Things to Do in Las Vegas
Everybody knows Las Vegas as the gambling capital of the Western world, trumped only by Macau in terms of revenue and scope - but surely there is more to this casino city than just slot machines? We wanted to have a nosey around at some of the best things to do in this gambling hotspot that don’t involve slot games, table games, or any kind of casinos - because if you’re going to jet off to Vegas then there’s plenty more for you to do and see in the Silver State.
Zion National Park
Located around 2.5 hours away from the bright lights of Las Vegas is the natural beauty of Zion National Park which has long been popular with tourists who want to see the incredible rock formations in the state of Utah. It’s more exciting than it sounds, we promise.
The trip on the way to Zion Park is pretty long, but if you set off while it’s still dark you could get there for one of the best sunrises of your life. During the high season which takes up the majority of the year you’ll need to park at a local town and take a free shuttle into the park, but this is definitely for the best as it means you can freely jump on the shuttles through the park whenever you like, and you can snap pics instead of having to focus on driving.
If you’re not a driver and you still want to visit, there are day trips you can book yourself onto for a pretty penny. Alternatively, there are national parks closer to the strip like Red Rock and Valley of Fire that won’t eat up all of your day and you can usually tag onto cheaper excursions if you’re on a budget.
SlotZilla Zip Line
We have so many questions about how and why this came to be - but here it is, and we’re not mad about it!
Based on the Fremont Street Experience, arguably one of the most famous streets in the city, the SlotZilla Zip Line will lift you 11 stories high and spit you out of a giant slot machine and send you flying down the Vegas street. Only in Vegas, right?
If you’re looking for a bit of excitement without straying too far from the strip then this is the place to find it; strike a superhero pose as the street below gawks up at you. It obviously doesn’t last a whole lot of time, but it’s a must-do activity for tourists and it’s got some really promising reviews on TripAdvisor from those who’ve braved it.
Better yet, Fremont Street has some incredible light shows overhead - not that you’ll be able to see them when you’re going up to 40mph on your front.
It doesn’t come cheap at $49 (around £38) for the full experience, but you can get $5 off by taking to the skies before 5pm.
This is one of the odd curiosities that people flock to see - mainly for Instagram content, because what’s more oddly sad and eerie than broken down and abandoned neon lights? It’s such a bizarre concept for an attraction, but it’s genuinely interesting to see the history of Las Vegas’ lights laid out in a graveyard-like setting.
They have some cool ticketed events on sometimes; if you visit before February 15th, 2020 then you can purchase tickets to see the fascinating Tim Burton exhibition featuring his iconic 3D artwork. You can buy tickets a month in advance for $30 (around £23) which gets you entry to the exhibit for an hour.
Fun fact: Mars Attacks features an iconic scene in the Neon Boneyard! (Psst, did you know there’s a Mars Attacks slot, too?!)
There’ll be no shortage of heat in Las Vegas, but if you want to live life on the wild side you can go even hotter by taking to the famous Death Valley - aptly named for being the location of the hottest temperature on the entire continent. How hot is hot? Well, it has estimated highs of 47 celsius in July, let’s put it that way. It’s extreme.
If you’re going to take a drive through Death Valley we’d recommend not doing it in the middle of summer; bear in mind that even in January it has highs of 19 celsius - so plan ahead and don’t bite off more desert than you can chew.
The salt flats make for epic photo opportunities and Badwater Basin makes for an incredible location - especially if you’ve brought your professional camera as there are some amazing detail photographs that can be snapped. If you’re a bit of a film geek you might want to venture to Dante’s View where a famous Star Wars scene was shot.
Entry to the national park is $25 (around £19) which covers you for 7 days.
Las Vegas Slots
Given that this is a Vegas travel guide, who would we be if we, an online casino, didn’t recommend a couple of hot casino spots in the gambling capital of the Western world? Wonder no more because we picked out the most essential stop-offs and the best slots you can play in them.
Fremont Hotel and Casino
This is located on the street we mentioned earlier, in the same location as the SlotZilla Zip Line - so if you’re already in the area you’d be in great company if you stepped into the doors of the famous red casino. Reviewers seem to be big on the casino’s $3 Blackjack table games for their fantastic value, so make sure you read through our How to Play Blackjack guide for some helpful tips in getting started if you’re new to casino games.
In terms of slot machines you’ve got a huge range to choose from at the Fremont - over 1,000 to be exact, including some modern video slots which will be familiar to those of you who have played online slots here at Pink Casino. Some famous machines that you can hunt down include the Cleopatra slot, the Candy Bars slot, and Fu Dao Le - all of which you can also play right here!
MGM Grand Casino Las Vegas
It wouldn’t be a guide to Vegas’ casinos if we didn’t mention the MGM Grand - arguably the most iconic casino in the city, and certainly one of the most impressive. With slots stakes starting at just 1 cent you can play here no matter your budget, so don’t be intimidated by how upscale it looks!
Some of their slots highlights include the Bavarian Heidi’s Bier Haus which has been so popular at Pink Casino that it’s spawned a sequel and 88 Fortunes which is one of our favourite oriental-inspired slot games. Obviously, they have plenty more where that came from; they offer a sea of games all of varying slot machine themes, so all you need to do is pick out the one you like the look of best.
Pink Casino’s Guide to Las Vegas
So, whether you’re a non-gambler or you’re just looking for a few things to do after stopping at one of Las Vegas’ many casinos, these were our favourite attractions for you to note down on your to-do list. Any of them catch your eye? Be sure to look out for further updates on our online casino blog and we’ll be sure to post regularly on slots, bingo, and fun lifestyle pieces to read over a brew.