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Top Things To See In Las Vegas

This neon-lit playground is where Americans go to cut loose, and with attractions to cater to every taste, there are endless things to see in Las Vegas. From the legendary casinos and entertainment venues to architectural marvels and botanical gardens, you'll never be short of things to do in Las Vegas. Click through our 360° views to make virtual visits to some must-see landmarks.

Casino at Luxor Las Vegas
  • Casino at Luxor Las Vegas
  • If there's one Las Vegas casino that's more recognisable than all the others, it's Luxor. This Ancient Egyptian-themed casino and resort ticks all the boxes, with an obelisk, a pyramid, ziggurats and a sphinx. Inside, the theme's not quite so full-on, but there's more than enough to keep you busy. The casino itself features table games, poker and betting, plus more than 1,100 slot machines. Apart from that, live entertainment is a big part of the Luxor experience. Whether you're into magic shows or burlesque, big-name music concerts or comedians, there are shows to suit all tastes.

  • If there's one Las Vegas casino that's more recognisable than all the others, it's Luxor. This Ancient Egyptian-themed casino and resort ticks all the boxes, with an obelisk, a pyramid, ziggurats and a sphinx. Inside, the theme's not quite so full-on, but there's more than enough to keep you busy. The casino itself features table games, poker and betting, plus more than 1,100 slot machines. Apart from that, live entertainment is a big part of the Luxor experience. Whether you're into magic shows or burlesque, big-name music concerts or comedians, there are shows to suit all tastes.

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Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden
  • Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden
  • A 15-minute drive from downtown Las Vegas, the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden makes for a quirky excursion. The 4-acre site features more than 300 species of plants that can cope with the arid climate in this part of Nevada. Many of them are ornamental cacti, but there's also a good range of succulents and desert trees. Many are native, but some come from as far afield as Australia. As an added bonus, the 'Ethel M' in the name is a chocolate factory, located right next door. The factory offers a shop and a self-guided tour, plus hourly chocolate tastings.

  • A 15-minute drive from downtown Las Vegas, the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden makes for a quirky excursion. The 4-acre site features more than 300 species of plants that can cope with the arid climate in this part of Nevada. Many of them are ornamental cacti, but there's also a good range of succulents and desert trees. Many are native, but some come from as far afield as Australia. As an added bonus, the 'Ethel M' in the name is a chocolate factory, located right next door. The factory offers a shop and a self-guided tour, plus hourly chocolate tastings.

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Hoover Dam
  • Hoover Dam
  • When it opened in 1936, this behemoth was the biggest dam in the world. Located around 30 miles from Las Vegas, it took just 5 years to build and employed thousands of men – more than a hundred were killed in its construction. They even had to build a whole new town to house the workers. There's a visitor centre, and tours are available of both the dam and the power plant, though many areas are off-limits for safety reasons. The construction of the Hoover Dam created Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the USA, and a popular location for water sports.

  • When it opened in 1936, this behemoth was the biggest dam in the world. Located around 30 miles from Las Vegas, it took just 5 years to build and employed thousands of men – more than a hundred were killed in its construction. They even had to build a whole new town to house the workers. There's a visitor centre, and tours are available of both the dam and the power plant, though many areas are off-limits for safety reasons. The construction of the Hoover Dam created Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the USA, and a popular location for water sports.

  • Hoover Dam Tour
Bellagio Casino
  • Bellagio Casino
  • This opulent, Italian-themed casino is among the most upmarket in Las Vegas. The main casino offers poker, table games, betting and slots, and makes up part of a much larger resort, including hotel accommodation, pools and spas. There are dining options galore, from Chinese and Japanese to American classics (and Italian restaurants, of course). Entertainment options include big-name music concerts and circus shows, while fans of Ocean's Eleven will recognise the Bellagio fountains out front, which perform choreographed displays set to light and music. The casino even has its own fine art gallery on-site.

  • This opulent, Italian-themed casino is among the most upmarket in Las Vegas. The main casino offers poker, table games, betting and slots, and makes up part of a much larger resort, including hotel accommodation, pools and spas. There are dining options galore, from Chinese and Japanese to American classics (and Italian restaurants, of course). Entertainment options include big-name music concerts and circus shows, while fans of Ocean's Eleven will recognise the Bellagio fountains out front, which perform choreographed displays set to light and music. The casino even has its own fine art gallery on-site.

  • Guide to Exploring Bellagio Casino
Fremont Street
  • Fremont Street
  • Apart from the Strip, Las Vegas's other main street is Fremont Street. Home to a large number of casinos, nightspots and other attractions, a more recent addition is the Freemont Street Experience, over in the west of the area. Located on a part of the street once known as 'Glitter Gulch' thanks to all the neon, this hugely popular entertainment area features live music performances, light shows and nightlife venues. Among Fremont Street's most recognisable residents is Vegas Vic, a neon-lit figure of a cowboy with a cigarette and a checked shirt, who has become one of the unofficial emblems of Las Vegas.

  • Apart from the Strip, Las Vegas's other main street is Fremont Street. Home to a large number of casinos, nightspots and other attractions, a more recent addition is the Freemont Street Experience, over in the west of the area. Located on a part of the street once known as 'Glitter Gulch' thanks to all the neon, this hugely popular entertainment area features live music performances, light shows and nightlife venues. Among Fremont Street's most recognisable residents is Vegas Vic, a neon-lit figure of a cowboy with a cigarette and a checked shirt, who has become one of the unofficial emblems of Las Vegas.

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Stratosphere Tower
  • Stratosphere Tower
  • If you want to get the best view in Las Vegas, this is it. The Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation platform in the US, at more than 1,100ft high. There are both indoor and outdoor observation decks, plus a bar. For those who really aren't scared of heights, the Stratosphere Tower also features high-level thrill rides, and you can even jump off it with their special 'SkyJump' attraction, reaching speeds of more than 40mph. The Stratosphere Tower is part of a larger casino and resort, with gaming, dining, a spa, and live entertainment on offer.

  • If you want to get the best view in Las Vegas, this is it. The Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation platform in the US, at more than 1,100ft high. There are both indoor and outdoor observation decks, plus a bar. For those who really aren't scared of heights, the Stratosphere Tower also features high-level thrill rides, and you can even jump off it with their special 'SkyJump' attraction, reaching speeds of more than 40mph. The Stratosphere Tower is part of a larger casino and resort, with gaming, dining, a spa, and live entertainment on offer.

  • Admission to Stratosphere Observation Tower
The Forum Shops at Caesars
  • The Forum Shops at Caesars
  • Las Vegas likes to do everything bigger and better, and shopping is no exception. Part of the Caesars Palace casino and resort, the Forum Shops at Caesars is a sprawling shopping mall located on the Las Vegas Strip, and people spend more money here than in any other mall in the USA. It's wildly ornate inside, with statues, columns, and vaulted ceilings, and apart from the large numbers of high-end shops, there's plenty more to see too. Other attractions include independent art galleries and loads of fine-dining restaurants, plus a 50,000-gallon aquarium and an animatronic show.

  • Las Vegas likes to do everything bigger and better, and shopping is no exception. Part of the Caesars Palace casino and resort, the Forum Shops at Caesars is a sprawling shopping mall located on the Las Vegas Strip, and people spend more money here than in any other mall in the USA. It's wildly ornate inside, with statues, columns, and vaulted ceilings, and apart from the large numbers of high-end shops, there's plenty more to see too. Other attractions include independent art galleries and loads of fine-dining restaurants, plus a 50,000-gallon aquarium and an animatronic show.

  • Guide to Exploring Forum Shops at Caesars
A Little White Wedding Chapel
  • A Little White Wedding Chapel
  • Over the years, Las Vegas has developed quite a reputation as a place to get married quickly and easily, and A Little White Wedding Chapel is the most well-known venue of them all. In operation since the 1950s, its team of ministers have married many thousands of couples, and it offers quirky features like themed weddings and a drive-thru tunnel of vows. Themes on offer include Hawaiian, biker, and of course, weddings involving Elvis tribute acts, with the most economical ceremonies in a pink Cadillac costing less than $100. Plenty of celebrities have got hitched there over the years, including Frank Sinatra, Joan Collins and Britney Spears.

  • Over the years, Las Vegas has developed quite a reputation as a place to get married quickly and easily, and A Little White Wedding Chapel is the most well-known venue of them all. In operation since the 1950s, its team of ministers have married many thousands of couples, and it offers quirky features like themed weddings and a drive-thru tunnel of vows. Themes on offer include Hawaiian, biker, and of course, weddings involving Elvis tribute acts, with the most economical ceremonies in a pink Cadillac costing less than $100. Plenty of celebrities have got hitched there over the years, including Frank Sinatra, Joan Collins and Britney Spears.

  • Guide to Exploring Little White Wedding Chapel
The Venetian
  • The Venetian
  • It doesn't get much more grand and luxurious than this. The Venetian is not only the biggest resort in Las Vegas, it's also the most upscale and exclusive. As the name suggests, it's modelled on the famous city of Venice, featuring extravagant replicas of many key Venetian landmarks, including St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. You can even take a gondola ride if you like. Apart from the casino itself, the resort also features art installations and a host of dining options with cuisine from around the globe, plus a full programme of musical and stage shows.

  • It doesn't get much more grand and luxurious than this. The Venetian is not only the biggest resort in Las Vegas, it's also the most upscale and exclusive. As the name suggests, it's modelled on the famous city of Venice, featuring extravagant replicas of many key Venetian landmarks, including St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. You can even take a gondola ride if you like. Apart from the casino itself, the resort also features art installations and a host of dining options with cuisine from around the globe, plus a full programme of musical and stage shows.

  • The Venetian Las Vegas *****

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