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Las Vegas Travel Guide - Places to visit in Las Vegas | Wanderlist Travel

Las Vegas Travel Guide by Wanderlist Travel

Las Vegas, NV is a great city to visit and there’s something here for just about anyone! From the best restaurants, to the best scenic views of Las Vegas strip, this list is filled to the brim with some suggestions that are sure to make your trip to Las Vegas, NV that much more enjoyable!

Good to Know

  • Just about everything is open 24 hours, which is nice and convenient for midnight snack runs and late evenings spent running around downtown or on the strip.
  • Uber and Lyft are big in town and you should use them to their fullest advantage if you’re traveling in and don’t have your own vehicle. Most likely you’ll find better prices with them then with a taxi.
  • There are basically only 2 seasons in Las Vegas, HOT Summer, and a mild Winter. We have about two to three months of nice weather that spread throughout the year, but they don’t last very long. The summers get dreadfully hot, so you should either be at one of the casino pools, or inside with you’re A/C blasting. The winter’s in Las Vegas are rather mild in comparison to many other drastic winter temperatures in other parts of the country. It’s cold, but not unbearable.
  • Consider the weather when booking your trip. If you want to walk the strip and downtown, then you may not want to do so in 115-degree weather. (Yes, it gets that hot.)

Restaurants

  • Eat. – Downtown LV (Right by Container Park)
    • Great breakfast/brunch spot Downtown. Prime location too.
  • Carson Kitchen – Downtown LV
    • American cuisine, with their own take on things.
    • Two words: Bacon Jam.
  • Park on Fremont – Downtown LV
    • Perfect late-night bar, or early morning breakfast joint
    • Love their outdoor patio seating area.
  • Kitchen Table – Henderson
    • Cutest little breakfast/brunch place
    • Their chipotle sausage gravy over their chicken fried steak is mouthwatering good.
  • Fukumini Ramen – East Side
    • A really great ramen place and at a great price!
    • My favorite ramen dish: Fukumini Classic Ramen with a side of Garlic Chicken.
  • The Kitchen at Atomic – Downtown LV
    • Bar food with a twist! Great vibes and even better food.
    • Must have dishes: Pretzel with cheese and lemon-ricotta doughnuts are to die for!

Must Experience

  • Fremont Street Experience: A 5-block entertainment district in historic downtown Las Vegas. Fremont is home to the largest video screen, at 1,500 feet long and 90 feet wide. This area is also provides access to some of the city’s most iconic casinos, and more than 60 restaurants, shops and retail kiosks. Not to mention, there are free concerts down on Fremont all the time!
  • Bellagio Water show: Spectacular, dramatic water show from the Bellagio fountains in which the fountains are choreographed to music and lights. Songs featured include hits from Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly.
  • Attend Life is Beautiful Festival: LIB is an annual music, art, culinary and learning festival held in downtown Las Vegas. When Life is Beautiful initially launched in 2013, it brought with it some incredible artists reform the downtown area and bring it back to life. Since then, so many art murals, installations and pieces have been added to the area, it’s easily makes Downtown of the best spots to explore!
  • Walk the Las Vegas Strip: You have to walk the Las Vegas Strip at least once when visiting Las Vegas. There are so many casinos and sights to check out, from street performers to live shows outside of the casinos, there is something for everyone to see.
  • Go see the Hoover Dam: Back in 1931, over 21,000 men spent 5 years of their life to build this incredible dam that shaped Lake Mead. It’s really something to see in person and I highly recommend checking it out!
  • Gold and Silver Pawn Shop (“Pawn Stars”): If you’ve ever seen Pawn Stars, then I’m sure you recognize this famous pawn shop on the Las Vegas strip. You can normally tell they’re filming for the show when the line is out the door and down the block, but it’s pretty cool to see.

Top Nightlife

  • Any club owned by the Hakassan Group, which includes Jewel, located at the Aria, Omnia over at Caesars Palace, and Hakassan at the MGM Grand. They’re a top hit with nightlife in the city.
  • Drais and Drais AfterHours at The Cromwell is a hot spot for local nightlife. With live music, which then transitions into some EDM, it’s somewhere to check out.
  • Marquee at The Cosmopolitan is also another great spot the check out the best nightlife. The atmosphere throughout the Cosmopolitan is party vibe, so the nightlife fits right in.

Must-See Casinos

  • Aria
  • Wynn/Encore
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Luxor
  • New York, New York
  • Caesars Palace

Hikes Near Las Vegas

  • Goldstrike Canyon – Boulder City, NV: Difficult 5-mile out and back trail that goes through Goldstrike Canyon, passing through a few hot springs before leading out to the Colorado River on the other side of the Hoover Dam. It’s an incredible hike, that really challenges you, but is worth every step!
  • Mary Jane Falls, Mt. Charleston: One of my favorite hikes in Mt Charleston, Mary Jane Falls is a 2.5-mile out and back, moderate trail that takes you up the side of a mountain with many back and forth switchbacks, but rewards you with a waterfall, depending on the time of year.
  • Red Rock National Conservation Area – Las Vegas, NV: Filled with dramatic landscapes of sandstone and limestone, Red Rock is a well-known place for hikers to go and explore. Being only 20 minutes from the Las Vegas strip, it’s close for many locals. Red Rock has a 13-mile scenic road loop in which you can take through the area and decide on one of the many hikes to do!
  • Valley of Fire – Overton, NV: 40,000 acres of beautiful, bright red Aztec sandstone, mixed with grey and tan limestone. Valley of Fire is one of the most beautiful places to go to experience the beauty of the desert unlike anywhere else. And the best part is it’s only an hour outside of Vegas.

Best Viewpoints in Las Vegas

  • View from atop the Stratosphere. Seeing the strip, and the entire city from a height like that is something you have to experience.
  • View of strip from Sunrise Mountain. It’s a clear view from the Eastside of the valley. This is the best place to see the fireworks for New Years!
  • View from atop Lone Mountain. One of the only places where you can get a perfect view of the entire city from the Northwest side. It’s even prettier at night.

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