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The Bellagio’s Fountains, dancing and swaying to music, are a Las Vegas must-see; a few blocks away, the Mirage’s volcano explodes regularly. For a helicopter-level view of Las Vegas, visit the Stratosphere Tower. The Tournament of Kings features jousting—and you get to eat with your fingers. Gamble at some vintage Las Vegas casinos, like the Flamingo or the El Cortez. Learn about the original Mr. Vegas at the Liberace Museum. Hoover Dam impresses with its immensity, and Red Rock’s towering sandstone cliffs keeps visitors busy snapping pictures. For the story of Las Vegas’ history, visit the Springs Preserve. read more about The Best Things To Do In Las Vegas

Fountains at Bellagio

Fountains at Bellagio

  • 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
  • Bellagio Hotel Casino
  • tel:+1 702 693 7111
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  • Las Vegas, 89109

The Bellagio's Fountains sound like a simple concept: shooting jets of water timed to music. But what sounds simple is actually a complex choreography of technology, sound, and water. Designed by WET Design, an international company that specializes in elaborate water displays, the Bellagio's Fountains are spread over the nine-acre lake in front of the Bellagio. Over 1,200 nozzles and 4,500 lights work together to shoot water 400+ feet in the air—but that's not all the fountains do. They sway, they dance, and they wow the crowds that gather to watch them.

Shows start in the afternoon, but the best time to see the fountains is at night. The combination of music and the illuminated dancing water is enchanting. Many people have already seen the fountains on television shows or in movies (most famously, the George Clooney remake of "Ocean's 11"). Romantic, spectacular, and iconic, the Bellagio's Fountains are a free Las Vegas attraction that's appropriate for anyone of any age.

An underground well supplies most of the water for the fountains. Prior to the Bellagio, the Dunes and its golf course were located here—thus, the well, which watered the golf course. The Dunes was imploded to make way for the Bellagio.
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Mirage Hotel

Mirage Hotel

  • 3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard
  • tel:+1 702 791 7111 / +1 800 374 9000 (Toll free)
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  • Las Vegas, 89109

A palace of delights in the heart of Las Vegas, the Mirage takes the Strip and adds a South Seas twist. The first thing anyone will notice is the world famous iconic volcano. Live eruptions every night are a Strip highlight for young and old alike. Enter the casino through a 100 foot high tropical atrium, filled with water falls, lagoons and orchids. Make your way through the casino to Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat where you can get up close and personal with the famous white tigers and the only desert-dwelling bottle nosed dolphins in Nevada. Don't miss the 20,000 gallon salt water aquarium behind the main desk! read more about Mirage Hotel

Stratosphere Tower

Stratosphere Tower

  • 2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South
  • Stratosphere Hotel
  • tel:+1 702 380 7777 / +1 800 998 6937
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  • Las Vegas, 89104

The Stratosphere is America's tallest observation tower (1,149 feet) and one of the tallest structures west of the Mississippi River. At the very top, the daring get their adrenaline going on one of the thrill rides: The Big Shot, which shoots its riders into the air; the X-Scream, a teeter-totter that dangles you over the side; the Insanity, which spins you over a thousand feet of thin air; and the Sky Jump, where you can free-fall your way to the bottom.

You don't have to be a thrill seeker to visit the top of the Stratosphere. A rotating restaurant, the Top of the World Restaurant, takes advantage of the view to offer a memorable meal. You'll also find bars and lounges here.

Tickets to the top of the Stratosphere are $16. An indoor and outdoor observation deck are available. The Stratosphere's wedding chapel also offers services at the top.
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Flamingo Las Vegas

Flamingo Las Vegas

  • 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South
  • tel:+1 702 733 3111 / +1 888 308 8899
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  • Las Vegas, 89109

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is one of the premier hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. The original Flamingo, now incorporated into the main hotel, was built by mobster Bugsy Segal. Excellent dining, entertainment, and casino gambling are hallmarks of The Flamingo Las Vegas. The beautiful tropical retreat is home to live flamingos and the resort's four interconnected swimming pools, tropical waterfall and private cabanas. Nightly world class entertainment rounds out the experience at the original Strip resort. read more about Flamingo Las Vegas

El Cortez Hotel & Casino

El Cortez Hotel & Casino

  • 600 Fremont St
  • Between 6th and 7th sts
  • tel:800/634-6703
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  • Las Vegas, 89101
Liberace Museum

Liberace Museum

  • 1775 E. Tropicana Ave
  • At Spencer St
  • tel:702/798-5595
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  • Las Vegas, 89119
Red Rock Canyon Scenic Byway

Red Rock Canyon Scenic Byway

  • Off Nevada State Route 159
  • tel:702-515-5000
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  • Las Vegas, 89124

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area has one paved road through its protected lands. The Red Rock "Loop," as locals refer to it, is a 13-mile, one-way scenic drive that weaves past the spectacular rock formations in Red Rock Canyon. The road itself is great fun to drive--if you like winding, curvy, slightly hilly roads with no guardrails. The Loop is a favorite photo-shoot backdrop for car clubs of all kinds, precisely because it's a such an enjoyable drive. This is a one-way road, but in its former life, this road was two-lanes. Drivers who like to take it slow should move to the right and let the faster cars pass.

The first pull-outs on the Loop overlook the Calico Hills. These overlooks are crowded with tourists, hikers, photographers, and rock climbers. Take a good look at the Calico Hills and you're likely to find several climbers clinging to its vertical rock walls.

Sandstone Quarry is another popular stop along the Scenic Drive. Its name signifies exactly what it formerly was, and visitors who want to stretch their legs but not go for a hike will find this a good stop, but there are no picnic tables here.

High Point Overlook has a roomy parking lot and coin-operated binoculars. You can see the southwestern tip of the Las Vegas Valley from here, along with an expansive view of Red Rock's cliffs. If you can catch a full moon rising over the Calico Hills, it makes a great picture from this spot.

Further down the road, drivers will find picnic tables at Willow Springs, close to the Children's Discovery Trail and the Lost Creek Trail. (Experienced 4WD drivers may want to try Rocky Gap Road, which goes over the mountains here. Check on road conditions before attempting this drive).

Photographers adore the Red Rock Scenic Loop, and if you're in this group, plan on pulling over often. Red Rock's scenery appears frequently in movies, and it's also a favorite spot for weddings, romantic drives and picnics.

Visitors who don't want to hike or climb can still enjoy a drive along the Loop, which ends back at State Route 159. The Red Rock Overlook sits just off SR159, and it has covered picnic tables. Drivers can pull in here for a panoramic view of Red Rock Canyon, and there's no entrance fee. A short trail climbs a hill just east of the parking lot, and several benches give people the chance to stop and rest, or simply to stop and enjoy the view.

The Red Rock Canyon Scenic Loop is open from daylight to dark; hours change according to the seasons. Admission is $7 per vehicle.
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Tournament of Kings

Tournament of Kings

  • 3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South
  • Excalibur Hotel
  • tel:702 597 7600
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  • Las Vegas, 89109
Springs Preserve

Springs Preserve

  • 3333 S. Valley View Blvd
  • tel:702/822-8344
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  • Las Vegas, 89107