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If you’re about to embark on your first trip to the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, then you’re going to want to check out this quick list of 5 things that are not to be missed. Vegas has a long history of being the go-to destination for gambling, sensational shows, amazing food, crazy hotels, and of course, people watching. Make sure to pack your walking shoes because there is a lot to see and do in this neon city.
#1. Tour The Casinos
The casino attached to the hotel you stay in shouldn’t be the only one you visit! You’ll want to take a look around at all the iconic casinos you’ve always read about and seen in movies. First of all, take a look at this list of the oldest and most historic casinos in Vegas. Did you know that 18 out of 28 resident casinos in Vegas are owned by only two companies, MGM Resorts and Caesars? Even so, each is totally unique and worth visiting. Don’t miss classics like Caesar’s Palace and Circus Circus which were among the first casinos to open. You will also want to hit iconic casinos like The Bellagio, The Venetian and the MGM Grand.
In Vegas, casinos aren’t just for gambling. Some are so large that you can get lost in them and they include restaurants, theaters, shopping and so much more. You can even ride a roller coaster at New York New York or take a gondola ride through The Venetian.
#2. Play Some Slots And Table Games
You could literally spend all day inside some of the largest casinos without gambling and still have fun, but why skip out on one of the most popular activities the city has to offer? People come from all over the world to try their luck pulling slots or test their skill at the card tables. Back when gambling was illegal in most other states this was one of the only places you could go for such fun. If you’re looking to play the slots then check out this list of where you can find the best slots in Las Vegas. Need some inspiration? Take a look at this list of big wins by Gamblers Daily Digest.
Vegas is also home to many great poker rooms and tournaments that grab the attention of people around the world since some are now televised. The Mandalay Bay poker room is one of the most famous and most popular, along with the plush Bellagio poker room where you can compete in a daily tournament.
#3. Cruise The Strip
When people think of Las Vegas they are usually picturing “the strip” in their minds. This is where the flashy lights are, on this 4.2 mile stretch of concentrated casinos, hotels and entertainment. Hope you packed your comfortable shoes because the best way to experience the strip is to walk it. You’ll get the best people-seeing opportunities that way as Vegas draws quite a mixed crowd from families to outlandish individuals. Most of the famous hotels and casinos you’ll want to visit can be found on the strip as well.
Check out CNN’s list of attractions you won’t want to miss on the Las Vegas Strip. The area is full of fun Billboards, dancing fountains, and so many more wonderful things to see. If you don’t want to walk you can also hop on a sight-seeing bus tour.
#4. Go All In On The Entertainment
Besides gambling, one of the most popular things to do in Vegas is to see a mind-blowing show. According to Lucian Marinescu at Online Casino Gems, “over the years all the greats have played Vegas either in single concerts or long-running acts. Booking an act in Vegas is considered one of the biggest milestones in showbusiness to this day. Check out this list by Forbes of the best current shows in Vegas.”
This year one of the most exciting extended-run shows is Lady Gaga doing Jazz and playing the piano. You can also catch other current long-running acts by Donny and Marie, Rod Stewart, Mariah Cary and more! If magic is more your bag then check out America’s Got Talent winner Mat Franco or world renowned magician Chris Angel and his mind-freak show. You can also catch The Blue Man Group or one of the many Cirque du Soleil acts all around town. Vegas mixes talent with flamboyant flair to create an all around unique experience. There is nothing mundane or common place about Vegas, that is for sure.
While we’re talking about entertainment, don’t forget to check out some of the nation’s trendiest and most celebrated restaurants. If you crave quantify of food then you can’t go wrong with the casino buffets but if you’re a true foodie then check out this list of top tier restaurants you won’t want to miss.
#5. Vegas’s Iconic Landmarks
Your trip won’t be complete without seeing as many sights as you can. You might not even be able to see everything in one trip but that’s OK, you can go back! Try to see as many historical landmarks and sights as you can on your first trip, such as:
The Las Vegas Strip
The New York New York Roller Coaster
The Mob Museum
Caeser’s Palace and Colosseum
The Stratosphere Tower
The Excalibur Hotel
The Neon Museum
The High Roller Ferris Wheel
The Fremont Street Experience
The Paris Hotel and Eiffel Tower
The Las Vegas Sign
The Ventian Hotel and Gondolas
The Dancing Bellagio Fountains
The Mirage Erupting Volcano and Secret Garden With Exotic Animals
The Luxor Pyramids
The Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium
Your feet will be sore from all that walking and your brain will be in sensory overload but it will all be worth it when you take home a lifetime’s worth of memories. No matter if you came for work or pleasure, you’ll be sure to find something fun to do during your trip. Plan ahead and book a show or a night out at a famous restaurant to really complete your trip.
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