Top 10 Attractions In Las Vegas

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Known the world over as perhaps the preeminent casino destination on the planet, Las Vegas has become much more than that over the decades. While the casinos and the gambling opportunities are still the main highlights, the city has become more of a total entertainment center, with something to offer to just about anyone who might be passing through. Accordingly, we’re taking a look not just at some of the best casinos, but at the top 10 attractions in the city.

The Bellagio Fountains

The Bellagio fountains may have become something of a cliché, but there’s a reason they’re often presented as the iconic image of Vegas. More than just lit up fountains outside one of the most historic casino resorts on The Strip, they’re effectively a show, and a free one at that. Stopping by to watch the fountains at night is an absolute must if you get to visit Vegas.

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The Garden Of The Gods Oasis

There are lots of outstanding pools in Las Vegas, and in fact the “pool culture,” so to speak, has grown up a lot. There are now a few pools, most notably at the ARIA, that double as day clubs and throw raucous parties all day in good weather. But there isn’t another pool more impressive to see for the first time, or more quintessentially Las Vegas, than the Garden of the Gods Oasis at Caesars Palace. Picture a complex of huge pools surrounded by mock ancient Roman decor and you’ve pretty much got it.

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The Fremont Street Experience

The Fremont Street Experience

The Strip deservedly gets most of the attention in Vegas travel guides, but Fremont Street is an increasingly trendy alternative. Packed with neon marquees, gift shops, and the stench of beer, this downtown district is full of really cool things to see and do, even if it’s hard to describe in bulk terms. In a way, it’s all of Vegas compressed into a smaller area, more like an indoor/outdoor market than a city of sky-scraping resorts.

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Parasol Up & Parasol Down

These are two bars at the Wynn that are basically one two-story bar together. Parasol Up sort of bleeds into resort and is a little more low-key, but Parasol Down is described as a place where the locals go to drink. You can sit inside or out at the patio in front of a giant waterfall, and large crowds of people to watch walking by. There’s also a giant movie screen that shows various things at most hours of the day to keep you entertained. As bars go, it’s one of the best spots in town.

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The ARIA Casino Floor

It wouldn’t be right to make this list without including a particular casino, though it’s tough to recommend one over the other. The Bellagio’s poker room is legendary, Mandalay Bay is considered fairly accessible for people who don’t want to spend too much, etc. But the ARIA, as one of the newer and more state-of-the-art resorts, may just have the best overall casino floor for visitors to enjoy.

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Cirque du Soleil O

As with pools, casinos, bars, and most everything else, there are actually several different Cirque du Soleil shows to recommend in Las Vegas as well. While these shows still travel, there are some that have taken up permanent residence at various resorts, and O is probably the best and most unique of them. Performed at The Bellagio, it combines traditional Cirque du Soleil routines with a gigantic pool over (and in) which many of the stunts take place.

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The NBA Summer League

This is a seasonal attraction (though in fairness so are the pools), but one sports fans should love. NBA team summer leagues move from city to city but there’s typically one in Las Vegas, and after a few opening games there’s a whole playoff schedule. It’s a 30-team single elimination tournament in Las Vegas, with all kinds of celebrities and league insiders flocking around the arena. It’s a whole different environment to watch professional basketball in, and a great excuse to go to Vegas in the first place.

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The Venetian Canals

The Venetian resort is modeled after the aesthetic of the actual city of Venice, Italy, complete with artificial canals. Sure, it’s a little bit of a gimmick, but you might notice that pretty much the entire city of Vegas could be called the same. It just so happens that walking along The Venetian’s canals, or taking a gondola ride in them, is delightful.

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Restaurant Guy Savoy

There are restaurants owned by famous restaurateurs all over Vegas – from Joel Rubuchon, Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, and more. But Restaurant Guy Savoy may be the best of the bunch. As the chef’s only American venture, it boasts exquisite French fare and is set up as something of an oasis away from the hustle and noise of the casinos (whereas some other famous restaurants are right in the thick of things). The restaurant is located in the Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace.

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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental

Here again, we could have chosen a spa from any number of Vegas resorts, because all of the big ones have them. But the Mandarin Oriental – often called the best resort on The Strip now despite the fact that it doesn’t have its own casino – just does a particularly wonderful job. It’s a matter of opinion to some extent, but there isn’t a better spa in Vegas.

Husband and Dad of 2 Richard is the founder of Top 10 Travel and loves everything travel related. Born in the UK and now living in Australia he has trekked Annapurna and parts of Western China and also spent time in Europe. As a family they have traveled to the USA several times, Canada, Europe and China. Next Stop is Iceland in September 2018.

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