What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – except for this guide to sightseeing in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is truly the city that never sleeps, and there’s so much to see and do. So here is a guide to 14 of our must-see Las Vegas spots.
Use this guide for sites to see in Las Vegas, and we promise you’ll feel like you’ve checked all the sites off your list. Well, at least enough until your next trip to Sin City.
So let’s jump right into it!
1. Snap a pic at the Las Vegas Sign
Say cheese and visit this iconic landmark located south of the Las Vegas Strip. The perfect stop for your first or last day, this iconic landmark is a sure sign that you’re in “Fabulous Las Vegas.”
If this is your first (or fifth) trip to Vegas, the sign is one of the top sites to see in Las Vegas.
2. Walk the entire Las Vegas Strip
A 4.2-mile-long boulevard lined with iconic hotels, casinos, and resorts, including the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Venetian, and more, the Las Vegas strip is home to some of the best sightseeing in Las Vegas.
Plan extra time when walking the Strip since there’s so much to see and do. As you walk through the Strip, you’ll start checking off so many sites to see in Las Vegas off of your list.
3. Take a stroll through Fremont Street Experience
Step outside the Strip and head a few miles north to Downtown Las Vegas. The Fremont Street Experience is a pedestrian-only mall and shopping district under a stunning canopy of lights. While the Strip is always bustling, so is Fremont Street.
There are over five blocks of attractions, including nightly entertainment and other things to see and do in Vegas.
4. Watch the water fountain show at The Bellagio
In Vegas, the hotels are as much a place to stay as part of the attraction. The Bellagio luxury hotel is a must-visit while in Vegas. The Italy-on-the-lake theme is both beautiful and completely over the top.
You can’t miss The Bellagio’s famous choreographed water fountain show set to music, located in front of the hotel. The fountain show goes off every 15-30 minutes in the afternoon and evenings. So make sure to stop by and watch. Come twice, once during the day and once after dark, for two unique viewings.
But there’s more to the Bellagio than just fountains, don’t forget to head inside to be wowed by the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.
5. Take a gondola ride at the Venetian
The Venetian is another hotel and casino that brings Italy to Nevada.
Based on the historic city of Venice, the hotel and its shopping district are built around an indoor canal that you can explore on a gondola. The canal is about half a mile that floats under Ventian-style bridges, so you feel like you’ve been transported to Italy.
Make sure you add this to your list of sites to see in Las Vegas.
6. Shop the Miracle Mile Shops
Right across from the Bellagio, next to Paris, and adjacent to Planet Hollywood is Miracle Mile Shops. This indoor shopping and entertainment area is bound to blow your mind!
The massive number of shops, boutiques, and restaurants is certainly worthy of the name Miracle Mile Shops. There are well over 150 shops for you to explore, making it one of the best Las Vegas spots to visit.
Plus, in the hotter months, wandering the Miracle Mile Shops is one of the best places to beat the heat while sightseeing in Las Vegas.
7. Soar to the top of the Stratosphere Tower
Head up to the north end of the Strip and find the Stratosphere Tower at the STRAT hotel. The 1,149 tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the US and offers breathtaking views of all the sites to see in Las Vegas from its observation deck.
And there’s more; when you get to the top, you’ll find some of the coolest rides in Vegas, including X-Scream and Insanity, so your heart and jaw can drop at the same time. Feeling extra brave? You can even jump off the tower in SkyJump.
8. Take a whirl on the High Roller Observation Wheel
When it comes to sightseeing in Las Vegas, the High Roller should be at the top of your list.
The High Roller is the world’s tallest observation wheel at 550 feet tall. This isn’t your neighborhood Ferris wheel. It takes around 30 minutes to enjoy the full ride.
Each glass cabin gives you 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Strip and the best Las Vegas spots as you rise above the Strip.
You’ll find the High Roller Observation Wheel at the end of the LINQ Promenade just off the Strip at the LINQ Hotel.
9. Visit the miniature Eiffel Tower in Paris Las Vegas
Feeling French? Well, let’s take a trip to Paris. Well, the Paris Las Vegas hotel, that is. And trust us when we say you can’t miss this Las Vegas spot.
Right next door to Miracle Mile Shops, the Paris hotel has a replica of the Eiffel Tower that is exactly half the height of the real one across the Atlantic. Sitting at 540 ft tall, there’s an observation deck you can visit at the top. Its location right across the street from the Bellagio makes it a great spot to view the fountain show.
You’ll also find replicas of the Arc, the Triomphe, the Louvre, and other famous Paris landmarks at the Paris Hotel.
Don’t forget to top off your visit to “France” with a French-inspired meal at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant.
10. Take a trip to the Hoover Dam
Escape the hustle and bustle of Vegas for the day and check out the Hoover Dam.
About 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, sitting on the Colorado River, the Hoover Dam was constructed during the Great Depression. It’s used for flood control, electricity, and so much more. This feat of concrete engineering is both beautiful and impressive and starkly different from the bright lights of Las Vegas.
The dam is so impressive it gets millions of visitors every single year. And certainly worth the drive out of the city.
11. See the sharks at Mandalay Bay
Just because Las Vegas is in the desert doesn’t mean that you won’t find your share of marine animals in the city. Walk down to the south end of the strip and visit the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay.
The underwater tunnel gets you up close and personal with the sharks, rays, and other marine animals–the perfect activity for all ages.
If the exhibits have you feeling like you need to take a dip, Mandalay Bay Beach offers 11 acres of water fun. Complete with a wave pool and a lazy river, you’ll be channeling your inner shark in no time.
12. Go back in time to the Mob Museum
Not many people realize the influence of the Mob in Las Vegas. The Mob Museum (also formally known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement) breaks down the history of the Mob and organized crime in the US and Las Vegas. Plus, it shares how law enforcement was able to handle it.
Walk into the courtroom on the second floor where hearings were held back in the day and check out artifacts, including early slot machines and other mob-related memorabilia.
The Mob Museum is located in the old Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse, just about two blocks north of Fremont Street.
13. See life in color at The Neon Museum
Nothing shines quite as bright as the signature lights in Vegas. But signs and lights have a special place in the heart of Vegas, and they’re perfectly captured in the Neon Museum.
This outdoor exhibition is a collection of restored vintage neon signs. These signs are used to light up some of the most iconic hotels and businesses throughout Las Vegas.
Even if you’ve only been to modern Vegas, The Neon Museum feels nostalgic. You’ll see how the signs changed over the years, and every exhibit shines a light on the history and culture of Las Vegas.
14. Hike the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
There are so many sites to see in the Las Vegas area, including some of the most stunning rock formations and hiking trails in the country.
While you can take longer trips to some of the famous National Parks in the area, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation is the perfect day trip. Just 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, you won’t feel like you’re less than 30 minutes from one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world.
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, photographer, or just looking to take a break from the slots, you’ll love Red Rock Canyon. Enjoy hikes for all levels through the desert landscape and the Mojave desert. As the name suggests, the fiery red sandstone rock formations cannot be missed.
Don’t feel like walking? The 13-mile Scenic Drive will get you to some of the must-see spots.
We hope this guide to sightseeing in Las Vegas was helpful in planning your next trip. And whether it’s your first trip to Vegas or the tenth, we can’t wait to see you here at Miracle Mile Shops or some of the top Las Vegas spots soon.