Everyone has heard of Las Vegas. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations, world-renowned for being the casino city. But if it was just for its popularity within the gambling industry, it wouldn’t have become so famous. Almost 43 million people visit Southern Nevada every year in search of all the thrills this city offers. Let’s take a look at the iconic tourist attractions that actually live up to the hype and a few under-the-radar things that only locals know about.
6. Admire the beauty of Bellagio Fountains
It might be one of the simplest things to do in Vegas, but it’s definitely one of the coolest. The sight of more than 1000 fountains shooting water 500 feet into the air will never get old. The show runs every 15 minutes at night and every 30 minutes during the day accompanied by the music of Tiesto or Frank Sinatra.
5. Gamble at the right casinos
It’s perfectly normal to want to win a few bucks playing table games while you’re in a city famous for gambling. Just keep in mind that casinos aren’t created all the same. They vary in terms of the minimum stake and wagering requirements. Check a guide before setting foot in any establishment.
4. Visit the Neon Museum
The Neon Museum is one of the coolest museums in Vegas to start with. It offers guided tours of old marquees representing the neon history of vintage Vegas. Accompanied by music to match the Vegas experience over the years, the attraction is based more on history-inspired elements than predictable kitsch. Nevertheless, it has a sentimental side which will have you feeling a little more in tune with this city.
3. Explore the culinary traditions of Chinatown
Las Vegas has an awesome under-hyped Chinatown that’s just a few blocks west of the Strip on Spring Mountain Road. This center of culture and cuisine has even more variety than you ever might expect. Every type of food made in this area is a piece of art from Asian culinary traditions.
2. Drink a Scorpion Shot at Nacho Daddy
No, we’re not joking, this drink has a real pickled scorpion served with your drink. If you want to try a certain type of tequila, we highly recommend the restaurant’s own house-brand. There’s no need to worry, you’re more likely to feel a sting from the alcohol than from the scorpion. Nacho Daddy is located on the Strip, Downtown, and Summerlin which makes it pretty accessible.
1. Ride a zip line between two different hotel towers
Vegas has a few different zip lines. One of them is over the Fremont Street Experience and another among the hills of Bootleg Canyon near Lake Mead. But the one that gets the highest score for pure insanity is the VooDoo Zip Line at the Rio. It begins on the 50th floor of the Masquerade Tower and can carry up to two people at a time about 800 feet down to the Ipanema Tower at a top speed of 33 mph. In the middle of freaking out, you’ll get to check out stunning views of the Strip to the east and Spring Mountains to the west.
Vegas is the city in which nothing is impossible. From the gambling and unique architecture to all the exquisite experiences it offers, you’ll have an unforgettable holiday.