Vegas IS gambling - even before you leave the airport, you can play the slots by the baggage carousel in Arrivals. But gambling is not the only game in town, and this 24 hours guide pays out a winning visit everytime - to the city, legendary for setting both hearts and wallets a-flutter.
Bayside Buffet at Mandalay Bay
Vegas all-you-can-eat buffets are legendary, available in most hotels - but mostly hidden from daylight. The one at Mandalay Bay offers views on the outside world, overlooking the hotel's tropical water garden. Feeding frenzies (aka breakfast) begin from 7am.
- Address: Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
- Tel: +1 (702) 632 7402
- Website: www.mandalaybay.com
Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Hotel
They don't call it the Flamingo Hotel for nothing - a flock of live Chilean flamingos are naturally the resident attraction in the Flamingo Hotel's wildlife habitat - alongside ducks, swans, koi carp and turtles.
- Address: Flamingo Hotel, 3555 South Las Vegas Boulevard
- Tel: +1 (702) 733 3111
- Website: www.flamingolasvegas.com
Bingo at the Palace Station
OJ Simpson was recently found guilty of robbing two sports memorabilia dealers here, but your day can begin more innocently with a game of bingo. Sessions begin every other hour from 9am to 11pm, and it's $1 a pop.
- Address: Palace Station, 2411 West Sahara Ave
- Tel: +1(702) 367-2411
- Website: www.palacestation.com
Gallery of Fine Art, Bellagio
Investing in fine art has always been a gamble - and so you can't blame the Bellagio for chancing its arm. Come here for a changing programme of blockbuster exhibitions - from Monet to Warhol - in the hotel's fine art gallery space, open daily 10am to 6pm (9pm Fri/Sat). Admission is $15.
- Address: Bellagio, 360 S Las Vegas Boulevard
- Tel: +1 (702) 693 7111
- Website: www.bellagio.com
Hiking: The Great Outdoors
Remember what Nancy said about boots and walkin'? Now's your chance: less than an hour from the strip are sandstone mountains and alpine-style peaks - perfect for hiking year all round. Choose between family-friendly treks like Echo Loop or more challenging peaks such as Mt. Charleston (11,918 feet).
- Website: www.hikinglasvegas.com
Founded by the diminutive rhinestone pianist to fund his Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts, prepare to be dazzled by the legendary Liberace's fabulous costume and jewellery collections. Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-4pm (closed Mondays). Admission is $15.
Top of the World Restaurant, Stratosphere
Lunch with a (revolving) view: the Stratosphere tower is the tallest, freestanding observation-deck tower in the US, and features a restaurant which makes that view a full-gourmet experience. Lunch hours are 11am to 2.45pm daily.
- Address: Stratosphere, 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd
- Tel: +1 (702) 380 7711
- Website: www.topoftheworldlv.com
Gondola Ride at the Venetian
Be serenaded by your personal gondolier as you sail along the Grand Canal ... straight through the middle of the Venetian Hotel. If it's not quite as romantic as Venice, it's certainly novel. From $16 per person.
- Address: The Venetian, 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd
- Tel: +1 (702) 414 4500
- Website: www.venetian.com
Charmingly described as a super-regional lifestyle center (bless, we love America), this 1.5 million square foot outdoor shopping mall, is the latest addition to the Vegas shopping experience. Town Square is the rebuttal to all those who says Vegas is just one long strip of air-conditioned casinos, and features over 150 shops - from Old Navy to Victoria's Secret - plus restaurants and cinemas, in a pretty be-fountained, landscaped setting.
- Address: 6605 Las Vegas Blvd South
- Website: www.mytownsquarelasvegas.com
Hard to find, harder to get in - though Jay-Z, Heidi Klum, even Jessica Simpson! seem to manage it - lounge VIP-stylee in the pool-side cabanas atop TAO Asian Bistro and Nightclub. Just expect to pay for the privilege. Mondays to Fridays 'European-style' (code for topless) sunbathing is permitted.
- Address: 3377 South Las Vegas Boulevard
- Website: taobeach.com
Mandalay Bay Shark Reef
There are sharks in there I tell ya - America's only predator-based aquarium features a walk-through tunnel in which you come face-to-face with sharks, sawfish, giant rays, piranha and crocs in over 1.6m gallons of seawater.
- Address: Mandalay Bay, 3960 South Las Vegas Blvd
- Tel: +1 (702) 632 7777
- Website: www.mandalaybay.com
Fremont Street Experience
And what an experience it is - a vast covered canopy of light, in old downtown Vegas, stretching 1,400 feet and made up of 12.5 million synchronized LED modules. The dazzling show features 180 strobes and eight robotic mirrors per block. Illuminating, amazing ... and free.
- Address: Fremont Street, near Plaza Hotel Casino
- Tel: +1 (702) 678 5777
- Website: www.vegasexperience.com
Cirque Du Soleil
Elton John, Barry Manilow, Cher and Bette Midler have all had Vegas residencies, but when it comes to sheer showtime output, nothing tops Cirque du Soleil. Currently with six shows on offer, the pick include the Beatles-inspired Love, water-based O, and futuristic Ka.
- Address: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
- Tel: +1 (702) 796 9999 (O, Ka); 792 7777 (Love)
- Website: www.cirquedusoleil.com
Looking for the stars? See them up close(ish) at the fantastic University of Southern Nevada planetarium, just outside Vegas proper. You can use the telescopes in the Student Observatory after the 7.30pm show if the weather is clear. Tickets $6.
- Address: 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas
- Tel: +1 (702) 651 4759
- Website: www.csn.edu
The Rollercoaster at New York-New York
There are highs, and there are lows, but at least you won't lose your shirt on the rollercoaster lightning tour of the New York-New York casino (both inside and out).Thrills include a 180-degree heartline twist and a 54-degree spiral (these aren't cocktails, though you may need one afterwards).
- Address: New York-New York Casino, 3790 South Las Vegas Blvd
- Tel: +1 (702) 740 6969
- Website: www.newyorknewyork.com
Every night - every 15 minutes from 8pm-12am - one of Vegas' most famous attractions springs to life: the Bellagio fountains. Possibly the only thing prettier than Clooney in Ocean's Eleven, the fountains dance to music, putting on an OTT, fun, refreshing - and free! - show (which runs every half hour between 3.00pm and 8.00pm too).
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Sin City's adult-only highlights include Down Under (an Australian male revue at the Excalibur) and Fantasy (a female topless revue at the Luxor).
The Eiffel Tower Experience
Paris in Vegas? Almost. A half-scale of France's most famous landmark dominates the strip - and affords thrilling views from the top. Open until 12.30am.
- Address: Paris Hotel, 3645 S Las Vegas Blvd
- Tel: +1 (702) 946 7000
- Website: www.parislasvegas.com
Las Vegas Monorails
You'll want to walk along the strip at least once, checking out the major casinos and enjoying the shows many put on outside. But you will want to do this once only! The strip is one long gridlocked street of hot hell. So ... jump on the air-con'd monorail and glide between the MGM Grand and the Sahara (with five more stops in between). Day passes cost $12, runs until 3am on weekends.
- Website: www.lvmonorail.com
Mix Lounge at THEhotel
Casino-free THEhotel (part of Mandalay Bay) is also home to Vegas's hottest late night bar, Mix Lounge. Housed on the 64th floor, you can admire the floor-to-ceiling views - or keep an eye out for Paris Hilton.
- Address: THEhotel, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
- Tel: +1 (702) 632 9500
- Website: www.mandalaybay.com
Casino at the Wynn
The Casinos are naturally a 24-hour business in Vegas, but the Wynn at least allows you to lose (or maybe even win) in the lap of luxury. It's huge (10,000 sq foot), and an army of cocktail waitresses make sure you're always well oiled. Though for true oiled luxury, check yourself into the Wynn's spa for signature Good Luck Feng Shui massage.
- Address: Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 South Las Vegas Blvd
- Tel: +1 (702) 770 7100
- Website: www.wynnlasvegas.com
The Little White Chapel
It wouldn't be Vegas if you didn't find yourself married to somebody inappropriate by morning - and if it's good enough for Britney, Cher and Frank, why not you? Open 24/7 and located handily on the strip, this is the ultimate Vegas wedding chapel - Elvis optional. Wedding packages are a snip, starting at $55 (though be warned, the annulment might cost more).
- Address: 1301 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas
- Tel: + 1 800 545 8111
- Website: www.alittlewhitechapel.com
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas: The Sign
The landmark sign is located on centre traffic island on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip across from the shuttered Klondike Hotel and Casino. Glamorous eh? But hey, the circles in the word 'Welcome' are made from silver dollars. Come and see the dream alight - and watch the sunrise.
- Address: Las Vegas Boulevard, South, opposite the Klondike Hotel and Casino
The Grand Canyon
One of nature's most glorious creations is less than 300 miles from Vegas: the Grand Canyon. Get there by bus (allow 12 hours - pick-ups from hotels start 6.30am for 7.30am departure), short flight (allow 8-9 hours, tours depart from 7.30am) or self-drive. Many tours go via one of the best man-made spectacles in the area, the Hoover Dam.
- Website: www.nps.gov/grca/
Last Updated: January 2009