Las Vegas is a city of endless possibilities, offering a wealth of experiences that can be overwhelming to navigate for visitors and locals alike. From hitting the casino floor to indulging in world-class dining or catching a show and exploring the natural beauty surrounding the city, this Las Vegas bucket list is your go-to guide to creating unforgettable memories. So whether you’re looking to rent an apartment in Las Vegas or purchase a home in the area, keep reading to create the perfect itinerary and make the most of your time in this exciting and vibrant city.
Must-do bucket list activities in Las Vegas
Check out a production show
There are countless reasons why Las Vegas is known as the entertainment capital of the world, and one of the biggest draws are any one of the incredible shows you can catch. From the high-energy performances of Cirque du Soleil to the stunning musical performances, there is something for everyone and is a must do while living in Las Vegas.
“Las Vegas offers a world-class selection of exhilarating production shows that are high-energy, fun, and memorable. My favorite is Usher, who just launched a new residency at Park MGM which is a non-stop party of dancing and chart-topping hits that will absolutely blow your mind. I also highly recommend Mad Apple at New York, New York, which embodies everything we love about Cirque, the high-flying acrobatics, elaborate costumes, and music but with a modern variety show twist that incorporates interactive stand-up comedy, New York street culture, and magicians,” shares Lindsay Feldman, publicist and founder of Las Vegas PR agency BrandBomb PR.
Check out the Arts District
The Arts District is located just a few minutes from the Strip and offers a unique experience that is a refreshing departure from the city’s tourist attractions. The district is home to a thriving arts community, with galleries, studios, and performance spaces showcasing the work of local and international artists. In addition to the art, the area is also home to a diverse range of restaurants, bars, and shops.
Local photographer Fig + Willow Studios shares, “While you’re in Las Vegas, you should definitely check out the Arts District. This up-and-coming area is a walkable haven full of awesome local restaurants and cool, hip breweries. My favorite restaurant in the area is definitely Tacotarian. Famous for its awesome vegan tacos (Get the Chorizo taco and Chicken Milanesa). This place is so good that even Kamala Harris and other figures have stopped by Tacotarian while they’re in town.”
Go kayaking in the Black Canyon on Lake Mohave
The Black Canyon is located on the border of Arizona and Nevada and is home to some of the most stunning natural scenery in the Southwest. Kayaking through the waters of Lake Mohave allows visitors to explore the canyon’s towering cliffs, hidden coves, and crystal-clear waterfalls as well as a variety of wildlife, including bighorn sheep, eagles, and osprey.
“Go kayaking in the incredible Black Canyon on Lake Mohave, which is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area,” recommends Stefani Dawn, Co-Founder of Climb-On Maps. “If you hire a certified guide service, you can launch your boat below the Hoover Dam and stop at hot springs (and take a dip) along the way. Or you can launch at Willow Beach and visit the glowing emerald cave. The water at this part of Lake Mohave comes out of the bottom of Lake Mead at the Hoover Dam, and it is very cold, so life jackets must be worn at all times for safety. But, the water is crystal clear and a great way to cool down in the summer heat.”
Venture out to Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire
Experience the wild and astonishing beauty of Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire in a Jeep Gladiator or Jeep Wrangler, These two locations are just a short drive from the Strip and offer breathtaking escapes from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Travel and Coast says, “Venture out to Red Rock State Conservatory or Valley of Fire State Park in the ultimate off-road convertible. The Jeep Gladiator and Jeep Wrangler can tackle any terrain. Bring your own Overland gear, or rent some. You can outfit a Gladiator or Wrangler with enough gear and amenities so you and your accompanying adventure travelers feel right at home.”
Hike the Petroglyph Trail
Hiking the Petroglyph Trail is an incredible experience that should be on the bucket list of any outdoor enthusiast or history buff. This trail is located in the beautiful Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada, and features stunning views of the surrounding landscape, as well as ancient rock art that dates back thousands of years.
“Most people don’t think of hiking when they think of Las Vegas, but it’s amazing how many great trails are a short drive from almost anywhere in town, says Scott Mayer of Mayer Travel, a local travel guide. “My go-to hike is the Petroglyphs Trail in Sloan Canyon, where the number of mountain sheep is only exceeded by the 2000-year-old petroglyphs dotting the trail.”
Check out the Neon Museum
The Neon Museum is an outdoor museum home to a large collection of vintage neon signs that once adorned the city’s iconic casinos, hotels, and businesses. Visitors can take a guided tour of the museum and learn about the history and significance of each sign, as well as the stories behind their creation and design. The museum also features a neon boneyard, which is home to the largest collection of vintage neon signs in the world. This outdoor gallery is a photographer’s dream and offers a unique opportunity to capture these signs up close and personal.
Visit the Pinball Hall of Fame
The Pinball Hall of Fame is a non-profit museum dedicated to preserving the history of pinball machines and showcasing its evolution. The museum features an extensive collection of vintage pinball machines dating back to the 1940s, as well as rare and unique machines. Visitors can enjoy playing the machines, which have been meticulously restored to their original condition, and see firsthand how the game has evolved over the years. In addition to the pinball machines, the museum also features classic arcade games and other memorabilia that’ll take you back in time.
Catch a ski lift at Lee Canyon
Located just a short drive from Las Vegas, Lee Canyon offers a unique and exciting opportunity to hit the slopes while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Mojave Desert. The area features a variety of ski runs, ranging from beginner to expert, allowing skiers of all skill levels to enjoy the mountain.
“We love exploring the stunning natural beauty of the American Southwest that surrounds Las Vegas,” notes brand and marketing agency Boss Creative. “Consider catching a ski lift at Lee Canyon on Mt. Charleston, this is a great way to immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of Vegas.”
Drive your dream car
Driving an exotic sports car is an experience that should be on every person’s Las Vegas Bucket List. Exotic sports cars offer a unique blend of speed, power, and luxury unlike anything else on the road. With their sleek lines, high-performance engines, and cutting-edge technology, these cars offer an exhilarating driving experience that is sure to get your heart racing.
“Every kid dreams of doing it, but very few will ever get to take the wheel of their favorite exotic sports car. Luckily, visitors to Las Vegas can finally fulfill this childhood dream with Exotics Racing and Dream Racing, two of the highest-rated exotic driving experiences in Las Vegas. Sit behind the wheel of your favorite models from Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, and more, and test your limits in a safe and educational environment,” recommends Las Vegas guide site iGoVEGAS.com.
Plan a bachelorette party
Las Vegas offers a unique and exciting atmosphere that is perfect for a bachelorette party. The city boasts an endless array of entertainment options, from world-class restaurants to live music performances and nightclubs, making it the ultimate destination for a party.
“The ultimate Vegas adventure for an epic bachelorette party begins with a pickup in a Pink Cadillac Escalade with a stop at the most famous sign in the world, Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, for a photo op before a fine dining dinner at a fabulous 5-star restaurant like STK at The Cosmopolitan, Carversteak at Resorts World, and The Mayfair at Bellagio. Relax with after-dinner drinks at a luxury bar like The Chandelier Bar, Ghostbar, or ALLĒ Lounge on 66 before seeing a show. Your evening should end with VIP Entry or Bottle service at a legendary Las Vegas Nightclub like XS, ZOUK, Omnia, or Drai’s, where you can dance the night away while listening to high-profile DJs like The Chainsmokers, Tiesto, Steve Aoki, and 2 Chainz,” notes Bachelorette Vegas.
Must-try bucket list eats in Las Vegas
Eat at Anima
Anima restaurant in Las Vegas is a destination for anyone looking to experience the best of Italian cuisine. The restaurant offers a diverse and extensive menu featuring traditional Italian dishes prepared with the freshest and highest quality ingredients.
“As a lifelong foodie, I love recommending local restaurants to my friends, family, tourists, and newly relocated Las Vegans,” notes Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito. “Anima is one of my all-time favorite spots. Perfect for date night, girl’s night, or a business dinner, they have an expansive menu with many options for vegetarians and meat lovers. The Green Tartar and Cavatelli are must-haves.”
Grab a bite at Oscar’s Steakhouse
Eating at Oscar’s Steakhouse is a dining experience that should be on the Las Vegas bucket list of any foodie or steak lover.
“Inside the glass dome of the Plaza Hotel & Casino and overlooking the lights of Fremont Street and downtown Vegas, Oscar’s Steakhouse offers a vintage Vegas steakhouse experience with diverse cuts of beef, classic seafood options, and traditional sides while also highlighting modern dining trends. Named after mob attorney and former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, the menu pays homage to Goodman’s beloved family and infamous ‘friends.’ One item to try would be Oscar’s black angus burger which is a mouthwatering double patty on toasted brioche with lettuce, pickles, melted American cheese, and ‘Plaza’ sauce,” says Amy Maier of Plaza Hotel Casino.
Visit Mott 32
Located in The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Mott 32 is a modern Chinese restaurant that offers delicious cuisine.
“Mott 32 Las Vegas is a world-class restaurant that offers a unique and sophisticated dining experience,” notes Los Angeles wedding videographer A Colored Mind. “The service is excellent, and the food is delicious. The menu features a fusion of Chinese and Western flavors, and the dishes are expertly crafted using the highest quality ingredients.”
Indulge at Other Mama
Located in the Spring Valley neighborhood, Other Mama is a chic and trendy seafood restaurant. The menu features a variety of fresh seafood, including oysters, sushi, sashimi, and other seafood dishes.
“A very popular spot with the locals tucked away in the Southwest area of Las Vegas, Other Mama is known for high-quality Japanese-inspired seafood dishes, a raw bar, and imaginative libations. Some must-try dishes are the whitefish carpaccio and the daily revolving selection of oysters. It’s a good spot to create memorable food experiences with friends and loved ones,” shares LOUIIE VICTA who specializes in food photography, styling, and recipe development.
Visit La Neta
La Neta offers a fresh and contemporary take on Mexican cuisine, featuring creative dishes. The menu features a variety of dishes, including tacos, ceviches, and other traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist.
Destination wedding planner Your Plan A Events, remarks, “La Neta is another stop where aesthetics and taste collide for an experience worth writing home about. Signature farm-to-table cocktails, a curated tequila and mezcal tasting menu, and a rotating international wine selection complete this modern take on Mexican provisions. Don’t forget to try the ‘Lobsta Taco’ or take it to the next level with The Chef’s Tasting Dinner and Tequila Pairing. The Orange Espresso Martini is another one of our favorites during their brunch hours.”
Savor a donut at Donut Bar
This gourmet donut shop offers a large selection of creative and indulgent donut flavors that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. From classic flavors like glazed and chocolate to more inventive options like creme brulee and s’mores, Donut Bar has something for everyone. Each donut is made fresh daily, using high-quality ingredients, and handcrafted with care by skilled bakers. In addition to the donuts, the shop also offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches and coffee.
Enjoy a drink at Banger Brewing
Located in the heart of downtown, Banger Brewing offers an impressive selection of craft beers brewed in-house. Visitors can take a tour of the brewery and learn about the brewing process, as well as the history and inspiration behind each beer. The brewery also offers a variety of tasting flights, allowing visitors to sample a variety of their award-winning beers, including their popular El Heffe jalapeno hefeweizen and Morning Joe coffee kolsch.
Take a food tour
Food tours offer a unique and immersive way to discover the local cuisine, culture, and history of a destination.
“Another amazing thing about living in Las Vegas is our food scene, raves event planner Ember & Stone. “We have the best of the best here and cuisine from all over. You can’t miss out on all the hole-in-the-wall joints that will have you in shock with how good the food is. Tap House Italian American Bar & Grill in Las Vegas, The Bagel Cafe, and Dragon Factories Restaurants. Some of my top favs there are Captain 6, KBBQ & Sushi Neko, and AYCE Sushi. These restaurants feel like home.”