Best Things to Do in Las Vegas Strip, Mapped
The fabulous Las Vegas Strip may just be the most famous street in the U.S. Flanked by over-the-top casinos, people come to this stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard to simply walk around (and take tons of great pictures).
But since there are way too many things to see, we've spotlighted the absolute best places to go on this Las Vegas Strip map. Some of these stops are well-known and a bit cliché, but definitely worth the hype. Others are more offbeat — yes, that's still possible to find in Sin City.
Las Vegas Sign
It doesn't matter that everyone does it, you have to start your Strip adventures at the Las Vegas sign.
This famous sign is a symbol of the city. With flashing neon lights, it embodies exactly what the street is meant to be, and while it's cool during the day, you have to see it at night when it illuminates the desert sky.
Fun Fact About the Las Vegas Sign
The famous sign owes its design to Betty Willis, who made it in 1959. She then generously donated the copyright to the city of Vegas.
Think about how many millions of souvenirs of this sign are sold each year, and then feel the pain of how much money Willis could've been making.
Pinball Hall of Fame
This may seem like a random stop, but we think it's the perfect Las Vegas attraction. It's random, extra and fun — what more could you ask for?
Hundreds of pinball machines fill this museum, though you'll also see other arcade games from a bygone era. Situated right across from the Las Vegas sign, the Pinball Hall of Fame gives you a chance to play without losing your entire life savings.
Fun Fact About the Pinball Hall of Fame
The Pinball Hall of Fame is a non-profit. All the money made from the machines is given to charities like the Salvation Army.
Who knew you could have guiltless fun in Vegas?
Luxor Hotel & Casino
Is visiting Luxor Hotel & Casino to see its fake pyramid displays cheesy? Yes. But you should still do it. This is one of the first hotels to bring replicas to the city, effectively changing the face of the Strip, which now has an Eiffel Tower, a Statue of Liberty and other imitation landmarks.
Stop, get your picture and revel in shamelessly being a tourist.
Fun Fan About Luxor Hotel & Casino
It may be a replica, but the Luxor Hotel pyramid is actually the third-largest in the world.
Standing at 350 feet, it's overtaken by two Giza pyramids in Egypt.
If you went to Burning Man in 2010, you may recognize this sculpture, which was originally made for the gigantic desert festival. Standing over 40 feet, it depicts a woman dancing freely. It was too beautiful for artist Marco Cochrane to let it go, so he brought it to San Francisco as a public art piece.
But MGM Grand had better ideas for it, recognizing the Strip as the piece's rightful place. It now stands at the Park, an outdoor entertainment space attached to the hotel.
Fun Fact About Bliss Dance
The sculpture has 2,828 LED lights that illuminate it both from the inside and outside.
Even in a city where everything shines at night, Bliss Dance manages to stand out.
Besides casinos and resorts, Las Vegas' superficiality is best captured by its many luxury stores. In a rare instance of self-awareness, Louis Vuitton decided that it didn't want to be just a basic, overpriced brand. Its solution to this identity crisis was to open an art installation in its Strip location.
To see it, you have to call and make reservations beforehand. Once you're in the store, tell employees you're there to see "Akhob," and you'll be taken on a secret elevator to the store's fourth floor. Here, you'll see a beautiful James Turrell light and color installation that might just be better than the Bellagio Fountain show.
Fun Fact About the Akhob Installation
Although the exhibit is free to see, the store doesn't advertise it anywhere.
This way, it remains exclusive to those who know about it.
Bellagio Chocolate Fountain
Stop by the Bellagio Hotel for a record-breaking attraction. And no, we don't mean its famed water fountain, but the giant chocolate fountain inside the Bellagio Patisserie.
You'll see different types of chocolate slowly making their way down the 27-foot contraption that looks like an art installation. Until 2019, it was the largest chocolate fountain in the world. And while it's now in second place, it's still incredibly impressive. (And a great way of making people crave obscene amounts of sweets.)
Fun Fact About the Bellagio Chocolate Fountain
The Bellagio Hotel fountain has more than 4,000 pounds of chocolate constantly flowing up and down.
Six pumps are used to create the necessary motion for this tempting attraction.
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
By now, everyone knows Las Vegas is surrounded by a vast amount of natural beauty. But you don't have to leave the city to appreciate it. Instead, get a (small) bit of nature at the Flamingo Hotel, where you'll find a habitat for its namesake birds.
Visit for a brief relaxing escape from flashing lights and noise.
Fun Fact About the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
Besides pink flamingos, you'll find parrots, ducks, swans, turtles, pelicans and koi fish.
Of course the largest Ferris wheel in the world would be in Vegas. The city doesn't like to be outdone when it comes to flashiness.
Yes, there can be lines, but the 28 pods can collectively carry about a thousand people, which means you won't be waiting for too long. And the views are definitely worth it, especially at night.
Fun Fact About the High Roller
What really sets the High Roller apart from other Ferris wheels is that you're not just allowed to be drunk, but it's practically encouraged.
Don't be surprised if you see people slurping alcohol from a plastic container while in a pod or dancing and cheering as if they were in a nightclub.
Yes, it's as fun as it sounds.
The Mirage Volcano
The competition for shows on the Strip is fierce, but we think the Mirage Hotel's volcano manages to stand out. There's something incredibly exciting about seeing a fake volcano erupt while the sound of strong beating drums fills the air around you.
When you see the erupting water cannons and the flying fireballs, you'll understand why this show has survived since 1989.
Fun Fact About the Mirage Volcano
To achieve the show's impressive effect, the Mirage Hotel uses 150 fire shooters timed to the music.
The five-minute show then ends with a 60-foot volcanic eruption!
Grand Canal at the Venetian
Of course, we had to include the most touristy thing to do on the Strip, simply because the Grand Canal at the Venetian Hotel too iconic to miss.
Will you feel like you're in Venice, Italy? Absolutely not. But it's still fun to get paddled across a "canal" while a person in costume serenades you.
Think of it as practice for when you actually make it to Venice.
Fun Fact About the Grand Canal at the Venetian
Following the attraction's success in Vegas, the Venetian Hotel replicated it in its hotel and casino in the Chinese special administrative region of Macao. If not in Vegas, then you can hop on a gondola and ride the "Grand Canal" here.
Though, in our opinion, Macao is much more interesting outside the flashy hotels.