Updated: 10/26/2021 | Las Vegas Travel Guide
About Las Vegas
Las Vegas is the place to party in the United States of America (USA). It’s located in the state of Nevada and is filled with things to do for all ages and interests.
Nicknames for Las Vegas include Sin City/Vice City, The Entertainment Capital of the World, the Gambling Capital of the World, the Marriage Capital of the World, the Neon Capital of the World, the City of Lights (along with Paris), the City that Never Sleeps (along with New York), the City of Second Chances, Lost Wages (credited to Milton Berle), and a new one, the Bone Yard (for all the unfinished construction along the Strip).
It’s truly a city that never sleeps and there are so many chances for you to live out your wildest dreams everywhere you go.
We wrote up a travel guide to help you best experience the fun-filled and illuminated city of Las Vegas!
Where to Stay in Las Vegas
Before you book activities, we highly recommend booking your stay in Las Vegas.
Most people call the main road in Las Vegas, the Strip. Staying on the Strip will allow you to get the most out of your Vegas experience. From the Strip, you can pretty much walk to any hotel, club, restaurant, and attraction along the Strip.
Hotels that we highly recommend include:
- Aria Resort – We joined their players club and are constantly receiving free hotel nights.
- Caesars Palace
- The Cosmopolitan
- Mandalay Bay
- MGM Grand
- The Palazzo at the Venetian
- The Venetian Resort & Spa
- The Wynn
When booking a hotel, we highly recommend signing up for their player’s clubs so that you can gamble and earn free hotel stays, food, tickets to attractions, and more.
What to Do and See
Here are the best things to do and see when in Las Vegas.
#1 Visit Area 15
Area 15 is a cool place to hang out and get respite from the hot summer heat in Las Vegas. Inside you’ll find restaurants and bars that are great for the entire family. There are some areas where underage visitors are not allowed, but in general, it’s a great place to hang out with the entire family.
#2 Check Out Omegamart
Omega Mart is a creative art and experience installation by Meow Wolf!
From the exterior, it looks like a normal grocery store, but once inside, there are so many fun experiences and interactive installations that you can partake in. It’s like stepping into an alternate world that is filled with weird displays and oddities. Expect to spend HOURS here, and honestly, that’s not a bad thing!
Tickets are $50 and reservations are required. Omegamart is located within Area 15.
#3 Drive Out to the Seven Magic Mountains
The Seven Magic Mountains is a colorful art installation in the middle of the desert by Ugo Rondinone. It’s also one of the most popular Las Vegas bucket list items.
It’s only a 30-minute drive from the strip. We recommend going during the morning or in the afternoon during golden hour to get some awesome shots with the colorful rocks in the background.
And while you’re on the road, we highly recommend visiting the Welcome to Las Vegas sign on the way back to or from the strip.
#4 Check Out Downtown Las Vegas
Downtown Las Vegas is a short drive from the strip and totally worth visiting. We love all the art installations that you will encounter when perusing Fremont avenue. Here is a list of statues and attractions you must seek out:
- Fremont Graffiti Mural
- Flame throwing praying mantis
- Golden Goose
- Yellow Fire Hydrant
- Graffiti Art Containers
- School’s Out School Bus
- Mechanical Hand Statue
#5 Hike the Red Rocks
One year on my birthday, I booked a limo with friends and we hiked Red Rocks in Halloween costumes (I am a Halloween baby!). It’s a short drive from the strip and is super fun to explore when the weather is warm and sunny.
#6 Go Clubbing!
100% of people who come to Vegas come for the insane nightlife. The club scene here is huge and the clubs themselves are a production that is like no other. Many nightclubs book DJs to perform throughout the weekend. DJs such as Kaskade, Tiesto, Marshmallow, Steve Aoki, Seven Lions, and more come from all over over the world to perform at Las Vegas nightclubs.
We highly recommend getting on guest lists and coming early to get into the clubs for a discount and sometimes free for women. It’s also common for larger parties to book table service at clubs which will run you anywhere between $1,500 to $7,000 an evening.
#7 Watch a Show
There are so many shows in Las Vegas. We love watching shows by Cirque du Soleil and other smaller shows with tribute bands. There are also plenty of magic shows in the area.
#8 Visit a Strip Club
If this is your thing, you should visit a strip club! We have been to Sapphire, Spearmint Rhino, and Olympic Gardens and love them all.
What we like most about Olympic Garden is that there is a men’s and women’s section.
#9 Go Shopping
Las Vegas is an amazing shopping destination. There are so many high-end and world-renown brands offered throughout their malls and shopping centers.
Our favorite shopping destinations include:
- Fashion Show Mall
- Grand Canal Shops – Located in the Venetian Hotel
- Miracle Mile Shops
- Las Vegas Premium Outlets
- The Shoppes at the Palazzo – Fancy part of the Grand Canal Shops with high-end brands like Chanel, Gucci, Fendi, and more.
#10 Visit the Las Vegas Welcome Sign
The Las Vegas welcome sign is worth visiting if you’re looking for an Instagram photo opportunity. It’s most accessible and worth a stop if you’re driving into Las Vegas from California.
#11 CHeck Out the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC)
I recently went to my first Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in 2021 and loved it. We spent three days camping in the desert and watched EDM artists from all over the world perform at one of the largest music festivals ever.
Not only do you get to enjoy music, but you’ll also get to view artwork and shows from talented artists and performers from all over the world. It’s definitely worth checking out at least once in your life.
Where to Eat
Here are our favorite restaurants in Las Vegas!
- Bacchanal Buffet – This is the best buffet! It’s located in the Caesar Hotel. We highly recommend making reservations and signing up for their awards program for the chance to get discounts on attractions and food within the hotel. Stay for the dinner shift where you can dine on warm crab legs with butter. So good!
- Boiling Crab – This is a great seafood restaurant that serves up a delicious crab boil with amazing flavors.
- Block 16 Urban Food Hall – It’s worth a visit to the Block 16 Urban Food Hall in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. There you’ll find popular and world-renowned restaurants such as Pok Pok, the Milk Bar, Hattie B’s, and more!
- In n Out Burgers – As a former SoCal resident, a visit to In n Out is a must! I love their freshly prepared burgers and fries. There are multiple locations but we often go to the one on Linq Promenade on the Strip. If you’re on a diet, I highly recommend getting their burgers protein style (lettuce wrapped without bun).
- Lotus of Siam – Amazing (and super spicy) Thai food. Reservations are highly recommended.
- Raku – Located off the strip, this Japanese restaurant is super delicious and memorable. They make their own tofu that is simple yet super buttery and satisfying.
- Superfrico – We are OBSESSED with Superfrico. The restaurant opened up in mid-September and is a dinner-plus show experience that everyone needs to have. We highly recommend their creative Italian fare, especially the king crab bucatini pasta, broccoli, deep-dish pizza, and fried mozzarella. The cocktails are also some of the best we’ve had in Las Vegas. Also ask to go to the Ski Lodge, which is their onsite speakeasy bar.
- Tacos el Gordo – This is the BEST place for tacos. There are three locations in Las Vegas but we highly recommend the one near the strip. Order the Al Pastor, Carne Asada and Adobada meats which can be made into tacos, quesadillas, mulas/mulitas, and even dressed fries. You will need to stand in separate lines to order different proteins, but trust me, it is so worth it!
Where to Drink
You can pretty much drink anywhere in Las Vegas. Almost all casinos will offer beverages to players. You only have to tip the cocktail waiter/waitress when they deliver your beverages. The standard tip amount is typically $1 per drink.
And if you want a good craft cocktail, we got you covered. Here are our favorite cocktail bars in Sin City!
- The Dorsey
- Downtown Cocktail Room
- Frankie’s Tiki Room
- The Golden Tiki
- Ghost Donkey – Hidden away in the Cosmopolitan food court, this Mexican speakeasy serves reimagined beverages such as a Mushroom Margarita.
- Herb’s and Rye
- Juniper Cocktail Lounge
- The Laundry Room – Reservations are required.
- Mike Morey’s SipnTips
- Oak and Ivy
- Park on Fremont – One of the best bars I’ve been to in Downtown Las Vegas. It has a hidden see-saw in the back and the bar is adorned with interesting artwork and funky taxidermy. If you love weird things, you’ll love it here.
- The Sand Dollar Lounge
- Superfrico – Try to access their speakeasy bar, the Ski Lodge.
- The Underground Speakeasy and Distillery – Located in the back of the Mob Museum, this is worth visiting if you’re ever in Downtown Las Vegas.
- Velveteen Rabbit
- Vesper Room
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