Since travel restrictions have eased, the travel industry is booming, with many people delighted to be heading back on vacation. However, it’s not the international destinations attracting travelers, as people now prefer to stay within the United States to get away.
As reported by the media, the top destinations for those heading on a break included Hawaii, South Carolina, and Las Vegas. The world’s entertainment capital is welcoming people back with open arms, and it shows how much people have missed the chance to visit, as over 32 million headed into the city in 2021, which is a rise of 70% from 2020.
Naturally, people automatically think of Las Vegas as a place where it’s all about the bright lights, the shows, and the casinos. Of course, they are a draw to many, but they’re not the only attractions that visitors flock to see. So, let’s look at five great things to do while visiting Las Vegas.
Around Las Vegas are some of the most stunning parks in the country, which are just waiting for you to explore and one not to be missed is the Valley of Fire State Park. Located just 50 miles northeast of the city, the park can be easily accessed by car on I-15 or a guided hiking tour booked straight from Vegas. The park is stunning; with its red Aztec sandstone, petrified trees, and miles of hiking trails, you need to make sure your camera is charged as you’ll be snapping pictures with every step.
Historic Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is an engineering marvel, standing at 726 feet tall and spanning over 1000 feet; the arch-gravity dam made up of over 6 million tons of concrete is awe-inspiring. The hydroelectric power plant within the dam generates around 4billion kilowatt-hours of electricity for people across Nevada, Arizona, and California each year, and a tour of the plant is fascinating. It puts you right in the facility’s heart to view the generators and the passageways within the structure, making it a truly memorable experience.
There are many cool things to do in Vegas that do not involve gaming, but if you’re there, it might be worth checking out one of the underrated poker rooms in the city. You don’t have to go to the high-roller table at the Bellagio to enjoy a few hands of poker; instead, places such as the Red Rock Casino Resort, which sits in the shadow of Red Rock Canyon. Also, in the heart of the strip, inside Planet Hollywood is a relatively unknown card room. It’s a great place to get away and play the game and meet new people, leaving the hustle and bustle outside.
Hit new heights
Suppose you’re looking for a place where you can sample some of the best food, play to your heart’s content, and have one of the best overlooks of Vegas all in one place, then a visit to The Strat Hotel has to be on your list. You can’t miss the observation tower here, which is the tallest in the United States, and it’s a great place to take in your surroundings as it stands at over 1,100 feet tall. Maybe head into the Top of the World Lounge is arguably the most stunning dining room in the city, which certainly offers an experience like no other. Then, head back down to finish your night in the 80,000 sq ft casino, with over 700 games and attractions to try your luck.
One for the sports fans
If you’re a sports fan, there’s so much to offer in Las Vegas. Hockey fans can take in the Las Vegas Knights playing in the NHL at the T-Mobile Arena, the regular venue for things like UFC and world boxing events. Also, just off the strip, there’s the Allegiant Stadium, which is the home of the Las Vegas Raiders. If you’re not visiting during the NFL season, a tour of one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in the country is a must. It thrusts visitors behind the scenes of what it takes to host a football game in the 65,000-seat capacity stadium, and it’s something you won’t want to miss.
There you have it, our list of five things to do in Las Vegas. As you can see, there’s something for everyone, so now all you need to do is pack your bags and get out there.