Las Vegas - Do & See
It is impossible to see and do everything that Las Vegas has to offer in one trip, which is what keeps visitors returning over and over again. The choices can be overwhelming. Good planning is the key to any great vacation, but that is especially the case here.
Pretty much everybody has heard of the Grand Canyon! The stunning landscape with its impressive size is a sight that should not be missed if you are anywhere near it. The national park consists of 277 miles (446 km) of the Colorado River and the erosional effects it has had on the surrounding landscape.
The Grand Canyon is 18 miles (29 km) wide, and a mile (1,6 km) deep. It is possible to hike 9 miles (14,5 km) down the Bright Angel Trail all the way to the bottom.
There is no doubt that the main attraction in Las Vegas is gambling. There is a level of gambling for every visitor, whether experienced or a first-timer. If you are new to gaming, most casinos offer free lessons, usually in the morning hours on table games such as Blackjack, Craps and Roulette. The new penny slots are probably the most popular with the recreational gambler because of the bonus games within the games. The jackpots are, of course, not nearly as large as dollar slots, but the games are fun and entertaining, and there is money to be won. The 21-year age limit for all gambling is strictly enforced.
Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the border between Arizona and Nevada. Named after President Herbert Hoover and dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt, the Hoover Dam is visited by nearly one million people each year.
Hoover Dam is a national historic landmark and the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, more than 725 feet (220 m) above the Colorado River. It has 17 generators that produce four billion kilowatts of electricity a year, which makes it one of the country’s largest hydroelectric power facilities.
Fountains of Bellagio
The Bellagio Fountains - a choreographed dance of water and light, set to 29 different operas, country or pop musical selections is presented at the quarter-mile lake in front of the Hotel Bellagio. Each show is different and lasts five to 10 minutes, with the water blasted hundreds of feet into the sky. Shows take place every 30 minutes from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight. The best time to see the fountains is at night and to stand on the street side of the lake. Crowds will start to gather about five minutes before each show so get there a little early to get an unobstructed view.
Death Valley is a hot, low and dry desert valley within the Mojave desert, east of the Sierra Mountains. It holds the record for the hottest July temperature ever recorded at Furnace Creek. On July 10, 1913, temperatures reached a stunning 134 °F (56.7 °C).
Death Valley has an area of about 3,000 square miles (7.800 km²) and is located near the border of California and Nevada.
Fremont Street Experience
The Fremont Street Experience is a highly successful attempt to draw the millions of visitors to Las Vegas back to the downtown area. A domed-canopy 90 feet (27,5 meters) above the street was constructed along five city blocks lined with some of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas. Every evening from sundown to midnight, the canopy becomes a giant screen showing high resolution images accompanied by concert-quality sound. At the top of each hour, visitors pour into the streets, looking skyward in anticipation of one of the six different shows lasting six to nine minutes.
Volcano at the Mirage
Every 30 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight, the tranquil waterfalls in front of the Mirage are transformed into an erupting volcano, beginning with thunderous explosions and followed with bright orange flames leaping into the night sky and molten lava streaming through the three-acre lagoon area. The heat can be felt by on-lookers standing across the wide Las Vegas Boulevard.
Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show at Caesars Palace
On the hour, between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. (midnight on weekends), the Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show is presented in the Forum Shops next to the Cheesecake Factory. The show involves the mythical King Atlas, sibling greed, a 20-foot winged beast, fire, floods and best of all, giant talking statues.
Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon State Park offers scenic desert cliffs that reach up to 3,000 feet (914 meters), spectacular rock formations and abundant wildlife, including hawks, squirrels and lizards. Recreational activities available here are camping, sightseeing, hiking and more.
Lion Habitat at MGM Grand
At the MGM Grand, visitors can walk in a protective glass tunnel through a 5,000 square foot jungle showcase complete with waterfalls and stand nose-to-nose with majestic lions. Be sure to bring your camera.
Valley of Fire
Valley of Fire State Park is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, dedicated in 1935. The valley is named after the red sandstone formations that were formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs. The area boasts petrified wood and a 3000-year-old Indian petroglyph as well as brilliant formations of eroded sandstone and sand dunes dating back 150 million years.
Secret Garden of Siegfried and Roy and The Dolphin Habitat
Enter the Secret Garden, a tropical sanctuary for some of the most exotic and rare creatures in the world. Siegfried and Roy, famous for their magic shows, are deeply committed to saving these animals from extinction through research and education. In addition to the Royal White tigers, there are spotted leopards, white lions, black panthers and an Asian elephant. Atlantic Bottlenosed Dolphins live in a 2.5 million gallon water habitat including an artificial coral reef.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Witness one of the most compelling stories of our time through the precious treasures left by those aboard the Titanic on her fateful maiden voyage. The exhibit will take you to the Titanic’s resting place in the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean.
"O" Cirque du Soleil
"O" is performed by Cirque du Soleil, the internationally-renowned cast of world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers and divers. Performed at the Bellagio.