Choose from 88 Fun Things to Do in Nevada
The dazzling CityCenter development is home to ARIA Resort and Casino, the Crystals Mall, multiple condominium complexes, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and the Vdara Hotel and Spa. Connected by a people mover to the Monte Carlo and Bellagio hotels, it's one of the Strip's most impressive complex developments.
Everything about CityCenter embraces Vegas' over-the-top excess. The 4,004-room ARIA Resort and Casino is the largest hotel in the world and features stunning water designs, with Maya Lin’s sculpture of the Colorado River and the arched porte-cochère, created by the same designers of the Bellagio fountains.
Then there is the outstanding cuisine, featuring chefs like Jean Philippe, Masayoshi Takayama, and chef Michael Mina. The Haze and Gold Lounge are two of the hottest bars and clubs on the strip, and attached to the Aria is Crystals, a refined retail district offering first-class boutiques.
CityCenter has one of the largest public art collections in the country (with a value of more than $40 million) and is home to the Zarkana Cirque du Soleil show.
CityCenter is located in the center of the Vegas Strip and is home to the Mandarin Hotel, Vdara Hotel and Spa, and ARIA Resort and Casino.
Elsewhere in the resort are more than 1,600 other slot machines, including a multi-line two-cent progressive game that is a favorite with guests. The first craps roll on the Las Vegas Strip happened in the Flamingo casino, and tossing a pair of hot dice is a popular pastime here. Blackjack, mini baccarat, Caribbean stud, roulette, Pai Gow poker and other table games are also found on the casino floor. A comfortable poker room lures gamblers as well.
When the casino becomes a bit too much to handle, step out into Flamingo’s wildlife habitat. This open-air courtyard is a relaxing, popular and free attraction that many visitors overlook. In the wildlife habitat, guests wander among a flock of Chilean flamingos, swans and ducks. Several turtles and koi splash around the water fixtures. All of the critters are well cared for by a team of experts that are employed by the resort.
- This national park is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven ground.
- The national park provides little shade, so bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of drinking water.
- Due to the distance involved, day trips from Las Vegas can last upwards of 12 hours.
- Fans of mid-century modern-style architecture flock to downtown Las Vegas to soak up the “classic Vegas” era feeling.
- Fremont Street’s light shows take place on the hour every hour from early evening through early morning.
- Casinos in downtown Las Vegas are open 24/7.
- The Eiffel Tower Experience is a must for couples.
- Book your tickets ahead of time to avoid long lines at the ticket office.
- If you plan to dine at the restaurant, make reservations several months in advance.
- The elevator, restaurant, and observation deck are wheelchair accessible.
- Count’s Kustoms is a must-visit for automobile enthusiasts and fans of Counting Cars.
- Entrance to the shop is free of charge but bring your wallet—there are plenty of souvenirs on sale.
- Parking is free at the shop.
- The river is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers.
- Remember to wear comfortable clothes suitable for the activities you’re participating in.
- There isn’t always shade on the river, so bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
- River trips and rafting tours to the Colorado River from Las Vegas can last anywhere from three to 15 hours, depending on the option chosen.
One of the best ways to experience the Black Canyon and the Colorado River is to take a guided rafting tours led by experienced professionals versed in the local geology, flora, fauna, and folklore.
Many tours offer a full day of sightseeing along the calm waters of Lake Mead and the Colorado River, complete with complimentary box lunches and transportation to and from the area.
Another popular way to take in the area is via helicopter tours operating out of Las Vegas. Beginning with a ride to McCarran Airport in a limousine, select tours ferry you to the canyon in cutting-edge six-passenger A-Star jet helicopters, where you'll embark on a mellow rafting trip from the base of the damn downriver to vans or buses waiting to return you to your hotel. The trip out includes beautiful views of the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, and the surrounding country.
Travelers bent on treating themselves to a first rate trip can also opt for a variation on the helicopter tour that involves a touch down in the Grand Canyon, where you'll indulge in a champagne breakfast before flying to historic Boulder City and proceeding with the rafting trip.
Circus Circus is a hotel and casino that combines a live circus show with the fun and flavor of Sin City. Featuring an indoor amusement park and all the usual Vegas casino games, Circus Circus treads a fine line between 'family' entertainment and straight-up adult gaming entertainment.
In the casino rooms, live circus acts are performed overhead, complete with trapeze artists, and acrobats, giving a new meaning to clowning around.
Then there’s the Adventuredome, an indoor amusement park featuring laser tag, roller coasters, and 3-D rides. These thrill rides are a popular destination for families and couples alike, so get ready to scream in delight.
Circus Circus is located in the northern part of the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel itself is a little down-at-the-heels; this ain't the Wynn, so don't expect anything too fancy.
- Plan to spend at least four hours exploring the West Rim.
- Transportation by private vehicle is not permitted within Grand Canyon West. Parking is available, and a hop-on, hop-off shuttle service transports visitors between viewpoints.
- Bring sun protection, plenty of water, and comfortable shoes.
- Wheelchair users may need assistance on the area’s rough terrain.
- The Skywalk is a must-visit for thrill-seekers.
- Cameras aren’t permitted on the Skywalk, but it is possible to purchase photos from Grand Canyon West’s professional photographers.
- Outside food and drink are not permitted within Grand Canyon West or on the Skywalk.
- Tours to the Skywalk can last upwards of nine hours depending on the option chosen.