When I say Las Vegas what comes to mind?  Probably glitzy showgirls, lively casinos, expensive restaurants, and losing lots of money?!  Well, while all of that is true, there is actually much more to Vegas than just these things. Trust me when I tell you that Vegas can actually be a very affordable vacation, hence the reason I put together the post!

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70 Free or Cheap Things to do in Las Vegas

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1.  Enjoy the Romance of the Bellagio Fountains

The Bellagio Fountains top my list because they are just awesome. I love watching the water jets perform their choreographed dance!  And apparently so does everyone else as every time we have come to watch the show it is super crowded.  That’s OK, it’s so worth it.  Grab your spot and enjoy the magic.  The show takes place right on the Las Vegas strip in front of the Bellagio Hotel every 30 minutes until 8:00 p.m.

Bellagio hotel in the background with fountains spraying up from a pond in front of it

2. View Garage Art

Yes, you read that correctly, garage art.  The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas has allowed artists to use the walls of their parking garage as a canvas. The series of murals by graffiti artist will make you realize that the Cosmopolitan isn’t just an ordinary Vegas hotel.

3.  Kiss the Blarney Stone

You don’t have to travel to Ireland to kiss the Blarney Stone.  Nope!  Instead, head to the D hotel in downtown Las Vegas to see this piece of the famous castle.  Maybe it will bring you some Irish luck!

4.  Listen to Some Dueling Pianos

If you’ve never seen a dueling piano show, then this is your chance.  The Piano Bar at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino has just that.  The interactive piano show is really fun to experience as it is two twins competing for your attention.  The show takes place nightly at 9:00 pm.

5.  Watch a Volcano Explode at the Mirage

Did you ever think you could stand on the Las Vegas Strip and watch a volcano explode?  Well, you can, right in front of the Mirage Hotel!  The lagoon puts on quite a show with fire shooting out of the lagoon and the volcano.  The show takes place daily at 7 and 8:00 pm, and then they add a 9:00 pm eruption on Friday and Saturday nights.

red and white flames shooting out of the top of a man made rock volcano at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas

6.  Spend Some Time with Mimes

On the “streets” of the Paris Hotel and Casino, you will find several mimes just waiting to entertain you.  I know it’s kinda silly, but they are actually really good and funny.

7.  Visit Las Vegas Park

Located between the New York, New York and the Monte Carlo Hotels, the Las Vegas Park is a great place to relax and people watch.  Check out the 40-foot tall Bliss Dance sculpture before catching one of the many free events in the park.  Visit their page for more information.

8.  Experience the Freemont Street Experience

In the center of downtown Las Vegas, you will find Freemont Street, a canopy covered car-free area that will delight your senses.  The Freemont Street Experience is awesome.  You see, the canopy that hangs over the street comes alive with over two million lights and a state of the art sound system entertaining guests from around the world.  Walking around Freemont Street, you will notice it’s surrounded by “old Vegas” casinos.  There are usually street performers and live music going on as well.

dome covering a street with a laser show portraying on the dome with casino signs lighting up both sides of the street

9.  Visit the Marjorie Barrick Museum

You’re probably wondering why I would be sending you to a college campus while you’re on vacation?!  Well, that’s because the Marjorie Barrick Museum is located on UNLV’s campus.  Don’t worry though, it’s only three miles away from the strip.  Here you will enjoy great modern and contemporary art pieces while enjoying a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

10.  See the Largest Selection of Western Boots

Head over to Sam’s Town Casino to check out the largest selection of western boots in Las Vegas.  I thought I was back in Texas for a minute.  LOL!

11.  Take a Selfie at the Iconic Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

Be sure to head to the far south end of Las Vegas Blvd and find the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.  This is the perfect souvenir to take home with you on your trip to Las Vegas.

Girl with curly blonde hair wearing sunglasses and guy with blonde hair wearing sunglasses in front of the welcome to las vegas sign

12.  Hike Red Rock Canyon

Get out of the city and experience some of the Las Vegas terrain in Red Rock Canyon.  With several hikes and trails to choose from, there is a hike available for all ability levels.

13.  City Center Fine Art

View the fine art collection in City Center.  Their goal was to bring fine art to an urban destination, and they did just that by populating their public spaces with some amazing artwork.

14.  Visit the Eiffel Tower

Okay, so it’s not the real Eiffel Tower, but it’s a nice replica.  Take a picture in front of it, or for a small fee, ride to the top of the 46 stories and get a great view of the Las Vegas Strip.  Located right in front of The Paris Hotel and Casino, this is definitely a Vegas-style attraction.

15.  Witness the Fall of the Atlantis at Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops

This animated display of fire, water, and nine-foot-tall talking statues is sure to hold your attention.  Located near the Cheesecake Factory and the Nike store, the show lasts about 10 minutes and takes place every hour on the hour, beginning at 11 am.

Fountain with flames and lights coming out during the Fall of Atlantis Show in Las Vegas

16.  Get Your Picture With a Showgirl

Yes, you can get your picture with a showgirl!  Harrah’s Casino often has two or three of their showgirls ready to pose with whoever would like a picture.

17.  See the World’s Brightest Light Beam

Every night you can witness the World’s largest light beam.  Just find The Luxor pyramid and look up.  It’s the most powerful light in the world!

18.  Visit a 55-Foot Flame Shooting Sculpture

Head to the entrance of the container park in Vegas to check out a 55-foot flame shooting praying mantis.  I just don’t know what else to say about this.  LOL!

19.  Walk through The Conservatory at The Bellagio

The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio change with every season.  The horticulturists bring the Conservatory to life with different themes and colors to match the season.  The exhibit is free, just head through the lobby of the hotel, you can’t miss the gorgeous display that awaits on the other side.  And even better, The Conservatory is open 24-hours a day!

whimsical tree with a face

20.  Neon Museum

The Neon Museum is home to tons of old Las Vegas neon signs.  Here you will find signs from old casinos and other businesses from around Las Vegas.  Roam around and find your favorite it this vast Neon Graveyard.  The organization also refurbishes old signs along the Freemont Street Experience, so this museum is not one of the free items on our list, but hey, it’s a non-profit organization, so your money is going to a good cause.

21.  Be Transported to Venice

Vegas hotels definitely go above and beyond, and the Venetian Hotel is not an exception to this rule.    Outside you get a taste of Venice with the gondolas on the canal, but inside is where you are truly transported.  Once inside, follow the canal that runs throughout the shops.  You will uncover lively piazzas with cafes connected by charming bridges, just like in Venice.  Well, not totally, but it’s something at least.  (If you’re interested in Venice, read all about our visit to the real Venice here.)

gondola in a canal with a gondonlier and four passengers

 

22.  Hang out at the Container Park

The downtown container park is a great place to shop, eat and just plain hang out.  They host free events including concerts, variety shows and movie nights as well.  Take note that after 9 pm, the Container Park is an adults-only venue.

23.  Go Old-School at the Pinball Hall of Fame

Full of old-school pinball machines, this 10,000 square-foot museum will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.  The collection ranges from the 1950s to the 1990s.  Although you have to pay to play the machines (most only 25 cents), all the money goes to charity since this is a non-profit organization.

24.  See Flamingos on the Strip

Yes, it’s true, you can see real life flamingos while on the Las Vegas Strip.  Located in the Flamingo Hotel, the Wildlife Habitat is home to exotic birds, fish, and of course, the flamingos.  The Habitat sits on 15-acres and is free to visitors.

flamingos standing in a small pond

25.  Go Rock and Roll at the Hard Rock

If you love rock and roll, then you will love the collection of rock memorabilia at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.  The memorabilia includes instruments, outfits, and pictures from rock and roll legends including Nirvana, The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, and of course, Elvis!  You can view the memorabilia for free 24 hours a day.

26.  Explore M&M World

Get your M&M fix at M&M World on the strip.  With all things M&M, you’re bound to find something you love.  If you don’t want to spend any money, just walk around and explore this large store devoted to M&M’s.

27.  Go to the Circus for Free!

It’s true, you can see the circus for free while in Vegas!  Head over to the Circus-Circus Hotel to see the performers fly through the air at the world’s largest permanent circus.  Performances start daily at 11:30 am.

28.  See the World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain

At the incredible Bellagio Hotel, you will find the world’s largest chocolate fountain.  Once inside the Bellagio, head to the Jean Philippe Patisserie to observe this marvel.  Of course, after you watch the fountain, be sure and splurge on a chocolate treat!

chocolate fountain

29.  See a Mermaid

Again, there are all kinds of things in Vegas!  At the Silverton Casino, you can view a 117,000-gallon aquarium that houses many tropical fish, and yes, mermaids.  The mermaids swim several times a day, so click here for a current schedule.

30.  Visit a Chocolate Factory

The Ethel M Chocolate Factory is a great way to spend a few hours in Las Vegas.  Ethel M has been making chocolate for over 100 years.  Take a self-guided tour of the factory and then visit the botanical cactus garden before you leave.

31.  View the Biggest Golden Nugget in Existence

Located in downtown Las Vegas, inside of The Golden Nugget Hotel, you will find the biggest golden nugget in existence, the Hand of Faith.

32.  Visit “The Pawn Stars”

Gold and Silver Pawn in Las Vegas is home to the hit show on the History Channel, “The Pawn Stars.”  You can go inside and view their merchandise, and of course, take some photos outside.  If you’re lucky maybe you will get to meet some of the stars while you’re here.

33.  Have a Say in New TV Shows

Located inside the MGM Grand Hotel, the CBS Television City Research Center allows you to have a say in what shows make it into your living room.  Just grab a ticket at the research center entrance, and then watch your show and voice your opinion.  It’s easy and free!

34.  Relax in a Hot Spring

Head out of town a little and enjoy a hike to a fabulous natural hot spring.  Take note, parts of the hike are rather strenuous, so do your research before heading out.  You can read more about the hike to Gold Strike Hot Springs here.

35.  Stroll the Strip

One of the best things to do in Vegas is just strolling along the stip.  Take in all the excitement around you while popping in to visit any of the local stores or restaurants that you’d like.

building along Las Vegas strip

36.  Play Lawn Games

The Gold Spike is an oversized adult playground.  You can hang out in the living room or the backyard and take part in all of the fun that surrounds you.  Whether you’re a fan of giant beer pong, cornhole, or Twister, this place has it all!

37.  Catch the Sunset Stampede at Sam’s Town

Sam’s Town is located about 20 minutes away from the Vegas strip.  The Sunset Stampede is a 10-minute laser light and fountain show that includes animatronics and a babbling brook.

38.  Watch the Light Show at Bally’s

Every night the rooftop canopy over the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s comes alive.  Set to custom-created music, this light show is highlighted by a Swarovski Crystal Starburst that soars above the shops.  The show takes place nightly, every 15 minutes beginning at 8:05.

39.  Visit Hershey Chocolate World

Located in the New York-New York Hotel and Casino, Hershey Chocolate World is home to more than 800 chocolates and candies.  I love that you get a free sample when you enter the store!

sign containing giant hershey kisses and a hershey chocolate bar

40.  View Some Great Photography

Located in The Linq Hotel, The Polaroid Fotobar is a delight for shutterbugs.  You can upload, edit and print your own photos on the first floor before touring the museum.  The museum houses pictures of famous photographers holding up their favorite photo as well as many other fun exhibits of photography throughout the decades.

41.  Learn to Gamble

Of course, the Vegas casinos will teach you to gamble.  I mean how will they get your money if you don’t feel confident enough to play.  Most casinos have lesson times, just visit their website, or ask at the information desk.  They will surely hook you up with free lessons in hopes that you’ll be spending money after that!

42.  Experience a Thunderstorm Inside the Miracle Mile Shops

Usually, we head inside to avoid a thunderstorm, but I’m telling you to do the opposite.  Head inside the Miracle Mile Shops to experience an interior thunderstorm!  LOL!

43.  See Shelby Mustangs

Mustang enthusiasts will love to see the awesome collection of Shelby Mustangs.  Located in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada, the Shelby Heritage Center and Carroll Shelby Store is open 7 days a week.  Tours are free and do not require a reservation.

44.  See the Statue of Liberty

So it’s not the real Statue of Liberty, but it’s a great recreation.  Outside of the New York, New York Hotel and casino, you will see just that.

statue of liberty stands in front of several buildings

45.  Sample Whiskey at Vom Fass

Located in The Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian, VOM FASS offers a free whiskey experience Thursday-Saturday at 7:00 pm.  During the 45-minute class, participants learn about the whiskey making process before tasting bourbon, Irish whiskey and scotch.

46.  View the Fine Art Collection at the Aria

The Aria Hotel houses the first permanent fine art collection in Las Vegas.  Here you can view works from amazing artists such as Frank Stella and Richard Long.  You will enjoy seeing all forms of media while strolling through this beautiful collection.

47.  Admire the Glass Ceiling of the Bellagio

While inside the lobby of the gorgeous Bellagio hotel, look up!  Over your head, you will see over 2,000 colorful hand-blown glass sculptures.These gorgeous flowers, crafted by renowned artist, Dale Chihuly, weigh in at over 40,000 pounds!  I hope they used some strong cables!

hundreds of colorful glass flowers suspended from the ceiling

48.  Have Lunch with Harleys

Harley lovers will be in heaven at the Harley Davidson Cafe located right on the Las Vegas Strip.  The 28-foot Harley coming out of the front of the building gets your attention immediately, but if that’s not enough, head inside and enjoy some great food in a Harley atmosphere.

49.  Take a Free Pull on a Slot Machine

You never know, your free pull might make you some money!  Take a chance, I mean what do you have to lose, it’s free!  Located outside of the Tropicana hotel, take your free pull!

50.  Visit the Hall of Fame of Poker

Binions is an iconic name in gambling.  Head over and check out the Who’s Who of poker. In order to be in the hall of fame, the gambler must meet four criteria that include being well respected by peers.

51.  Watch a Free Performance on Freemont Street

Freemont Street is always bustling with activity.  You can catch live performances from professionals and street performers.  You never know what you’re going to see on Freemont!

sign reading Freemont Street Experience

52.  Watch a Fashion Show

The Fashion Show Mall didn’t get its name from thin air.  They truly have fashion shows there.  Why not see one, just to say you did!

53.  Watch The Lake of Dreams

Located at the Wynn Hotel and Casino is The Lake of Dreams.  The Lake of Dreams is a 40-foot waterfall and lake where a nightly show takes place.  The show includes thousands of lights, music, and holographic.  The show runs nightly every half hour beginning at 6:00 pm.

54.  Get Your Fortune Told

You can get your fortune told for free at the Lucky Cat exhibit inside the Cosmopolitan.  Guests 21 and over can touch the cat’s paw to receive a Cosmopolitan freebie or a fortune.

55.  Explore a Tropical Rain Forest

The atrium of the Mirage will transport you to a tropical rain forest.  The 10-story dome that surrounds you houses extensive species of rainforest plants, waterfalls, and lagoons.

56.  View a 20,000 Gallon Aquarium

Also located in the Mirage hotel is a massive 20,000-gallon saltwater aquarium.  Inside you will find over 450 fish swimming around a coral reef.  This is definitely worth seeing.

57.  Get Upclose with the Sharks

The Golden Nugget Hotel in downtown Las Vegas houses a shark tank that is actually their pool!  This feature is a three-story complex containing over 200,000 gallons of water and sharks!

shark

58.  Go to Hoover Dam

Granted, this isn’t totally free, but it’s cheap.  The dam, located on the border of Nevada and Arizona is something that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.

59.  See the MGM Lion

The iconic symbol of MGM studios is the lion.  Head over and take your picture with the gold statue, or view the live lion in his habitat.

gold lion statue with a black cowboy hat on his head

60.  Catch Some Rays

Las Vegas hotels are known for having great pools.  Take advantage of all of the desert sunshine and enjoy some time relaxing by the pool and catching some rays.  It’s free with your room!

61.  Weigh Yourself on a Giant Scale

Head to The Heart Attack Grill on Freemont Street and step on their giant scale, well as long as you don’t mind everyone around seeing your weight.  LOL!

62.  Take Your Picture With a Million Bucks

That’s right, at Binion’s you can take a selfie with a million dollars!  Granted, you can’t take it with you, but you might be able to fool a friend or two?

63.  See the World’s Largest Slot Machine

Look around while exploring Freemont Street and you are guaranteed to see the World’s Largest Slot Machine, Slotzilla!

large slot machine that reads Slotzilla on top

64.  Stroll Through 1940s New York

The New York-New York Hotel is set up like New York City in the 1940s.  Roam around and enjoy being transported back in time.

65.  See The Little White Wedding Chapel

Made famous for the Las Vegas Wedding of Ross and Rachel on Friends, the Little White Wedding Chapel is worth a visit.  Where else can you have a drive-thru wedding?

66.  Listen to the Gondoliers at the Venetian

Stand on the Rialto Bridge and listen to the gondoliers serenade their guests as they go through the canals at the Venetian.

gondolier on gondola in the canals of the Venetian hotel

67.  Watch the Street Performers at Venetian

While you’re roaming around the Venetian, look for the street performers dressed in Carnivale style dress.

68.  See an Egyptian Pyramid

Step inside Egypt at the Luxor Hotel.  The huge pyramid is amazing on the outside, but also just as amazing on the inside.

Egyptian sphinx outside of Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas

69.  Visit the Chandelier Bar

The Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan is gorgeous.  Even if you don’t buy a drink go just to gawk at all the crystals that make up this awesome bar.

purple lights reflect off of thousands of crystals strands around a bar

70.  Head to Lake Mead

Lake Mead is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.  Offering plenty of relief from the Vegas sunshine, a day trip to Lake Mead is an amazing escape from the strip.

So there you have it, 70 Free or Cheap Things to do in Las Vegas.  What did we miss?  Comment below and let us know your favorite free or cheap thing to do in Las Vegas!  While you’re here, don’t forget to join our travel family by subscribing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35 Comments

  1. Harmony, Momma To Go

    wow I love visiting Vegas! I pinned this for my next trip. I love just walking around. or sitting by the pool!

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  2. Maggie Torsney-Weir

    I love the idea about the CBS research center. That would be really cool. I’ve been to Freemont Street (found it a little overwhelming, but I’m very shy) and Red Rock, but I’ve always wanted to see the fountains. I’m glad there are so many more things to do than I had expected! I’ll bet a lot of those shows could be family-friendly, too.

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    • thattexascouple

      The research center is really fun, Maggie. And yes, there are many family-friendly things to do in Vegas as well. Since we are a couples blog I didn’t really focus on those, I’ll leave that for you to write about ;).

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  3. Laurence

    Wow, thank you for sharing this, definitely helpful. And yes, my first impression in expensive. And we’re planning to visit this, but on a budget. Will definitely try some of 70 free things to do. I will not miss the chocolate factory and chocolate world and the fountain too. How long will it take to red rock canyon though?

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    • thattexascouple

      I’m so glad to hear that our list will be helpful to you Laurence! Red Rock Canyon is about 20 miles outside of the Las Vegas strip. Once there, you can stop in at the visitors center for maps and information. There is a scenic loop that you can bike or drive around the canyon that is 13 miles, or you can choose to find a hiking trail.

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  4. Vince

    Great list! There really is just so much that you can do in Vegas outside of losing money at the tables and spending lots of money on shows.

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    • thattexascouple

      Thank you, Vince, and you’re right, there is so much to do in Vegas for little or nothing :).

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  5. olivia

    I truly never thought there was THIS many free things to do!! Thank you so much for sharing! now I can’t wait to go back!!

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    • thattexascouple

      Thanks, Olivia. Honestly, I probably could have listed more. LOL!

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  6. Hiral

    I need to go back again to do all these free things. I did only few of them. This is so wonderful. Thanks for writing this post <3

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    • thattexascouple

      Thank you, Hiral. I hope you saved it for future reference 😉

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  7. Dorothy

    This is a great list because it’s full of unique ideas. I especially like the Bellagio ceiling, the shark tank, and Hershey Chocolate World.

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    • thattexascouple

      Thank you, Dorothy. Vegas is really fun even without spending a bunch of money.

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  8. leanne

    In a place like Vegas which can be really pricey, a post like this is very useful!

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    • thattexascouple

      Thanks, Leanne!

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  9. Kylie

    Wow! What a great list! Wish I had this when I visited back in 2011! I’ve done a few of those things! Didn’t gamble a penny as I didn’t know how any of the machines worked!!

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    • thattexascouple

      Thank you, Kylie. There really are so many other things to do besides gambling 😉

      Reply
  10. Emily Hines

    I went to vegas for the first time last year and loved the container park! Need to check out the Neon Museum next time.

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    • thattexascouple

      Just gives you a reason to go back, Emily! 🙂

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  11. Mayi Mac

    So much to do! I have never been to Vegas but planning to someday, hopefully very soon so I can try out some of things on your list!

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    • thattexascouple

      It is such a fun place. I hope you get to go!

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  12. Ashley

    Great list! I’ve been to Las Vegas a few times but there’s still quite a few things on this list that I haven’t done yet!

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    • thattexascouple

      Thanks for reading, Ashley!

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  13. Anisa

    Great list! I have spent a fair bit of time in Vegas so I have done a lot of these, but you did introduce me to some new ones. I will have to go see the boot collection.
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    • thattexascouple

      Thanks, Anisa. I’m glad that I even had a few things for Vegas experts 😉

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  14. Kate

    Honestly, I had been avoiding Vegas due to the cost. However, I never knew there were so many sights and activities that are available for free. This is a much longer list than I would have ever expected! Now I have to visit, especially for M&M world and the largest chocolate fountain.

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    • thattexascouple

      It can get expensive Kate, but it doesn’t have to be. We had a great time and only splurged on the things that were most important to us, like a show and a nice dinner one night.

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  15. Malvika

    I love these kinds of city guides – budget holidays are my favourite kind! I’ve been to Vegas once, and now I feel like I’ve missed so many amazing things to do haha.

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    • thattexascouple

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Malvika! There really is so much to see and do in Vegas.

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  16. MG

    What a great list – I wish I had this when I was in Vegas recently! And I had no idea Red Rock Canyon was so close to Vegas either! I will have to save this for the next time I visit 🙂

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    • thattexascouple

      I’m so glad you found it useful! Thanks for reading!

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  17. Isobel Lee

    Wow, what an amazing list! I am completely in awe of the work that has gone into compiling this post!

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    • thattexascouple

      Thanks so much, Isobel. I hope it’s useful!

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  18. Kathi

    I visited Las Vegas in 2009 and have to be honest – the hotels and the strip weren’t really my thing. I love the idea of hiking in the area though – especially to the hot springs! We just stopped at Red Rock Canyon, because it was too hot for us to hike, but next time I’d like to visit that area outside of summer! Thanks for sharing!

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