Travel Guide: The Best Way to Spend a Day in Las Vegas

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Famously nicknamed Sin City, Las Vegas is the most populous city in Nevada and an obvious choice for gamblers and party-goers alike. However, shoppers and foodies don’t be downhearted; there are loads of things for you to enjoy there too!

Alongside gambling and dancing the night away in the abundance of celebrity-filled nightclubs, here’s our pick of the best things to do in Las Vegas:

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Solve a Crime

CSI: the Experience at the MGM Grand will certainly get your creative juices flowing! This is a great attraction for the amateur crime detective, or equally for lovers of the hit TV show. It provides a multi-sensory experience that will put you in the shoes of a detective as you try your hand at solving one of many true life mysteries.

Watch a Matinee

If you are looking for a family friendly experience, you can watch a Matinee at Harrah’s where the king of Matinee, Mac King will thrill you and your loved ones with comedy and magic.

For the Slightly More Adventurous

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For those in pursuit of something much more thrilling, the 1,114 foot rides at the Stratosphere should get your adrenalin pumping! Alternatively the 67mph roller coaster at New York New York is an equally thrilling place to be.

Discover the History of Mob Culture

Slow things down a bit and head down town to the “Mob Museum”. Officially known as the National Museum of Organised Crime and Law Enforcement, it houses artefacts and a detailed history of organised crime (and the attempts to prevent it!) in the United States.

Some of the artefacts are interactive, which offers a fun and innovative way for visitors to learn all there is to know about the most notorious gangsters in the history of the USA. One of the most popular exhibits in the museum is a blood-stained wall from the Saint Valentines’ Day Massacre, alongside the second floor courtroom which once housed one of the national Kefauver Committee hearings.

Get out of the City

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For travellers who prefer nature to vast concrete jungles, head a little way out of Las Vegas and you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area offers more than 30 miles of hiking trails and a number of beautiful picnic areas. There’s also horseback riding and rock climbing, as well as the expansive Lake Mead national parkland.

Got More than a Day?

As Las Vegas is a desert, a jacket is probably the last thing you’d expect to have to bring with you, but if you did somehow manage to pack something warmer, then a trip to the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is well worth a visit. About an hour away by car from the city of Las Vegas, the resort covers 300 acres of mountain covered snow.

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Image credits: Randy Pertiet, Bert Kaufmann, Stuart Seeger, Steven Depolo

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Belinda Goodman

Cruise 1st veteran Belinda has a passion for travel, especially cruising. She has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years, including a 3-year stint working on cruise ships as a croupier. Belinda regularly writes for the Cruise 1st blog, with a focus on company news and advice for first-time cruise travellers.

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