Things to Do in Las Vegas, NV

Thomas Loof

The Louis Vuitton store in Crystals is the largest in North America, filled with every Vuitton item you can imagine, plus private lounges, fine jewelry,... Read More

Produced by Spiegelworld and BASE Entertainment, the raunchy cabaret-meets-acrobatics-meets-burlesque variety show at Caesars is hosted by the foul... Read More

This indoor theme park in Circus Circus is the largest of its kind in America, and it packs in families for rides like the spinning Chaos or Sling Shot,... Read More

The year-old venue at Encore Las Vegas was named “Andrea’s” by Steve Wynn in a pretty tribute to his wife. At the helm of the cream-, cognac- and gold... Read More

Housed in a repurposed warehouse just south of downtown Las Vegas, The Arts Factory is the center of the vibrant 18b Las Vegas Arts District. Founded in... Read More

If you’d prefer a bit of nature-gawking to a major hike, Ash Meadows—with its 23,000 acres of blue-green streams and pools—is a strange and beautiful... Read More

The oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas, Atomic Liquors was renamed in 1952 after its roof—then, Virginia’s Café—had served as a viewing platform for... Read More

Downtown Las Vegas was a tourist draw in the 1950s, not just for its nascent nightlife and gambling scene, but also for the spectacular mushroom clouds... Read More

Get a serious look at the history of the Nevada test site, along with an exhaustive collection of memorabilia from the era when atomic testing was an... Read More

Bear’s Best was designed by golf champion Jack Nicklaus, and features 18 holes personally chosen from the golfer’s 200-plus previously... Read More

Though few formal art museums exist in Las Vegas, you'll find quite a good one right inside the Bellagio. The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts puts on some... Read More

Open during peak pool hours (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), this outdoor bar specializes in creative cocktails made with fresh juices and homemade mixes. The... Read More

Just 30 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, the Wild West-style Bonnie Spring Ranch is a good outing for kids (or grown-ups) who start feeling... Read More

Despite being hidden beneath the escalators at the Venetian Las Vegas, this small bakery stand is well known for its crispy-on-the-outside and chewy-on... Read More

The main pool at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool converts into a platform to hold up to 3,000 people for the “Set Your Life to Music” concert series ... Read More

At 80,000 square feet, the new Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, located in The Linq, isn’t intimate per se. It’s a sprawling entertainment complex with... Read More

The Venetian and Palazzo hotels share the absolutely massive, 134,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch Spa, which has including fitness classes, a 40-foot... Read More

Celine Dion has performed nearly 1,000 times in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace since it was built for her in 2003, and she puts on one of the most... Read More

The Chelsea, which was gutted and reconfigured last year, is considered The Cosmopolitan’s “intimate” venue, which never ceases to amuse me, since it’s... Read More

Circus Circus is a must-see stop for film buffs in Vegas, since it’s one of the most recognizable locations in Vegas. In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,... Read More

One of Cirque’s classic Vegas shows, O takes guests on an undeniably heart-stopping and magical journey. One of its biggest delights is the massive pool... Read More

A behemoth development of hotels, residences, restaurants, stores, and casinos may seem an unlikely paragon of sustainability, but the year-old... Read More

Claude Baruk had been summering in St. Tropez—where Steve and Andrea Wynn were clients—doing house calls to private yachts for celebrities like Naomi... Read More

As much social experience as it is a salon, this Roman-style indulgence at Caesars offers Champagne in the lounge, or sharing tea with a best friend or... Read More

The atrium inside Bellagio Hotel and Casino transforms five times per year from one over-the-top botanical display to another. A massive team of... Read More

If you’d rather make sauce than get sauced on your dream bachelorette weekend, sign up for the interactive culinary classes led by Bellagio Executive... Read More

This spot in Eastern California’s Mojave Desert is the lowest, driest, and hottest area in North America—and got dubbed Death Valley by prospectors... Read More

Among the best additions to the city's burgeoning Downtown area is the three-story Discovery Children’s Museum, full of interactive exhibits for kids... Read More

Just north of the Strip is Las Vegas’ Downtown—the formerly down-and-out “Glitter Gulch”—and now reinvented as a playground for all ages. Among its best... Read More

Revitalized Fremont Street has quickly become the favorite under-the-radar bar scene, and the Downtown Cocktail Room is appropriately hard to find. Its... Read More

Drift Spa and Hammam at Palms Place in the Palms Las Vegas offers the city’s first and only hammam experience, a Turkish-inspired steam bath... Read More

As the largest indoor theme park in America, Adventuredome at Circus Circus already packs in families for rides like the Sling Shot, which shoots up... Read More

The first thing you’ll notice about this performance by Elton John at the Colosseum (doing classics like “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer”) may not be... Read More

Casino magnate Steve Wynn and nightclub entrepreneur Sean Christie partnered to create this indoor/outdoor club on the Strip. Inside, the 5,000 square... Read More

The 75,000-square-foot house casino at the Wynn Las Vegas Encore resort is the prototypical Vegas card palace. This modern space on The Strip has the... Read More

The natural lighting of Wynn Las Vegas certainly makes life more optimistic—and perhaps more conducive to spending. Wide walkways and bright floral... Read More

You might not expect a masterpiece of desert conservation education to exist in, of all places, a chocolate factory, but that's what you'll find at... Read More

There are a number of terrific experiences you can have driving exotic cars on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but World Class Driving doesn’t confine you... Read More

Strictly for speed demons, Exotics Racing lets would-be racecar drivers pick from among 50 exotic cars, including a Ferrari 458 Italia or a Lamborghini... Read More

You don’t have to be a speed demon to appreciate Exotics Racing and its fleet of rare automobiles, like the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, McLaren MP4-12C,... Read More

The two-million-square-foot mall across the street from Wynn Las Vegas is marked by its UFO-shaped canopy (which inspired Steve Wynn to erected a wall,... Read More

Part street carnival—fire-breathers, mimes, exhibitionists, and local bands mix with the pedestrian traffic—and part serious exhibition, the... Read More

This giant, 160-shop mall resembles an ancient Roman city, with columns and arches, piazzas and fountains, and faux-outdoor cafés beneath cloud... Read More

This over-the-top, 636,000-square-foot Roman extravaganza at Caesars contains hundreds of stores, such as Valentino, Burberry, Christian Dior, Hublot... Read More

There are plenty of free attractions along the three-mile stretch of the Strip, but the one you definitely won’t want to miss is the choreographed... Read More

If you're a devoted hiker and have even half a day, you’ll love Frenchman Mountain, which is the highest peak in the range along the eastern border of... Read More

Located in Showcase Mall on the Las Vegas Strip (and next to the MGM Grand), GameWorks offers fun for kids of all ages. This arcade on steroids,... Read More

Sure, there are casino wedding chapels galore in Vegas—is there anything sadder than watching a bride trudge through a casino floor?— and any number of... Read More

Located on the 55th floor of the Palms, Ghostbar offers a 360-degree view of the Strip from its open-air deck, which also features a Plexiglas inset... Read More

One of the most famous throwback gems of the 1950s is the Golden Steer, where you can still get a great Caesar tossed at your table, a massive... Read More

Big, airy spaces in The Shoppes of the Palazzo are anchored by Barneys New York, and surrounded by show-stopping boutiques: Van Cleef & Arpels,... Read More

Of course, it’s one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. But until the many helicopter companies began flying visitors over—and into—it, you... Read More

There are myriad helicopter tours that depart from the Las Vegas Strip, but no one except Sundance Helicopters flies you over and into the Grand Canyon,... Read More

This tour operator runs daily bus trips to Red Rock Canyon and offers convenient hotel pick-up. Read More

The Cantonese-themed restaurant chain that began with its Christian Liaigre-designed London location has swept the world—and now has locations in Mumbai... Read More

The 80,000-square-foot, five-story megaclub in MGM Grand has become the place to party—but if any celebs are here, they’re most likely hidden away in... Read More

At 550 feet high, the High Roller boasts of being the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, which opened in 2014 at The Linq, the walkable district between The... Read More

Thousands of people a day travel to the Hoover Dam, which is only about 45 minutes away from the Strip. From the overlook—when you look straight down... Read More

Part of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in downtown, this pool and lounge area is next door to the hotel’s infamous club Rehab. In 2010, Hard Rock... Read More

Before Sam Nazarian gutted the old Sahara and made it into the new SLS Las Vegas, he transformed Bellagio’s Fontana Bar into Hyde Bellagio, with... Read More

Bellagio's beloved but aging Fontana Bar was transformed into Sam Nazarian’s hot new Hyde Bellagio a couple of years ago. Today, the sleek, Philippe... Read More

Located in the center of the Rio Casino, this cocktail lounge was the first to install Microsoft Surface tables: 30-inch touch screens that enable... Read More

Brace Yourself: Not all the scariest rides are roller coasters, a fact that everyone who has been to the top of the Space Needle-like Stratosphere hotel... Read More

Chocolate hazelnut bombes, crème brulee gelato, chocolate truffles, tropical fruit crepes: pastry chef Jean Philippe Maury’s creative menu... Read More

Kathy Falkensammer co-founded Las Vegas-based Prestige Travel, an American Express Travel Representative, in 1982. She specializes is business travel,... Read More

Yes, the Dam is impressive when you drive over the bridge, but you’ll gain new respect for the hulking landmark when you paddle up close to it in a... Read More

Just a 15-minute drive west of the Strip is Las Vegas Springs Preserve, the 180-acre, $250-million preserve Las Vegans consider their Central Park.... Read More

Opened on Labor Day 2007 in the newly revved-up Luxor, LAX is 26,000 square feet of opulence, with black chandeliers and Art Nouveau balustrades... Read More

Le Rêve, presented at the Wynn Las Vegas, is a mesmerizing, water-inspired creation from Franco Dragone, the man behind such popular Cirque... Read More

Le Reve, at the Wynn, will hit its decade anniversary in 2015, and to celebrate, it has just added ambitious hydro- and pyrotechnics, to the tune of $3... Read More

SLS Las Vegas is an incredible transformation of the old Sahara, but happily not so drastic that you can’t feel its historic bones. LiFE, its 20,000... Read More

One of the newest and funniest acts in Vegas right now recognizes the many hilarious female comics who have been rotating through the Sands Showroom in... Read More

This terrace pool and lounge in the Strip’s Aria Hotel and Casino Center is part of the Light Group network of Las Vegas destinations ... Read More

One of the most iconic symbols of Las Vegas, the Little White Wedding Chapel has been performing the infamous “Vegas wedding” for years.... Read More

Known worldwide for its strikingly lifelike wax figures, Madame Tussauds has grown into an international phenomenon in the 200 years since its namesake... Read More

Brought to Las Vegas by the creators of perennially popular Tao, Marquee—with its three distinct rooms and attached day club (for outdoor gaming in good... Read More

This club at The Cosmopolitan—with its three distinct rooms and attached day club for outdoor gaming—is one of the best nightclub bets on the Strip, in... Read More

This club at The Cosmopolitan is great for bachelorette parties because of the one-stop shopping nature of the venue, which has an attached day club and... Read More

This Vegas outpost of the New York chocolatier offers nine cocoa drinks; the Suckao is a shot of pure chocolate warmed by a flickering tea light. Read More

By taking part in this adventure through Sun Buggy—which does ATV tours and rents out dune buggies—you will be reinforcing what most people think the... Read More

The former federal courthouse where such landmark hearings as the 1950 Kefauver Hearings on Organized Crime were held is now a museum dedicated to the... Read More

This former federal courthouse—where such landmark hearings as the 1950 Kefauver Hearings on Organized Crime were held—is now a museum dedicated to the... Read More

Only 17 miles from the Strip, you can stroll the cobblestoned streets, piazzas, lakeside boat docks, and boutiques within this re-created Tuscan village... Read More

The first non-native permanent settlement in the Valley, the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort was established by Mormon missionaries in 1855. Located downtown... Read More

One of the most dramatic scene changes in Las Vegas takes place on the road 35 miles northwest of the Strip on Mount Charleston, which rises to an... Read More

The journey up Mount Charleston is fun all the time, but it’s at its most dramatic in the summer. That time of year, you can drive just 35 miles... Read More

Downtown Las Vegas became a tourist draw in the 1950s not only for its nascent nightlife and gambling scene, but also for the spectacular mushroom... Read More

After years of opening by appointment only and going by the “Neon Boneyard,” this collection of 150 neon signs (the largest in the world) dating from... Read More

After years of operating as the “Neon Boneyard” (and by appointment only), this collection of 150 neon signs dating from the 1930s is open to the public... Read More

When you grab hold of the controls of an Extra 300 stunt plane with tour operator Sky Combat Ace, you’ll make like a fighter pilot and head up to 6,000... Read More

Since it opened in 2010, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has differentiated itself by investing in cutting edge works of public art, which can be seen all... Read More

Just yards away from the Strip, Parasol Down patrons sip handcrafted cocktails beside the secluded Lake of Dreams, fed by a huge waterfall and filled... Read More

Parasols of differing shapes, sizes and colors hang throughout this relaxed lounge, which is connected to its sister retreat, Parasol Down. Just off the... Read More

Leaving the buzz of the Strip behind, visitors to the Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara discover an exotic space adorned with terra cotta hues, pointed... Read More

Known as Vegas’ first blow-dry bar, don’t think of this 8,000-square-foot hair paradise, southwest of the Strip, as a mere blowout bar. They may... Read More

Open since New Year’s Eve 2004, Pure is approaching icon status. The interiors of the bi-level club range from the stark white main room to the... Read More

Qua Baths & Spa at Caesar's Palace takes a unique perspective on the spa concept by drawing on Roman traditions that emphasize social interaction... Read More

In 2005, Qua introduced the concept of the super-spa to Vegas, with its then-unheard-of 50,000-square-foot area in Caesars Palace. It remains one of the... Read More

Nevada’s first National Conservation Area—only 17 miles west of the Strip on Charleston Boulevard—is enormous: It’s 195,000-plus acres, and visited by... Read More

Many visitors bypass the club scene altogether in favor of Vegas’s more natural splendors and outdoor pursuits. Just 17 miles west of the Strip, you’ll... Read More

Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area has hundreds of acres of hiking trails, but you can cover the most area—and get a terrific workout—in the dramatic... Read More

Every month, up to 800 revelers gather at an ever-shifting location—a club, a restaurant, a resort pool—to taste wines from as many as 50... Read More

The Cosmopolitan’s 50,000 square foot spa takes the “oasis in the desert” theme quite seriously: walking through the sandstone halls is like a dreamy... Read More

It’s proof that, even after seeing Jaws and its sequels, some people are still willing to pass themselves off as chum—and pay for the pleasure. This... Read More

Situated just off the Strip, this aquarium is home to more than 2,000 animals, including 100 sharks, piranhas, rare golden crocodiles, and a 300-pound... Read More

On the south end of the Strip near the MGM Grand and Monte Carlo, this multi-level complex leans more heavily toward entertainment than shopping, but it... Read More

See all that stuff attached to the top of the Stratosphere? Yes, it is a roller coaster, 866 feet above the ground. You’ll get propelled headfirst, 27... Read More

What's the fastest way to evacuate from the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino? Jump the 800-foot (100 story) distance from the top. You’ll suit up in a... Read More

The $415 million remake of the old Sahara into Sam Nazarian’s 1600-room SLS was the most anticipated opening of the year, and the star-sightings didn’t... Read More

The only nightlife venue with a good kitchen that’s open nearly all night (food is served until 4 a.m.), this bamboo birdcage-bedecked space... Read More

The sun has gone down and everyone else is in the clubs, but at Aria, you can indulge in the After Dark Private Spa Retreat, which includes two hours of... Read More

Roman-style baths worthy of Caligula, indoor igloos and massive communal spaces: where most spas on the Strip impress with size (and bells and whistles)... Read More

The popular balloon rides from Vegas Balloon Rides take off in the early morning, and you’ll soar hundreds of feet—as high as 800 feet— over the Vegas... Read More

When I’m here I never fail to see a Kardashian, some other reality-show celebrity, and/or a bachelorette wearing some kind of obscene headgear (you know... Read More

Consider a massive theater based on the ancient Colosseum in Rome, though with 10 motorized stage lifts; 200 acoustical panels to control amplified... Read More

Programs like Trainer for a Day let you get up close with the dolphins at the incredible Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage, and an underground viewing area... Read More

Okay, so Vegas’ Eiffel Tower—at 460 feet tall and 50 stories—is about half the size of the original. But that doesn’t make it much less romantic. From... Read More

Many of the biggest names in music have played The Joint in Hard Rock since it first opened in 1995, including The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Coldplay,... Read More

When it was simply the Neon Boneyard – a collection of 150 Las Vegas neon signs from the 1930s put out to pasture, it was the background of a number of... Read More

This glittering mall in the 76-acre mixed-use development of City Center is chock-a-block with designer stores, and keeps adding more. Highlights... Read More

In contrast to the intimate Spa at Mandarin Oriental, the cavernous space of the 80,000-square-foot Spa at Aria is what makes it particularly luxurious.... Read More

Where Wynn’s sister property is Asian-themed and exotic, its spa amps up the drama just a notch. Glowing golden Moroccan lanterns line long hallways,... Read More

All the drama one might expect from Steve Wynn is here: velvet walls, alligator-embossed leather booths, and a 95-foot waterfall cascading into a pool... Read More

A resource for interiors magazines and set designers (products have shown up on shows like Sex and the City and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), Unica... Read More

It’s well worth the 90-minute drive to get to Nevada’s oldest state park. Most people consider Valley of Fire to be the ultimate hiking dream, with its... Read More

If you’re avoiding the paparazzi or just want to live the dream that you are doing so, Vegas Mobile Drybar is the team of spray-tan wielding beauty... Read More

After shopping at Kenneth Cole and Bebe or floating down the Venetian’s Grand Canal in a gondola, unwind with a drink at the Very Venice Bar.... Read More

If you’ve thought about esoteric salon services, rest assured that stylish Violet Hour has thought of them first. Yes, there’s the (nearly obligatory... Read More

While serenity and the Strip tend to be mutually exclusive, the two come together at the Wynn Las Vegas golf course, where the buzz of the boulevard is... Read More

This club at Encore claims to be the priciest nightclub ever conceived, with its gold-plated chandeliers and gold-embossed crocodile VIP booths honoring... Read More

With its gold-plated chandeliers, gold-embossed crocodile VIP booths and even a gold bas-relief of actual employees this club at Encore is a tribute to... Read More

One of the most extravagant and awe-inspiring pieces of nature in the west is just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Vegas. Make your base Springdale,... Read More

There’s a Cirque de Soleil show to suit pretty much anyone’s taste, but if your tastes run more toward the racy, this is definitely the Cirque show for... Read More

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