Why Go To Las Vegas

Sin City, America's Playground, the Entertainment Capital of the World ... all worthy names for this Nevada hotspot. Think of Vegas as a theme park rather than a city – it can awe as much as it can overwhelm, and that's part of the appeal. This is a city where inhibitions are not welcome: Every night, Las Vegas draws pleasuremongers to the brightly lit Strip like moths to a flame. While you may not want to go as far as to re-enact "The Hangover," you certainly don't want to leave without experiencing a bit of "Viva Las Vegas."

Today, Las Vegas can provide any kind of vacation you can imagine. You can opt for the traditional high-roller getaway complete with all-nighters at the blackjack table or TAO Nightclub. Or you can make it all about luxury with visits to hotel spas, high-end boutiques and gourmet restaurants. Las Vegas is also a great jumping-off point for outdoor activities, such as hiking in Red Rock Canyon or visiting the Hoover Dam via a helicopter tour. You can even bring the kids along: Underage travelers will get a kick out of a Cirque du Soleil performance, the Bellagio Fountain show and the Neon Museum.


The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.

Las Vegas is ranked as:

  • #1 in Best Nightlife Scenes in the USA

  • #26 in Best Places to Visit in the USA

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Best Things To Do In Las Vegas


Your Las Vegas vacation will likely revolve around the iconic neon lights and famous (albeit somewhat kitschy) sights along the Strip. This is where Lady Luck will make or break your bank account, but there are other diversions attached to the casinos: ride a gondola at The Venetian, see views atop the Eiffel Tower at Paris, Las Vegas or enjoy the renowned fountain show at the Bellagio.

But if you can part with the glitz and glam of Las Vegas Boulevard, you’ll find the rest of the city has plenty to offer. Check out the Fremont Street Experience's light show, enjoy a history lesson at the Mob Museum or the Neon Museum, or stretch your legs at Red Rock Canyon. And if you have the time, plan a quick road trip to the Hoover Dam, which can also be accessed via helicopter tour.

  • #1 The Las Vegas Strip - FREE

  • #2 The Venetian Casino & Canal - FREE

  • #3 Bellagio Casino & Fountains - FREE

  • #4 The Mirage Casino & Volcano - FREE

  • #5 MGM Grand Casino - FREE

  • #6 Mandalay Bay Casino, Aquarium & Beach - FREE

  • #7 New York - New York & the Big Apple Roller Coaster

  • #8 Caesars Palace Casino & The Forum Shops - FREE

  • #9 Paris, Las Vegas & the Eiffel Tower Experience

  • #10 Fremont Street - FREE

Las Vegas Travel Tips

  • Prepare for desert weather - Days in Vegas can be extremely hot, but nighttime breezes (and casinos' AC) can be pretty chilly so be sure to bring a jacket. Ladies should also consider whether their high heels will be comfortable walking up and down the Strip. 

  • The house always wins - No matter how well your winning streak is going, it's bound to come to an end at some point. Remain both optimistic and realistic.

  • Bring the kids - While the casinos aren't kid-friendly, there are plenty of attractions (like aquariums) that are wholesome fun for the entire family.

  • Take a tour - Whether it's a food tour or a sightseeing flight above the Strip, there are a variety of guided tours in Vegas perfect for when you need a break from the casino.

  • Ditch the car - Traffic on the Strip can be mind-boggling; you'll be better off relying on public transportation and your own two feet. 

*SOURCE: Information From This Page Can Be Found at U.S. News & World Report