How to Have an Amazing Las Vegas Vacation

The Las Vegas metro area spans more than 130 square miles, but it’s famous for a 4.2-mile stretch of road known as the “Vegas Strip.” It might not sound like much, but this area is home to more than 30 casinos, countless high-end shopping centers, and a variety of truly unique restaurants.

If you’ve never been to Sin City, the sheer number of things to do can be overwhelming. And while it’s certainly possible to “wing it,” it’s also easy to miss some of the most memorable experiences in the city. The next time you’re in Las Vegas, make time to try a few of these unique attractions.

Eat on Top of the World

There are so many delicious restaurants in Las Vegas that it’s hard to recommend just one. As such, this suggestion was chosen for its ambiance as much as its food. The Top of the World is an award-winning restaurant located more than 800 feet above the Las Vegas Strip. Housed on the top floor of the Stratosphere Casino, this unique restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows and offers unparalleled views of Las Vegas and the surrounding areas.

As guests dine, the whole restaurant rotates 360 degrees every 80 minutes. As a result, patrons can gaze upon different parts of the city as they experience a variety of international fare. Seafood is featured on the menu, and most entrees cost north of $61.

Watch a unique performance

Las Vegas is home to a wide variety of shows and performances. Visitors can see everything from Britney Spears to Cirque du Soleil without ever leaving the strip. One of the more unique experiences is known as Absinthe, a self-proclaimed “acro-cabaret” nestled in the back of Caesar’s Palace.

This avant-garde show combines provocative humor with acrobatic feats in a venue that is almost too close for comfort. In fact, the audience and the stage are so close that you’ll probably be able to see the sweat on the performer’s skin. If happen to sit in the front row, you may even be asked to participate in the performance.

Shop inside old shipping containers

There are plenty of places to shop in Las Vegas, but only one of them was constructed from old shipping containers. Downtown Container Park is just that– a family-friendly shopping center with a wide variety of local boutiques and watering holes. It just happens to be made from more than 40 re-purposed shipping containers. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the fire-breathing praying mantis sculpture.

There is something for everyone in Downtown Container Park.  The Oak and Ivy Whiskey Bar serves up unique and creative cocktails, while the Art Box offers handmade items from local artists and craftspeople. There’s even a built-in playground for families with young children.

Discover a hidden art installation

There is a dazzling and serene light show hidden among the designer shops of the Vegas Strip. Commissioned by Louis Vuitton himself, Akhob is a permanent art installation created by renowned artist, James Turrell. This immersive exhibit begins in the back of Louis Vuitton’s City Center store and requires a reservation to attend.

When visitors arrive, they’re ushered into a room filled with slowly changing, multi-colored lights. The first chamber connects to two more rooms–each with their own light sources. The result is an immersive and psychedelic space that offers a brief respite from the sights and sounds of the Vegas Strip.

Visit the world’s most famous pawn shop

Since the debut of Pawn Stars, the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop has become one of the largest tourist attractions in Las Vegas and the most popular pawn shop in the world. As the setting for the hit TV show, the storefront attracts more than 3,500 visitors each day. Parking and admission are both free, but the shop’s popularity frequently results in long lines.

Vegas residents actually get preferential treatment, so consider visiting with a local. Once inside, visitors can trade in their own junk or browse the shop’s numerous acquisitions. On occasion, Rick, Chumlee, Corey, and the Old Man will even visit the shop floor to sign autographs and take pictures.

Explore the Mojave Desert

Bootleg Canyon is located 34 minutes southeast of the Vegas strip. During prohibition, it was used to store illegally brewed alcohol, but today it’s a habitat for hawks, lizards, big-horned sheep, and other wildlife. It also includes several hiking, biking and running trails.

However, the best way to explore the canyon is by zipline. A company known as FlightLinez offers a 1.5 mile tour that includes not one, not two, not three but four different ziplines. After some brief hiking, participants will pair up with a tour guide to explore the Mojave Desert at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. The whole experience lasts approximately three hours.

As you can see, Vegas has a lot more to offer than gambling and partying. While it is a perfect place to visit if those things interest you, Sin City also has great food, unique live shows, and lots of art for you to take in. Start making plans for your next Las Vegas adventure now.

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