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Las Vegas Bucket List: 49 Best Things to do in Las Vegas

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This Las Vegas bucket list will introduce you to all the best things to do in Sin City!

Las Vegas is filled with everything from incredibly tasty food to brilliant shows that will leave you in awe. No matter what types of things you like to do while traveling, there truly is something fun for you to do in Vegas.

Keep reading to add to your Las Vegas bucket list!

Food

Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas

vegas strip at night

Who needs Paris when you can eat classic French cuisine in an imitation Eiffel Tower? Okay, we might still need Paris, but the Las Vegas version is a pretty good second.

Reserve brunch, dinner, or a private party for a lavish experience in one of Las Vegas’s finest restaurants, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant.

Hell’s Kitchen

We’ve all heard, uh I mean seen, Gordon Ramsey when he’s in the kitchen. His passion is pretty much palpable. 

Las Vegas houses Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsey’s high-end restaurant experience. Tasting the products of Ramsey’s endless knowledge and enthusiasm in his trade is something you don’t want to miss, so add it to your Las Vegas bucket list.

Banger Brewing

Visit a brewery started by five friends that boasts how it reflects its very own city. Beer fanatics come from all over to drink the unique beer brewing in this gritty establishment. 

Their fresh creations include out-of-the-box infusions, and after you’ve enjoyed a drink, take a tour of Banger Brewing and see where the magic is made.

El Burro Borracho

Another big name in the chef world, Guy Fieri, established El Burro Borracho, or The Drunk Donkey here in Vegas.

A restaurant native only to Nevada, El Burro Borracho offers hefty, California-style portions of your favorite Mexican food. And of course, a full drink menu. It isn’t called the Drunk Donkey for nothing!

The Crack Shack

chicken sandwich and milkshake on a tray

The Crack Shack has an unorthodox take on classic chicken dishes, and we are loving it in Las Vegas.

They have a large menu so you can experience their chicken in your preferred form, fried, in a sandwich, or in a bowl with other delicious ingredients.

And all top of all that, they purchase their ingredients entirely from local farms and bakeries, putting their revenue right back into the city we all love so much.

Burger Bar

If you’re looking for the best burger joint in Las Vegas, look no further than Burger Bar located in the Mandalay Bay Casino. Experience their perfectly crafted burgers with the highest quality patties, or make your own burger creation with their build-your-own burger option. 

And, of course, don’t forget to try a drink or two from their extensive drink menu. You can even spice up a classic milkshake at Burger Bar!

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Bobby’s Burgers

Now, if Burger Bar wasn’t really your speed and you’re looking for the classic diner feel, Bobby’s Burgers is the right restaurant for you. Savor the classic American meal this restaurant offers while enjoying the familiar diner demeanor.

Bobby’s Burgers is a family-friendly option with no alcohol on the menu.

Rollin Smoke BBQ

Get a taste of authentic Southern barbeque at the Rollin Smoke BBQ in Vegas. With every barbeque plate you could ask for on the menu, Rollin Smoke serves the locals and tourists in the city with that warm Southern charm.

Wynn Buffet

curved window covered skyscraper

The Wynn Buffet has a gourmet spread for almost any time of the day. Serving breakfast, brunch, and dinner, this restaurant cultivates never-ending alluring dishes for their guests. Perfect for a large group of people.

Cafe Lola

Have you been looking for the ultimate brunch spot to go with the girls? Try out Cafe Lola. A candidly Instagram-worthy cafe. They offer a variety of delicate and aesthetic dishes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dessert. 

They also have an entire drink menu to go along with their whimsical dishes. Coffee, tea, cold drinks, and wine are all available for purchase. This cafe also has kids’ options for both food and drinks.

Cut by Wolfgang Puck

Celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck, brings Vegas an epicurean steak house in the Palazzo Resort. The menu at Cut by Wolfgang Puck offers every cut of steak you can imagine, cooked to perfection with the finest ingredients.

A luxuriant ambiance accompanies the meal making for the perfect ‘fancy dinner date’. Great place to take your partner!

Pizza Rock

Pizza Rock is another one of those unique finds only in Las Vegas. They have just about every kind of pizza combo and style on their menu, including some gluten-free and vegetarian options. And it’s not all pizza, either! Salads, burgers, and pasta also have a solid place on their menu.

This restaurant is curated for locals and visitors alike to eat appetizing food and enjoy the moment with blaring music and other fun events.

Black Tap

Located in the Venetian, the Black Tap is another restaurant with a vast menu with choices of burgers, wings, salads, and more. 

But the real reason you want to visit this establishment is for their coined term, Crazyshakes. I would suggest just going to see these for yourself because honestly, you might not believe me if I told you all that these entailed. But I can tell you one thing; they are worth the trip.

Donut Bar Las Vegas

Everybody likes doughnuts, and if you’re looking for the king of all doughnut places, stop by the Donut Bar when you’re in downtown Las Vegas.

This award-winning doughnut joint doesn’t need any explanation. Be prepared for more options than you know what to do with, but you’ll be happy with pretty much any choice.

Outdoors

Las Vegas Sign

welcome to las vegas sign at night

We’ve all seen pictures of the Las Vegas sign. But why should you visit it? Photo ops, of course!

I’m kidding, sort of, but this sign actually has a remarkable history. This infamous landmark was designed in 1959 by one of the first women artists in the neon sign industry. Betty Willis then donated her $4,000 payment to her hometown.

And the fabulousness of the sign doesn’t stop there; the neon lights are powered by solar power, making the Fabulous Las Vegas Sign an environmentally friendly icon.

The Big Apple Coaster

Another destination that should be on your Las Vegas bucket list is the Big Apple Roller Coaster in the New York New York.

This ride made history by being the world’s first coaster to build in a 180-degree “heartline” twist. This is the perfect attraction for thrill-seekers visiting Vegas.

Bellagio Fountain Show

Bellagio offers visitors more than just a place to stay and a run-of-the-mill casino. You can stop and see the iconic fountain show any weekday from 3 pm to midnight and any weekend from 12 pm to 12 am. The illuminated water provides a memorizing display for viewers. 

And the best part is, it’s completely free!

Red Rock Canyon

Road leading to red rocks

I know, I know, you probably came to Vegas for the nightlife, but if you’re looking to switch it up, just outside the city is an enchanting hidden gem.

In fact, it’s very large and very red. It’s Red Rock Canyon!

Trekking through these red-lined canyons will show you the beauty you never knew the desert could offer. Be on the lookout for some wildlife while enjoying the vibrant hues of the plant life within the flaming canyon walls.

The Venetian gondola ride

If you’ve dined at the Eiffel Tower and ridden the Big Apple Coaster around the New York New York, then the obvious next step would be to get a little taste of Italy while taking a gondola ride around the Venetian. Enjoy a romantic ride under bridges and around cafes in the Grand Canal.

Helicopter tour above Vegas

You know everything looks better from above, so a helicopter ride over Las Vegas is a must. Go at night to see the city all lit up, or go during the day and have your pilot take you down to the Grand Canyon.

High Roller at the LINQ

Riding the High Roller is a one-of-a-kind experience that kicks the traditional ferris wheel ride up a few notches. This 550 feet wheel is the second tallest ferris wheel in the world, and it takes 30 minutes to complete a singular rotation. 

Bring your family for an educational ride to learn about the architecture of the High Roller or bring your friends for a Happy Half Hour ride with an open bar and bartender.

Seven Magic Mountains

large stacks of colored rocks

The Seven Magic Mountains is a landmark about 25 miles away from Las Vegas, as quirky as the city itself. Where else are you going to find seven towering rainbow-colored stacks of rocks?

Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone created this larger-than-life piece to symbolize human presence in the middle of the desert. The electrifying colors puncture the browns and reds of the Nevada desert for an unparalleled sight.

Hoover Dam

An Engineering Wonder of America, Hoover Dam was the largest dam built during its time. A product of the Depression, the Hoover Dam was made with enough concrete to build a road from San Francisco to New York City. 

You can visit the dam, take a tour, learn some fascinating history, and make some good ‘dam’ jokes. 

Valley of Fire State Park

Similar to the geography in Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire is another striking natural wonder full of red rock formations. Located a little further away from Las Vegas, this sandstone park is less crowded than Red Rock Canyon.

The red sandstone spans a greater area than Red Rock Canyon, illuminating the valley, especially during sunset. That golden hour gives the park its name. In the setting sun, the entire valley appears as if it was set on fire.

Zipline at the LINQ

Another attraction for thrill seekers is the Zipline at the LINQ which ends at the High Roller. Get a group of friends, and you can all ride down next to each other. Plummet (safely) off of a 12-story building and zip down over the Strip.

Entertainment & Shopping

Area 15

Area 15 is an up-and-coming entertainment district in Las Vegas. Containing a plethora of attractions, events, restaurants, and more, Area 15 can transport its visitors to other worlds.

Visit places like Omega Mart and the Beast restaurant and so many more for a bizarre adventure into the “What’s Next?” district.

Big Shot

stratosphere through a group of palm trees

The top of the Stratosphere offers a few different rides, but by far, the most exhilarating is the Big Shot. This ride adds 160 feet to the top of the already sky-high tower.

Once you’re strapped in, you await being shot up at 45 miles per hour. If you can keep your eyes open, you will see an incomparable view of the Entertainment Capital of the World. 

Fremont Street

Advertised as one of the most exciting streets in America, the Fremont Street experience lives up to its name. With live music, events, casinos, and more happening all throughout the five-block long street, there is something to see everywhere you turn.

Your Las Vegas bucket list is not complete without Fremont Street.

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

tree with a face on it in a indoor garden

Every season, Bellagio’s highly accomplished engineering and horticulture team creates a new display for visitors to enjoy at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

The 14,000-foot garden is transformed into something different for every occasion. This whimsical attraction definitely deserves a visit.

Shark Reef Aquarium

Aquariums are magical places for children and adults alike. The cool blue hues that bounce off the glass tanks make you feel like you’ve been transported to another underwater world.

The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Casino is no exception. It houses more than 2,000 animals, and yes, as the name suggests, that includes sharks. You can even feed them! 

So don’t forget to stop by and see these rare creatures swimming around in the third-largest tank in North America next time you’re in Vegas.

The Coca-Cola Store

If you’re a fan of Coca-Cola products, be sure to stop by the Coca-Cola store when you’re exploring the Strip. This store has endless merchandise, products, and sights any fan would love. And it can’t hurt to get a little caffeine for the rest of your night on the Strip.

Walk through the casinos

view down the las vegas strip

As the gambling capital of the United States, Las Vegas has numerous casinos with their own unique personalities. Walk around and find the one that best fits your ideal Vegas experience!

STRAT Observation Deck

If you’re not comfortable hanging off the edge of the Stratosphere on the rides, then the observation deck is the place for you. Day or night it’s a noteworthy sight!

FlyOver Vegas

Vegas’s newest addition gives another way to experience places all over the world. Strap in and a 52.5-foot spherical screen will take you through the natural wonders of Iceland or ride with the cowboys in the wild west. 

FlyOver Vegas should definitely be added to any thrill seeker’s Las Vegas bucket list.

Blue Man Group

A concert like you’ve never experienced before. Las Vegas is the only place you’re going to find a group of men painted blue playing music on colorfully illuminated pvc pipes. You’re in for a night of unique music and comedy.

Grand Canal Shoppes

So you rode around and beneath the Grand Canal Shoppes in a gondola and now you’re back to do some shopping. Check out this extravagant mall for exclusive finds and a first-rate shopping experience.

Eiffel Tower light show

hotels and eiffel tower across a pond in Las Vegas

Fashioned after the original’s lighting in France, Las Vegas’s Eiffel Tower provides a free light show every 30 minutes from sundown to midnight. 

See a Vegas residency

Many artists from all around the world come to host a Las Vegas residency, usually for a few months. These over-the-top shows are truly legendary.

See one of your favorite artists in style by attending a residency!

Cirque du Soleil

A modern take on the classic circus gig we know so well, Cirque du Soleil provides Vegas with a number of fantastical shows. Watch riveting performances full of fight scenes, props, and romance. This is a theatrical masterpiece worth seeing.

Dream Racing

Pretending to be a racecar driver has been everyone’s dream at one point in time. At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, you can make that dream reality.

Get behind the wheel of your favorite supercar and live out your childhood dream; why would this not be on your Las Vegas bucket list?

Museums

The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum takes you right back in time to the classic Las Vegas age. Here, you’ll see iconic signs from famous casinos and restaurants in an eccentric, unforgettable fashion.

The Mob Museum

Discover the fascinating connections to organized crime and American history at Las Vegas’s Mob Museum.

Everybody’s seen men in pinstripe suits and hats but what role did they play in the America we live in today? What were some of the biggest crimes committed and how did our country’s law enforcement put an end to them?

Uncover answers to these questions and more in this captivating museum.

Nostalgia Street Rods Museum

If you’re a classic car junkie, the Nostalgia Street Rods Museum should be on your Vegas bucket list. Book a tour and access a private car collection dating from 1910 to 1984.

There are also many other items to see as well, such as signed memorabilia from Kobe Bryant, items signed by musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley, and more.

Pinball Hall of Fame

To add to Las Vegas’s offbeat attractions, the Pinball Hall of Fame was opened in 2021. This is the world’s largest Pinball collection.

Machines can be found from the 1950s up to the 1990s. And every single one is able to be played on with just a couple of quarters.

Nevada State Museum

Now you may think, what is there to know about Nevada besides Las Vegas and the desert? But the state actually has a rich anthropological and natural history.

The Nevada State Museum provides visitors an interactive experience to learn all about Silver State history.

The Movie Prop Experience

Come see props from your favorite movies at the Movie Prop Experience on Fremont Street. You’ll find props from movies like Harry Potter, the Marvel Universe, and so many from the classics.

Super fun for the whole family and kids get in free.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

fountain in front of the bellagio hotel

Bellagio presents its fine art gallery for art lovers from all over to enjoy in the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

They are currently (as of August 2022) hosting an exhibit named ‘Caldonia’. This exhibit highlights movie and concert posters and art to highlight African American performers that have made an impact on American culture. 

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds presents an all too real wax figure museum where you can walk around and find your favorite celebrities. Come appreciate the eerie ability of artists to capture these faces in wax.

Titanic Artifact Exhibit

Admit it; we’ve all wished we could walk down those elegant stairs as Rose does in the ‘Titanic’. 

Las Vegas’s Titanic Artifact Exhibit in the Luxor gives you the opportunity to feel like you’re right there on the ship. Walk through the recreated rooms and check out over 250 artifacts found in the wreckage. This should be at the top of your Las Vegas bucket list.

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