There can’t be many visitors to the United States for whom Las Vegas does not rank highly on their list of things to do. For generations, the city in the Nevada Desert has held a mystique that makes it next to impossible for tourists to resist. Whether you are interested in gambling with the high rollers or taking in the sights of the city from above in a helicopter ride, there is something for visitors of all persuasions. The following is a list of the five best things to do during your stay. Before you go to deeply into planning your trip, however, do not forget to check out a detailed ESTA guide for a stress-free visa experience.

1.Take in the Bellagio Fountains show

In a city where it can be difficult to keep your hard-earned cash in your pocket, one attraction does not cost the earth is the Bellagio Fountains show. An iconic feature of the Las Vegas Strip, the fountains use a mixture of light and carefully choreographed water jets to leave the beholder in a state of awe. Despite lasting only a few minutes, the show is certain to leave your jaw on the floor. The perfect experience for those on a budget looking to get a taste of the magic of the city.

2.Take a Stroll Along the Strip

Las Vegas Boulevard is jam-packed with some of the most outlandish architectural structures that are found anywhere in the world. The weird and wonderful has long been the norm when it comes to the facades of the city’s luxury hotels and resorts. A short walk will take you past mock-ups of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel, an imitation of the Doge’s Palace in Venice at the Venetian, a replica of the Trevi Fountain at Caesar’s Palace, a giant model of the Sphinx at the Luxor, and the Statue of Liberty at New York – New York. Day or night, these sights are not to be missed!

3.Venetian Gondola Experience

Located within the lavish Venetian hotel, the life-size model of Grand Canal in Venice is well worth a few hours of your time. On contracting the services of an incredibly realistic gondolier dressed in traditional Venetian clothes (some of them even speak with a fake Italian accent!), it is easy to forget where you are as you float past picturesque cafes and restaurants and under Venetian-style bridges. While not what most people would call cheap, it can be the ideal place to let your imagination run wild as you prepare yourself for a big night at the roulette table.

Grand Canyon

4.Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

With the Grand Canyon just a stone’s throw away from Las Vegas, it would be foolish not to take advantage to visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and what better way to do it than from the sky? Book a helicopter trip from one of the many tour agencies on the Strip and enjoy the spectacular bird’s eye views of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead before taking in the arid yet spectacular views of the desert on the way to the canyon. For an extra cost, you can also land on the floor of the canyon and have a spot of lunch, providing you can take the heat!

5.Rent a Car and Drive Through the Valley of Fire

If you are tired of the non-stop hustle and bustle of Las Vegas and need a shot of nature to help you get your feet back on the ground, you could do a lot worse than taking a car and aiming for the Valley of Fire. At just an hour away, the journey will only take around half a day and is the perfect way to get acquainted with the beautiful desert vistas that surround the city. The scenic drive will take you past petroglyphs and rock formations that will leave you spellbound and provide you with the ideal photo opportunities to take the snaps to use to show off to your friends and family back at home.

It is a common misconception that gambling is all that there is to do in Sin City. Hopefully, this article has given a few ideas of things to do to make your Vegas experience one to remember. Whether on a honeymoon or stag or hen party, Las Vegas is a place where you can really let loose. Make sure to organise your ESTA visa before you leave your country of origin to ensure a smooth entry into the United States.