17 Reasons Why You Should Visit Las Vegas at Least Once in Your Lifetime

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Updated: 12 July 2017
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Known as the ultimate adult’s playground, Las Vegas is a city that beckons visitors from all corners of the world. For those that have yet to visit Sin City, we’ve got just some of the reasons why everyone needs to put it on their bucket list.

The Las Vegas Strip

It’s impossible to go to Las Vegas and not visit the Strip. Las Vegas Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in the entire world and is always changing. Whether by foot, by car or by bus, it’s an absolute must-see for every tourist.

The Las Vegas Strip at night

The weather

It gets hot in Las Vegas—really hot. With temperatures that can reach over 110°F (43.3°C) in the summer, it might seem like the weather in Las Vegas would be a drawback to its visitors. It isn’t. Hotel pools and day clubs draw huge crowds during the summer time, for special events or hot weekdays. Temperatures remain mild enough in the winter to enjoy the outdoors, making Las Vegas a great place to visit year-round.

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam is an architectural marvel and a tribute to the American dream. Built during The Great Depression, the 726-foot-tall (221.2 meters) structure creates the largest reservoir in the country. It is one of the tallest dams in the world, behind the Oroville Dam in California and the Jinping-I Dam in China.

Hoover Dam crosses the Nevada and Arizona state lines

Excellent service

Since Las Vegas depends on tourism to drive its economy, the Las Vegas Strip wants to maintain its status as a top travel destination. Hotels encourage employees to do anything they (legally) can to take care of their guests. Properties such as the Aria, Mandarin Hotel, and Bellagio have earned Five-Star AAA Diamond Ratings, and neighboring properties have received four-stars. These ratings are proof that luxury, style, and comfort are a priority for every guest on the Strip.

The Neon Museum

Since Las Vegas is a city that is constantly changing, preservation of its history becomes vital. The Neon Museum preserves the city’s history, mainly through the signage of its former casinos and businesses. Visitors can find remnants of some of the oldest businesses, including The Steiner’s laundry service, The Ugly Duckling Car Sales, and the pirate skull that once adorned Treasure Island. The Neon Museum is the best way to see what Las Vegas has been, and how it became what it is today.

The Ugly Ducking Car Sales duck inside The Neon Museum

Proximity to other vacation destinations

Another plus side to visiting Las Vegas is how close it is to other places. Las Vegas is a three hours’ drive from Big Bear in California and Zion National Park in Utah. Death Valley National Park and the Grand Canyon are two hours away. With enough careful planning, visitors can see numerous destinations in one trip.

Zion National Park in Utah is just a couple hours away from Las Vegas
Death Valley National Park

Premiere city to party

Las Vegas is the place to come to when people want to party. Besides the plethora of nightclubs along the Las Vegas Strip, the hotel pools and day clubs allow visitors to party 24 hours a day.

Pool party at the Hard Rock Las Vegas

Fascinating history

Las Vegas has a history as unique as its reputation. With its early beginnings as a mining town to its rise underneath organized crime to Elvis, there’s a little bit of everything in the story of Las Vegas. Tourists can see this firsthand, from the Historic Mormon Fort to the college gym where Ann Margaret and Elvis filmed Viva Las Vegas.

Desert and mountains in one place

Las Vegas’ surroundings may be desert, but if you know where to look, you can find trees. A short drive north will take visitors to Mount Charleston, a green oasis in the middle of the desert. With 12 hiking trails, seven picnic sites, and six campgrounds available, Mount Charleston offers a cool alternative to the blistering heat that can overtake the Las Vegas Valley.

Mount Charleston

The people on the Las Vegas Strip

The Las Vegas Strip is brimming with characters. At any given time, tourists can take pictures with Transformers, sexy pirates and Minions, or watch spray paint artists and breakdancers at work. No matter what time of day, you’ll come across at least one or two people to tell stories about when you get home.

The entertainment

Besides drinking and partying, Las Vegas is home to incredible live entertainment. Since the early days of the Rat Pack and Elvis to current headliners such as Terry Fator, Pen and Teller, and Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas has always been at the heart of the entertainment industry. Visitors can find anyone and anything on the Strip today, from house pets to zombie dancers.

Penn and Teller are staples of Las Vegas entertainment

Late-night entertainment

If you’ve seen the shows you want to and the nightclubs, Las Vegas has plenty of other things to keep you busy at night. Topgolf is a new addition to the Las Vegas Strip, located right behind the MGM Grand. Open from early in the morning until 2 a.m., it keeps both kids and adults busy and entertained, no matter the time of day. Guests can take golf lessons or participate in interactive games with friends.

A 24-hour town

Many people frequently refer to Las Vegas as a city that never sleeps. The 24-hour town is always buzzing with activity, either on the Las Vegas Strip or downtown. Whether its food, gambling, or toiletries, you can find it all on the Strip. With everything always available, visitors can keep the party going until morning.

Political prominence

It wouldn’t seem like it at first, but Las Vegas is an important site in the American electoral process. As a major city in a notorious swing state, Las Vegas is a frequent host to presidential visits and events. Nevada’s diverse and growing demographic makes it a vital battleground on the election trail; the final 2016 presidential debate took place minutes from the Strip.

The last debate of the 2016 election took place in Las Vegas

Experiencing Fremont Street

Fremont Street is the second-most recognizable street in Las Vegas and shows a different side of the city. The two miles (3.2 kilometers) that cut through downtown Las Vegas have changed throughout the years, from casino closures to the addition of the famous 90-foot (27.4-meter) canopy in 1994. The Fremont Street Experience draws crowds on a nightly basis; the live entertainers, musicians and the character models that populate the street are an added bonus.

Fremont Street, Las Vegas
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Emerging culture

Downtown Las Vegas has enjoyed a cultural rebirth in recent years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. The Arts District is a developing neighborhood within the area, with locally owned galleries, cafés, and restaurants filling the storefronts. First Friday gives space to local artists, musicians, and entertainers to showcase their work, making downtown a haven for the creative community.

One of many murals in The Arts District

Festivals and conventions

Part of the tourism industry in Las Vegas is dependent upon the number of festivals and conventions that take place throughout the year. Electric Daisy Carnival, I Heart Radio, and Life is Beautiful draw thousands to the Las Vegas Valley every year, in addition to MAGIC and Mr. Olympia.

Electric Daisy Carnival
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