As restricted travel becomes nothing but a distant memory, 2023 will be a good time to go on a trip and scratch that travel itch. In a previous post on 5 Must-See Stops During Your USA Road Trip, it is emphasized how you absolutely do not have to go outside of the country in order to explore and experience new things.
This time, we zero in on the largest city in Nevada, which is also dubbed the Entertainment Capital of the World. Here are the 5 must-visit spots in Las Vegas that are sure to keep you entertained—whether you travel alone or with family and friends!
1. Fremont Street Experience
The birthplace of the neon lights and vibrant nightlife that Las Vegas is widely known for is none other than Fremont Street. While the six-block roadway was previously open to vehicles, it has been transformed into the pedestrian-only Fremont Street Experience so tourists can better roam the heart of the city and relive its retro history. With the world’s largest video screen serving as the canopy, weave through the street performances, light and sound shows, revived casinos, and open-air bars.
2. The Neon Museum
If you’ve ever wondered how Las Vegas was able to keep its neon signs alive throughout the decades, the answer lies in the careful collection and preservation of The Neon Museum. The non-profit museum was founded in 1996, and the collaboration between the public and private sectors enabled it to promote the artistic, cultural, and historical importance of the vintage neon signs. The commitment to public education and archival research is reflected in the ongoing effort to tell the distinctive story of each one-of-a-kind sign—who created it, what inspired its creation, and when and where it was made. You’re guaranteed to gain a deeper appreciation for the neon-lit cityscape after visiting The Neon Museum.
3. Bellagio Las Vegas
This luxurious spot will surely transport you to the villages of Europe, thanks to its soaring fountains set against the romantic backdrop of the city’s lavender sky. Las Vegas is home to the Bellagio resort and casino, where the famous poker room, also known as the Legends Room, can be found. While daily poker tournaments are not available at Bellagio, the cash games involve the highest stakes and thus attract the elite. Complete the elegant atmosphere of Bellagio by grabbing a meal at one of the ritzy restaurants overlooking the fountains or by paying a visit to its own fine arts gallery and botanical garden.
4. Red Rock Canyon
For anyone looking forward to escaping urban life, if only for a moment, you can go on an outdoor adventure and take a hike to Red Rock Canyon. Just a few miles west of Las Vegas, this natural conservation area is known for its impressive rock formations and red sandstone peaks. What appears to be its highlight is the Keystone Thrust, where the ancient limestone that has been pushed up and over the younger sandstone creates a unique geological feature. Whether you go on the trail on foot or on wheels, your hike will pay off with a stunning viewpoint that overlooks the Strip.
5. Famous Foods Street Eats
Drawing inspiration from Southeast Asia’s street markets and hawker stalls, Famous Foods Street Eats only opened its doors to Las Vegas in 2021. Famous Foods is an international food hall at the Resorts World that serves a myriad of authentic dishes from 16 curated vendors. This culinary attraction is sure to make your mouth water and your stomach full, from traditional dumplings and Hainanese chicken rice to crispy lechon and Asian fusion barbecue. Wrap up this transportive experience by grabbing gourmet sweets and desserts, too!
From culture and history to entertainment and dining, Las Vegas has a lot to offer; you’ll never run out of sights to see either as a new tourist or a returning one.