If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, Nevada you know that it’s truly a city that never sleeps. Trying to organize a trip to sin city can be somewhat challenging if you don’t know where to start. Known as “the entertainment capital of the world,” Vegas literally rose out of the Mojave Desert, and now has over 2 million residents. As you may have guessed, its main industry is entertainment in the form of casinos, fine dining, shopping, shows and nightclubs.
Las Vegas has been immortalized in films such as The Hangover (2009), Ocean’s 11 (2001), Vegas Vacation (1997), and The Godfather Part II (1974). The city is bursting at the seams with things to see and do. Here are our top four attractions you can’t afford to miss in Vegas.
The Forum Shops at Caesars
Spend your hard earned casino winnings at The Forum Shops, located next to Caesars Palace. Here you’ll find a grand shopping experience like no other, with amazing décor that features spiral escalators and sky blue ceilings amongst a sea of designer brands from Abercrombie and Fitch to Versace. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, head to the Cheesecake Factory, where you can watch the famed Fall of Atlantis animatronic show for free, taking place every hour.
Caesars also has one of the most popular casino floors of the entire Las Vegas Strip, with hundreds of table games and slot machines available for everyone from the novice casual player, to the more experienced poker player who wants to win big. If you want to brush up on the rules of the most played table games, many online sites offer tutorials and free play of the hottest games.
The Roller Coaster
Next door to the golden lion of the MGM Grand lies the New York New York hotel, home to the Big Apple Coaster and Arcade At $14 per ride it’s pretty steep but definitely worth it, and you can also purchase unlimited rides for $25. The roller coaster features the world’s first 180-degree “heartline” twist and takes you on a thrilling journey high above the strip, so it’s a great way to see the sights with a little extra adrenaline.
More than just a hotel, this heart-stopping tower features the famous Top of the World restaurant, in which you can enjoy gourmet dining 800 feet above the ground. The eatery rotates 360 degrees every 80 minutes, so you can enjoy a different view of Las Vegas while you enjoy the award-winning cuisine. Not something to do before your meal – the tower also offers sky jumps and its own thrill rides atop of the famous strip, so if the buzz of winning a few bucks isn’t enough for you, this will definitely whet your appetite.
It would be a shame not to take advantage of Las Vegas’ burning hot summers, so if you’re going to hit the pools, you must go to the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. The hotel offers its own on-site pool, with five separate bathing areas, including a river! Cabanas are available for hire, and there’s nothing better than relaxing poolside while sipping on an ice-cold beer.
Next door you’ll find Wet Republic – the favorite amongst Hollywood’s elite. There is an additional cost to get in and a very strict dress code, but it’s definitely worth it for the celebrity spotting once you’re there. Wet Republic was the pool of choice during Prince Harry’s 2012 scandal, just in case you needed more incentive to go.
This is by no means a complete list of what there is to experience in Las Vegas, but it’s a good start.