With an overload of neon, glitz and Elvis impersonators, there’s nowhere quite like Las Vegas.
So get packing – don’t forget your travel insurance – and make the most of your holiday overseas with our guide to the top five things to do in Las Vegas. We’ll help you experience the best the world has to offer.
Take a gamble
You won’t have any trouble finding the casinos, as most hotels in Las Vegas are designed so you have to walk through them to get anywhere. If you try your luck, you might want to take a few gaming lessons; some of the hotels including Excalibur and New York, New York offer them for free.
See a show
A trip to Las Vegas isn’t complete without seeing at least one show. Book ahead for big production shows like Cirque du Soleil, major sporting events or headline acts. If your budget won’t stretch that far, there are plenty of long-running shows featuring magicians, comedians and impersonators.
Dine out in style
Cheap restaurants and all-you-can-eat buffets are in abundance here, but fine dining has become a part of the Las Vegas experience as well. In recent years, celebrity chefs have opened a slew of restaurants, boasting incredible fusion cuisine, unusual ambience, or both.
What better way to recover from a night in the casinos than by spending more money in the shops? High flyers will head for Via Bellagio and the Fashion Show Mall, while European style overflows from the Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. You’ll find amazing bargains at Belz Factory Outlet World, and for truly tacky souvenirs, head for the stores along the Strip, the six-kilometre main drag of the city.
Fake it for free
Some of the best entertainment to be had in Las Vegas is free. Visit the lion enclosure at the MGM Grand Hotel, the white tiger habitat at the Mirage and the dancing fountains show at the Bellagio. And for a surreal experience, you can’t beat a trip to the city’s incredible ‘fakes’, including downscaled versions of the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and an eerily exact replica of St Mark’s Square in Venice that will have you wondering whether you’re still in the Nevada desert.
Don’t forget to purchase USA travel insurance for your overseas holiday.