Things to See & Do in Vegas
In 2010, the city of Las Vegas welcomed more than 37 million visitors, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. With its bright lights, casinos, live shows and glamorous history, it is no wonder so many people vacation in Las Vegas. If you are planning to visit the city, include a couple of must-see sites and attractions on your itinerary.
"Welcome to Las Vegas" Sign
A part of the Las Vegas Strip since 1959, the Las Vegas sign is considered and iconic symbol of the city, according to Vegas.com. The sign is located on the south end of the Vegas strip near the Mandalay Bay Resort. For those entering the strip, the sign reads, "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada," and for those leaving it reads, "Drive Carefully Come Back Soon." Visitors to the area can take pictures under the sign for free, and it is accessible 24 hours a day.
Fountains at Bellagio
Positioned in front of the Bellagio Hotel, the Fountains of Bellagio are located in a nine-acre, man-made lake that houses a network of pipes with 1,200 nozzles and more than 4,500 lights. The fountains come alive each night for complimentary shows that feature water and lights choreographed to tunes such as "Luck Be a Lady," "One, Singular Sensation," "Carol of the Bells" and "Viva Las Vegas." As of March 2011, shows take place from 3 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturdays and Sundays. The fountains run every half hour until 8 p.m. and every 15 minutes until midnight.
Located in the Circus Circus hotel, the Adventuredome is a five-acre indoor theme park. Rides include the Rim Runner water ride, The Sling Shot and the Canyon Blaster, the only rollercoaster in the country to offer a double loop and double corkscrew track. Guests can also visit park attractions such as the Lazer Blast laser tag, Xtreme Zone indoor rock climbing and bungee jumping area and free clown shows. As of March 2011, the park is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and later on the weekends.
Las Vegas Apollo Night Strip Helicopter Tours
Offered by Heli-USA Airways, the Las Vegas Apollo Night Strip Helicopter Tour offers visitors an aerial view of the city. The tour commences at dusk with a glass of champagne before departure. Guests then board the A-Star jet helicopter and ascend and travel 22 miles across the Vegas sky. Potential sites during the flight include The Venetian, New York-New York, Caesars Palace and the Stratosphere Tower.