Get away from it all with a holiday to Las Vegas, the ultimate playground for adults. If you’re looking for a fun holiday with great attractions in 2017, Las Vegas has something for everybody. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of travel money for the incredible shopping scene, range of world-famous casinos and wide selection of entertaining attractions. If there’s any destination to ‘go big or go home’, it’s Vegas.
You can dance at world renowned nightclubs, go shopping on The Strip and indulge yourself in glamorous surroundings at one the many spa resorts. Venture away from the bright lights and you’ll be surprised to find a number of cultural attractions too, as well as the beautiful natural expanse of the Mojave Desert. You can enjoy luxurious pool parties in the year-round sun-drenched weather, go and see world-famous singers perform at spectacular evening shows and toast the day with a sunset cocktail on a hotel terrace. Few places on Earth offer the diversity of Las Vegas for attractions and places of interest, with an eclectic blend of some of the world’s best man-made attractions on one hand and areas of natural beauty on the other, giving you the best of both worlds.
Las Vegas is, of course, famous for its gambling and entertainment attractions. The Strip is the most famous area in Las Vegas, a sprawling entertainment complex with a number of casinos, restaurants and clubs. Most of the casinos here are part of hotels, with some of the most famous casinos being the Bellagio, Wynn, Palazzo Resort and the Venetian.
When it comes to entertainment, Las Vegas is at the forefront of the global scene, boasting some of the most iconic venues in the world such as the Cirque de Soleil, V Theatre, Saxe Theatre and The Colosseum at Caesars. You’ll also find a number of speciality museums including Counts Kustoms and Shelby American car museums, showbusiness attraction Madame Tussauds and The Mob Museum.
Wine and Dine
As one of the world’s leading entertainment destinations, Las Vegas has world-class cuisine too. Vegas used to be famous for its traditional hotel buffets, but the city has evolved to offer international cuisine too, guaranteeing there’s something for everyone. You can get any kind of food that takes your fancy here, from all-American burgers, steaks and fries, to Japanese sushi and Italian pasta.
If you’re craving a Thai curry or gourmet cuisine, Las Vegas has a restaurant to meet your needs. As with most things in Las Vegas, if you’re hungry, The Strip is a great place to go, with restaurants offering everything from exquisite five-course fine dining to grab-and-go snacks. For a splurge, dine at the three-star Joel Robuchon at the Mansion, while the cuisine at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole is its main draw, with a staggering range of more than 60,000 different wines to choose from.
Las Vegas is every bit as much of a playground for children as it is for adults. While the city has a reputation for partying and gambling, there’s plenty of family-friendly activities too. You can find laser tag, go-karting and plenty of arcades, plus some more unique attractions like the Tournament of Kings evening show at the Excalibur, where you can see fireworks, jousting and knights.
Other family-approved attractions include M&Ms World, a four-storey M&Ms shop where you can create personalised M&Ms. Another popular pastime is the gondola rides at The Venetian. Both you and your kids can get up close with dolphins, leopards, lions and tigers at the famous Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden at the Mirage, established by the famous magician duo. To top off a great day out with your loved ones, head to Serendipity 3 at Caesar’s Palace for deliciously indulgent ice cream and milkshakes.
Action and Adventure
So many people spend their time in Las Vegas sat in front of slot machines at casinos that it’s easy to forget there’s so much on offer outside. Las Vegas is uniquely positioned to offer unforgettable thrill-seeking activities for those who like to live life in the fast lane. For the ultimate in exhilaration, you can try a SkyJump at the Stratosphere Tower, where you don a jumpsuit and walk along an aerial platform, culminating in a free-fall of more than 100 storeys back to ground level.
Other adrenaline-pumping activities include kayaking on the Colorado River, taking a helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon and ziplining at Bootleg Canyon. There are also a number of moderately intense outdoor activities, including cycling at Red Rock Canyon, playing golf at Angel Park, and hiking in the beautiful Valley of Fire. For moderate-to-low intensity outdoor activities, opt for a cruise on Lake Mead or hire a dune buggy to explore the Nevada deserts.
Life's a Beach
Las Vegas may be the last place that comes to mind when you think of beach holidays, but being Vegas, there’s plenty of man-made beach resorts if you’re craving some sun, sea and sand. Mandalay Bay Beach is the most popular Las Vegas pool resort complex, with 11 acres of sandy ‘beaches’ and a wave machine that mimics the real thing surprisingly well. Visitors at the Mandalay can rent one of 100 cabanas, with beach bungalows and day beds available and even a beachside casino.
Another beach resort is VooDoo Beach, located just off the Strip. You can’t miss the neon-decorated VooDoo Beach, which has four swimming pools nestled in banks of real sand, a set of Jacuzzis and even several waterfalls. VooDoo Beach offers the ultimate in indulgent Vegas-style beach entertainment, with the option to enjoy a poolside massage, live music and go-go dancers entertaining the crowd by the pool. If you’re looking for something with more of an unspoilt feel, head to Tao Beach, a glamorous pool resort that brings Balinese beaches to mind. Here, guests lounge poolside beneath a 40-feet tall bamboo tree - surroundings so gorgeous that many people decide to get married here too!
The name Las Vegas is synonymous with the best nightlife of all varieties, from world-class casinos to legendary nightclubs. In Las Vegas, more than anywhere else in the world, the city truly never sleeps. In Vegas, casinos never shut, the dazzling neon lights are never switched off and the music plays all night. To have an unforgettable night out here, all you need to is head to The Strip and make your way through the clubs and attractions that take your fancy.
Some of the most popular nightclubs include XS at the Wynn Encore, one of the most lavish nightclubs ever built. Here you’ll find an outdoor pool area with poolside refreshments, perfect for memorable party nights under the starry Nevada skies. Other legendary nightclubs include Hakkasan at The MGM Grand, an iconic venue that draws big-name international artists, and 1OAK at The Mirage, a movie-theatre styled club that hosts elegantly themed events.
Las Vegas is an ideal holiday destination for couples with plenty of get-up-and-go, offering you a number of thrilling attractions to keep you occupied. You can enjoy a number of memorable romantic activities as a couple here, including a scenic gondola ride at The Venetian, trying your hand at $1 jackpot machines at the top casinos or basking poolside at one of the luxurious man-made pool resorts.
While the bright lights of The Strip might not be everyone’s idea of a romantic getaway, thousands of people elope to Las Vegas every year, opting to shirk the traditional white wedding for themed weddings or to tie the knot at the iconic Little White Chapel. Las Vegas is the perfect place to tie the knot for those that want something out of the ordinary, like a Star Wars themed wedding or the ultimate in fuss-free matrimony, a drive-through wedding. to treat your significant other to some tokens of your affection, try shopping at Palazzo’s Atrium. If you’ve been pounding The Strip for several days and feel in need of some peace and quiet, visit the Bellagio Fountains for a romantic hand-in-hand stroll.
There are probably far more cultural attractions in Las Vegas than you have imagined, with a wide selection of wax museums, art galleries and historic attractions. At the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, you’ll journey through exquisite displays of rare plants and flowers specially curated from around the world. You can enjoy fine paintings and sculptures at The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art and the Centaur Art Galleries, see life-size dinosaur models at Las Vegas Natural History Museum and learn more about the legendary entertainer Liberace at his eponymous museum.
The Marjorie Barrick Museum is a culturally-enriching experience where visitors can learn about Native American cultures in the southwest United States, as well as Mesoamerica. The Springs Preserve spans 180 acres and was established to honour the dynamic history of Las Vegas and look forward to a sustainable, environmentally-friendly future.