20 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Las Vegas

Jul 22, 2021

Las Vegas is an exciting and beautiful resort area, famed for the Bellagio's water features, the showgirls at the city's hottest nightclubs, and the astonishing, if perplexing, fusion of New Age mysticism, modern casinos, and tacky glitz.

With so much on offer, visitors always find plenty to keep them occupied on any visit to the city, which is often written off by vacationers as nothing more than a string of flashing neon lights. But for a weekend break or even a week-long holiday, there's so much to see and do in the region that you could easily stay for a month or more without tiring of it. And while Las Vegas is a large tourist destination, it still feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Eiffel Tower, so it's easy to escape the hectic pace.

Explore the best places to visit in Las Vegas, where even though the setting might be dusty, the wining and dining has long been wonderful. Plan your trip with our guide to the top tourist attractions in Las Vegas.

Mandalay Bay

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With its impressive art deco towers and colossal hotel suites, Mandalay Bay is a city unto itself, hosting well over two million visitors every year. The spectacular megaresort features numerous other facilities in its many towers, including a spa, an aquarium, a pair of golf courses, a couple of casinos, a convention center, and a shopping mall, all focused on the casino floor. Although its site is located on the Strip, Mandalay Bay is easily accessible from any one of the city's stops on the Nellis Air Force Base via local bus service, which picks up guests at the central bus station. The Mandalay Bay Transportation Center is in the far southeast corner of the property. Mandalay Bay is also home to the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

Caesars Palace

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Located in Las Vegas, Caesars Palace was first built as the site of the 1951 world championship boxing match between Rocky Marciano and Jersey Joe Walcott. After the game it was used for the Miss America Pageant, eventually becoming the world's largest hotel at the time of its construction. In 1995, Caesars Palace opened its first casino. Today, it is the largest hotel in the world and hosts events such as the Essence Festival and the World Series of Poker. Check out the Palace's mesmerizing exterior: 55 floors high, it is flanked by a five-story arch that rises from the center to the top. If you find the Palace's domed foyer too overwhelming, slip into one of the galleries lining the hotel's floors. You'll find exhibits highlighting one of the most important men in history: Caesar. The exterior of Caesars Palace may be the most obvious thing to do while in Las Vegas, but if you want to get inside, check out the resort's three luxurious resorts: The Forum, The Imperial, and The Cosmopolitan. With over 5,400 rooms, it's quite the venue for business meetings, corporate events, and weddings.

Fremont Street Experience

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The Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas is a pedestrian promenade that links casinos and attractions through a dozen iconic landmarks and props. It is one of the world's largest nightlife attractions. Every evening of the year, a 40-minute synchronized light-and-music show features music from a live group and the choreography of thousands of multicolored and neon lights and lights.

Luxor

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Luxor is one of the major tourist resorts of the Middle East. Its massive pyramids are some of the most significant in the world, the monuments of the valley were among the earliest sites in the world to be constructed on the basis of accurate architectural planning. The main pyramid at Luxor, known as the Big Pyramid or the Giza Pyramid, is the largest of all Egyptian pyramids, with its size and height being surpassed only by the pyramid of Khufu at Giza. Built in the 25th century BC by the pyramid-building pharaoh Snefru, it is 55.5 meters high and 164 meters long at the base, a square and smooth cube shape, topped by an equilateral triangle. The Red Sea, Luxor and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt

Venetian Hotel and Casino

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The Venetian Hotel and Casino, located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the world's premier destination hotels and resorts. It's set within the Palace, a 74-story, 2,190-room hotel and convention center made up of two separate but connected buildings linked by an internal covered walkway, with glass elevators that allow views of the enormous atrium located at the center of the property. There is a total of 1,700 slot machines, 83 gaming tables and 15 different types of table games. There are also shops, restaurants, bars, a world-class spa, several meeting rooms and a five-level, 45,000-square-foot showroom, as well as the world's largest privately owned aquarium at the Museum of Living Art.

The Mirage

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The resort of The Mirage is located on the West Side of the Las Vegas Strip, between the Venetian and the Palazzo hotels. When it was built in 1989, it was considered as the "world's most lavish hotel" and was also the first resort in Las Vegas to incorporate an airport and shopping mall. The Mirages first new world-class hotel has about 9,000 rooms, including a splash pool that can easily be reached by guests from the Mirage's restaurants and shops. The resort's casino is impressive and the facilities it provides are first class. The most popular attraction at The Mirage is The Bellagio, a world-class hotel and casino owned and operated by the Mirage. This property includes restaurants, a retail shopping mall, a beauty parlor, a concierge service and shops. The hotel is separated from the casino by a landscaped lagoon with a waterslide and a shopping promenade. Other highlights at The Mirage include the one of the largest pools in Las Vegas, The Mirages' Garden of the Gods, with a collection of gourds and beautiful waterfalls, also the Las Vegas Red Rock Golf Course. The only drawback with The Mirage is its location on the Las Vegas Strip. Although The Mirage is a beautiful resort, you can't hide behind its stunning white marble façade when you visit Las Vegas.

New York-New York Hotel and Casino

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NY-New York, Las Vegas is one of the most famous hotels in the world, thanks to a white, super-sized, themed song and catch phrase from the 70's that has been appropriated by New York State of Mind rap artists and movie stars alike. Built by the city of Las Vegas as the centerpiece of what was then the largest integrated resort in the world, NY-New York is the centerpiece of today's Sin City. It has 1304 rooms and suites, and 5,200 sq. meters of casino space, including some of the most exclusive and luxurious casino suites in the world. NY-New York has the distinction of being the tallest building in Las Vegas and until the construction of the Stratosphere is the tallest building in the United States. Once you check-in, take a few moments to browse the hotel, its spacious lobby and lounge areas, and take in the sights. Don't miss the 10,000 square-meter Grand Salon.

Harrah's

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Since it opened in 1964, the neon-lit and canopied resort on the Las Vegas Strip has become a favourite for visiting tourists and businesspeople alike. As well as featuring extravagant gambling and entertainment options, it offers five swimming pools, two kid's clubs, a variety of bars and restaurants. As the only casino resort on the Strip with a sea view, Harrah's offers guests a view of the city lights from one of its 100,000 square feet of covered indoor and outdoor living spaces. It has three restaurants, three bars, two stores and a casino, including the Harrah's Atrium, the second largest hotel casino in the world.

Stratosphere Tower

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Las Vegas, known for its showbiz attractions, is a city that certainly doesn't let convention get in the way of thrill-seeking tourists. In spite of this, few visitors head straight for the city's newest attraction, the stratosphere's Stratosphere Tower. With a great view, especially from the SkyJump, there are seven restaurants and bars inside the observation area, as well as two of the city's best nightclubs and a casino. The observation deck can be reached only through an express elevator. Open from 10am to midnight daily, it costs about US$69 to take the SkyJump and US$39 to ride the elevator to the top, and a special admission is required to enter the uppermost room of the observation deck.

MGM Grand

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MGM Grand hotel, at 6400 hotel-casino acres is the largest in Las Vegas. This casino is a world-class resort and the home of championship golf. Each of its 805 suites and 1,500 hotel rooms is state-of-the-art with international designer amenities. But the casino isn't about luxury alone. It's also the destination to discover live entertainment, gaming tables, boxing, ice hockey and shopping. One of the best casinos in Las Vegas is MGM Grand. It features the best in food, wine, and entertainment, right in the middle of a world-class entertainment city. The signature show is "Let there be Magic." This live theatre production in the atrium of the resort is the MGM Grand's evening spectacular. People travel from all over the world to watch the spectacular illusions and stunts performed by famous illusionists, and watch acrobats and cheerleaders in hot-air balloons. MGM Grand casino also offers bowling, arcade gaming, golf courses, an 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, pool and health spa, game rooms, ice skating and four spectacular showrooms featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment.

Planet Hollywood

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Formerly the Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood has managed to retain its name, even though it is nothing more than a brand that franchises the concept of a large-scale themed resort, which for the first time can be found around the world. With a few different variations on the menu, Planet Hollywood is an American retro-themed hotel and casino featuring the entire gamut of Hollywood '50s and '60s memorabilia. Not only can guests choose to stay in the Elvis- or Marilyn-themed rooms, but the whole hotel, the restaurants and bars are decorated in a theme. There are four restaurants in the hotel, including three bars, while the 20,000 sq. foot casino has more than 2,200 slots and over 35 gaming tables. Getting to Planet Hollywood is easy as it's a 15-minute drive from McCarran International Airport.

Circus Circus

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The Las Vegas Strip is certainly the most famous street in the world and includes a range of attractions and shows, including Paris Las Vegas, the MGM Grand, The Mirage, The Luxor, New York New York, Bellagio, Treasure Island, and the Venetian. For a city devoted to the making of dreams, it's fitting that the one thing that never sleeps is Las Vegas. Yes, some of the motels and hotels on the Las Vegas Strip are more than 100 years old, but even they are hard at work with renovations as the city continues to push the envelope. Things to do in Las Vegas include the famous Cirque du Soleil shows, an interesting collection of street performers, shopping, and an incredible variety of things to see and do at a number of amusement parks and water parks. Although the Strip offers a vast array of casinos and clubs, they aren't necessarily the best places to enjoy Las Vegas's nightlife. With a booming variety of hip bars and an extensive LGBT scene, Sin City has rapidly become one of the most popular spots in the world for late night fun. Along with the Vegas Strip, there are other areas worth visiting in Las Vegas. The Grand Canyon (in the center of town), Grand Union Canal, and Las Vegas Rooftop make for great day trips or as part of an all-inclusive or multi-day itinerary.

Las Vegas Strip

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Las Vegas is home to some of the largest and most extraordinary attractions in the world. Home to some of the largest and most extraordinary attractions in the world. To find the best attraction in Las Vegas, book a private show at the Mirage Hotel or the hotel of your choice and enjoy the thrill of Cirque du Soleil or see the incredible array of sparkling lights and sound effects at the MGM Grand. Wise travellers prefer to go early to avoid the crowds and there are more options for lodging in Las Vegas than ever before.

Hooters

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Hooters is a strip club with live entertainment and an impressive array of Dippin' Dots. The famous pink- and green-painted monorails are covered with huge video screens displaying the goings-on inside Hooters and the strippers disrobing. Over the course of two hours, the featured dancers will grace you with performances that leave a lot to the imagination. The sights and sounds of Vegas aren't limited to Hooters, as many of the city's other casinos, entertainment venues and venues feature shows and performances on show. If you are looking for an all-inclusive Las Vegas experience, check out the new fantasy-themed hotels of the glitzy Echelon brand.

Excalibur Hotel & Casino

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Excalibur Hotel & Casino opened in 1983, has three restaurants, the Grand Court Buffet, 32 table games, a gift shop, a dry cleaning service, a fitness center and 2,432 rooms. The average room rate at Excalibur Hotel & Casino is $195.95 with taxes and includes Internet access, buffet breakfast and high speed Internet access. Its top-floor casino can be accessed only with a casino card, but it includes a large gambling area, with 550 slot machines and 63 gaming tables. A big draw at Excalibur is the Quick Queue, where patrons can skip the "time-consuming" security check and be seated immediately, similar to the Magic Carpet at Luxor Hotel.

Flamingo Hotel

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The Flamingo is considered by many as the ultimate showplace hotel in Las Vegas. It is situated right next to the famous Flamingo Strip, and it is the only hotel where all guests can access a shopping area at no additional cost. The Flamingo has plenty of famous attractions such as the Sirens Pool, Lido Pool, Sports Theater, Liposuction Massage, Body and Soul Spa, and more. In addition to this, it also has several shops and restaurants on the premises. Also of interest in Flamingo Hotel are the impressive 72-meter swimming pool and the 10-meter high Trampoline Lounge that has been constructed right on the edge of the hotel's pool, making it the highest one in Las Vegas. The hotel is on the Las Vegas Strip and there is a SkyTrain stop right outside, which you can take to many other attractions on the Strip, such as the Stratosphere Hotel, which is a short walk away. For more details, including prices, check the Flamingo Hotel website for more information.

The Mob Museum

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The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, also known as the Mob Museum, is a real-life version of the dark, twisted places that have long fascinated us, particularly since the publication of Organized Crime by the journalist Howard Hughes, which made readers and readers turn away from their candy bars. Here, their fascination is put to good use, as you can see evidence of how the famous criminal gangs have infiltrated all aspects of modern society and how they operate, as well as how they have been, and continue to be, brought to justice. The museum is organized around a dramatic 36,000-square-foot underground display area, with life-size replicas of some of the most important hidden houses of organized crime, like the American Mafia's Cosa Nostra, Mexican drug cartels, the Sinaloan, Cali and Sicilian Cosa Nostra and the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia. This fascinating museum, which was at one time the FBI's anti-mafia headquarters, is situated on the Las Vegas Strip in the city's old police headquarters. It is a nice place to walk, and you can make a trip through the exhibits while driving down the Strip or if you park and take a bus to get here. On your visit, you will see how some of the classic cases were cracked, such as the kidnapping of Senator Charles Keating in the 80s and the continued Mafia influence on sports, even today. The Museum was the recipient of a Gold Key Award from the American Alliance of Museums.

Golden Nugget

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Dazzling Golden Nugget's shining facade of a hotel and casino rises over Monte Carlo Boulevard and the artificial palm-lined Lake of Dreams. Golden is a tribute to the dream of what Vegas was in 1955, when the first decade of gambling opened the US gaming industry. Inside, bright lights, gleaming floors, mahogany and brass, alabaster columns, and suits of armor in the lobby are among the attractions of a stay at the Golden Nugget. Among the most extraordinary items in the hotel are the bejeweled and brocaded 21,000 piece hand-carved throne of King Farouk of Egypt, which is on display in the presidential suite. The casino has over 2,700 gaming tables and offers over 600 slot machines as well as roulette, baccarat, and blackjack.

New York-New York

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New York-New York, built in 1964, is an iconic icon of the mid-20th century and an unmissable experience for any visitor to Las Vegas. Within its four towers, a unique mix of famous and entertainment personalities from all over the world met. In addition to shops, restaurants and a casino, visitors will find attractions like a circus, cinema, bowling alley, an ice skating rink, a playhouse, the largest and most expensive toy store in the world, a wax museum and a giant Ferris wheel. Its red, yellow and green exteriors make it a strong symbol of the city and one of the most well-known tourist attractions in the US.

Bally's Casino

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Casino is perhaps one of the most recognizable words in the world of international tourism, as it is used to describe countless gambling, entertainment, or simply music establishments. Bally's Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas is not like the usual definition of a casino, though, as its casino, nightclub, hotel, and spa all sit together in one large establishment. A huge resort with 400 rooms, the hotel features a nightclub, the largest luxury spa in Las Vegas, and many bars, including the Bally's Grand Bar. A top-notch 18,000-square-foot casino has slot machines, tables, and a huge range of entertainment ranging from showroom acts to go-go dancers. Bally's is not only a popular spot, but also has its origins in sports.