11 Amazing Things to Love About Las Vegas

It’s time to celebrate some things we love about Las Vegas!

There’s a lot to love about Sin City, including all its various forms of sin, but these are a few that leapt to mind immediately. Note: We were going to say “leaped,” but “leapt” just sounds fancier.

Share what you love about Las Vegas in the comments.

1. Bellagio Fountains

Leave this off any top 10 list of things to love and you have to forfeit your Las Vegas card. These traffic-stopping dancing fountains, set to iconic music, have enthralled visitors for years, and we hope the dancing never stops.

Bellagio fountain

The Bellagio fountains use four types of nozzles: Oarsmen, shooters, super shooters and extreme shooters. Extreme shooters send water up to 460 feet high.

2. Sexiest Shopping Mall, Ever

Yes, the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is a shopping mall, but man alive, what a mall it is.

Forum Shops

The Forum Shops at Caesars is the highest grossing mall in the U.S.

3. Strip Clubs

Hey, we waited until number three before getting to some actual sin! Dancers travel from around the world to perform in Las Vegas strip clubs, providing a quantity and quality of entertainment unparalleled in the known universe. Make sure to brush up on your strip club slang.

Pole dancer

Fun fact: Strippers make more when they’re ovulating.

4. Bigass Slot Machine Jackpots

Las Vegas remains the undisputed king of life-changing slot jackpots, and the hits just keep on coming. A player recently won $1.4 million at Cosmopolitan on Wheel of Fortune. We’re pretty sure it was one of the machines we were playing a week earlier. Not bitter at all. Another lucky bastard won $1.3 million at the Cosmo a month earlier. In June, a woman won $1.4 million at Golden Gate.

Megabucks

The biggest Megabucks jackpot in Vegas history was $39,710,826.36, won at Excalibur.

5. OMG the Food, Though

There are so many award-winning restaurants in Las Vegas, they need to invent more awards. There’s something to suit just about any craving, and even if you visited a Las Vegas restaurant every day, it would take a decade to visit them all. Oh, and don’t even get us started about the desserts.

Joe's bone-in filet

This bone-in filet at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab is the second best thing we’ve ever had our mouth on.

6. Highest Concentration of Cirque Shows Anywhere

Cirque du Soleil has been in Las Vegas so long, it’s easy to take for granted the sheer variety and quality of these outsized theatrical spectacles. Have trouble keeping all the Las Vegas Cirque shows straight? We’ve got this with our One-Minute Guide to All the Cirque Shows in Las Vegas.

Ka Cirque du Soleil

If you see “Ka” at MGM Grand, don’t miss this photo op.

7. Venetian Eye Candy

So many Las Vegas resorts feature stunning architecture, it’s difficult to single one out, but we will, anyway. A stroll through the Venetian provides so much eye candy you’re likely to leave with diabetes. In a good way.

Venetian

Venetian is gorgeous, inside and out.

8. Fremont Street Experience Light Shows

It’s easy to take the free nightly light shows at Fremont Street Experience for granted, but they are a must-do. The hourly shows are free and feature bands like The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Green Day and others. The canopy will soon get a $32 million upgrade, so expect a whole new level of “What the hell did I just see?” Fun fact: The canopy’s LED brightness will go from 700 nits to 5,000 nits, whatever those might actually be.

9. The Hooch

Do you know this blog at all? Of course the hooch is on our list! Las Vegas is known for its destination drinking, and there’s no place on Earth with the sheer variety or quantity of alcoholic beverages on tap. Literally. Make sure to check out all our completely consensual panty-dropper cocktails.

Pineapple Express cocktail

And they claim you can’t have a crush on an inanimate object.

10. Neon You Want to Dry Hump

Our love affair with neon will never fade, and while lots of casinos are opted for LEDs, there’s still plenty of gorgeous neon in Las Vegas. If you’re pining for even more neon, here’s a bonus thing to love about Las Vegas: “Brilliant” at the Neon Museum, where classic signs spring back to life with the assistance of projection mapping technology.

Flamingo neon

Not for actual licking. Did we really need to tell you that, weirdo?

11. Vegas People

There’s a lot to love about Las Vegas, but ultimately it’s all about the people. It’s about the incredible people who work here and make our vacations possible. It’s about the strangers who become lifelong friends. It’s about the seemingly inexhaustible supply of colorful characters. Las Vegas is the magnet and we’re all wearing iron thongs. Or something.

Beer bottles

Vegas friends are the best kind of friends. Other than rich, forgetful friends, of course.

So, let’s hear more about the things you love about Las Vegas.

24 thoughts on “11 Amazing Things to Love About Las Vegas

  1. Kevzilla

    The people-watching. It’s real, and it is spectacular. For me, video poker and blackjack require ferocious concentration, so it’s good to break that up by taking in the rich tapestry of humanity all around you. And drinking, of course.

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  2. Tiesto

    The music for the light shows downtown have been a disappointment to me. I’m sure most people love Green Day, Imagine Dragons, the Killers and Linkin Park, but all of those bands do nothing for me. I’m sure I’m the only one.

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    1. Debra

      You are NOT the only one. None of the light shows they have now appeal to me. I really miss the Queen one and American Pie. I know a lot of people said they were tired of them but every time I saw those shows playing, most of the crowd seemed to really enjoy them. There were always lots of people singing along and, for American Pie, dancing.

      With most of their line ups, there’s at least one show I try to make a point to step out and see. With the current line up, for most of the shows I don’t even bother looking up to watch most of the time even if I’m already outside while it’s playing.

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      1. Greg M

        My favorite show of all time was one of the original shows I think it was called “Las Vegas Legends” It featured Elivs, Sammy, Frank, Dean and Tom Jones among others. It would be nice to see this show updated, Given that the screens are going to be upgraded soon for the 3rd time, I would assume they will need to come up with a bunch of new content to show it off. Here is a link to the what I think was the best of the best….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sxemf6xAG58.

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        1. Debra

          I had heard about the upgrade and have been hoping the new screens would mean new content.

          Thanks for the link. I’m not particularly a fan of any of the guys on that show (though I did really love hearing Bojangles again) but I did enjoy seeing it. An updated salute to Old School Vegas performers would be a nice idea for a light show. For that matter, I think an Elvis-themed show would probably go over well with a lot of people.

          I’d really like to see them mix it up and change out the line up of shows more often. It feels like this current one has been playing forever. I know it’s expensive to get new ones but maybe they could add some of the older shows back into rotation. Of course, there may be technical or licensing reasons it isn’t feasible to recycle some of the old shows but it’s an idea.

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          1. Downtown denizen

            Maybe some of the people who work at Fremont Street Experience will see these ideas and pass them along.

            *ahem*

            Anyway, I like watching Canopy 2.0. I’m sure I’ll love Canopy 3.0 in 2019, especially if FSE mixes in a little Elvis and the Rat Pack among the Imagine Dragons and other modern stuff … and takes the volume from a 15 back down to about an 11.

  3. Nicola

    A slightly odd tangent… but I love that it’s so close to a bunch of great State and National Parks. So I can fly in from the UK, have a couple of weeks of hiking in the desert, and then a few more days of most of the things you list above before heading home. (Next happening: Saturday. Counting down the hours.)

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  4. Darrell V.

    So much I could say. The thing I love about Vegas the most is no two trips are ever the same. I make a point to hit up certain places every time, but I love to just walk and see where the day/night takes me. Doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been out there, I always see and experience something new.

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  5. Debra

    One last comment on the Fremont canopy shows (No, really. This time I mean it.) in reply to Downtown Denizen’s comment on maybe the FSE people would see our suggestions. At the bottom of the page on the Fremont Street Experience’s site, there’s a place to Contact Us. I filled out a message under General listing some of the ideas mentioned here. If anyone else is interested in sending suggestions or comments, here’s a link to the page: https://vegasexperience.com/contact/

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  6. PastHour

    I hate to say it, but 99% of the the food in Vegas is vastly overrated (there are a FEW exceptions). Its all the same Sysco stuff thats hauled in with 18 wheelers that places like Applebees and TGIFridays use…they just use more seasoning to mask the blandness of it all. That might be all fine and dandy if youre the typical Vegas visitor whos just there to shovel their face with food, but you cant say its good quality.

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  7. Robin

    I totally disagree with loving the food or the drinks. The prices vs. quality is a joke compared to other places. They both seem very chain-restaurant(ish) and not inspired or original. Most of the “quality” restaurants are just offshoots of the real ones in other places (think SF, LA, NYC)… Also, the people that work on the strip have for the most-part, majorly degraded over the years. They are crabby, unfriendly and ill-informed at best these days.

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      1. Robin

        No offense Doug, but the few days I spend in LV a year, I’m not heading to some random strip mall for ramen (no matter how good). Is it too much to ask that there be good tasting/priced food on the strip? Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding “YES”…

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  8. PG

    I know I’m an outlier, but I HATE the Fremont canopy. If it were up to me, I’d rip it down and return Fremont to an “old Vegas” vibe.

    Sure, it may be interesting to visitors. But it’s the SAME FREAKING SONGS every night. And don’t get me started on how much I think the Imagine Dragons suck.

    (DISCLAIMER: These are my *opinions* only. I know others will vehemently disagree with me)

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    1. Debra

      I’ll half agree with you. I like the canopy (though not this particular group of shows) but I’m in total agreement about Imagine Dragons sucking.

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  9. Ralph Helm

    LAS VEGAS BLVD—–walk a mile down one side—cross over to other side &walk that mile the other way–you will see lots of interesting facets of HUMANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Plus it is all free

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