The Entertainment Capital of the World has been consistently attracting over 42 million yearly visitors prepandemic. While gamblers spend about $34.4 billion per year in Vegas, those who’ve visited the city know there’s much more to it than gambling.
You’d be surprised to learn how much Vegas has to offer in terms of things to do, ranging from outdoor activities and sightseeing all the way to day trips and nightlife events. Scroll down to discover a selection of the most notable ones to add to your Vegas to-do.
1. Visit Natural Wonders
If you enjoy being outdoors, this one’s for you!
A popular hiking destination is the Valley of Fire, where visitors can stroll around the red sandstone formations. Located south of Overton, it’s an hour-long car ride away from the heart of Vegas. The best trail to hike on is the 1.1-mile White Domes Trail. It’s perfect for both newbies and advanced hikers!
We also mustn’t forget Arizona’s biggest national park – the Grand Canyon. The closest section to reach from Vegas is the West Rim, located 130 miles away from the city, or a 2.5-hour-long drive. With ancient marine fossils to gawk at and wild creatures to observe, this beautiful national park is a must-see.
2. Take the Adrenaline up a Notch
The SpeedVegas race car track in Clark County is a top destination for tourists that go berserk over fast cars. The team offers a unique drifting ride all along the track in 700+ horsepower engines. You’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout the entire ride!
Another fantastic idea is a dune buggy ride. Sun Buggy offers an off-road drive through the Valley in a genuine dune buggy that you get to drive yourself! Trust us, being behind the wheel on top of the sandy mounds is an experience you’ll never forget.
3. Party Like There’s No Tomorrow
After all, Vegas isn’t called Sin City for nothing! While you’re there, make sure to check out some of the best nightclubs in town. To get the most bang for your buck, here are two Vegas partying hotspots:
Hakkasan Nightclub in MGM Grand
The Hakkasan nightclub is home to some of the greatest DJs in the world like Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Zedd, and more! The venue is fabulous, the drinks are cold and fresh, and the sound system is booming. So, are you convinced yet, or should we do any more name-dropping?
LIGHT Vegas Nightclub in Mandalay Bay
If you’re in the mood for a Cirque du Soleil show, then you should definitely visit the LIGHT Vegas nightclub. Lights flashing and acrobats seamlessly flying through the air are just part of the deal. This amazing electronic music venue is enjoyed by both tourists and locals.
4. Be a Taster for a Day
If you’re a gourmet at heart, definitely consider going on a tasting spree. The city offers a top panel of wine and delicacies to try at some of its best restaurants. Top picks include Wine Cellar and Tasting Room as well as La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway.
You can also attend the Las Vegas Food and Wine Festival. It is a hotspot for chefs in the ranks of Gordon Ramsey, all waiting for you to taste their delicious food! It’s held annually, however, so make sure to plan your trip accordingly if this is one of the must-do’s on your list.
5. Go On a Cruise
Any tourist is welcome to sail the waters of Lake Mead or the Colorado River. A trip through the heavenly Lake Mead can be both a daytime and an evening activity. Tours usually last 5–7 hours, and the cost depends on the amenities the cruise will include. Either way, you’ll certainly get complimentary champagne and a beautiful deck to take in the breathtaking sights all around.
You can also kayak the waters surrounding the Grand Canyon for deals starting from $500 that cover a 10+ hour-long trip as well as a picnic lunch and, get this, a helicopter flight!
Who says you need to gamble your money away to have fun in Vegas? Doing justice to its name, the Entertainment Capital of the World also makes room for anything between adrenaline-pumped rides and food tastings, making it a great destination for anyone to have a good time! Regardless of what you choose to do in Vega, one thing is for sure – it’ll be a memory for a lifetime.