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Vegas is a shimmering party scene at the edge of the Mojave Desert. A-list entertainment, glitzy casinos, and celebrity-chef restaurants are the games in town, but spectacular scenic beauty is not far from the Strip—Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon are less than an hour away.

Top 10 attractions in Las Vegas

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam (originally known as Boulder Dam) is an inspiring symbol of American engineering, built during America’s Great Depression as the then-largest dam construction project in the world. Travelers have flocked here for decades to see picturesque views of Lake Mead and the Colorado River, and today, the dam receives more than 1 million annual visitorsMore
Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon Skywalk

The Grand Canyon Skywalk—a horseshoe-shaped, glass-bottomed bridge that juts out 70 feet (20 meters) above one of America’s most scenic sites—is not for the faint-hearted. Situated 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) above the Grand Canyon, the panoramic West Rim and Colorado River views are undeniably fantastic though.More
Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip

Lined with Sin City’s top hotels and largest casinos, the glittering 4.2-mile (6.8-kilometer) Las Vegas Strip is the United States’ biggest adult playground. Look out for over-the-top architecture, revel in trendy nightclubs, take in dazzling shows and avant-garde performances, and sink forks into five-star dinners. Hotel highlights include iconic complexes such as Treasure Island, the Venetian, MGM Grand, Bellagio, and Caesars Palace.More
Grand Canyon West Rim

Grand Canyon West Rim

The Grand Canyon’s West Rim, located just outside Grand Canyon National Park, is home to the vast Hualapai Indian Reservation and includes 108 miles (173 kilometers) of picturesque canyon views. The closest section of the canyon to Las Vegas, the West Rim is famous for the lofty Grand Canyon Skywalk, Guano Point, and Eagle Point.More
Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience

Spanning four city blocks, the Fremont Street Experience is a massive outdoor mall and the site of Las Vegas’ very first freestanding casino building. Today, it hosts 10 different casinos with games and tables, plenty of restaurants, and free concerts and other live entertainment, with multiple performances staged each day. It’s also notable for its famous Viva Vision canopy, which projects thousands of different color combinations and images overhead.More
Gondola Rides at the Venetian

Gondola Rides at the Venetian

The Venetian Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip recreates the romantic experience of a gondola ride down the Grand Canal of Venice, Italy. Travelers can glide down the replica canals under graceful bridges, passing striking architectural structures as well as the hotel's Grand Canal Shoppes in the duplicated Venetian streetscape.More
Stratosphere Tower

Stratosphere Tower

Standing 1,149 feet (350 meters) above the Las Vegas Strip, Stratosphere Tower is the tallest observation tower in the United States. From the top, visitors enjoy 360-degree views of Las Vegas from an observation deck, aboard thrill rides, or over a drink or meal at one of several bars and restaurants.More
Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon South Rim

The South Rim is the most popular area of Grand Canyon National Park, boasting easy access to the canyon, the bulk of available amenities and services, and the panoramic vistas for which the natural wonder is famous. One of the most famous attractions in the American Southwest, the area offers breathtaking views over the Colorado River and the chance to immerse yourself in Native American culture.More
Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

The 195,819-acre (79,245-hectare) Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada comprises a network of narrow canyons, seasonal waterfalls, rock art sites, and surreal rock formations with ample opportunity for hiking, biking, rock climbing, and desert wildlife watching, all a short drive from Las Vegas.More
Colorado River

Colorado River

The Colorado River is a spectacular sight to see, meandering for 1,447 miles (2,330 kilometers) with red rocks and canyons framing it on both sides, leading up to the Hoover Dam. The Colorado River is one of the major water sources for California and Nevada, and, not surprisingly, it's a major recreational destination—activities on the river include hiking, biking, rafting, and boating.More

Trip ideas

Choosing the Right Las Vegas Show For You

Choosing the Right Las Vegas Show For You

Top activities in Las Vegas

Grand Canyon Deluxe Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas
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Las Vegas Strip Helicopter Night Flight with Optional Transportation
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Grand Canyon South Rim, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend Day Tour from Las Vegas
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Recent reviews from experiences in Las Vegas

Interesting History And Views
Jarrod_S, Jan 2022
Small Group 3 Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour
It’s an amazing history to learn about especially when you are actually there to see everything being explained.
Valley of Fire Hike is 🔥👍🏾👍🏾
Jonathan_B, Jan 2022
Valley of Fire Hiking Tour from Las Vegas
Super knowledgeable guide, beautiful winter sunny day in Las Vegas.
Hoover Dam
Jane_S, Jan 2022
Small Group 3 Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour
Everyone who visits Las Vegas needs to visit Hoover Dam-an engineering marvel.
The ride was fun and you...
Andres_G, Jan 2022
Las Vegas Helicopter Night Flight with Optional VIP Transportation
Got to see Las Vegas at night.
Helicopter view of Las Vegas
Claudia_R, Dec 2021
Las Vegas Helicopter Night Flight with Optional VIP Transportation
Getting to see Las Vegas from the sky was really cool, such a smooth and calm ride.
Fantastic experience and great way to see the city
Joao_B, Dec 2021
The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket
Being able to see Las Vegas from the top of the World was pretty amazing.
Good Family Intro to Vegas
Andrew_G, Dec 2021
V - The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Good introduction to Las Vegas attractions.
Great experience
Ella_S, Dec 2021
Explore Best Must See Spots: Las Vegas Strip Walking Tour
Jonathan gave us a lot of recommendations for fun activities and great restaurants.
Exceptional services was provided by Pasquale, our tour guide and driver.
Sherrilyn_S, Dec 2021
Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park Day Tour from Las Vegas
We had a wonderful trip to see the grandeur of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.
What an amazing time!
Rajdev_N, Dec 2021
Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Small Group Day Tour
It seemed more beautiful than the 1st time we were there, back in the summer of 2004.
30 year anniversary trip
Bobbie_N, Dec 2021
Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas With Lunch
The tour guide was hilarious lol Bobbie Neal Blue Springs, MO
Amazing experience
Brenda_E, Dec 2021
Big Bus Las Vegas Open Top Night Tour
It was so beautiful to see everything at night.
Nice but chilly
Dionne_H, Dec 2021
Big Bus Las Vegas Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour
It’s cold to visit Las Vegas in December.
It was amazing
Robert_I, Dec 2021
Las Vegas Helicopter Night Flight with Optional VIP Transportation
Was incredible to see Las Vegas at night.
Visit Amazing
BURKHART_B, Nov 2021
Emerald Cave Kayak Tour - Half Day
We came to the area to visit our son in the Air Force.
Good experience!!
Patricia_C, Nov 2021
Big Bus Las Vegas Open Top Night Tour
Recommend to do the big bus tour on the first night so you learn places to visit.
It’s was cold as we...
cynthia_j, Oct 2021
Big Bus Las Vegas Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour
It’s was cold as we toured and sat on the top of the bus in order to see all the sights in Las Vegas
The high Roller
Jerry_H, Oct 2021
The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket
It’s a great Experience to see all of Las Vegas at night and happy hour was fun with the open bar.
Wonderful experience.
Allen_M, Oct 2021
Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour & Hoover Dam Photo Stop with Optional Skywalk
Have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon and was able to fit it in while we were in Las Vegas.
Great tour
Jessica_W, Oct 2021
Seven Magic Mountains and Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
We wouldn't have been able to see more of Las Vegas.

All about Las Vegas

When to visit

There’s so many things to do and see in Vegas that it’s easy to visit no matter the season, but there are some things to keep in mind.

Late spring and early fall bring mild weather and thinner crowds, ideal for exploring outdoor parties at the Fremont Street Experience. These are the best times to visit, but it’s smart to plan your trip after spring break and conference season, when Vegas is packed.

Summer temperatures easily reach the 100s—beat the heat with pool parties, waterparks, and rolling the dice until sunrise. The hottest days are also perfect for staying indoors at the Neon Museum or the Mob Museum.

Winter brings desert chill, and discounts on hotels, attractions, and other things to do. The mood heats up on New Year’s, and again during conference season and Chinese New Year in February.

Getting around

Bus: Buses are excellent for getting around the roughly 4-mile Strip. RTC buses and Deuce double-deckers run 24/7 along the Strip and downtown. If you’re staying at an off-Strip casino or hotel, chances are they offer limited shuttle buses there, too.

Rail: The monorail runs limited, expensive routes next to the east side of the Strip roughly every five to eight minutes. Separate trams operate between casinos; they’re free but slow and are designed for passengers to get off at the casinos that run them.

Rideshare and cab: Uber and Lyft rides along the strip are sometimes half the price of taxis, and even cheaper when riding with other passengers. Cab drivers expect a tip, and will only pick up at taxi stands as it’s illegal to hail from the street.

Traveler tips

Vegas is full of surprises, and offers much more than a trip along the Strip. For something different, try shopping for antiques downtown or rubbing elbows with locals at Fremont East (away from the LED canopy and zipline at the Fremont Street Experience). Also, culture hounds can explore gourmet restaurants, art venues, and newer hotels that have taken the focus away from gambling and put it on stylish design. Whatever your desires, there’s a good chance Vegas can dish it up.

A local’s pocket guide to Las Vegas

Jenny Crossling

Viator's resident Vegas expert, Jenny feels incredibly fortunate to live in what she believes to be one of the most vibrant, exciting, and colorful cities in the world.

The first thing you should do in Las Vegas is...

a hop-on hop-off tour to get your bearings along the Strip and in the Fremont Street area. Get to know the crossroads, too, as that’s how locals give directions.

A perfect Saturday in Las Vegas...

involves visiting the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, and the Fremont East district, where there are plenty of cool restaurants and bars. Finishing your evening with a cocktail at Circa.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Vegas’ entertainment scene. From stars like Celine Dion and Britney to over-the-top shows and world-class sports teams like the Vegas Golden Knights and the Raiders, Vegas has it all.

To discover the "real" Las Vegas...

head to the desert. Red Rock Canyon has great year-round outdoor activities; the Valley of Fire has incredibly stunning scenery; and Lake Mead is a boaters paradise.

For the best view of the city...

go to the Skyfall Lounge or the Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay for a view of the Strip. Or, visit the Apex Rooftop Bar for panoramic views over the entire valley.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking we all live on the Strip (not the suburbs) and that Las Vegas has no culture, when there’s actually a thriving arts district and Performing Arts Center. Oh, and we don’t all work in casinos.

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