Las Vegas has its fair share of nicknames. Harking back to its days of illicit speakeasies and casinos, it was dubbed 'Sin City', but it's also known as the 'Neon capital of the world' and the 'Entertainment capital of the world'. So it goes without saying that Vegas has plenty to see and do, and visitors and locals alike rarely have cause to be bored.
Attractions in Las Vegas
The fountains of Bellagio
Immortalised in several Hollywood blockbusters, these 'dancing' waters are one of the most popular attractions on The Strip. The lake in front of the Bellagio resort houses as many as 1,200 geysers, all of which erupt into spectacular fountains every 15 minutes that 'dance' to various popular songs. Best of all? Unlike many attractions in Vegas, it's free.
One can't talk about Las Vegas attractions without mentioning the iconic Caesars Palace. Also a backdrop in many Hollywood films, and memorably the lodgings of the hapless crew of The Hangover, Caesars might be 54 years old but is still one of the first stops for many visiting The Strip. New residents of Vegas can see a concert in the Colosseum, browse the Forum Shops, dabble in a little poker or roulette, or take a dip in the famous Garden of the Gods pool.
The last few years have seen a trend emerge where big-name musicians, bands, comedians and other entertainers set up shop in one of Las Vegas' venues for extended periods instead of performing just one night. Park Theater is one such venue where the likes of Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Cher and others have entertained for a while. New residents of Vegas will therefore have plenty of time to check out their favourite acts. Park Theater seats 5,200 and VIP seating includes dedicated cocktail service.
FlowRider at Planet Hollywood
One for the whole family, the FlowRider at the Scene Pool Deck on Planet Hollywood's rooftop is a wave simulator that attracts both novices looking for some fun as well as seasoned surfers and boarders. If Mom and Dad don't feel like taking part in the action, they can kick back in the resort pool and drink in the stunning views.
The Mob Museum
Fans of The Godfather, Good Fellas and Casino will relish a visit to the Mob Museum. The museum chronicles the history of organised crime in Las Vegas and the wider US and its various battles with law enforcement. It houses some fascinating exhibits sure to blow the minds of even the most avid mafia aficionados. Visitors can also experience the Crime Lab, a Firearm Training Simulator and a tour of the museum's own distillery.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
New arrivals in Vegas who enjoy the outdoors also have plenty to look forward to. Hikers, climbers and mountainbikers all flock to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, which boasts several mountains, canyons and gullies, as well as many hiking and biking trails. Climbers love scaling the red cliffs of the area, and many of the country's best boulderers test their mettle here.
For how to get from one attraction to the next, read more about the transport options in Vegas.
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