Las Vegas Sights

Easter Island, Machu Picchu, and other celebrated wonders of the world are certainly impressive. But Las Vegas . . . Las Vegas is a land where jungles thrive and fountains dance in the middle of the desert. It's a place that unites medieval England and ancient Egypt with modern-day Venice, Paris, and New York. It's a never-ending source of irony and improbability where you can turn a chip and a

chair into a million dollars, or celebrate your shotgun wedding by shooting machine guns. Where else does such a wonderland exist? Nowhere. But. Vegas.

The smallish city (geographically) is larger than life, with a collective energy (and excess) that somehow feels intimate. Maybe it's the agreeable chimes and intermittent cheers from the casino floor that fade to tranquillity when you enter a sumptuous spa. Maybe it’s the fish flown in nightly from the Mediterranean that lands on your plate. For each individual, Vegas is an equation where you + more = more of you: more chances to explore aspects of your personality that may be confined by the routine of daily life. It's for this reason alone that the "what happens here stays here" phenomenon is shared by so many visitors.

The city itself has a number of different faces. For a dose of history, head Downtown and explore everything from old casinos to a museum that pays homage to the mobsters who built them. For fun, glitz, and glamour, head to the Strip, which itself has three distinct sections (south, center, north). For outdoor adventure, head west and south, either to the Spring Mountains beyond Summerlin or out to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead—man-made accomplishments of an entirely different sort. Along the way, you can pamper yourself at world-class spas and restaurants, engage in retail therapy at some of the best shopping spots in the world, dance the night away at rocking nightclubs, or—of course—court Lady Luck long enough to strike it rich. With the right itinerary, Vegas even can work for families with young kids.

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Venetian Gondola Rides

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Let a gondolier "o sole mio" you down Vegas's rendition of Venice's Canalozzo. We love this attraction because it's done so well—owner...

Volcano at Mirage

  • Casino–Sight

This erupting volcano, a 54-foot mountain-fountain surrounded by a lake of miniature fire spouts, is a must-see free attraction on the...

Fantasy Faire Midway

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Merrie Olde England meets a modern-day carnival with all your favorites like skee-ball, old-fashioned horse-racing games, and a few high-tech...

GameWorks

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

GameWorks is the biggest, most boisterous arcade in town. The multilevel arcade has more than 250 games, loosely arranged by genre, including...

Sirens of TI

  • Arts/Performance Venue

If Saturday Night Fever and Pirates of the Caribbean had a baby, it would be something like this oversexed, 20-minute outdoor spectacle...

Jubilee! Backstage Tour

  • Tour–Sight

Admit it—you're just as mesmerized by all the sequins and fancy headpieces of a classic feather show as we are. On this tour, a real...

Lion Habitat

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Whether you'll actually see the lions in action is as big a gamble as there is in Las Vegas. Nine times out of 10 when you walk through...

Mob Attraction Las Vegas

  • Museum/Gallery

Since it opened in 2010, this mafia-themed attraction inside Tropicana Las Vegas has been plagued by poor technology, controversial exhibits...

Insert Coin(s)

  • Sports Venue

Combine one part video arcade with two parts nightclub and lounge and—voila!—you've got this epic anchor of the Downtown scene. On...

Picnic

  • Pool

The 35,000-square-foot party deck atop the Downtown Grand Las Vegas is two venues in one. By day, it's the hotel pool, complete with...

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