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Las Vegas must do recommendations

‘You know why you come here,’ goes the latest Las Vegas motto, and we couldn’t agree more. Whether it’s the glorious spectacle of the Strip that tempts you, the bumping nightclubs, the high-end shops, or the eye-popping Cirque du Soleil theatrics, the city’s over-the-top reputation certainly precedes it. On your next trip to Sin City, make sure these must-do sights and experiences are right at the top of your list. 

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Cirque du Soleil

Though Cirque du Soleil hails originally from Montreal, the circus — famous for its magical themes, colourful staging, and jaw-dropping feats of athleticism — is now a bona fide Las Vegas institution, with upwards of eight different shows held across the city at any one time. From tributes to the music of The Beatles and Michael Jackson to original stories like Zumanity and Mystère, these performances are sure to leave you utterly beguiled.

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Vegas nightclubs

Las Vegas truly is a 24-hour city, with no shortage of things to see and do throughout the day. But Sin City really comes into its own after dark, thanks in part to its lavish, hedonistic nightclubs. From the exclusive Bank Nightclub at the Bellagio to Hakkasan at the MGM Grand and its stable of world-famous DJs (think Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, and Calvin Harris), this is a town that knows how to let loose.

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Shop the Strip

In Las Vegas, shopping isn’t just a casual weekend pursuit — it’s a way of life. And it behooves you to do some serious strategising before you head out, credit card in hand. How else can you be expected to browse it all, from the posh designer outlets on Via Bellagio to the lavish Forum Shops at Caesars Palace to Fashion Show, one of the biggest malls in America? And we haven’t even gotten to the city’s designer outlets…

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The Bellagio Fountains

Luckily, not all the city’s must-dos are on the spendy side. In fact, the Bellagio Fountains - one of the icons of the Strip - are completely free to view. Every half hour between 3-8pm, and every 15 minutes between 8pm-midnight, you can linger outside of the Bellagio to take in the spectacular aquatic show. More than 1,200 jets of water dance in sync; the best time to view is after dark, when they’re illuminated by glowing lights. 

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Hit the casinos

The colossal casinos in Vegas promise far more than just gambling - as hosts of some of the city’s top restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops, and live entertainment, each one is a thematic universe unto itself. That said: if you do want to call on Lady Luck, you’ll have ample chance to sidle up to a table and put your card sharking skills to the test.

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Image credits:

Nightclub © Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

Cirque du Soleil header image © Matt Beard

Cirque du Soleil © Tomasz Rossa

All other imagery © iStock