20 Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas

Slap-bang in the middle of the rocky, arid desert lies a city where fantasy has become reality and eccentricity is anything but remarkable. It’s impossible not be captivated by this city of extremes – the imitation landmarks, the circus spectacles, the fountain displays.

 

From the bright lights of the Boulevard to the dazzling ceilings of the Bellagio, the star-studded productions to the ornate interiors of Sin City’s famous casinos, Las Vegas is a beautiful and wonderfully alluring enigma. Here are 20 reasons why you should travel to Las Vegas in 2016.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Bellagio Fountain show
The Fremont Street Experience © kanonsky / iStock

Fremont Street Experience: Light shows, casinos, live music performances and the largest video screen in the world come together to create one huge, vibrant entertainment hub which will transport you to another place.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Bellagio Fountain show
The Bellagio Resort Fountain Show © Jim Kruger / iStock

The Bellagio Fountain show: This expertly choreographed aquatic display will mesmerise you with its explosion of colour, light and sound.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Bartolotta
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare © Bartolotta

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare: Like the décor, the seafood at Bartolotta is amazing, and you can dine by this beautiful lagoon.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles Love performance © Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil: Vegas shows are renowned across the world for their all-out extravagance, and a trip to the city wouldn’t be complete without seeing The Beatles LOVE. Expect jaw-dropping acrobatics and a psychedelic journey that takes you right back to the swinging “˜60s.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Futuristic architecture
The Cleveland Clinic for Brain Health © iStock / Woodkern

Futuristic architecture: The Cleveland Clinic for Brain Health, designed by Frank O.Gehry, is an artistic masterpiece that deserves your attention for its crooked-house style, modernist design.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Valley of Fire
Valley of Fire State Park © 4nadia / iStock

Valley of Fire State Park: This is only an hour from Las Vegas but its marble textures, arid rocks and vivid red colouring make it look like something from another planet. 

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Mini-Paris
Las Vegas at night © littleny / iStock

Mini-Paris: Vegas’ imitation Eiffel Tower is almost as impressive as the original, offering a spectacular view over the city and its sparkling lights.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Volcano show
The Mirage resort’s volcano show © James Anderson / iStock

Volcano show at the Mirage resort: An eruption of smoke, fire and music 100 feet above the water, this is a show not to be missed.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | New York New York
New York New York © photoquest7 / iStock

New York New York: There’s only one other place in the world where you can see the Statue of Liberty, and it’s here, at Las Vegas’ very own version of the Big Apple.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon, Nevada © coleong / iStock

Red Rock Canyon National Park: Drive 30 minutes from Las Vegas and you have incredible views like this.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | The Stratosphere
The Stratosphere on the skyline © Michael Valdez / iStock

The Stratosphere: The futuristic-looking Stratosphere is the tallest freestanding tower in the US, and the observation tower at the top offers spectacular views over the surrounding area. There’s also a thrill ride at the top, for those feeling especially brave.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Spa Mandalay
Spa Mandalay in Las Vegas © Spa Mandalay

Spa Mandalay: The city is a hotbed for places to unwind, and at a size of 30,000 square feet, the Mandalay is hard to beat for its sheer scale and the range of treatments on offer.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | The Bank
The Bank Nightclub in Las Vegas © The Bank Nightclub

The Bank: If there’s one city that knows how to party, it’s Vegas, and it’s hard to beat the outstanding attention to detail you’ll find at this club in the Bellagio.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Vegas at night
The Las Vegas Strip © Ron Lane / iStock

Vegas at night: The bright, colourful lights of Vegas make for a stunning view at night, when fountains, skyscrapers and world-class hotels illuminate its vibrant streets.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | The Venetian Hotel and Casino
The Venetian Hotel and Casino © LPETTET / iStock

The Venetian Hotel and Casino: Riding a gondola along the indoor river, surrounded by towering buildings and gold-coloured statues, is the closest you can get to Venice without being in Italy. And it’s almost as magical.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Joel Robuchon
Dine on haute cuisine at Joel Robuchon Restaurant © MGM Resorts

Joel Robuchon Restaurant: Tucked within the plush MGM Grand hotel, this Art Deco style restaurant by stalwart French chef Joel Robuchon – famously named the Chef of the Century – has an impressive three Michelin stars, and a lush garden terrace to sit out on.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Trevi fountain
The Trevi Fountain replica at Caesars Palace © oneinchpunch / iStock

Trevi fountain: Bringing another slice of Italy to Nevada, Vegas’ version of the Trevi is the next best thing to the real one in Rome.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Wynn Casino
Wynn Casino in Las Vegas © Wynn Casino

Wynn Casino: Vegas wouldn’t be Vegas without its casinos, and this one at the Wynn resort is worth a visit for its design alone.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | XS
The renowned Las Vegas nightclub, XS © XS

XS: Home to David Guetta, Alesso and Kaskade, XS has been named the best club in the USA five times, and it’s easy to see why.

Reasons to Travel to Las Vegas | Le Cirque
Las Vegas restaurant Le Cirque © Le Cirque

Le Cirque: Las Vegas is home to some of the world’s most innovative restaurants, and Le Cirque, located in the Bellagio, is one of the best. It serves French dishes in an elegant, colourful environment, with a tasting menu which incorporates the likes of burgundy snails, sautéed foie gras and carnarolli risotto.

 

Virgin Atlantic operates daily flights to Las Vegas from London, bringing this exciting city closer to home.

 

Are you planning a trip to Sin City? Where are you most looking forward to visiting? Let us know in the comments section below.

About Laura French

Laura is a freelance writer with a healthy dose of wanderlust. She has travelled extensively in South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, and has written for national publications including cntraveller.com, the Huffington Post, The Times, GQ and Red, as well as global trade magazines. If she's not writing, she's either lost in some far-flung corner of the globe or eating her way around a new city.
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