Las Vegas Bucket List: 110+ Amazing Ways To Eat, Stay, And Play

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One place I have very little desire to return to is Las Vegas. BUT after making this list, I wouldn’t mind going back! There are so many cool and weird things to do in and near Vegas that I had no idea existed.

Well, turns out I have my own little Las Vegas bucket list now. But this is the major Las Vegas bucket list broken down into four sections: bucket list of places to stay on the Strip in Las Vegas, Las Vegas bucket list (general activities), Outdoor Las Vegas bucket list, and Las Vegas food and drink bucket list.

The only things I didn’t get super specific with here were pool clubs/beach clubs/night clubs. But if you’re looking for some weird things to do in Las Vegas that aren’t quite “classic Vegas trip,” I gotchu.

This will hopefully make browsing easier and help you make your own organized bucket list! This is one thing I was able to cross off my southwest bucket list in 2016 when I visited for one of my best friends birthdays!

If you do decide to travel right now, please do so safely and at your own risk.  Wear a mask, wash and sanitize regularly, check any government regulations before going, and book accommodations with flexible cancellation policies, just in case. 

Las Vegas Hotel Bucket List

  • Aliante Casino & Hotel (budget luxury)
  • Paris Las Vegas Resort & Casino (LGBT+ friendly)
  • The Venetian Resort (luxury on the strip)
  • ARIA Resort and Casino (budget luxury with views)
  • NoMad Las Vegas (luxury, great for families, tons of dining options)
  • The LINQ Hotel + Experience (hip and budget friendly on the strip)
  • Luxor Hotel and Casino (Vegas classic and budget friendly)
  • Bellagio (luxury and classic Vegas on the strip)
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (classic Vegas, luxury, and pet friendly)
  • Park MGM Las Vegas (modern, budget friendly)
  • The Cromwell (adults-only on the strip)
  • The Palazzo at The Venetian (luxury with views on the strip)
  • Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino (beach hotel with views)
  • ARIA Sky Suites (Luxury Luxury, and family friendly

Las Vegas Bucket List

  • See the Welcome to Las Vegas sign
  • Hit the casinos and do some gambling
  • Wander the Caesars Palace Forum Shops
  • Visit the Neon Museum
  • Spend the evening on Fremont Street
  • Do the Fremont Street zip line
  • Wander the Planet Hollywood Shops
  • Check out the Mob Museum
  • Do a helicopter tour over the strip
  • Admire the Bellagio Fountains
  • Do a gondola ride at the Venetian
  • Enjoy the art scene at 18b, The Las Vegas Art District
  • See Absinthe at Caesars Palace
  • Go to a Cirque du Soleil show
  • See the Blue Man Group Perform (I saw them in high school in La Crosse, Wisconsin and it was really fun!)
  • Get some laughs at a comedy club
  • Attend an iconic Las Vegas pool party
  • Check out First Friday, a monthly street festival featuring local art, music, and food
  • Ride the Big Apple Roller Coaster at NY, NY to feel like you’re in another city
  • Visit the Nuclear Atomic Testing Museum
  • Wander around Container Park, an open-air shipping container mall
  • Take a photo with a million dollars cash at Binion’s Casino (and the photo is free!)
  • Play a vintage game of Sigma Derby at The D (don’t forget your quarters!)
  • Play oversized beer pong at Gold Spike’s Backyard
  • Do the water slide at the Golden Nugget that takes you through their $30 million shark tank
  • Party it up at a club like XS or Omina
  • Admire the pyramid that is the Luxor
  • Visit Paris at Paris Las Vegas Hotel
  • Visit the Little White Chapel
  • Go to the top of the Strat observation tower
  • Get your adrenaline pumping on the rides at the Stratosphere
  • Stroll through the Conservatory and Botanical Garden at the Bellagio
  • Visit Seven Magic Mountains for a break from the strip
  • Drive a Ferrari or Lambo at Exotics Racing (or ride along with a driver)
  • Stop into Gold and Silver Pawn Shop (the Pawn Stars shop)
  • Attend the Rise Festival (the largest lantern release in the world)
  • Break stuff at the Wreck Room in Chinatown
  • See a volcanic eruption at the Mirage on the hour from 6-11 PM
  • Walk with the sharks at the Mandalay Bay Reef Aquarium
  • Day trip to the Hoover Dam
  • Enjoy the Circus Circus Adventuredome Theme Park
  • Zip line on the strip at Fly LINQ
  • Zip line off the strip at Voodoo Zipline
  • Go ice skating at the Cosmopolitan in the winter
  • Learn to drive a bulldozer at Dig This
  • Wander around Area 15
  • Visit the Burlesque Hall of Fame
  • See one of the artists in residency (like Britney or Mariah)
  • Visit the Pinball Hall of Fame
  • Visit Meow Wolf art experience
  • See the Jabbawockeez perform at the MGM Grand
  • Explore Madame Tussauds Wax Museum at the Venetian
  • Attend Life is Beautiful Festival
  • Try your hand at axe throwing at Axehole Vegas
  • See the Titanic artifact exhibit at the Luxor
  • Attend a zombie burlesque show (never thought that’s something I’d type!)
  • See the Bodies exhibit at the Luxor
  • Attend Great American Foodie Fest

Las Vegas Hiking Bucket List

  • Explore Valley of Fire State Park
  • Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon
  • Do a hot air balloon trip over the desert
  • Day trip to Lake Mead
  • Go kayaking on the Colorado River
  • Enjoy the Goldstrike Canyon hot springs
  • Go zip lining in Bootleg Canyon
  • Day trip to Death Valley
  • Relax in Hot Spring Arizona
  • Day trip to Zion National Park
  • Take an ATV tour around Lake Mead and the Colorado River
  • Hike Red Rock Canyon
  • Hike Mount Charleston
  • Visit Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
  • Day trip to Mojave National Preserve
  • Day trip to Snow Canyon State Park and Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
  • Do the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West
  • Relax in Spencer Hot Spring
  • Hike to Mary Jane Falls
  • Kayak to Emerald Cave
  • Try mountain biking in Bootleg Canyon
  • Take a Pink Jeep Tour
  • Take a Grand Canyon helicopter tour
  • Bike around Red Rock Canyon
  • Drive dune buggy’s in the desert
  • Relax in Rogers Spring
  • Visit Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

Las Vegas Food and Drink Bucket List

  • Chow down at a buffet
  • Get a drink from the longest bar in Nevada (1,300 square feet) at LONGBAR at the D
  • Eat a giant donut at Donut Bar
  • Have dinner in the Eiffel Tower
  • Do a Banger Brewing brewery tour
  • Check out The Laundry Room speakeasy
  • Splurge on $85 all you can drink/eat Perrier Jouet Champagne, lobster, caviar, and king crab at Sterling Brunch at Ballys
  • Eat at Heart Attack Grill
  • Enjoy a mezcal drink at Mama Rabbit at the Park MGM
  • Enjoy Happy Half Hour with an open bar on the High Roller at The LINQ
  • Attend the Rose.Rabbit.Lie dinner theater
  • Enjoy a drink with a view at the Skyfall Lounge
  • Eat and drink at Eataly Las Vegas
  • Enjoy a whisky from the US’s largest selection at The Whisky Attic
  • Get a group together for the whole suckling pig ($540, hence the group, ordering a couple days in advance) at Bazaar Meats

Have you done any of these things? Which ones? What is on your Las Vegas bucket list?

4 thoughts on “Las Vegas Bucket List: 110+ Amazing Ways To Eat, Stay, And Play

  1. Great Ideas on Las Vegas Bucket List! There are many things to do in and around town. Thanks for the ideas.

    1. Thank you! There are so many awesome things to do there I never even knew about. Let me know if you do any and how they are!

  2. So much good hiking around Vegas, loved Mary Jane Falls and trails at Sloan Canyon with access to petroglyphs. Makes a great winter base for day hiking Mojave Preserve and Death Valley with fun food options back in Vegas after. In town I also recommend Springs Preserve to see desert animals and plant displays as well as the well stocked free cactus garden at Ethel M’s. Love Vegas!

    1. Ohh I always love seeing petroglyphs, I’ll have to add that and the preserve! Vegas seems like an underrated outdoor destination, for sure!

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