Mind-Blowing Las Vegas Adventure

Don't rely on luck to make your trip to Las Vegas a success. Take a tour beyond the casinos to discover must-see things to do and see, including Stratosphere's thrill rides, the Shark Reef, and the Mob Museum. Also, don't miss an opportunity to experience Las Vegas like no other.

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The Strip

Las Vegas Strip -- the 4.2-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South -- passes through Paradise and Winchester, 2 unincorporated towns, and it also is the heart of the glitzy in Vegas. The Strip has made Vegas a hot tourist attraction in part because 15 of the world’s largest hotels (by room count) are located here, as well as popular casinos, restaurants and over-the-top live entertainment.

Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Soar high above Las Vegas to see the city’s famous Strip, the diverse neighborhoods and the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Red Rock Canyon. Some companies provide hors d’oeuvres and/or a traditional Champagne breakfast to create a romantic atmosphere for couples.

Stratosphere Thrill Rides

Step off the ledge and go for the extreme. Get your heart-pounding thrills atop the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower with a free fall from the 108th floor; a 3-G spin 900 feet in the air; a headfirst dive 27 feet over the edge of the tower; or get shot 160 feet in the air at 45 miles high above Vegas. The Stratosphere’s rides -- Skyjump, Insanity, X-Scream and Big Shot -- are perfect for adrenaline junkies.

Hiking in Red Rock Canyon

Take a hike! Visit the 197,000-acre Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located about 17 miles outside Las Vegas, to commune with nature and see 3,000-foot-tall red-rock formations. In addition to hiking, the family-friendly area offers other outdoor activities, including horseback riding and climbing -- or just have a picnic and enjoy the amazing scenery. 

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

Explore the exotic wonders of Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The aquarium’s 1.3 million gallon main tank is one of the largest in North America. We recommend taking a walk through the stunning shark tunnel (pictured) and paying a visit to this fun Vegas attraction to see a wide variety of marine life, including sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish and the rare golden crocodile.

Cirque du Soleil’s 'Michael Jackson One'

Head to Vegas’ Mandalay Bay to experience Cirque du Soleil’s immersive musical experience Michael Jackson One. Watch as the King of Pop’s catalog of award-winning music comes to life through dance, acrobatics, aerial performances and amazing visuals. It’s a not-to-be-missed show if you’re a Michael Jackson fan!

Wynn Las Vegas Golf Course

Tee off at the Wynn Las Vegas Golf Course located on the Strip. The 7,042-yard, par-70, 18-hole course is the brainchild of American business magnate Steve Wynn and golf course architect Tom Fazio. Reservations are available up to 90 days in advance for Wynn and Encore guests and 30 days in advance for non-hotel guests.

Mob Museum

The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, also known as the Mob Museum, showcases real stories and actual events in mob history through interactive and engaging exhibits about Al Capone, John Gotti, Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano and more. Located in a former federal courthouse and US post office, the museum opened its doors on Feb. 14, 2012, to coincide with the anniversary of the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929.

Italian Brunch at Vegas Uncork'd

Get a once-in-a-lifetime cooking experience courtesy of the Pellegrino family. Actor and restaurateur Frank Pellegrino and his family show off their skills by serving up an Italian brunch as part of Vegas Uncork’d, an annual celebration of wine, food and spirits.

Vegas Uncork'd at Caesars Palace

Experience a foodie’s delight at Vegas Uncork’d. This ultimate food and wine experience assembles cutting-edge mixologists, master sommeliers and celebrity chefs -- including Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and Nobu Matsuhisa -- for cooking and wine demos held at Caesars Palace (pictured), the Bellagio, Mandalay Bay and the MGM Grand.

Buggy Desert Racing

For thrill-seekers visiting Vegas, hop in a custom-built dune buggy for an adrenaline-pumping off-road adventure over Nellis Dunes.

Zip-Lining in Bootleg Canyon

Get an adrenaline rush! Go zip-lining 1 1/2 miles across the Mojave Desert through Bootleg Canyon and Boulder City, NV, at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. According to Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the desert’s wildlife -- which includes lizards, hawks and bighorn sheep -- during the 3-hour experience.

MGM Grand Casino

Take a chance on your luck. Head to the MGM Grand Casino to play the slots, poker, blackjack, roulette and more. If that’s not your speed, place your bets on popular sporting events including NASCAR races, soccer games, championship tennis matches, championship golf tournaments, boxing matches or Thoroughbred races.

ATV Off-Road Adventure

Hit the road and go for adventure! Hop on an ATV and traverse the desert’s rough but beautiful terrain. ATV Action Tours and American Adventure Tours are a few companies that provide these adventurous excursions.

Fremont Street Experience

In 1905, Las Vegas started near the corner of Fremont Street -- the city’s first paved street -- and Main Street. Today, all of your senses come alive when strolling down this $70 million experience. The 7-block open-air pedestrian mall features legendary casinos, performance stages, live entertainment and an amazing graphic light show.

Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat

Come face to face with bottlenose dolphins, white tigers, panthers, white lions and leopards at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. This must-see attraction at the Mirage also provides tourists with a unique experience of creating a painting with help from a friendly dolphin.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Racing fans should not miss out on making a trip to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which offers exciting experiences such as getting behind the wheel of a real Ferrari race car, competing in a side-by-side drag race and taking a tour of the speedway’s 9 tracks.

Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas is known as a destination for quick nuptials for couples in love or couples who’ve found love after a long night out on the town. Britney Spears, Joan Collins, Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Michael Jordan and other celebrities have been spotted at A Little White Wedding Chapel to renew their vows, to get married or to simply enjoy a fun visit.

Wild West Horseback Riding

Book a 5-hour outdoor adventure with Wild West Horseback Adventures to explore the trails of the most infamous outlaws of the American West on the Ol’ Spanish Trail ride. Or, you can take the scenic Sunset Dinner Ride to enjoy Nevada’s wildlife, as well as a meal of steak or mesquite grilled chicken, a baked potato, corn on the cob and a slice of apple pie.  

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