Nevada

Nevada might largely be known as Sin City, but beyond the strip, mega-clubs, and pool parties, it has so much character to offer. Whether you want to get outside and explore, watch dazzling shows, or simply indulge in nightlife, don't pass up on this crazy state! 

LAS VEGAS

Things to Do

Cirque du Soleil Shows: Michael Jackson ON, The Beatles LOVE, and O are some of the favorites.

Other Shows: Blue Man Group and Magic Mike are other worthy mentions.

Tip: You can buy tickets online, but they will often come with a service charge. Try calling the box office directly to avoid these!

Freemont District: Explore a quieter and more local side of Vegas. With low-key bars, diverse eateries, and understated vibes at Container Park (you can zipline through the mall) this is a great place to escape madness of the strip.

Gambling: Tons of people go to Vegas to gamble. If that's not your style, feel free to watch -- however, if you're playing you get free drinks! Games like craps and roulette are best for this, they aren't too hard to pick up on.

Hiking around Vegas: If you want to escape the city, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire State Park, Lake Mead, and Mount Charleston are all under an hour away and quite beautiful.

Hoover Dam: Visit this massive landmark by bus with a tour, or fly over in a helicopter. Super informational!

Kayaking Tours: There's tons of tours available to kayak through the canyons and the Colorado River near Vegas.

Topgolf: A fun daytime activity to hit with a group. Don't worry if you're bad a golfer, they have a full food and drink menu as well.

Neon Graveyard: A cool museum full of old Vegas signs. Get tickets early, this is pretty popular and sells out fast.

New York New York Rollercoaster: Located in New York New York Hotel and Casino, you'll get a wild ride with awesome views of the strip - and loops! $14 for one ride, $30 for a day pass, or free with the Las Vegas Pass.

Nightlife: It goes without saying that Vegas has some of the craziest nightlife out there. There's no open container laws on the strip, and you can dance until the sun comes up.  Check out some of our favorite clubs and tips below. 

Seven Magic Mountains: About 30 minutes outside of Vegas or on your way on i15 from LA. These seven colossal, colorful stacks of rocks provide a pop of color in the desert.

Shopping: The glitz and glam of high-end stores is found around every corner.

Stop by the Bellagio water fountains: they put on a beautiful show every 30 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes at night.

Walk Through the Different Hotels: The Cosmopolitan has a huge chandelier bar decorating the inside, the Venetian is a work of art, Paris has Eiffel Tower experiences, the Wynn is beautifully decorated like a garden, and the Luxor is a themed hotel shaped like a pyramid -- just to name a few. We've spent hours wandering from lobby to lobby and mall to mall.

Places to Eat

Eggslut: Located in the Cosmopolitan, this spot is great for a quick bite or late-night snack.

Holsteins Shakes & Buns: Also inside the Cosmo, expect over the top boozy milkshakes and filling appetizers.

LAVO: Insane brunch doesn’t even begin to cover it. Imagine if bottomless brunch and a nightclub had a baby, that's LAVO.

MGM: One of the best buffet brunches you can get in Vegas, and it includes a bottomless option if your hunger strikes too hard.

Nobu: Definitely a place to splurge and indulge (they have a truffle tasting experience), with some of the freshest fish and sushi rolls.

Trattoria Reggiano: An Italian restaurant with a little bit of Vegas flare. Since it's located in the Venetian hotel, it feel like you've been transported to Italy.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar: Farm-to-table Southern comfort food. You will be dreaming about the biscuits & mac and cheese for years to come.

Places to Drink

Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub: Trendy spot, famous artists will play both day and night-time shows.

OMNIA: One of the best nightlife venues experience in Las Vegas. Located inside Caesars Palace, this mega club showcases the world's biggest DJs.

 

XS: Another crazy day/nightclub located in the Wynn hotel and features a massive pool. Be sure to walk through the gumdrop forest on your way out!

Hakkasan/MGM Grand: MGM offers mythical pool parties during the day, and at night some of the most popular DJs hold their residencies here, too.

Drai's: The best place for a wild rooftop pool party.

Other Popular Clubs: Marquee, Hyde, Tao, and 1OAK. Check the schedule here for events.

Places to Stay

Cosmopolitan: This luxury resort, hotel ,and casino is located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. You can enjoy comfortable rooms with beautiful views of the Vegas skyline. The hotel offers many dining options and multiple pools, as well as access to both day and night clubs.

 

Caesar's Palace: Super comfortable beds, spacious rooms, and if you stay in the Augustus or Octavius entrances you can skip walking through the casino. And, who can resist asking if it's the real Caesar's Palace?

 

Tip: With so many hotels in the city, unless there is a huge event or specific occasion happening, many hotels will likely have vacancies. If you don’t mind waiting until the last minute, check out the app Hotel Tonight for last-minute deals on various hotels in the area.

Transportation

Uber/Lyft is the cheapest easiest way to get around. There are also metered cabs available at hotels and restaurants. If you stay on the strip, you can easily walk around -- but be cautious, really easy to get lost in a crowd.

If you are interested in going to large events at the day clubs/nightclubs, try reaching out to promoters to avoid costly entrance fees. If you're wondering how to get a hold of them, most can be contacted via Instagram. All you need to do is search the club/event you are looking to attend, with "promoter," and you should be able to find people to contact.

 

Time of year is crucial when planning a trip to Vegas. Most of the year the weather is beautiful, but in the summer time it can get EXTREMELY hot and humid. If you do not mind being inside with air conditioning, or cooling off in a pool, you'll be fine but is worth noting when planning your trip. It gets hot.

 

The last weekend of pool parties is Halloween Weekend, so if that is a must on your wish list, then plan a trip before November!

General Tips

View from the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

Downtown Freemont

MGM Grand

Las Vegas Strip

The Venetian

Holstein's Shakes and Buns

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