The interesting thing about Las Vegas is that if you ask 10 different people about their experience in Vegas, you’ll likely get 10 different answers. There are so many things to see and do in Las Vegas that no amount of time in Sin City will allow you to see it all, and you can really customize your experience to fit your vacation because of the vast number of options available. So what do you do if you are a first-timer who has no idea what Las Vegas will be like? Allow us at BestofVegas.com to break down the who/what/where of this desert oasis for you!

What to expect
No matter what time of year you go, expect to battle large crowds, pay top dollar for food and activities, sweat a lot and experience some of the best people watching of your life. But you know that? You can also expect to make memories that will last a lifetime, meet some of the most interesting people from all walks of life and leave already planning your next Sin City outing.

Where to stay
If you want to make the most of your vacation, we advise staying right on the Strip. This 4.2-mile stretch has more than 30 hotel options, and that equates to more than 151,000 rooms to choose from. This may make for an indecisive person’s nightmare, but don’t fret about making the wrong decision. You can walk and still experience every resort, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself to stay at the “right” resort. They are all beautiful and unique, and you honestly can’t go wrong! From the top-of-the-line resorts such as the Wynn, Encore, Palazzo and Bellagio to the cheaper hotels such as the Excalibur, Treasure Island and Flamingo, there are plenty of places to rest your head at night in Las Vegas that won’t break the budget.   

What to do
There is so much to do outside of the casinos and nightclubs that make Las Vegas famous. See one of Sin City’s more than 100 shows, from comedy to magic to pop stars or the top-rated Cirque du Soleil offerings. Simulate skydiving at Vegas Indoor Skydiving, view the Strip from up above at the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck or the High Roller, meet lifelike models of celebrities at Madame Tussauds, go on a rollercoaster ride or see it all with the Las Vegas Explorer Pass. Whatever you do – just know that there is so much more to Las Vegas than meets the eye!

Where to party
The party never stops in Las Vegas. During the day, parties are stationed at the pool, and by night, there is no shortage of places to let loose. Check out our 5 Day Pool Party Pass, or purchase one of our exclusive club passes, which allows entry into many of the most popular night haunts in Sin City!

Where to eat
Las Vegas is a foodie’s DREAM. From In-N-Out Burger to five-star establishments, there is a restaurant for every taste bud and every budget. Check menus and prices ahead of time so that you’re not surprised, but if you’re looking for some suggestions, here are some favorites, by category.  

Pizza
Rock on Freemont Street, Secret Pizza in the Cosmopolitan, Grimaldi’s in the Palazzo, Five50 Pizza Bar in ARIA, Flour & Barley at the LINQ

American
Yardbird at the Ventian, Harvest Restaurant by Roy Ellamar at the Bellagio, Tom’s Urban at New York New York, HEXX Kitchen + Bar at Paris Las Vegas, Gilley’s in Treasure Island

Fine dining
Nobu in Caesars Palace

Burgers
Gordon Ramsay in Planet Hollywood

Buffet
The Buffet at Wynn, Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace

French cuisine
Bouchon at the Venetian

Italian
Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, Sinatra at Encore

Seafood
Costa di Mare in Wynn

Gelato
Zio Gelato at the Venetian