware that certain parts, like out the front of Bellagio, can get very congested.
From the airport
Get to your hotel easily via in an airport shuttle or glam it up in a private Luxury Limousine Transfer. You can also get into town using a taxi or a convenient arrival transferOpens external site in a new window.
In and around the city
You can easily walk up and down the six kilometre strip or jump on the Las Vegas MonorailOpens external site in a new window. There are local buses running between the strip and downtown, otherwise you can jump into a taxi or one of the eponymous limos that run up and down the zone.
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