Las Vegas. A city synonymous with neon lights, rowdy casinos and Elvis Presley lookalikes walking around in their starched jumpsuits. It’s the place to go if you want to cut loose and indulge yourself (it earned the nickname Sin City for a reason), and is a mecca for night owls.
Whether you’re heading to Vegas to make your fortune or just want to catch one of Strip’s award winning shows, our pocket guide to Las Vegas will ensure you make the most of your time here.
Where to stay
For the luxury: Bellagio
If you want to go all out on your holiday to Las Vegas, it has to be the Bellagio. Built with the intention of being the world’s greatest hotel, the Bellagio certainly won’t fall short of your expectations, with its marble bathrooms and impeccable hospitality to look forward to. As one of the most notorious hotels along the Las Vegas Strip, if you’re really looking to splash out then we suggest booking one of the fountain-facing suites.
For the unforgettable: The Venetian
One look at the Venetian and you’ll fall head over heels. The hotel functions as its own ecosystem, with a myriad of shops, restaurants and attractions worth enjoying, including the famous recreation of the Grand Canal. This is Las Vegas at its finest, with every miniscule detail taken care of.
For the fun: New York New York
This mini Manhattan knows how to have good fun! You can enjoy a beer in Times Square, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or, if you’re feeling brave, hop on the hotel’s rollercoaster and get a really good look at the Strip.
What to do
Fly over the Grand Canyon
By far one of the most extraordinary things you can do in Las Vegas is visit the Grand Canyon on a helicopter tour. You’ll be able to admire the scenery from up high, and clock famous sights such as the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Eagle Point.
Catch a show
When it comes to entertainment, Las Vegas does it bigger and better than anywhere else in the world. From A-list musicians to death-defying magicians, there’s no shortage of live shows to enjoy along the Strip.
Of course, no holiday to Las Vegas is complete without going to see the Cirque du Soleil. The world famous circus group are famous for their dramatic acts, with themed shows ranging from the music of Michael Jackson to underwater adventures.
Learn about Las Vegas’ dark history at the mob museum
If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the Strip, we recommend visiting the Mob Museum. Located in downtown Las Vegas, the Mob Museum spans three floors and provides an astonishing insight into America’s history of organised crime.
What to eat
Hit the breakfast buffets
Vegas hotels aren’t only famous for their casinos – they’re also renowned for their sprawling breakfast buffets.
Whether you fancy chowing down on some classic American staples or want to sample more international delicacies, you won’t be disappointed with the amount of goodies on offer.
One of the most famous buffets along the Strip is the Wynn. Stunning floral displays hang from the ceiling, framing the countless buffet bars, where you can find all manner of delights, including handcrafted desserts and towering breakfast plates.
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