A panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip casinos at night.

How To Make The Most Of Your Visit To Las Vegas

Places to Visit in Las Vegas for A Full Vegas Experience

See The Infamous Las Vegas Boulevard From Above

The Las Vegas Strip is THE place to visit in Las Vegas, and some could argue that you haven’t been in Vegas if you haven’t experienced the Strip. Each casino, such as the Mandalay Bay, Caesar Palace, or MGM Grand, offers a different theme with dazzling architecture and brilliant lights and signs. Take to the skies and experience all of these remarkable constructions onboard a Las Vegas helicopter tour. See the space beam of the Luxor, the New York-New York skyscrapers, the Eiffel Tower at Paris, the fountains of the Bellagio, and make a hairpin turn around the Stratosphere!

Take a Ride On The High Roller

Take in some incredible views on the 520 feet in diameter High Roller. This Ferris wheel is one of the attractions in the city you don’t want to miss out on. Each cabin can hold up to 40 visitors and takes about 30 minutes.

Visit The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum provides a world-class interactive journey through the true Mob stories that helped build Las Vegas. This authentic view of organized crime’s impact on the city (and the world) and the law enforcement agencies that fought it is one that true crime junkies won’t want to miss.

Check Out The Fremont Street Experience

The Fremont Street Experience is located in the heart of the city and a one-of-a-kind gaming and entertainment district. It is most known for it’s world’s largest video screen - Viva Vision.

Dine in the Stratosphere Tower

The newly remodeled Stratosphere Tower offers incredible views and dining options. While you’re there, check out their 1,149-foot-tall observation deck, complete with shops and bars.

Take a Trip To The Neon Museum

History buffs will love the Neon Museum, which is dedicated to preserving and restoring the iconic neon signs from Las Vegas. Grab some epic selfies with these pillars of Las Vegas and check out the outdoor exhibition known as the Neon Boneyard.

Places To Visit Near Las Vegas - Day Trips From Las Vegas

The Hoover Dam

Just under an hour from Las Vegas Boulevard lies one of the United States’ most impressive constructions, the Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. See the sights from the sky on a Hoover Dam helicopter tour from Las Vegas, then explore its inner-workings and observation deck on a Hoover Dam tour.

The Grand Canyon

The majestic Grand Canyon is the best location to find beautiful hiking trails and views. Papillon offers helicopter tours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon for a perfect sightseeing adventure. Don’t miss out! For an extra special experience, consider a Grand Canyon Skywalk Helicopter Tour.

Valley of Fire State Park

The Valley of Fire State Park is another must-see you shouldn’t miss out on. What you will see is 40,000 acres of red Aztec sandstone mixed into limestone, petroglyphs dating back over 2,000 years, and petrified trees. Take a guided tour and take in this geological wonderland.

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon, located within the city of Page, Arizona, is one of the most mystical and ancient landmarks hidden within the United States. This otherworldly slot canyon draws thousands of visitors each year hoping to catch a glimpse of the famous rays of sunlight that beam down between the canyon walls. If you’re able to, an Antelope Canyon tour is one experience you won’t soon forget.

Las Vegas Weather

Due to its desert location, Las Vegas experiences subtropical conditions year-round. Standard annual weather typically includes mild to brisk winters and extremely hot summers, often reaching above 100 F (38 C). These hot conditions usually begin in June and last through September, with semi-frequent monsoon seasons appearing in July and August. The powerful heat is often subsided by extremely low humidity, creating what is also known as “dry heat”. Light clothing, hats, and sun protection are highly encouraged when spending time outdoors in Las Vegas.

Accessibility

The Las Vegas Strip stretches over 5 miles with nearly 30 magnificent casinos scattered across its entirety. The entire Strip is lined with paved sidewalk with elevators next to each raised stairway bridge. Additionally, the Strip and surrounding area featured 46 certified accessible hotels. Additionally, our Grand Canyon bus tours feature complimentary hotel pick-up in a fully accessible motorcoach. Visit our accessibility page to learn more about wheelchair accessibility on our aircraft.

FAQs About Visiting Las Vegas

What Is the Best Month To Visit Las Vegas?

While there is never a bad time to visit Las Vegas there are a few "better" times depending on whether you enjoy the desert heat.  March thru early May and late August thru October both offer warm daytime temperatures and plesant nights.  Additionally crowds as well as room rates tend to be calmer during those seasons.  Mid-summer is very warm which, if you enjoy the pool areas, could also be perfect for your trip.

What Should I Do On My First Trip To Vegas?

There are so many fantastic things to do in Vegas but for a first timer there are some definite "must-see"s. 

  • The Fountains of Bellagio : Without a doubt a must see as a first timer!  This amazing water show against the backdrop of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino never fails to impress with its massive fountains that dance to a great mix of modern and classic music.  With frequent showtimes its also easy to fit into a busy trip.
  • Anything Cirque du Soleil : Seriously!  Their shows are an amazing mix of aerobatics, acrobatics, comedy and visual magic.  You will struggle with your friends in any attempt describe the show or the experince afterward but they will be able to read the excitement in your reaction.   Mystere is an exellent Cirque "starter" show if you're not sure.  Understand, however, that they go up in both production and wonder after that.
  • Fly Over the Las Vegas Strip:  As with many locations with massive proportions sometimes the best way to take it all in is from the air.  Its a special thrill all its own when you see the playground of Las Vegas from the seat of a helicopter.
  • Visit the Grand Canyon:  You may not automatically connect "Grand Canyon" when you think of Las Vegas but people worldwide use Vegas as a launching point to see this natural wonder.   From Vegas you can easily board a Grand Canyon helicopter tour and see the canyon from the air and enjoy a light meal at the bottom.  Bucket list vibes!

What Other Attractions Are Near Las Vegas?

As you would expect in a vacation destination there are several other attractions around Las Vegas besides the standard draw of the city itself. Landmarks as Hoover Dam, Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge are within easy driving distance of most major hotel resorts. Looking for outdoor daytime adventure consider a hike in Valley of Fire State Park, Red Rock State Park, or a trip out to the Bootleg Canyon Flightlinez.

An aerial photo of the Hoover Dam with the Colorado River behind it.
Hoover Dam Tour and Destination Guide

The Hoover Dam is one of the Southwest's most impressive feats of architecture - and it's just a short journey from Las Vegas. Explore the ways you can tour this historic construction, including helicopter tours and guided interior tours.