Top 25 things to do in Vegas: An Insider’s Perspective

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Las Vegas is the City that Never Sleeps, so you know there are activities 24/7/365. But did you also know that many of them happen off the Strip? We spoke with some Las Vegas Insiders for their take on the best way to take advantage of all Vegas has to offer, both on and off the Strip.

 

Las Vegas Morning

 

What to See

The shows in Vegas are as over-the-top as they are entertaining. Make sure you fit at least one into your visit.

  1. A show at the brand new Park Theater at Monte Carlo. This 5200-seat theater has one of the widest stages in the world, boasts 7 bars & terraces with views of the Strip, and is currently residence to Ricky Martin. Sold.
  1. A Cirque du Soleil show. There are currently seven Cirque du Soleil shows on the Strip so you have plenty of options. For the OG, try Mystère at Treasure Island. O at the Bellagio has a 5700-square meter pool of water for a stage, with acrobatics taking place above, below and on it. And finally, for something completely different than the typical Cirque du Soleil’s, try Zumanity—a part-burlesque, part-cabaret show full of sensational acrobatics & naughty fun (adults only).

 

What to Do

Sure, you can hole yourself up in a casino all day to try to make it big. But when you’re ready for a little more adventure, try some of these.

  1. Get one of the city’s best views of the Strip at Foundation Room’s balcony.
  1. Go whiskey tasting at Whiskey Attic Las Vegas. Learn about the history of whiskey (and the art of tasting it) and then sip on 5 whiskies picked for you based on your flavor profile.
  1. Hike up Calico Tanks. At the end of this trail in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is an incredible nature view. Plus, the hiking will help work off those all-you-can-eat buffets.

 

Red Rock Canyon

Hiking in Red Rock Canyon

Take a tour

    1. ATV Tour. Less a traditional tour and more a thrilling way to experience the Las Vegas desert. There are many tour companies in the area that will rent you ATVs, show you how to use them, and then take you around the desert dunes.
    1. Hog Car Drive the Strip in style in a pink two-seater. A guide will take you on a 2-4 hour tour of Vegas, highlighting everything from landmarks to famous eateries (if you choose the food option, you’ll get to stop & taste!).
    1. Helicopter Tour of the Grand Canyon with Sundance Helicopters. Not only do you save driving time, but you’ll get the best possible view of the canyon.

 

Overview of Grand Canyon at Sunset

Shop around

  1. Downtown Summerlin. A less hectic option than shopping at the Strip, Summerlin is great if you want to get away from the crowds. Try the Saturday Farmer’s Market (9am-2pm) and one of the many restaurants (including Shake Shack, Public School 702 and the dog-friendly Lazy Dogg).
  2. The Forum Shops at Caesars. With an interior harkening back to the days of Rome, The Forum is worth going to just to wander around. Watch their Fall of Atlantis show (where animatronic gods battle it out), ogle at the massive aquarium, and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.

Race around

  1. Go-Kart Race at Pole Position Raceway. For an afternoon adventure, try a go-kart racing at this indoor track. Races are about 10 minutes (but you don’t have to stop at just one).
  2. Luxury Car Racing at Exotics Racing. Need something a little bit more intense? Race a luxury car at Exotics Racing track. Warning: this will put you back a few hundred dollars but if your dream is to race a Ferrari, now is the time.

 

Take an ATV tour on the sand dunes

 

Where to eat

There are plenty of world-class restaurants, buffets, and more on the Strip but venturing off the Strip can be just as rewarding. Plus, you’ll save money. Win-win.

  1. Lola’s Louisiana Kitchen. A Creole/Cajun restaurant with Southern comfort food (which has been featured in “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”. Get the crab cakes or the shrimp & grits.
  2. Mamas. Serving the quintessential American breakfast, Mr. Mama’s is perfect for one-too-many late nights out. Try the flaky biscuits and gravy.
  3. Oyshi Sushi. Good quality, fresh sushi with a wide variety of options. And if you can’t decide, just do the all-you-can-eat option. Come during their lunch happy hour (3:30-5:30pm) for 20% off.
  4. Pizzarev. A pizza joint where you get to fully-customize your pie. Choose your crust, sauce, and as many of their 30+ toppings as you’d like (at no extra charge).
  5. Public School 702. This gastropub is great for Happy Hour (Mon-Fri 3-7pm) since the prices make the deal that much sweeter; get the PS Burger bites for only $8. Plus, weekend brunch has (almost) bottomless mimosas for $10.
  6. Sin City Wings. Track down this food truck to get delicious fresh wings. The long line is worth the wait.

At the pool – photo via @jadescutt

 

Where to Party

  1. During the Day. Looking to have a good time while still getting some sun? Head to one of Vegas’ many beach clubs. Our insiders’ favorites are Daylight Beach Club, Drai’s Beach Club, & Encore Beach Club.
  1. At Night. We all know that Vegas is known for its nightlife. The following are sure to always be packed with people looking to dance the night away: Drai’s Nightclub, Jewel Nightclub, Light Nightclub, Omnia Nightclub, and Hakkasan Nightclub.

 

Pool party at a Beach Club

 

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