Our personal travel experts have traversed the globe looking for the best places to go, finest places to see and the activities that you must just do. Our USA & Cruise specialist, Jordan Coleman, travelled to Las Vegas last week and tells his account below:
Las Vegas is such a fantastic city to visit; there really is something to do for everyone. Once you get to the airport the main strip is no more than 20 minutes away by taxi. Once there you are really in the middle of everything. The two easiest ways to get about are walking (recommended as you have to be amongst it to take it all in) or taxis.
There is no lack of activities while in Vegas – One of the first ‘must-dos’ is go and see a Cirque du Soleil show. These shows are just incredible, from the stage to the props to the performers! We saw KA at the MGM Grand and it was just incredible. Before the show even starts people are in costume waiting for you to get comfortable just so they can swing down from the ceiling and make you jump! The stage is as much of the performance as anything else as it actually lifts up through the air and spins around depending on what the scene needs.
Next up is the Grand Canyon, there is no way anyone can go to Las Vegas and not see it considering its one of the 7 wonders of the world and its only about 30 minutes away by helicopter. Maverick are probably the best to go with. Their pilots are very knowledgeable and are able to talk you through every part of the flight whether it was giving information on the colossal Hoover Dam or the quaint Boulder City. If you really want to make it special, do the evening trip so as you are flying back down the strip when all the lights will be on!
So, if you are in Sin City but fancy doing something a little more adventurous than a helicopter ride or a show, try zip-lining through Bootleg Canyon with Flightlinez. This was the first time I have ever tried zip-lining and it won’t be the last. It involves taking a 30-40 minute journey by bus up the canyon, you get to a point where you cannot go any further by vehicle and you have to walk. This was a great walk, only about 15 minutes and you’re at the top! Once there you let the fun bunch of instructors hook you up and then all is left is to practically fly through the canyon pumped with adrenaline! Don’t worry if a couple of people in the party don’t fancy it as Flightlinez are more than happy to drop other party members to Boulder City so they can explore it in their own time and then pick them up in time to be back at the main place in conjunction with the rest of the group.
After you have seen the canyon and played a few hands of blackjack you are going to be hungry. If you are looking for a top class steak try Smith & Wollensky opposite the Monte Carlo, if Mexican is what you’re after head over to the shopping parade between The Linq and The Flamingo (walking towards the High Roller – largest observation in the world at 550sqft and probably some of the best views of the strip) and have a bite at Chayos; neither place will disappoint.
Now, if you have read the above and thought I have forgotten about you shoppers this paragraph is for you! The two most popular places to go to are the Fashion Show Mall and Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. The Fashion Show Mall has stores like Foot Locker, G Star, Diesel, Hollister and Levi, whereas the North Premium Outlets has stores like these but it also has the more high end brands such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, DKNY, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors. Both have loads to look at so it couldn’t hurt to go to both.
If you have done your shopping and want to go somewhere to have a drink but you don’t quite know where you want to go, get in a taxi and go to Fremont Street. This is one of the most lively areas at night with its big lights, stages from end to end, two separate zip-lines that go over the top of the street (one the whole length and one that is half) in the ‘superman’ position, restaurants that have eating challenges (eat over 350lbs of food and its free), night clubs, souvenir shops and all of that is before even getting started on the crazy dressed individuals that walk up and down it in outfits wanting you to take pictures with them.
So there’s a quick run-down of what you can get up to in Las Vegas (yes that was quick), if you still want more things to do; try out:
• White Tigers and Lions at The Mirage
• 18 Hole golf at The Wynn
• Bellagio fountains
• ‘Erupting’ volcano out the front of The Mirage
• Take a gondola around the grand canals at The Venetian
• See the rare golden crocodile at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
• Ride the roller coaster at the New York New York
• See the sharks around the pool at the Golden Nugget