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Best Things To Do in Las Vegas

Your Las Vegas visit will most likely revolve around the Strip — this is where you'll find all the iconic neon lights and famous (albeit somewhat kitschy) sights. This is where Lady Luck will make or break your bank account, with table games and slot machines available all along Las Vegas Boulevard South. There are even other diversions attached to the casinos: You can take a gondola ride at The Venetian, check out the view atop the Eiffel Tower at Paris, Las Vegas or enjoy the fantastic fountain show at the Bellagio. The Strip is also the best place to get your party on, with many of Vegas' most popular nightclubs. If you can part with the glitz and glam of Las Vegas Boulevard, you'll discover several worthwhile things to do in other parts of town. Check out the Fremont Street Experience's lightshow, enjoy a history lesson at the Mob Museum or the Neon Museum, or stretch your legs at Red Rock Canyon. And if you have the time, plan a quick road trip to the Hoover Dam.

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How We Rank Things to Do
#1
The Strip Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go:

Once you pass the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" sign at the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard ... read more»

#2
The Venetian Casino and Grand Canal Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Why spend the money to cross the Atlantic when you can get a decent taste of Italy right in Vegas ... read more»

#3
Bellagio Casino and Fountains Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Built on the site of the former Dunes hotel and Casino along the midsection of the Strip, the Bellagio offers ... read more»

#4
The Mirage Casino and Volcano Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: You may recognize this Polynesian-themed casino hotel as one of the three establishments robbed by Danny Ocean and his crew ... read more»

#5
Mandalay Bay Casino and Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sure, this towering gold building at the southern end of the Strip boasts all the slots, poker and game tables ... read more»

#6
Paris, Las Vegas and the Eiffel Tower Experience Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Though it may not be quite as timeless as the actual City of Lights, Sin City's (rather kitschy) take ... read more»

#7
New York-New York and the Big Apple Rollercoaster Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: You won't have any trouble finding New York-New York: Its faux-Manhattan skyline — complete with scale models of famous Big ... read more»

#8
Hoover Dam
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Spanning the Colorado River and the Black Canyon (which separates Nevada and Arizona) about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas ... read more»

#9
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Seventeen miles southwest of Las Vegas, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers travelers a respite from Las Vegas ... read more»

#10
Fremont Street Experience Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Fremont Street used to be dominated by classic but less-frequented casinos that seemed past their prime. But now, this section ... read more»

#11
Caesars Palace Casino and PURE Nightclub Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: A staple of the Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace has been welcoming visitors to Sin City since the 1960s. Since then ... read more»

#12
Cirque du Soleil
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Las Vegas knows how to go big — especially when it comes to entertainment. So it should come as no surprise ... read more»

#13
The Mob Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Back in the day, not even Vegas' neon lights could distract Americans from Sin City's darker side; today, The ... read more»

#14
MGM Grand Casino Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: It only makes sense that a city devoted to entertainment would feature a casino hotel devoted to the entertainment industry ... read more»

#15
The Neon Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: In their cover of the famous Elvis Presley song, "Viva Las Vegas," influential '80s punk band the Dead Kennedys describe ... read more»

#16
World Class Driving
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Not all thrill-seekers are satisfied with laying their cards out on the table. When Lady Luck can't get your ... read more»

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