Las Vegas is renowned for gambling, partying and general debauchery, but it’s so much more than that. The vibrant city has plenty to offer even if you don’t want to lose a cent at the slot machines.
If you’re planning your first trip to Las Vegas, strap yourself in and prepare for an unforgettable experience. There’s nowhere else on Earth that is quite like Sin City and you’ll be amazed by its ability to entertain 24/7.
To make sure you don’t miss out on a thing, we’ve put together the ultimate bucket list for your first trip to Las Vegas.
Try your luck with some gambling
While there are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas, most people will want to try their luck at a casino at least once. You won’t have to look hard to find a place to gamble – there are even slot machines at the airport! For a casino experience, head to the Strip and pick whichever place takes your fancy. Pretty much every building has a casino where you can participate in roulette, poker, blackjack, slot machines, or a range of other games on offer. You never know when you’ll get lucky!
If you do decide to gamble, it’s worth knowing that you can get free drinks. Waiters will come around to the card tables and slot machines, and if you are playing at the table you can order whatever you like. Just remember to tip!
Attend a show
Going to a show is a right of passage for any first-time visitor to Las Vegas (or second or third or tenth time for that matter). Whether you are hoping to see your favorite singer during their residency, be amazed at a variety show, or get your daily dose of laughter at a comedy gig, there’s no shortage of events in Las Vegas.
Watch the Bellagio water fountains
If this is your first trip to Las Vegas, the Bellagio Water fountains are an absolute must-see. There’s something magical about observing the water moving flawlessly to the corresponding soundtrack. The shows run multiple times every day so you’ll definitely be able to fit it into your itinerary.
Visit Fremont Street
Need a break from the Strip? Head downtown to check out Fremont Street. This little hub is located away from the core of Vegas, yet it is not lacking in fun vibes. With street performers, light shows, and a zipline attraction, Fremont Street is worth a visit.
Eat at a buffet
Eating at a buffet is an iconic Las Vegas experience and there is no shortage of options. Whether you are looking for a big brunch to cure a sore head or a family-friendly dinner option, there will be a buffet to suit. The buffet at the Wynn Hotel is a popular choice for those looking to treat themselves, while Circus Circus offers a great budget option.
Go to a pool party
Las Vegas is famous for its epic pool parties. If you are there during the summer months, grab your swimsuit and be prepared for some seriously good vibes. Most hotels will have their own version but there will be heaps of promoters directing you towards pool parties if you want to check out a different hotel.
Get a scenic view
With all of the neon lights, Las Vegas is a city that begs to be seen from above. If you’re looking for a view of the city, you have many options. The Stratosphere is a good choice, offering two observation decks where you can admire the Las Vegas skyline. For those hoping to enjoy a cocktail as they look out over the city, try the Voodoo Lounge at the Rio Hotel. The bar/nightclub has both an indoor and an outdoor section and offers spectacular views of the Stip.
Visit as many hotels on the Strip as you can
The hotels on the Strip are no ordinary hotels. As you wander down Vegas’ main street, you’ll quickly realize that each one has a particular theme and it’s quite possible to take a trip around the world without leaving the city. Ride a gondola at the Venetian, climb the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel, visit the Statue of Liberty at New York, New York, and gaze in awe at the pyramid at the Luxor. No detail is spared and you won’t be able to stop staring in awe as you explore each one.
Get your shopping fix
If you’re craving some retail therapy, Las Vegas will not disappoint. There are shops everywhere, but if you are really looking to do some damage head to Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood. This entertainment precinct has over 200 stores and a range of dining options for when you need to replenish your energy. The Las Vegas North Premium Outlets are also a good option for those looking to snap up some bargains.
Should you have a successful shopping trip, store your newly acquired items at a luggage storage shop in Vegas. It will save you carrying them around all day and you won’t waste time heading back to your hotel.
Take a photo with the Las Vegas sign
While not as exciting as some of the other attractions in the city, you’ll want to get your photo with the iconic Las Vegas sign. It is located at the very beginning of the Strip, about a 15-20 minute walk from Mandalay Bay. Make sure you wander there as you explore Vegas to get your quintessential tourist photo – your Instagram will thank you!
Las Vegas is one of the places that has to be experienced to truly understand what it’s all about. This list will help you to check off as many bucket list items as possible while in Sin City. Get ready to embrace the fun and chaos!