Las Vegas, Nevada – located in the middle of a desert in the southwestern United States – has christened itself as the Entertainment Capital of The World. That might be true – as the entertainment value of the city is its biggest draw. There are over 120 casinos in the city, some of which are world-class establishments that bill some of the biggest names in music as their regular floor show act. Then you’ve got the show girls, the clubs, the tourist attractions plus a variety of historical properties. All in all we’d say, yeah – Las Vegas is a pretty entertaining place.
If you’re planning to visit Las Vegas soon, you’re probably going to want to soak up as much of the city as you can. While your day time interaries might be easy to fill, finding fun things to do after dark can be challenging in any city. We’re going to show you ten great places that you can enjoy the Las Vegas night life and a little bit of what you can expect there.
Fremont Street is just as wild and tacky as the rest of Las Vegas, which is why people love it so much. It’s a five block strip of vendors that sell food and souveniers and you’ll also see street performers doing any number of things for a buck. While you’re strolling Fremont Street, take a look above at the mesh canopy that transforms into an amazing laser light show after dark.
If Las Vegas is as close to Italy as you’ll ever come – don’t worry. You can have an authentic Italian experience right in the heart of the city. The Venetian Hotel offers gondola rides that are manned by singing gondoliers – just like you’d find along the canals in Venice. This is a very romantic excursion that would be great for couples. Expect to pay about $75 for the pleasure.
The dancing fountains come to life every 15 minutes after dark and put on an amazing light show that is choreographed to music. This is an awesome experience that’s truly Las Vegas and something you do not want to miss. Since the fountains are outside, the shows are free and readily accessible any time you want to visit.
Volcano at the Mirage
The world-class Mirage Hotel has a popular attraction of its own – a volcano. This man-made volcano erupts with smoke, tremors and ‘lava’ every hour on the hour from 7 pm until midnight. This is another outdoor and free attraction that you can visit at the time of your choosing.
The Monorail is a shuttle train services that runs through the heart of the city and all its attractions. You don’t have to be going anywhere particular to ride it. Just sit in the air-conditioned comfort and take in all the wonderful sights Las Vegas has to offer after dark. The buildings, casinos and hotels are lit up beautifully after dark and some are really breathtaking to behold. You can get a Day Pass for $12 to ride as much as you want or opt for the $5 One Trip Pass. The Monorail operates until 3am every day.
Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip is kind of like Times Square meets the Sunset Strip. It’s definitely the core of the action any time of day in Las Vegas, but it really gets to hopping after dark. Fifteen of the 25 largest hotels in the world are crammed into this four mile stretch of space. Many clubs, bars and other adult venues open on to the strip and drinking will be prevalent. Be advised The Strip can and often does get rowdy at times, but it can still be a fun experience. Albeit a crowded one.
Live Music Shows
You can find some of the top names in the music industry performing in Las Vegas just about every night of the week. The musical billings span many genres, from rock to country to contemporary. You’ll find most of these shows in the theaters of the larger hotels. Buy your tickets directly from the hotel to get the best prices.
You can’t take a trip to Las Vegas and not attend the requisite Showgirls performance. You can also find them at the larger hotels and performance venues along The Strip. Be advised that most of these shows are not adult in nature as they do not contain nudity.
Clubs and Bars
Las Vegas has some of the wildest and most happening clubs in the world. The party often lasts until 4am or later and usually doesn’t start until well after midnight. You can find any kind of club or bar you could imagine in this city – from the upscale martini bars to the peep show dives. Be advised that some clubs and bars charge outrageous cover charges for out of towners that range between $40 and $50, while letting the locals in free. If it costs that much to get in, we can only imagine what the price of the drinks must be.
You can’t go to Las Vegas without visiting a casino! It just wouldn’t be right. The good news is there are plenty to choose from – over 120 at last count, as we previously stated. They’re also located close together so if you don’t have luck at one, you can skip off to the next to try your luck there.
Las Vegas can be a very fun place to visit, but it can also be dangerous. Because people are known to carry money around the casinos, pickpockets and such have been known to lurk. As in any other large city, just be aware of your surroundings and take common sense safety precautions.
Don’t forget to skim and scan all the online travel sites for Las Vegas travel deals. They are offered frequently and sometimes include $30-$40 per night promo rates on 5 star rooms. Remember, the more you save on the getting there and lodging, the more you’ll have to spend on the slot machines!
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