Visitors to Las Vegas can pack days upon days with activities, attractions and diversions. However, despite the dozens of things people discover once they arrive in Sin City, there are a few select features that top everyone’s list when they think of Las Vegas. These are the must-see, star attractions that are often the highlight of any first—and return—trip to Las Vegas.
Paris Las Vegas’ Eiffel Tower – Though it may be thousands of miles away from France, Las Vegas’ version of the Eiffel Tower is certainly noteworthy. The Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower is a half-scale reproduction of the real deal, and, from the top, it offers some of the best views of the Las Vegas Strip. Wander through the casino area for an experience akin to strolling along the cobblestone pathways of the famous European city.
Grand Canal at The Venetian – Like the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Canal transfers visitors to a different time and place far from Las Vegas. You’re welcome to take your time as you walk along the water’s edge, poking into unique boutiques and watching the street performers who can be found throughout the Grand Canal Shoppes. Some of the best views are near the bridge by St. Mark’s Square, but the ultimate experience is found aboard one of the gondolas made complete with a singing gondolier.
Lion Habitat at MGM Grand – The lion that sits out front of MGM Grand has always been one of the defining images of Las Vegas. Inside this massive casino is a lion habitat, which you can visit free of charge. Several lions hang out here during the day, and handlers and exhibit placards offer an educational component to one of the most iconic Las Vegas’ experiences.
The Volcano at The Mirage – This fire-in-the-sky attraction came with a jaw-dropping price tag–$25 million—but visitors to Las Vegas can enjoy it for free. Every night on the hour from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., the volcano at The Mirage erupts in an earth-rumbling, sky-high spray of smoke and fire, complete with streams of molten lava in a choreographed show.
The Fountains of Bellagio – If you’ve seen any pictures of Las Vegas, chances are it included the majestic, graceful and powerful Fountains of Bellagio. This water feature is a highlight for first-time visitors to Vegas as well as people who have visited the city dozens of times before. There are several water shows choreographed to music (with additional selections during the holiday season), which dazzle people throughout the day and every 15 minutes from 8:00 p.m.-midnight.
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