A whirl of neon lights and over-the-top style, Las Vegas is one of the world’s most iconic party spots. It’s a well-earned reputation—revelers shouldn’t miss its poolside nightlife scene—but there’s a lot to experience beyond the casinos. Visitor can dine at celebrity chef restaurants, catch high-energy shows, and get sweeping views of the Strip from the Las Vegas High Roller. The most popular attractions are sometimes booked far in advance, which makes advance planning a must to ensure great seats. Nature lovers should also explore the vast desert that’s just beyond city limits, and the city makes a popular starting point for trips to the Grand Canyon, the Valley of Fire, and the Hoover Dam.
Las Vegas Strip
Lined with big-name casinos, these are the glittering lights at the heart of the action. Scorching daytime temperatures mean many visitors prefer to visit after dark, when walking tours and club crawls take in the hottest spots. For the most spectacular views, though, check out the Strip from the air, whether you’re riding the Las Vegas High Roller, or soaring above the city on an evening helicopter tour.
A limo adds glamour to a night on the town, and exploring with a professional photographer ensures memorable photographs of clients’ Las Vegas experience.
The Strip is easy to explore on foot, and this evening walking tour features two memorable upgrades: a professional photographer to capture the experience, and VIP admission to a nightclub.
Take in the larger-than-life scale of Las Vegas by flying over the Strip; an included Champagne toast is great for kicking off the night or celebrating a special occasion.
Another option for aerial views of the Strip, the High Roller’s air-conditioned compartments have full bars; booking during happy hour means unlimited drinks are included during the 30-minute ride.
Learn more about Las Vegas Strip tour options here.
Grand Canyon West Rim
A wilderness of colorful cliffs and desert scenery, the Grand Canyon is a dramatic contrast to the bustling city. Overland tours mean views of the desert—often with stops at the Hoover Dam—while trips by air save hours on the road. When booking a tour, choose between two main areas: The easier-to-reach West Rim has the Grand Canyon Skywalk and stops that explore the culture of Hualapai Indians, but a popular alternative is the South Rim, where travelers enjoy unforgettable views from within Grand Canyon National Park.
Viator Exclusive: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Optional Below the Rim Landing and Skywalk Upgrade
Round-trip helicopter flights from Las Vegas touch down at the West Rim, with the option to add a flight into the Grand Canyon itself for a closer look at the soaring rock formations.
Round-trip flights, a below-the-rim helicopter trip, and a ground tour of the West Rim combine top Grand Canyon experiences, including a stop at a Native American Hualapai village.
A luxurious flight in a leather-upholstered plane lands at the South Rim, where clients enjoy a picnic lunch with gorgeous views. An optional helicopter flight upgrade crosses the widest and deepest part of the Grand Canyon.
Departing later in the day, this tour allows clients to enjoy a relaxed morning before heading out to view a gorgeous sunset at the canyon; a small-group size means plenty of personal attention.
Learn more about Grand Canyon West Rim tour options here.
Valley of Fire
With some of the Mojave Desert’s most colorful scenery, the Valley of Fire is also one of the easiest parks to reach from Las Vegas. A maze of trails and rock formations can be explored on foot, mountain bike, ATV, or from the air. It’s easy to get disoriented in the desert landscape, making guided tours a prudent option. If travelers are interested in the ancient history of the desert, consider adding a trip to the nearby Lost City Museum, which has a fascinating collection of prehistoric artifacts.
On this tour, clients will take a series of short hikes—rather than one long trek—which allows them time to take breaks and cool off between each destination.
Independent travelers will love the chance to explore on their own in a UTV, using a satellite-enabled GPS that ensures they’ll always be able to contact a guide.
Adding a stop at the Lost City Museum is a glimpse into early life in the desert—there’s a reconstructed Ancestral Puebloan home and artifacts discovered in Mojave sites.
Learn more about Valley of Fire tour options here.
Once the largest dam project on earth, the Hoover Dam looms large between Lake Mead and the Colorado River. Tours go into the maze of tunnels winding through the structure, giving visitors a chance to learn about it history and engineering. On the way to the dam, travelers can check out the gorgeous desert outside Las Vegas, and many people combine a dam tour with a cruise across Lake Mead, or a rafting trip along the Colorado River, which provides views of the dam’s bypass bridge from below.
A classic tour that goes into and over the Hoover Dam, this option includes round-trip transportation from some of Las Vegas’ top hotels.
This tour includes lunch a Lake Mead cruise boat after the dam tour; views of the desert scenery are especially beautiful from the water.
Evening light brings out the best in the desert landscape, and this helicopter concludes with a flight over the technicolor Las Vegas Strip.
Check out the inner workings of the Hoover Dam, then float the Colorado River through Black Canyon, where you can truly appreciate the impressive scale of the project.
Learn more about Hoover Dam tour options here.
Things to Know
When to Visit
Spring and autumn are ideal times to visit Las Vegas, as temperatures soar in the summer months.
If you’re sticking to the Vegas Strip, you won’t need a car, as many of the centrally located sites can be reached on foot or by taxi. Travelers going farther afield can book a hop-on, hop-off bus.
Breakfast buffets are a Las Vegas tradition, but don’t worry about waking up early, as most popular spots serve pancakes and other fare well into the afternoon.
Things to Bring
Some of the most on-trend Las Vegas bashes happen in pools under the desert sun, so make sure to pack your daytime party wear.
What the Locals Know
Prices soar when a big convention is in town—even in the off season—so check local schedules before booking a trip.