How To Do Vegas The Right Way

There's no denying the endless list of things to do in Vegas. You can literally stay up from dusk until dawn and never do the same thing twice. With so many choices though, it's hard to know what to do first. After all, you don't want to miss out on anything good. So how does one choose the ultimate Vegas must--dos? A certain amount depends on personal preferences, but there are some attractions so unique to Vegas that they really epitomize the energy of city. Here are a few things to see and do if you really want to do Vegas right.

Take a ride on the High Roller. At 550 feet in height, the High Roller observation wheel is the tallest of its kind. This is the way to see the lights of Vegas. Holding the Guinness World Record for the tallest observation wheel in the world, this attraction is not to be missed. If your fear of heights gets the best of you, at least take a cruise by to check it out.

Watch a water show at the Bellagio Fountains. Of all the shows you can take in while in Vegas, this one may be the most impressive for the price. In truth, it won't cost you a thing, but will deliver a spectacular performance. The water shows are set to music and you get to stare in awe as the water dances, explodes and shoots up to 460 feet in the air. It's easy to catch a show too, as they happen every half hour between 3pm and 8pm and then every 15 minutes after that until midnight.

Venture off the strip for some grub. Sure, there are plenty of tempting food choices on the strip, but if you get off the strip for a while you'll find some mouth-watering choices and, in many cases, you'll pay a fraction of the price. Whether you want a sit down meal or one of Vegas's legendary buffets, you're sure to find something to please your palate.

Visit Freemont Street. While the strip's glitz and glam can be very alluring (and it's meant to be), taking a jaunt over to Freemont Street makes a Vegas trip complete. After all, visiting the downtown area is the original Vegas experience. Besides, if you want to try your hand at gambling without losing your shirt, this is the place to do it as the table games are typically less expensive here.

Go swimming with the sharks (no, not at the tables). At Shark Reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay visitors with SCUBA certification have the opportunity to climb in the tank with a range of terrifying predators. Don't worry, the sharks are fed ahead of time and dive groups are small and closely guided. Alternately, you can take a regular, non-wet tour of this impressive aquarium.

Get back to nature for a while. When all the lights and flash have you yearning for a commune with nature then take a short trip to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. You can either take in the astounding scenery from the vehicle or get out and enjoy a hike or two along the way. No matter which you choose, you'll get a true sense of the beauty of the area in its natural form.

This is just a small sampling of the sights and sounds of Vegas. No matter what you choose to take in while in the city, you're sure to have a unique experience and see some things you've never seen before. Soak it all up and do it up your way.

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