Why visit Las Vegas?
No other city jams as much excitement, entertainment and energy into one delightfully over-the-top experience. Come for the gambling – or don’t. Vegas wins either way. Just don’t expect a restful stay.
The Strip, a 6.5-km stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South lined with the world’s most iconic and grandest casino-resorts.
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Just 65km northwest is 3,700-metre Mount Charleston, which offers snow skiing in the winter and temperate hiking trails even in the dead of summer.
Suggested reading/listening about Las Vegas
Things to do in Las Vegas
Craftsteak, Joel Robuchon and Spago
Among the glut of celebrity-chef restaurants in Las Vegas, standouts include Tom Colicchio’s steak joint Craftsteak; the break-the-bank French fare of Joel Robuchon; and Wolfgang Puck’s longtime celebrity-magnet Spago.
RM Seafood and Downtown Cocktail Room
Lindo Michoacan and Raku
The Strip boasts seven of America’s top ten highest-grossing clubs, but the real contest is between XS, Hakkasan, Marquee and TAO. All offer the basics: big-name DJs, seating primarily for those buying expensive bottle service and wall-to-wall pretty people dancing and shouting at one another over the deafening beat.
The monstrously large (and fittingly named) XS at Wynn Las Vegas has dance floors indoors and out.
Hakkasan is a cavernous lair above a same-name restaurant offering high-end Cantonese food at MGM Grand.
Marquee at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is notable for its extensive use of high-tech lighting and sound.
TAO, a gargantuan offshoot of the hit club in New York, remains a huge draw for the Venetian. This place kicked off the mega-club trend back in 2005.
In recent years, “dayclubs” – basically nightclub-style pool parties complete with celebrity DJs and rented cabanas – have become almost as big business in Las Vegas. The original, Rehab at Hard Rock, is where Lady Gaga made her Vegas debut. Wet Republic at MGM Grand is so massive there are six pools.
The Daniel Libeskind-designed Crystals at CityCenter offers Vegas’ only Stella McCartney, Pucci, and Tom Ford as well as the largest Louis Vuitton shop in North America.
The Forum Shops
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace set the tone in the early 1990s in Las Vegas for the modern era of high-end shopping on the Strip with 160 stores and restaurants including a three-storey H&M and the city’s only Carolina Herrera and Niketown.
Via Bellagio, Grand Canal Shoppes and the Esplanade at Wynn
Amid this ocean of high-end shopping – Via Bellagio, Grand Canal Shoppes and the Esplanade at Wynn all have beautiful spaces to browse the likes of Prada, Chanel and Cartier – there’s also the mid-range offerings at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Miracle Mile has more than 200 stores on its nearly 2km circular path, from souvenirs at ABC to beachwear at Tommy Bahama’s. As an added bonus, the food at Earl of Sandwich is delicious and unusually affordable for Las Vegas.
The World's Largest Gift Shop
For the really wacky, tacky souvenirs, there’s the World’s Largest Gift Shop. The store boasts more than 36,000 square feet of Elvis and Rat Pack kitsch, gambling paraphernalia and that classic Las Vegas present, the dice clock.
Cirque du Soleil
Las Vegas has always been at least as famous for entertainment as for gambling, and nowadays that conversation is dominated by Cirque du Soleil. The Canadian human circus offers seven different productions including tributes to Michael Jackson and The Beatles, although the Cirque’s spectacle KÀ at MGM Grand, housed in a $195 million theatre, is the most impressive merger of physical and technological feats.
Las Vegas premiere venue for solo acts is The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, a 4,000-seat acoustic gem known as the “House Celine Dion Built” because it has been, on and off, the Canadian songstress’ performing home since it opened in 2002. When Celine’s not around, names like Mariah Carey and Elton John take over.
The Smith Centre for the Performing Arts
The elegant new Smith Center for the Performing Arts is Las Vegas version of NYC’s Lincoln Center. A splendorous non-casino venue where top classical and pop acts perform and where Broadway tours stop in.
The Neon Museum
Las Vegas only recently started respecting and preserving its illustrious past. The Neon Museum is an 8,000-square-metre spread with more than 150 vintage neon signs including six restored to working order.
The Mob Museum
If you travel to Las Vegas, visit The National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement, otherwise known as the Mob Museum, is a serious but entertaining look at both the mobsters and the police who sparred for decades in Vegas and elsewhere in the US.
Events to look out for when you fly to Las Vegas:
- International Consumer Electronics Show (January)
- Chinese New Year (January or February)
- National Finals Rodeo (March)
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Weekend (March)
- Monster Jam World Finals (March)
- Vegas Uncork’d (May)
- Helldorado Days Parade (May)
- Electric Daisy Carnival (June)
- World Series of Poker Main Event (July)
- Professional Bull Riders World Finals (October)
- Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball (October)
- Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon (November)
- Motor Trend International Auto Show (November)
- America’s Party: New Year’s Eve (December)
Eat and drink on board
On all our long haul flights you can choose between two menus, and get two meals with wine, beer or mineral water included.
New aircraft - low emissions
On our long-haul flights you fly with our 787 Dreamliner, one of the most comfortable and environmentally friendly options there is.
Starting from 10 Euros you can get the window seat, be seated in the front to save time or near the exits to have more legroom. Already booked? Add seat reservation now.
Keep yourself entertained with our state-of-the-art entertainment system with movies, TV shows, games and an interactive 3D map with travel tips for your destination.
Because your travel plans might be flexible, so are we. With Norwegian you can make changes to your ticket up until 30 minutes before take-off.