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From its plethora of casinos to dazzling entertainment scene, we'll take the gamble and bet you'll never get bored in Sin City. With so much to do in this Mojave Desert paradise, a single trip to Las Vegas may not be enough for some - but everyone should definitely visit at least once in their lifetimes.

How much you'll get to tick off your bucket list in the "Entertainment Capital of the World" largely depends on your time and budget. Here are a few reasons why you should visit Las Vegas - including a top Trip.com tip on the cheapest way to save during your visit.

Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

1. The Fountains of Bellagio

As seen in famous Hollywood movies (think "Ocean's Eleven", "The Hangover Part III"), The Fountains of Bellagio is one of the top free attractions in Las Vegas that sees millions of visitors each year. The iconic spot features a majestic water spectacle choreographed to various classic songs in 15 to 30-minute intervals daily from 15:00–00:00, Monday through Friday, and 12:00–00:00 on weekends and holidays.

2. The Freemont Street Experience

There's nothing quite like a walk down Las Vegas' first paved street. Set in Downtown Las Vegas, Freemont Street serves as the city's 2nd-most popular street and is home to some of Sin City's first casinos (Golden Nugget, Four Queens, and Binion's). A canopy fitted with the world's largest video screen - Viva Vision - stretches approx. 1,375 feet (419m) and provides a sensorial feast from 18:00 every evening.

3. Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

An iconic Sin City landmark, the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" has been gracing visitors on 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South since 1959. Don't miss your Instagram opportunity with the 25-foot-tall (7.6m) roadside pole - it's certainly a Las Vegas must!

Zip-Line Across Sin City

Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies, this one's for you. With the variety of zip lines popping up in and on the outskirts of Las Vegas, we've narrowed down a few of the most popular ones according to location.

1. The Strip Zip Lines

Get your adrenaline pumping with the FlyLINQ Zipline - Las Vegas' first zip line on the Strip. Fitted with 10 side-by-side zip lines, there's plenty of room for you and your entourage to "fly" off its 114-feet-tall (12 stories) launch tower. If you're new to zip-lining, consider opting for Rio ZipLine (formerly Voodoo ZipLine) instead. The zip ride is located on the 51st floor of Rio's Masquerade Tower and is known for their ski lift-style seats.

2. Freemont Street Zip Line

When SlotZilla proclaims they're a "zip line unlike any other", they mean it. This exhilarating course is based in the world's largest slot machine - standing 11-stories-tall. The basic zip line - Zip-Zilla - launches from the 7th floor and lands halfway down the Fremont Street Experience pedestrian promenade. Super-Hero Zoom starts from the 11th floor and lands 5 blocks away at Golden Gate Casino & Hotel. Not for the faint-hearted, this zoom line launches you "face first" in superhero-fashion.

Las Vegas' Best Vantage Points

Your trip wouldn't be complete without spending the evening enjoying aerial views of Las Vegas from some of its best vantage points. From panoramic dining spots to viewing towers, your options are endless.

The STRAT Hotel's SkyPod - the tallest freestanding observation tower in the U.S. - undoubtedly takes the pot with its 1,149-foot-tall (350m) observation tower. The soaring tower also offers features 3 thrilling rides and the heart-pounding, 108-storey-high SkyJump - an open-air leap.

Marvel from other winning viewpoints including High Roller at the LINQ Promenade - the world's tallest observation wheel, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant and Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck at Paris Las Vegas, and VooDoo Lounge at The Rio. For the ultimate bird's eye view, consider splurging on a Las Vegas Strip Helicopter Tour.

Things to Do in Las Vegas with the Family

While "family-friendly" isn't the first descriptive term that comes to mind, Las Vegas is actually filled with a variety of activities fit for a family vacation. Feed stingrays in Shark Reef Aquarium's touch pool, get your sugar rush at M&M's World or Hershey's Chocolate World, or head to Adventuredome - an amusement park located in Circus Circus.

If you're planning to venture off The Strip, check out Lion Habitat Ranch in Henderson or drive up to any of the nearby national parks. Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Zion National Park, and the Grand Canyon are all located within a 3-hour drive away from Downtown Las Vegas.

Know Before You Go

1. Getting to Las Vegas

Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) (formerly McCarran International Airport) is Las Vegas' closest airport, just 3 miles from The Strip and 5 miles from Downtown Las Vegas.

2. Las Vegas Public Transportation

The cheapest way of getting around Las Vegas is via public transportation. For the most convenient way of getting around the Strip, take advantage of the Las Vegas Monorail. The 4-mile air-conditioned, elevated system runs along the Las Vegas Strip from 07:00 and stops between 00:00–03:00, daily. Single rides cost US$5 and 24-Hour passes cost US$13. If you prefer transit options that'll take you between the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas, opt for the Deuce and SDX (commonly referred to as the Downtown Express) instead. Both bus services stop along most major casino hotels on the Strip and Freemont Street. Tickets cost US$6 for 2 hours and US$8 for a 24-hour pass.

The City of Las Vegas also offers complimentary public shuttle services - Las Vegas Free Tram and the Downtown Loop. While free, these services are less frequent and typically have lesser stops.

3. Driving in Las Vegas

Because traffic tends to get quite heavy in Sin City, we would not recommend driving around Las Vegas if you aren't planning to get out of the city thereafter. If you're visiting Las Vegas via car, we recommend parking in your accommodation and making full use of the city's extensive public transportation system - or getting around on foot.

4. The Best Time to Visit Las Vegas

Las Vegas experiences its high season from January through April, October, and major U.S. holidays.

5. Las Vegas Weather

Because the "Entertainment Capital of the World" is located in the middle of the Mojave Desert, temperatures between July and August often exceed 104°F (40°C). While it doesn’t snow in Las Vegas, winter months tend to be short - from December to February, with cool temperatures that average between 57°F (13°C) and 39°F (4°C).

👍 Top Tip: Be sure to wear comfortable shoes during your visit. It takes approx. 15-20 minutes to walk between casino hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.

Top Tip: The Cheapest Ways to Visit Las Vegas

Tourist/City/Sightseeing Passes

No matter the duration of your holiday, expenses are bound to add up. It's estimated that the average price of a trip to Las Vegas costs approx. US$250 per day per person. Many cities - including Las Vegas - offer sightseeing and tourist passes which give you the flexibility of visiting multiple attractions with just 1 pass - at extremely discounted rates. At Trip.com, we offer 2 types of Go City Las Vegas passes to ensure you'll enjoy maximum flexibility, savings, and variety during your next Sin City vacation.

1. Go City: Las Vegas Explorer Pass (Flex Pass)

The Go City: Las Vegas Explorer Pass is a multiple-attraction sightseeing pass that offers you access to 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 top Las Vegas attractions, tours, and must-sees over a 60-day period. Have over 35 attractions to choose from including Big Bus Las Vegas tours, SkyPod at The STRAT, Fly LINQ Zipline, the Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, and Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Go City: Las Vegas Explorer Passes range from US$69–US$139 (tax and service fees included) and all unused passes are valid for 2 years from your purchase date. Simply present the digital or physical QR Code attached to your Trip.com booking confirmation to enter each attraction of your choice.

2. Go City: Las Vegas All-Inclusive Pass

The Go City: Las Vegas All-Inclusive Pass is a multiple-day sightseeing pass that allows you to visit as many top Las Vegas sights, tours, and must-sees over a 2, 3, 4, or 5-day period. Passes range between US$134–US$331 (tax and service fees included) and each pass is only activated when you visit your first attraction. If you've purchased a 3, 4, or 5-day pass, you'll be entitled to 1 premium attraction. The Las Vegas Strip Helicopter Tour worth US$149, a full-day tour of Grand Canyon National Park worth US$119, and Legends in Concert tickets worth US$125.24 are just some of the premium attractions available. Simply present the digital or physical QR Code attached to your Trip.com booking confirmation to enter each attraction of your choice.

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