Today I am taking you to Vegas baby! And by Las Vegas, I don’t just mean going on the Strip and gambling at the casinos. There are so many more things to do around this City of Lights, you will be surprised. So let me guide you through the best things to see & do in and around Vegas. Let’s go!
Ok, you cannot visit Vegas without going to the Strip (which is Las Vegas boulevard with all the casinos, shopping centres, etc.). Whether it is by day or by night, there is always something to see and do there. If you like shopping, I would definitely recommend you to go to the Fashion Show mall and the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
From there you can walk through lots of casinos, either to shop, eat, or look at all the artworks all along the way. My favorite casinos to go to are the Palazzo, the Venetian, the famous Caesars Palace and also the Bellagio.
If you go by the Bellagio, don’t miss their fountain show, it’s pretty impressive!
Where to eat on the strip
My favourite restaurant on the strip has to be Nobu at Caesars Palace. Be aware that it is a bit pricey over there but oh my gosh the food is to die for! The miso black cod and the rock shrimp tempura are especially delicious. Give it a try if you go there, you won’t be disappointed I promise!
Another really good restaurant is Noodles at the Bellagio, it is a good spot to stop for lunch. They serve authentic regional noodle dishes from all over Asia. I particularly love their Kake Soba and their Wonton noodle soup.
One of the last restaurants I tried in Las Vegas was Sakerok which is located in the new park created on the strip, between the Monte Carlo and the New-York New-York casinos. It is again Asian cuisine (by writing this, I realise that all the restaurants I have been recommending are Asian cuisine haha but there are definitely restaurants of any types of cuisine on the strip, don’t worry :p It’s just that I really have a thing for Asian food, sorry guys). The Sakerok restaurant becomes a bar late at night and has live performances and the food, especially the sushi is delicious (I recommend the Westside roll).
Go see a show
My favorite show in Vegas is the Absinthe show. You sit in a tent like you are in a small circus. The performances are amazing and the show is funny and wild!
The Cirque du Soleil shows are also great to see, especially “Ô”.
There are always some artists performing in Vegas. I went to see Jennifer Lopez’s concert “All I have” and that was amazing! So while you are there, don’t hesitate to go and see one!
Explore Red Rock Canyon
About 20 minutes from the Strip is Red Rock Canyon. There is a scenic drive that you can take down to the canyon and a few stops on the way with different walks and lookouts. You can even do some horse riding over there, which I highly recommend. Try to do the sunrise ride as you might be able to see some wildlife like deer, rabbits, etc. The ride is truly beautiful. You get to enjoy the peacefulness of the Canyon and would not believe that you are still so close to the craziness of the Strip.
The Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is a massive dam on the Colorado River that provides water and hydroelectric power for the region. It stores the water in Lake Mead. The Dam is located about a 30 minute drive from Vegas. When you are there go for a walk on top of the bridge to see the entirety of the dam. It’s pretty impressive!
Lake Mead is the lake that stores the water from the Hoover Dam. It is very nice to stop there on your way back to Vegas from the Hoover Dam, for a picnic, some photos, a boat tour, etc. There are tons of fish hanging around the marina waiting for some food!
The Grand Canyon
While you are in the area, you cannot miss the famous Grand Canyon! The closest side from Vegas is the West Rim (about a 2 hour drive). Over there, you can experience the Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped bridge that enables visitors to walk beyond the canyon walls, suspended 4,000 feet above the riverbed.
The South Rim is further from Vegas but is totally worth it if you have the time. On the road, don’t hesitate to stop at some market stalls to buy Indian local art & craft. If you are planning to stay there overnight and want to stay at one of the park lodges, I highly recommend you to book way ahead of time. The walks in the park are great and the views of the Grand Canyon are simply stunning! I would recommend to stay there 2 or 3 days to really enjoy what the place has to offer. If you go see the desert view watchtower, make sure to stop at the little shop/restaurant and try one of their Indian burgers! Really delicious!
Flagstaff and Bearizona Wildlife Park
On your way to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, stop overnight at Flagstaff, a nice little town where the weather is completely different than what you get in Vegas – it is actually quite chilly over there, so don’t forget to bring a jumper. While you are in Flagstaff I recommend that you go see the Bearizona Wildlife Park. There, you will get the chance to encounter some bears, bisons, wolves, and more wildlife. You can drive around the park with your own vehicle and stop to take photos and spot some animals. There is also a second part to the park where you can walk through. There is plenty to see so plan to spend a few hours there.
This concludes my guide to Las Vegas and its surroundings. I hope I brought you some new things to see and do. Don’t hesitate to share your favorite spots in Vegas in the comments below.