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​​Tips for Visiting Las Vegas for the First Time

As a first-time visitor to Las Vegas, it can be hard to know what to do and which things to prioritize. There are a myriad of attractions, and if you’re not in the know, the number of options that Las Vegas has to offer can be overwhelming. From choosing the perfect accommodation to planning each day of your vacation, there are many things you’ll need to consider when embarking on your Las Vegas adventure.

Fortunately, we consider ourselves Vegas experts. In fact, Jason and I have been to Sin City over 50 times. It’s a city we love. So here are our tips for visiting Las Vegas for the first time.

Why Visit Las Vegas?

Las Vegas is an incredible oasis nestled within the sparsely populated Nevada desert, making it an immediately visible landmark that can be seen from miles away. The city is known for its vibrant nightlife, world-class entertainment, and an endless list of attractions that draw people in from far and wide. But let’s be honest, our favorite part of Las Vegas is the food, so we will also share some of our favorite dining experiences.

As vacation destinations go, Las Vegas is undoubtedly up there with the most famous cities in the world. If you’re looking for a destination that promises excitement and adventure at every turn, we’re sure you’ll love Las Vegas.

Choosing the Right Accommodation

When you’re planning your trip, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is where to stay in Las Vegas. The city is home to a wide variety of hotels and resorts, each with its unique blend of amenities. That said, finding the right accommodation can be challenging. However, we’ve stayed at every major hotel on The Strip and will share some of our favorites.
Almost everybody who visits Las Vegas wants to be right amongst all the action, so the obvious choice is to pick somewhere on the famous Las Vegas Strip. We have stayed off The Strip, but usually regret it. Here are a few of our favorite resorts;

The Cosmopolitan–We love the large rooms, especially those overlooking the fountains at The Bellagio. We also love the restaurants in this hotel.

Bellagio Hotel & Casino–We stayed here for the first time last year and loved it. The real treat here is the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens located next to the lobby.

Aria Resort–We’ve stayed here several times, including one awesome weekend in their SkySuites. The location is great as are the large selection of restaurants.

NoMad–This is a hotel within a hotel. The NoMad is on the top floors of the Park MGM. The rooms are large and beautifully decorated. We especially love the clawfoot bathtub in the bedroom.

Perception–an interactive art museum

What to do in Las Vegas

Now that we’ve discussed your accommodation options, we can start looking at the different things you can get up to while in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is home to so many things to see and do, so knowing how to prioritize your plans is critical. However, no trip to Las Vegas would be complete without visiting a world-renowned casino like the BetMGM Casino.

As one of the most popular gambling destinations in the world, you should make sure to visit the BetMGM Casino, where you’ll find everything you could ever ask for and so much more. From classic casino games like blackjack and poker to super exciting slot machines, we know there’s no shortage of excitement on the casino floor.

After spending some time in the casino, it’s time to explore some of Vegas’ other attractions. Here are a few we recommend:

The Sphere–You can either see a concert here or an IMAX movie. We did the latter and it was a blast. However, don’t park here! Either walk or Uber, the parking fee is highway robbery.

Bellagio Fountains–The fountains are at their best in the evening when there is both music and lighting.

FlyOver Las Vegas–This attraction is similar to Soarin’ in Disney’s California Adventures. The destination changes, but the ride is always fun.

Perception–Interactive art museums have become all the rage, and this one is no different. Currently it’s showing a terrific exhibit about Leonardo DaVinci.

High Roller–This massive ferris wheel gives riders amazing views of the city and beyond.

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens–Beautiful gardens, sculptures, lights, and music come together for an amazing and free experience inside the hotel. There are about five different shows each year with the Christmas one being our favorite.

Neon Museum–If you want to see all the glittering neon signs from old school Vegas, then this is the place. We highly recommend taking the after dark tour.

Eataly Las Vegas

Where to eat in Las Vegas

Our favorite thing to do in Vegas is eat. Chefs from around the world open restaurants here and you can enjoy any cuisine your heart desires. Here are just a few of our favorite spots;

Cheap and tasty

Secret Pizza inside Cosmopolitan
The Chef Truck inside Park MGM

Brunch spots

Wolfgang Puck at Bellagio (get a table on the terrace)
Catch at Aria (order the french toast!)

Midrange, good for lunch or dinner

China Poblano inside Cosmopolitan
Mon Ami Gabi at Paris (get a table outside)
Eataly in Park MGM, an Italian marketplace with several restaurants and food vendors

Pricey, but worth the splurge

The Mayfair Supper Club–dinner and a show inside Bellagio

Hoover Dam

Day Trips and Excursions

There’s much more to Las Vegas than just the casinos and music venues, and while there’s more than enough to keep you busy, there’s a lot more to see outside of the city limits. We’d recommend booking a day trip to either Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam. Or if you enjoy hiking like we do, head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Making the Most of Your First Visit to Las Vegas

Visiting Las Vegas for the first time is an experience that will make you eager to return for another vacation. (Maybe you’ll become like us and go back every year.) From the bright lights of the Strip to the lively casino floor, there’s no shortage of excitement in this incredible city. So, without any further ado, pack your bags and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime

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