By Marlan Farrokhi
Traveling to Vegas can be an amazing time and lead to many
unforgettable memories but for people who have never been, I have put
together my top 5 attractions/tips everyone needs to see to experience the best of Vegas.
1. Dine at a restaurant overlooking the Bellagio fountains. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas strip, Bellagio Hotel and Casino has been known for over the top elegance and luxury since 1998 and was once claimed the most expensive hotel in the world. Some of the best restaurants in the world are in Las Vegas and Bellagio has several of them such as Jean Georges Prime Steakhouse and world renowned chef, Jullian Serrano’s, Picasso, are two of the most popular. Even just for a cocktail or two, any venue overlooking the fountains will be a photo worthy experience with amazing views to remember!
2. Go to the top of the Skypod at The Strat Hotel and Casino. The Strat hotel and Casino has an iconic observation tower anchoring the north end of the Vegas strip. It is the tallest building West of the Mississippi River. Recently completing a massive renovation, the new Top of The World restaurant located in the Sky Pod, is one of the best in town. It offers the highest views of the city and a 360 degree rotating restaurant. They also have amazing views from the indoor and outdoor viewing decks, an intimate sky lounge, two wedding chapels, casual cafe (with tasty panini options) as well as outdoor thrill rides and Sky Jump, the opportunity for travelers to bungee jump over 100 floors to the bottom of the tower, being secured by a single metal rope! With a remodeled casino, new restaurants, cool shows, and the Skypod, The Strat can offer something for everyone. The sky's the limit!
3. Walk inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Despite the change in shopping trends, The Forum Shoppes at Caesars Palace is still one of the funnest attractions in the city. A three story shopping mall with many amazing stores,
restaurants, talking statues and some of the prettiest architecture in town, you can't go wrong adding a stroll through the forum to your itinerary during your stay!
4. Watch a Cirque Du Soleil show. Cirque Du Soleil, the largest contemporary circus producer in the world, offers some of the most spectacular shows in town. From the elaborate costumes, world renowned stunt performers, visually stunning stages, these shows offer an experience that not many other shows in town can match. O at Bellagio, houses a pool in which the stage lifts operate is 25 feet deep and holds 1.5 million gallons of water. It is absolutely magical and stunning. Beatles Love at The Mirage is a classic Cirque show that performs weekly in a dome like theater and pays tribute to the Beatles through colorful choreographed and styled performances throughout the show. It is funny, thrilling and nostalgic. I truly don't think the Vegas experience is complete unless you have attended one of these amazing spectacles.
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5. The Bellagio Conservatory. One of the most visited free attractions in Las Vegas is the conservatory garden at Bellagio. Showcasing beautiful plants and displays that are changed out every season since the opening of the hotel, it is a relaxing and tranquil escape from the city's hustle and bustle. Showcasing rare and stunning plants, flowers, and trees. The conservatory is actually made up of moving floor panels that allow for the display to be changed out completely in as early as one week. Take some photos, walk through the garden and smell the seasonal scent to experience one of the best free attractions in Las Vegas!
6. Book a guided tour and see landmarks like the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam. Whether by helicopter or an open air jeep, there are many options for tours and I recommend that if you are in town for a few days, then a tour might be a fun way to explore the beautiful desert landscape and surrounding city. Companies like Pink Jeep and Papillon Helicopters offer many tour packages and its always best to book directly with your hotel's concierge.
7. Go to a nightclub and get a table to have the full club experience. Vegas is home to some of the best night clubs and they fill up. Unless you plan on dancing and not putting anything down then I would definitely recommend connecting with a nightlife promoter for table and bottle service accommodations. Clubs can
get really crowded so it is always nice to have a place to retreat so you can recover and head back to the action!
8. If you are staying at a Caesars Entertainment or a MGM Resorts hotel, it might be a good idea to sign up for their players card online and then book your stay directly. This is a good idea if you plan on coming back to Vegas often because the more you spend on restaurants, shows, rooms, and gambling, the more you are likely to build tier credits and move up the the higher tier levels and get benefits like free parking, free valet, discounts on shows and a lot more. This is a huge “must do” because there is so much promotion the casino could be offering that can offset the benefits in the long haul that a third party can provide. I suggest that for those travelers looking to return to Sin City, a loyalty card can open many future upgrades and deals for next year's stay!
9. Head to a rooftop lounge or restaurant for some amazing views. Vegas has some iconic rooftop locations for amazing food and elegant ambience. Rivea at Delano is a French inspired restaurant on the far south end of the strip and it is cool and sophisticated. The newest hotel and casino that opened in 2021 for 4.5 billion dollars, Resort World, on the opposite end of the strip has Alle Lounge on 66 and it is the newest spot for rooftop cocktails and definitely is the coolest spot for some smoked old fashions before heading to a concert or the dinner. No matter which spot you choose I definitely suggest reserving a seat at one of these spots and if you have to wait for a patio view (because most places don't allow a reservation for specific tables) it will be worth it!
10. Head Downtown and check out The Fremont StreetExperience. When people think of Vegas they often forget the many casinos located 15 minutes north of the strip in downtown. Biggest draws are the low bet minimums on tablegames, revived retro Vegas Casinos with lots of history such as El Cortez and the Plazahotel, and a 6 block outdoor pedestrian shopping mall covered by a massive over the toplight show all day and night. The area has live music performing on select nights, easyaccess to all the casinos, and a zip line over the whole thing! Also make sure to check outCirca, the newest hotel and casino to open downtown since 1980.
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