Best places to visit in Las Vegas: top attractions you don't want to miss

Take a casino break and discover Sin City’s other highlights with this guide to the 20 best places to visit in Las Vegas.

In Las Vegas, with countless mind-blowing places to visit and sights to see, there’s never a dull moment. Sin City is not only for high rollers and partygoers. It offers the vacation of a lifetime for families, romantic moments for couples celebrating a special occasion, and nature lovers too.

With its world-class shows, cultural experiences, and some of the best food in the world, Las Vegas is one of those destinations that makes you want to return year after year. And if you can tear yourself away from the dazzling lights of the Las Vegas Strip, adventure awaits in the desert landscape and breathtaking Grand Canyon. Plan an amazing trip with this guide to the best sights, attractions, and other places to visit in Vegas.

Best places to visit in Las Vegas for history

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1. Hoover Dam

Get to know the legacy of the Hoover Dam, one of the state’s most prominent attractions and a National Historic Landmark. The massive, 726-foot-high concrete dam straddles the border of Nevado and Arizona and holds back water from the Colorado River to create Lake Mead. The Hoover Dam Experience with power plant tour is a journey through history that lets you into the secrets of this emblematic structure.

Highlights:

Walk across the second-highest bridge in the US and be sure to have your camera ready for amazing panoramic shots.

Address and opening hours:

Nevada 89005. The tour includes pickup from Las Vegas. The visitor center is open daily 9:00 AM–4:15 PM.

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2. Nelson Ghost Town

Unlock the mysteries of the Old Wild West with a tour of Nelson Ghost Town. Hear insider stories as you explore off-road on an ATV and learn how the Gold Rush shaped the history of Nevada and the entire country, and left ghost towns behind.

Highlights:

This tour combines a history lesson with a fun off-road ATV adventure.

Address and opening hours:

Meet at Boulder City Dry Lake Bed, Nevada. Confirm the departure time with your guide in advance.

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3. Mob Museum

The Las Vegas Mob Museum showcases the rise and fall of notorious mobsters and documents the impact their activities had on U.S. history. Go on a journey to the dark side of mid-century Vegas.

Highlights:

Listen to the top secret wiretaps that helped law enforcers catch notorious Vegas mobsters.

Address and opening hours:

300 Stewart Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Open Wednesday to Monday 9:00 AM-9:00 PM, Tuesdays 9:00 AM-6:30 PM.

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4. Route 66

The Mother Route is closely linked to the history of the American West. Go vintage shopping and discover the historical charm of mining towns along the road on a tour of Route 66 and its cool mining towns.

Highlights:

Your tour guide’s ancestors have been here since the 19th century, so you’ll have an exceptional source of first-hand knowledge about the local history.

Address and opening hours:

Your guide will pick you up in Las Vegas. Check in advance for departure times and to arrange a pick-up point.

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5. Titanic Exhibition

Travel back to 1912 with a visit to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Explore this exceptionally realistic recreation of the ill-fated ship, see more than 200 artifacts recovered from RMS Titanic, and hear stories that have fascinated people for more than a century.

Highlights:

Marvel at the beautiful details of the Grand Staircase that makes you feel as though you are on board the real thing, although much more safely.

Address and opening hours:

3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Open daily from 11:00 AM-8:00

Best places to visit in Las Vegas for something unique

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6. Bellagio Fountains

Be wowed by the magnificent Bellagio Fountains, a daily show of dancing water and light in front of the Bellagio hotel. Relive the closing scene from “Ocean’s Eleven” with your friends or have a romantic moment as the powerful jets fill the sky with water and light.

Highlights:

Every show is unique, with different music and dancing formations, so you could watch the fountains 10 times in a day and never see the same show twice. Want to capture the moment? Book a private photoshoot at the fountains and on the Las Vegas Strip.

Address and opening hours:

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Fountain shows start at 3:00 PM every day (noon on weekends) and are every 30 minutes until 7:00 PM and every 15 minutes between 7:00PM and the last show at midnight.

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7. Count’s Kustoms

Missed the F1? See the other best cars in Las Vegas at Count’s Kustoms where car restoration is elevated to an art. Take a tour of the car showrooms and restoration shops and explore Nevada’s largest private car collection. Marvel at the exceptional craftmanship involved in restoring classic vehicles to their former glory.

Highlights:

The tour includes a $20 voucher for use at Counts Kustom’s Gift Shop.

Address and opening hours:

Meet your driver at the benches on Siren’s Cove Boulevard. Tours depart at 9:00 AM.

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8. Fremont Street

A 2-hour guided Segway tour takes you on an exploration of the best street art in the world-famous Fremont Street, where talented artists from all over the world have converged to create inspiring murals.

Highlights:

Get a tour of the location used to film the famous TV show Pawn Stars.

Address and opening hours:

707 E Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Meet your guide near the stage at Container Park.

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9. Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Las Vegas showcases the art of wax sculpture, a fascinating medium that captures historical figures with exceptional realism. Sports personalities, music icons, and pop culture celebrities are all here.

Highlights:

Meet your idols, whether they’re real people like Elvis or the famous Marvel superheroes. Upgrade your experience and get to Madame Tussauds by Venetian gondola to soak in the surreal sights of the Venetian resort.

Address and opening hours:

3377 S Las Vegas Blvd Ste. 2001, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Open daily 10:00 AM-8:00 PM.

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10. Las Vegas Strip

There are many ways to see the famous Las Vegas Strip, whether it’s by foot, road, or air, but few are more fun than a 2-hour guided sidecar tour. This fun tour introduces you to all the landmarks that have made Sin City an American icon, from famous movie locations to the famous golden nugget in Fremont Street.

Highlights:

Take the tour on the first Friday of the month to catch the lively ambiance at the Arts District.

Address and opening hours:

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel. Tours depart throughout the day.

Best places to visit in Las Vegas for families

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11. Big Apple Coaster

The New York-New York Hotel’s Big Apple Coaster will reveal who’s the bravest person in the family. Soar high and admire the Las Vegas skyline and replica NYC landmarks before a heart-stopping drop of more than 200 feet.

Highlights:

Follow up with more family fun at the Big Apple arcade, located inside the New York-New York Hotel.

Address and opening hours:

3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Open Monday to Thursday, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM. Open until midnight on weekends.

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12. KAMU Ultra Karaoke

What makes your heart sing? Whatever it is, you’ll find it at the KAMU Karaoke Private Suite at the Venetian Resort. Reserve a luxurious karaoke pod for the family and discover your kids’ hidden talent and performance skills.

Highlights:

Bring your own playlist with all the family favorites and stream it from your smartphone.

Address and opening hours:

3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Family-friendly hours are 6:00 PM-10:00 PM.

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13. The STRAT

Enter a mesmerizing realm of light, music, and technology with the tickets for the iLuminate Show at The STRAT. This award-winning Vegas show will captivate audiences of all ages and transport you into a dazzling world of fantasy and catchy tunes.

Highlights:

Treat the family to some ice cream before or after the show at 108 Eats, which has spectacular views alongside great snacks at the top of the STRAT Tower.

Address and opening hours:

2000 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89104. Show times vary throughout the year.

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14. The High Roller

Enjoy spectacular views of Las Vegas and the Strip from on a spin round the High Roller at the LINQ. This 550-foot observation wheel is the second-tallest in the world and takes 30 minutes to complete a full revolution — plenty time to see the sights.

Highlights:

You can all ride together in the spacious air-conditioned compartments and can see the full length of the Strip from the top. Book your High Roller entry slot in advance to skip the ticket line.

Address and opening hours:

3535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Open noon-midnight, seven days a week.

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15. Escape Game Las Vegas

Take part in one of the most exciting experiences in Las Vegas — an escape room where you can choose one of five fun stories. Go with the Gold Rush, or try a prison break, and see if you and your group have what it takes to solve the puzzles and break out before the time runs out.

Highlights:

Work as a team to solve puzzles, crack codes, and overcome challenges to escape. Each theme has a different difficulty level to suit different ages and levels of competitiveness. There’s even a Rugrats game.

Address and opening hours:

The Forum Shops, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109. Open daily, 8:00 AM-midnight.

Best places to visit in Las Vegas for culture and nature

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16. Neon Museum

Fabulous Las Vegas wouldn’t be quite the same without the neon lights that light it so brightly it can be seen from space. The city welcomed its first neon sign in 1929, but when electricity became plentiful after the construction of the Hoover Dam, the city really started to glow. You can learn all about the history of neons in Las Vegas and see some of the most famous examples at the Neon Museum.

Highlights:

See more than 250 signs in the museum's 'Neon Boneyard', from the 1930s to now. If you want to see the ones that are still in action, combine your Neon Museum entry ticket with a helicopter flight over the dazzling Las Vegas Strip.

Address and opening hours:

770 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Open 3:00-11:00 PM daily. Tour times vary depending on the time of year.

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17. Las Vegas Sign

Seeing the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign up close is a must when visiting LV. Witness the sweet spot where nature meets culture and art with the Mojave Desert, Seven Magic Mountains, Vegas Sign tour. See the colorful totems that form the “Seven Magic Mountains” sculpture, the breathtaking desert landscape that surrounds them, and end up at the Las Vegas Sign.

Highlights:

As well as these three picturesque moments, you’ll be able to take in the flashing lights of the casinos and the incredible Mojave Desert views between your scheduled stops — the photo ops are non-stop.

Address and opening hours:

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel. Tours depart at 8:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM.

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18. Pawn Plaza

Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of the most-loved American reality TV shows, “Pawn Stars,” with a visit to Rick Harrison’s Pawn Plaza. Take the Pawn Stars, Counts Kustoms, and Shelby American tour to also see featured locations like the Toy Shack and Count's Kustoms (from “Counting Cars”), and have the chance to meet some of the stars.

Highlights:

Upgrade to a Meet and Greet experience and meet the cast of the shows that have become a cultural phenomenon.

Address and opening hours:

Meet your guide at Siren's Cove Boulevard outside the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino. Tours start at noon.

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19. Grand Canyon

While not technically in Las Vegas, or Nevada, it would be a missed opportunity not to visit this natural wonder in the Arizona desert. Book a tour of the Grand Canyon Caverns and National Park from Las Vegas and, after your pickup in Las Vegas, you’ll be whisked to the dramatic canyon.

Highlights:

You’ll be amazed by the scenery that surrounds you, which really has to be seen to believed. With round-trip transportation and a few hours in each location to take it all in, you’ll be glad you spend a day outside the city.

Address and opening hours:

Pickup is available from five convenient Las Vegas locations. Tours start most days at 6:00 AM. Not suitable for children under 8 years old.

MGM Grand Las Vegas, 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Show times vary throughout the year. No shows on Tuesdays.

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20. The Luxor

Dive into the rich history and cultural heritage of Ancient Egypt at the Luxor Hotel, which is themed on all things Egyptian. At the Discovering King Tut’s Tomb exhibit, you can explore the variety of exhibits and artifacts recovered from the pharaoh’s tomb and be transported to the mysterious world of Egyptian funerary customs. After this immersive experience, you’ll feel you’ve met Tutankhamun in person.

Highlights:

Get the audio guide and hear Howard Carter’s personal account of his discovery. Entry is included with the Go City All-Inclusive Pass which gives you access to more than 45 attractions.

Address and opening hours:

3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Open daily 10:00 AM-8:00 PM, with the last admission at 7:00 PM.

FAQs

How many days should I spend in Las Vegas?

It depends on your interests, but in most cases, you’ll need a minimum of three days to take in the sights, catch a Vegas show, and visit the best-rated museums and exhibitions. MGM Grand is one of the biggest hotel complexes in the world, and you could easily spend a few days exploring the different entertainment options it offers.

What is the best time of year to visit Las Vegas?

If you plan to stay in Vegas, any time is a good time to book your vacation since the city’s top venues and attractions are air-conditioned and equipped to help visitors cope with the city’s desert climate. If your plans include day trips around Las Vegas, spring and fall are the most pleasant seasons for outdoor adventures.

How do I get around Las Vegas?

Most attractions are located on the Strip, a four-mile stretch of road. If you don’t feel like walking, you can get around using taxis or rideshare services. Alternatively, you can ask your hotel if they run any shuttles along the Strip.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Las Vegas?

The Strip and Downtown are the entertainment hubs of Sin City. Beyond the hotels, casinos, and cultural venues in these areas, you may want to explore the lesser-known side of Vegas, like Summerlin, near some interesting hiking trails. The Arts District is an up-and-coming area with a bustling indie cultural scene.

What are the best places to go shopping in Las Vegas?

One of the top shopping areas in Vegas is The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, located in the same complex as the Las Vegas: Escape Room Adventure. For a mix of shopping and entertainment in the same place, head to Downtown Container Park or Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.