5 Experiences You Can’t Miss In Las Vegas For First-Timers

The possibilities are endless!

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Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the most unique cities in the United States, best known for the infamous bustle and brilliance of the Strip. Its classic elements from glitzy casinos to five star hotels make it a renowned place to travel, a hub of sightseeing, shopping, clubbing and gambling. In a city where the day-life is just as thrilling as the nightlife, your itinerary will be packed from dawn to dusk. Here are five of our handpicked experiences for Vegas travelers to make the most of their next visit.

Catch a view from the High Roller

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High Roller via @travelnevada on Instagram

The High Roller observation ferris wheel stands at 550 feet, offering panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip and the city below. Guests board pods with floor to ceiling windows, and relax as the wheel spins at a comfortable 30 minutes per rotation: the perfect amount of time to take in the view, have a drink (you can bring your own!) and snap a few gorgeous photos. The High Roller runs from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m., an experience both family-friendly, and perfect for adults and solo travelers as well. Make sure to get your tickets in advance!

Take a ride on the Big Apple Coaster

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Big Apple via @themeparkworldwide on Instagram

Calling all thrillseekers! Located at famed Las Vegas hotel New York-New York, the Big Apple Coaster travels at over 67 miles per hour. Riders will experience breathtaking drops and dives, the coaster’s 180 degree loops, and another beautiful view of the Las Vegas Strip. Tickets are affordable, and because like New York City, Las Vegas never sleeps, the roller coaster is open until 12 a.m. for riders to board and get their adrenaline pumping.

Grab a drink at Fat Tuesdays

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Fat Tuesdays via @fattuesdays on Instagram

Need a refreshment? A trip to the Las Vegas Strip wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Fat Tuesdays Frozen Daiquiri Bar. Located throughout the Strip itself and within certain hotels such as the MGM Grand, Fat Tuesdays is a hallmark of Las Vegas, and its alcoholic slushies come in a number of flavors and sizes, from pina colada, to strawberry, to green apple. You can mix and match your favorite flavors. Whether you’re sipping from a yard-long cup or a classic 16 ounce, Fat Tuesdays has a drink to everyone’s taste (over 21, of course!)

Browse The Forum Shops

Forum via @claytonhaam on Instagram

The Forum Shops are a Las Vegas hub of high-end, upscale shopping. Located centrally on the Las Vegas Strip, the Roman architecturally inspired Forum matches its neighboring counterpart, the stunning Ceasar’s Palace Hotel and Casino. Packed with designer retailers and restaurants, The Forum is a shopper’s dream – home to everything from Balenciaga to Louis Vitton. The interior of The Forum is an attraction in and of itself, with a fully-imagined Roman-themed design that invokes both immersion and serenity. Whether you’re looking for a new wardrobe or visiting to browse, The Forum is a truly breathtaking attraction at the heart of the strip.

Check out the Bellagio Fountain Show

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Fountains via @bellagio on Instagram

The Fountains of the Bellagio Hotel are meant to express the romance and spirit at the heart of the Bellagio Hotel, and they’re entirely free for anyone to view along the Las Vegas Strip. A unique visual and sensory experience, the fountains are calibrated to choreography from over 30 songs, and the complexity in each performance is truly astounding. Not only are these shows free, but they run every 30 minutes Monday through Friday, and every 15 minutes on the weekends and evenings, beginning as early as 11 a.m. Catch a show on your exploratory walk along the strip, glimpse one from above on the High Roller, or come back daily for a fresh, breathtaking bout of aquatic choreography.

Juliana Riedman

Contributing Editor

A South shore Long Island Native, Juliana is scarcely seen without a book in hand. Whether on a plane or at the beach, her passion for reading is rivaled only by her drive to explore. From museum-hopping, coastal hiking to curling up with her cat; she is always seeking her next adventure - and her next good read.

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