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Things to do in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Lunch, Skywalk Option

1. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Lunch, Skywalk Option

Experience the Grand Canyon West Rim on a single-day tour with 4-hours on the Hualapai Reservation. Depart Las Vegas and drive through the Mojave desert on a bus. Make a brief stop at Arizona Joshua Tree Forest for photos of these unique trees and pass through the Grand Wash Cliffs on the way to the Hualapai Reservation. Spend 4 hours at Grand Canyon West, where you have to visit Eagle Point, Guano Point, and Hualapai Ranch. Keep your energy up with a granola bar. You can upgrade the experience to include the architectural marvel of the Grand Canyon Skywalk. For lunch, select from various menu options at Grand Canyon West's Sky View Restaurant. Make a short photo stop of the Hoover Dam from the bridge overlooking a viewing area on the way back to Las Vegas. Make a brief stop at Hemenway Park in Boulder City to possibly catch a glimpse of the local Bighorn Sheep on the return journey to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Small Group 3-Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour

2. Las Vegas: Small Group 3-Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour

Enjoy a compact guided tour of the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas, and take the chance to see this man-made wonder up close. Admire views of the dam and Lake Mead — America’s largest reservoir. Benefit from pickup and drop-off at selected hotels. Get picked up in Las Vegas and relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 40-minute drive to the Hoover Dam. Arrive at the dam and cross the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, where your guide will park.  Head up to the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge Walkway on foot and take in the spectacular bird’s-eye view over the dam and the nearby Colorado River. Stop at Hemenway Park, where you’ll notice some desert bighorn sheep often hang out. Continue onto the Lake Mead Lookout for panoramic views of the man-made aquatic wonder. After this, drive across the dam to various lookout points and stop to take photos at the most picturesque spots, guaranteed.  At the end of your activity, you’ll head back to Las Vegas, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel or your preferred location on the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West & Hoover Dam Tour with Meals

3. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West & Hoover Dam Tour with Meals

Embark on a full day of adventure and fun with this VIP tour of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim – home of the famous Skywalk. Depart Las Vegas by a luxury air-conditioned bus (with a bathroom onboard) in the morning, included in this tour is a hot sit down breakfast at a local restaurant just outside of Vegas. (Vegetarian options are available). This tour includes a photo stop at the Hoover Dam, where you are able to get incredible panoramic photos of the dam.. Have your camera at the ready for the numerous photo stops on the drive through the famous Joshua Tree Forest, spending your time in the expert company of fully-trained professional tour guides all the way Once at the canyon you will receive VIP bus access - no need to transfer to a shuttle bus to take you around the view points like other tours - this tour uses the same bus that picks you up from the hotel teo take you around at the Canyon, meaning more time to enjoy the amazing views, and less time waiting in lines. You will also receive a scenic BBQ lunch at the Canyon at Guano Point, where you may enjoy your meal surrounded by the incredible beauty of the canyon . (Vegetarian options are also available) It is also possible to treat yourself to a trip on the world-famous glass Skywalk built over the edge of the canyon, if you select this option when booking.

Las Vegas: Entry to Madame Tussauds with a Gondola Cruise

4. Las Vegas: Entry to Madame Tussauds with a Gondola Cruise

Mix with megastars and get face-to-face with superstars at with a ticket to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, the world’s greatest wax museum. Meet Marvel’s megastars like, Nick Fury, the Hulk, Spiderman, and Captain America. Cruise along the Venetian Hotel and Casino on a gondola ride. Take a ride on Miley’s life-size wrecking ball and bow down to Queen Bey. Take a spin on a DJ set with headliner Steve Aoki. Feel the thrill of plunging in a pool of a million poker chips and party with the Wolf Pack boys. Sail on a gondola cruise on the water outside the iconic Venetian Hotel and Casino with views of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Float beneath bridges, beside cafes, under balconies, and coast down the Grand Canal. Be transported by the soothing sound of the water and the romantic songs of the gondoliers. Complete your experience by selecting the option to add a delicious all-American meal at the Hard Rock Café after your gondola ride.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

5. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

Embark on a full-day tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon with a narrated bus tour. Throughout the day, admire scenic views of the Joshua Tree Forest National Park, the Hoover Dam, the Colorado River, and the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Start with pickup from Las Vegas and meet your professional driver/guide who will provide information about the sights along the way. You will receive a light breakfast snack upon boarding the Grand Canyon bus. Enjoy a 15-minute stop at the Hoover Dam for a photo opportunity and an amazing view of the Bypass Bridge. Upon arrival at the West Rim, enjoy your first views of the majestic Colorado River below. Take in the spectacular views from Eagle and Guano points. If you hike the trail at Guano Point, reach the West Rim’s highest point, where the views of the Colorado River below are breathtaking. Afterwards, return to Las Vegas with drop-off at your hotel.

Las Vegas: Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York Hotel

6. Las Vegas: Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York Hotel

Fly through the skies above Las Vegas with a ride on the Big Apple Coaster. Snake through the Manhattan mock-up on the roller coaster’s red track, as the twists and turns set your heart pounding. Feel the tension rise as you climb towards the first drop. After this, the excitement doesn’t let up as you spiral through loops, reaching speeds of almost 70 miles per hour. This experience is the perfect hit for adrenaline junkies.

From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire State Park Tour

7. From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire State Park Tour

Begin the tour with pickup from your hotel (pick up starts from 7 AM) in Las Vegas. Enjoy a brief stop to take in the views at the California Mojave Desert and Moapa Indian Reservation on the way to the Valley of Fire State Park. Upon arrival, listen as your guide provides an overview of the park's geological history. Trek between the towering sandstone formations, which glow fiery red in the sunlight and are responsible for the park's name. Witness amazing petrified trees and 4,000-year-old Native American petroglyphs. Learn about the seismic fault lines that created the rugged terrain and how it has eroded over time. Hear about the Native American tribes who called this land home for thousands of years. Spend some time in the park's visitor center, where you can discover even more about the Valley of Fire. End the experience with hotel drop-off in Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Skywalk Express Helicopter Tour

8. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Skywalk Express Helicopter Tour

Marvel at the beauty of the Grand Canyon with a bird's eye view on this helicopter tour. Enjoy VIP access to the Skywalk and immerse yourself in the breathtaking sight it offers. Depart the famed Las Vegas Strip on your direct helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. On your flight, you will experience a bird’s eye view of the Grand Canyon, Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas Strip. Upon landing, get ready to witness a true engineering marvel, the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The Skywalk suspends more than 4,000 feet above the Colorado River, extends out more than 70 feet away from the edge of the West Rim, and features a glass bottom walking surface. Expedited admission to the Skywalk, VIP ground transportation and a Skywalk souvenir photo are included on this adventure. You will receive an estimated 45 minutes of ground time at Grand Canyon West before your return flight to Las Vegas.

Vegas: Elvis-Themed Graceland Chapel Wedding or Vow Renewal

9. Vegas: Elvis-Themed Graceland Chapel Wedding or Vow Renewal

Graceland Chapel was the very first chapel in the entire world to perform the famous Elvis-themed wedding ceremony back in 1977. Today, it continues to provide the most entertaining and emotional Elvis themed Rock n Roll weddings, vow renewals, and commitment ceremonies in Las Vegas. Book your ceremony here and follow in the footsteps of Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Ray Cyrus, and the King of Rock n Roll himself, Elvis Presley.  Surprise your friends and family with a truly one-of-a-kind Elvis Presley themed wedding or vow renewal ceremony that is sure to be a highlight of your Las Vegas trip. This activity includes complimentary round trip limousine service from your Strip hotel. Walk down the aisle with a beautiful 3 rose bouquet and matching boutonniere for the groom. Enjoy entertainment from your own personal Elvis impersonator who will accompany the bride down the aisle, read his own special Elvis vows and sing 3 songs for you and up to 30 guests. Have your special moment captured by a professional photographer who will provide you with $80 in photo credits that you can apply to any photo purchases you choose. Reserve an Elvis themed ceremony at the place that started it all, the original Elvis-themed wedding chapel.

From Las Vegas: Full Day Death Valley Group Tour

10. From Las Vegas: Full Day Death Valley Group Tour

Start your day early as you travel from your hotel in Las Vegas to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Walk in the dunes and snap some beautiful photos. Head towards the Badwater Basin Salt Flats, which is famous for being the lowest point in North America. Continue to Artist’s Drive for a scenic 9-mile drive through incredible canyons and colorful mountains that will take about 40 minutes with a stop at Artist’s Palette where you can hike to get up close and personal with the amazing colors caused by volcanic minerals. Travel to Zabriskie Point to view sweeping Martian-like landscapes for about 20 minutes. Finally, visit Dante's View, near the edge of the Black Mountains to get views of southern half of the national park.

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Frequently asked questions about Las Vegas

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Las Vegas?

The best day trips and excursions from Las Vegas are:

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Insider tips: Planning a trip to Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but planning your trip should start early to ensure you don't miss any of the excitement of Sin City. So you can make the most of your trip, we've enlisted the help of destination experts Mayuri & Salil from ToSomePlaceNew. Read below for their valuable tips on what to experience when you visit Las Vegas.

What should I do on my first trip to Las Vegas? 

If this is your first-ever trip to Las Vegas, I highly recommend taking a stroll at the Las Vegas Strip. This is one activity that you cannot experience in any other U.S. city. As you stroll from one end of the Strip to another, you will be mesmerized by the architectural wonders, and the world landmarks and replicas will leave you spellbound!

What are some hidden gems to see in Las Vegas? 

Las Vegas is seldom known for its museums. And that’s why I think it is one of those unique/underrated activities that you must consider doing on your trip to Vegas. My favorites - Mob Museum (this is an interesting place showcasing exhibits of organized crimes), and the Neon Museum (a fun place to explore electric and bright neon signs collected from various places). 

If you like to venture outside the city, I recommend the Seven Magic Mountains, which highlights 35 feet high neon rock installations outdoors. And they are perfect for Instagrammable photos. It is located about a 20-minute drive from the Strip.

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How much time should I spend in Las Vegas? 

Ideally, 2 days in Las Vegas is perfect to explore all of the city highlights. This includes a sightseeing tour of the Strip, shopping, and live show on day one, followed by a visit to the Downtown neighborhood (Fremont experience), and activity of your choice - go-karting, half-day tour to Red Rock Canyon, or once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon ride over the city.

What food is Las Vegas known for? 

Although Las Vegas doesn’t have an official dish, you will be amazed by the plethora of Michelin Stars restaurants, and world-class chefs showcasing their best culinary delights. One of the must-try food items in Vegas is Sage Fried Chicken & Waffles (at Hash House A GoGo) or Chicken, Watermelon & Waffles (at the YardBird) - their take on waffles is wild!

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Las Vegas? 

Hands down, Las Vegas Strip! The Strip has all major attractions, fancy and budget accommodation, and food options that you won’t be disappointed in here. The hotel properties are landmarks in themselves, and with so many free things to do at the Strip, it will make your visit memorable. Plus most sightseeing tours (to Red Rock, Grand Canyon & more) offer pick up and drop off from major Las Vegas Strip hotels.

What is the best way to get around Las Vegas? 

Las Vegas is best explored on foot. You can explore/walk the entire Strip in about 45 minutes (without stopping by). For exploring further areas like downtown or the outlet malls, a car or taxi is the best option. Public transportation (trains) are available but they take longer to arrive, as compared to a car ride. Downtown Las Vegas from the Strip is about a 10-minute drive, and trains take 40-45 minutes (one way).

What are the best months to visit Las Vegas? 

Spring and late fall months are the best time to visit Las Vegas. During this time, the weather is mild which makes outdoor exploration - comfortable. Plus there are a ton of festivals that you can participate in. If I were to pick a season, I did say go with fall (September to November). Vegas holds a number of events in these months, starting with the Greek Food Festival and the Rock and Roll Marathon in November.

What are the best neighborhoods for food? 

The Strip is the place to be - for epic restaurants and culinary options. You will easily find fine dining, modest restaurants to fast food chains here - something for every budget. You can also add special/celebratory dinners at a variety of upscale restaurants, featuring cuisines from all over the world!

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

For luxury shopping at the Strip - visit the Forum Shops (at Caesars Palace) or Grand Canal Shoppes (at the Venetian). You will love the ambiance at these two places as you shop along. If you are looking to score a deal with luxury brands (like Armani, Burberry, DKNY, etc.) head to the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets - you can save anywhere from 30 to 60% off retail prices here.

Want more helpful tips for visiting Sin City? Check out our itinerary for how to spend 3 days in Las Vegas.

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What people are saying about Las Vegas

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 14,051 reviews

We all had a great time! As if seeing the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon wasn’t amazing enough, our comedian guide Ralph truly made the day so much fun and had us all cracking up the whole way. What an unexpected and hilarious add to an already memorable day. We’ll be rooting for Ralph to make it to the big time!!!

Great tour, gives you enough time to take photos at the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon and the food was also good. Remember to check the weather before your tour as it can be really cold or really hot. The bus has good air conditioning so it was really nice and comfortable.

We had a good time. This trip became a wonderful memory thanks to Laila?Layla?Reila?! Thank you so much for the tour, you were fantastic. We can recommend this tour with confidence. We also appreciate a bus driver.

Enjoyed meeting other people. Enjoyed our tour guide...very funny dude! And our amazing driver did an excellent job getting us safely around!! THANK YOU ❤️

Amazing thing to do. Friendly staff and great experience overall.