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What to See and Do in Las Vegas - From Casinos to Natural Wonders

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While the casinos on The Strip define Las Vegas, the city has much more to offer. Yes, you can try your luck at the local slot machines and card tables, but you can also attend a live concert or head outside the glow of the neon lights to see the natural beauty of the American Southwest.

Glitz on The Strip

 

Known as The Strip, Las Vegas Boulevard South stretches 4 miles and is home to some of the city's most famous casinos and attractions. Here, you'll find the iconic Venetian, where you can ride a gondola through the hotel's lobby. Thrill rides await at the Adventuredome behind Circus Circus, and at the Stratosphere Hotel, Casino & Tower, the rides soar high above the city streets. Farther down The Strip, the famous fountain shows at the Bellagio mesmerize visitors with water, light, and sound. For high-end designer shopping, head to the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

 

  • The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109; Tel: +1 702 414 1000; Website: The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
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  • Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109; Tel: +1 702 693 7111; Website: Bellagio

Fremont fun in downtown

 

Nicknamed "Glitter Gulch," downtown is where the city started. This area still evokes the spirit of classic Las Vegas with iconic casinos like the Golden Nugget and the Four Queens. Fremont Street, a covered pedestrian walkway, is downtown's main drag. It's home to the Fremont Experience, a 6-minute light-and-music show displayed on the walkway's 1,450-foot canopy. While visiting, be sure to see the Neon Museum, which houses many of the city's original neon signs. For a truly memorable experience, go during evening hours to see the signs lit up in all their glory.

 

 

Chocolates and biking in Henderson

 

Located southeast of Las Vegas, Henderson is a World War II-era industrial hub turned residential area. There's plenty of shopping with retail centres like The Galleria at Sunset and The District at Green Valley Ranch. When your sweet tooth kicks in, a self-guided tour of the famous Ethel M. Chocolate Factory, complete with samples, is a must. Spanning 320 acres, nearby Lake Las Vegas is surrounded by resorts and golf courses. If outdoor adventures are your speed, head to the River Mountains Trail for biking or a run.

 

  • Galleria at Sunset, 1300 West Sunset Road, Henderson, NV 89014; Tel: +1 702 434 0202; Website: Galleria at Sunset
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  • Ethel M. Chocolate Factory, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, NV 89014; Tel: +1 800 438 4356; Website: Ethel M. Chocolate Factory

 

Natural beauty in Summerlin

 

If you're looking for the ideal escape from the glitz and glamour of The Strip, Summerlin might just be it. This residential area sits on the west side of Las Vegas Valley and is home to the Downtown Summerlin shopping mall. The real draw here, though, is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, where you can experience the Southwest's true beauty. You can hike amid the red sandstone cliffs or, if you prefer, there's a 13-mile drive that passes by the park's most scenic spots.

 

 

University District events

 

On the east side of the city, you'll find the University of Nevada, home of the Rebels. The university's Performing Arts centre hosts concerts and special events throughout the year. Also located on campus, the Thomas & Mack centre welcomes everything from rodeos to festivals. If you're visiting during football season, you can grab some tickets and cheer on the Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium. Outside the campus, Paradise Road is a miniature version of The Strip, where you'll find the Hard Rock Resort & Casino.