There’s so much more to Sin City than slot machines. This electric desert oasis is home to some of the world’s most incredible hotels (destinations in their own right) spectacular pool scenes, and over-the-top restaurants. Believe it or not, Vegas even has history and quiet side streets. You can find those in the old Downtown section.
Most of the fun things to do in Vegas can be found at the city’s extravagant hotels. There are more than 150,000 hotel rooms here, and it would take more than 400 years for you to spend one night in each. Fortunately, you don’t have to book a reservation to experience the suite life. Inside the Bellagio, for example, is the world’s largest chocolate fountain. Around the corner at Caesars Palace you’ll find a five-acre, eight-pool complex known as the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis (all Roman statutes, swim-up blackjack, and covetable cabanas).
It may sound cliché, but no trip to Vegas would be complete without exploring the Strip. More than 41 million people visit this four-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard every year, and for all its neon-lit casinos and resorts, it’s easy to see why this is the brightest spot on Earth—and can be seen from space.
What to do in Vegas when Celine Dion’s resident performance at Caesar’s Palace is sold out? There is no shortage of options in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Jennifer Lopez and Cirque du Soleil both have permanent Vegas shows, and there are countless circus acts, talking statues, 3D movies, and other (free!) ways to see a show.
The only thing bigger than Vegas’ attractions are the buffets: the city is known for having some of the most elaborate spreads in the world, and an all-around happening food scene. Don’t miss the Bacchanal Buffet—also at Caesars—that serves a whopping 1,738 pounds of Alaskan King Crab and 240 pounds of chicken wings every day. If you prefer table service, consider dining at a floating pagoda table at The Wynn’s Mizumi restaurant. Request a seat near one of two twin 90-foot waterfalls.
If what you’ve been looking for in your Vegas adventure is a way to tie the knot with your fiancé (or that special someone you met last night) you’re in luck. It’s easy to get hitched in Vegas, which hosts more than 115,000 weddings every year: that’s 315 weddings per day. The Cosmopolitan hotel even has an on-site, pop-up wedding chapel for last-minute nuptials, and the Silverton Casino lets Scuba-certified couples get wed in the 117,000-gallon aquarium with mermaids (yes, that’s right) and 4,000-plus fish.