It’s on millions of buckets lists around the world:
The thrill of the one and only Las Vegas, where anything that happens, stays.
Sure, there are endless casinos and bars, but the culture of Vegas goes well beyond those stereotypical activities. If you’re lucky enough to visit or, even better, live in Sin City, there are quite a few things that you shouldn’t miss.
Tourist attractions, like the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and the Strip, are fine for the average visitor. Vegas has so much more to offer, though, if you know what to look for. And we do.
We’ve got nine of the top insider activities to keep your schedule full in Las Vegas.
1. Take a Trip to Any of the Wedding Chapels
You don’t have to be getting hitched to visit Vegas’ multiple iconic wedding chapels.
Back in the day, this city was known for its casual stance on the institution of marriage. This made it a popular destination for couples in search of a quick, legal wedding. It’s still one of the fastest places to get a marriage license.
Elvis is the trademark you’ll see in almost any Vegas chapel, including the original, Graceland. Whether your life is more like “Heartbreak Hotel” or you’re full of “Burning Love,” add these Elvis-themed chapels to your trip for a memory you won’t forget.
Just be sure you don’t step on any “Blue Suede Shoes” while you’re there!
2. Visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
There’s always a chance of a celebrity sighting in Vegas, considering the number of famous performers who live here. But if you want a guaranteed selfie with your favorite star, head over to Madame Tussauds.
This wax museum is home to over 100 sculptures of celebrities. From athletes and musicians to actors and politicians, you’ll see all of your faves. (Beyonce is one of the latest additions, so make sure to swing by and take an Instagram pic with her!)
But wax figures aren’t the only attraction at Madame Tussauds. In the Vegas location, you can dance the night away at Club Tussauds or play virtual reality games in their VR bar. This is unlike any other museum you’ve ever visited!
3. Float on a Gondola
Italy isn’t the only place where you can float down a serene river of clear blue water. Amidst the excitement of Vegas, tranquility can be found on a gondola ride down the Grand Canal at the Venetian Hotel.
This can’t-miss experience takes you along the Vegas streets to explore every nook and cranny of the city. You’ll ride underneath bridges and alongside shops as your gondolier serenades you and regales you with historical information.
You might not be in Italy, but you’re in Vegas on a gondola, and that’s darned close.
4. Satisfy Your Inner Thrill-Seeker
If wax museums and gondola rides sound too low-energy for you, don’t worry. There are plenty of activities to give you the adrenaline high you’re looking for.
How about a SkyJump off of the Stratosphere Hotel? You can leap 885 feet straight down onto the Vegas Strip for a death-defying experience.
If water is more your thing, you can flyboard along Lake Las Vegas. This new extreme water sport has been around less than a decade but is already a crowd favorite.
All you have to do is stand on the watercraft, strap into the board, and zoom — you’re flying over the water’s surface like you’re in Back to the Future!
5. Shop and Eat in Chinatown
A hidden gem of cuisine is located just around the corner from the Strip in Chinatown. Here, you’ll find an assortment of restaurants and food courts off the beaten path with dishes to please any palate.
Over 150 restaurants are nestled in the three miles that make up Chinatown.
If the tourist traps interest you, this is the place to go. You’ll find plenty of oddities and attractions here, tucked between quality shops and local eateries.
6. Breathe the Fresh (Flavored) Air
Oxygen bars are around every corner in Vegas. These little kiosks offer flavored air to help reenergize you for your adventures.
With so much congestion and air pollution in Vegas, a quick breath of fresh, filtered oxygen can be very helpful. Those who swear by this “treatment” claim that it helps with headaches, hangovers, and flagging energy.
While flavored air won’t necessarily cure your ills, oxygen bars are great places to relax after a long day.
7. Enjoy Nature
When you think of Las Vegas, nature might be the last thing that comes to mind. But beyond the crowded sidewalks and skyscraper hotels lay some of the most majestic sights in the world.
Take a tour of the Grand Canyon via a bus or helicopter. It’s a full-day trip, but you can view the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon Skywalk right outside the city.
For more active visitors, a bike trip through the Mojave Desert might be in the cards. It’s less than an hour from Vegas, so there are plenty of tour groups to take you.
If the desert is too dry, you can always kayak along the Colorado River instead. Nothing like stepping away from the Strip for a day to bask in the beauty of the natural world!
8. Take a Walk Along the Fremont Strip
The Fremont Strip is almost as popular as the Vegas Strip, but far less crowded. You can still gamble and shop, but there’s more of a historic Sin City to be found here.
The oldest movie theater in the city is on Fremont Street. The jingle of slots in the few casinos where coins are used instead of cards adds to the excitement.
And then … there’s the epic light show in Viva Vision. The world’s largest video screen (16.4 million pixels) plays a new show regularly. If you’re lucky, you can catch a glimpse of a zip-liner flying through the air while you watch a show!
9. Ride a Helicopter
You can ride a helicopter in almost any city, but only in Vegas can you take one over the Grand Canyon.
Book an evening tour and view the Strip at night for a one-of-a-kind experience. You can even get up close and personal with the Stratosphere, the tallest hotel in the city.
If riding a helicopter is on your bucket list, Vegas is the place to go to cross it off!
Even if you’re not a gambler or drinker, there’s so much waiting for you in Las Vegas.
You’ll find cultural events, museums, and the widest array of food west of New York City! And of course, you’ll find Elvis waiting around every corner.
When you visit, you’ll quickly learn that “Viva Las Vegas” isn’t just a song here … it’s a way of life!
Dominique Daniels is the Business Manager at Glo Las Vegas. With over five years of property management experience, she loves making Glo a place everyone loves to call home.