Day Trips from Las Vegas to San Francisco

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  • Las Vegas Strip: The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket

    1. Las Vegas Strip: The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket

    There's no better way to enjoy the views of Las Vegas than from the top of the High Roller. This observation wheel, which stands over 550 feet tall (around 168 meters), provides the perfect viewpoint to see everything that’s going on along the Strip. See for yourself during a 30-minute revolution in one of the High Roller’s 28 air-conditioned compartments. The High Roller even beats out the London Eye as the biggest observation wheel in the world. During your ride, an amusing audio tour will cover the history of Las Vegas, perfectly timed to point out the area’s landmarks as they appear during the rotation. The High Roller is located at the heart of Las Vegas’s LINQ, a lively promenade featuring bars, shops, and restaurants. This leaves you in the perfect place to continue your evening after experiencing Las Vegas from above.

    We booked at the last minute online and were able to get our tickets on our apple wallet, made for an easy bypass of a very long line! The experience was great with a slight issue upon returning to ground, there was an electrical issue that delayed us 10-15 minutes and some of the passengers got pretty ugly and it kinda left a negative feeling at the end. The views were great though!! Ride lasted about an hour w the delay.

  • Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

    2. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

    On your full-day tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, you’ll have a chance to enjoy a drive through the Joshua Tree Forest. Your professional driver/guide will provide information about the sights along the way. In addition, this excursion includes a narrated bus tour at the Grand Canyon, a nutritious breakfast, and your choice of turkey, ham or a veggie wrap during the tour. Enjoy a 15-minute stop at the Hoover Dam for a photo opportunity and amazing view of the Hoover Dam and Bypass Bridge. When you arrive at the West Rim you’ll have your first views of the majestic Colorado River below. There are also spectacular views from Eagle and Guano points. If you hike the trail at Guano Point, you’ll reach the West Rim’s highest point, where the views of the Colorado River are breathtaking. A visit to the Hualapai Ranch is also included in the tour. At this Native American settlement, ...

    We enjoyed our trip to the Grand Canyon. Our guide was great; he was informative, organized and entertaining. It was much better than driving there ourselves for a day trip from Vegas.The bus was comfortable and the stops were timed just right.

  • Anytime Fast-Track Ticket: FLY LINQ Zipline

    3. Anytime Fast-Track Ticket: FLY LINQ Zipline

    Feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins as you soar through the sky at an altitude of at least 114 feet over the LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas. Start by zooming up an elevator on Las Vegas Boulevard to experience the city from new heights during both sunny days and sparkling nights. If you're a thrill-seeker looking for a rush of excitement, this ticket is for you: on the FLY LINQ Zipline, you'll travel over 1,000 feet and reach speeds of up to 35 m/h. Choose the standard seated position or, if you really want to feel like you're flying, the superhero position. Strap in and hurtle down a long zipline towards the base of the tallest observation wheel in the world, the High Roller. Soar over the most dynamic open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment district at the heart of the Strip for impressive views and an unforgettable ride.

    It was really fun thing to do. I thought the ziplining would of been longer for the $75.00 price. I've been ziplining with a longer zipline cable. People that has never experienced ziplining. They will enjoy themselves

  • Las Vegas: Entry to Madame Tussauds with a Gondola Cruise

    4. Las Vegas: Entry to Madame Tussauds with a Gondola Cruise

    Embark on an adventure and visit Madame Tussauds, the world-famous interactive attraction. See its lifelike creations of your favorite celebrities. Experience a playground of celebrity fun right on the Las Vegas Strip perfect for all ages. Try your hand at DJ-ing with celebrity DJ, Steve Aoki, and party the night away with Queen Bey and Khloé Kardashian at Club Tussauds. Swing with Miley on a wrecking ball, pose with Snoop and a giant joint, and hop on stage with your favorite pop stars.  Next, take a gondola cruise on the water outside the iconic Venetian Hotel and Casino with views of the famous Las Vegas Strip.  Float beneath bridges, beside cafes, under balconies, all while coasting down the Grand Canal. From the soothing sound of the water to the romantic songs of the gondoliers, you might even think you have been transported to Venice.

    Madame Tussaud’s was a wonderful side attraction with life like wax figures! The gondola ride inside the Venetian was like icing on a cake! The gondola driver sang some great Italian songs and you could close your eyes and think you were in Italy for a visit!

  • Las Vegas 3-Hour Night Tour by Open-Top Bus

    5. Las Vegas 3-Hour Night Tour by Open-Top Bus

    Climb aboard an open-top double decker bus for a 3-hour night tour of Las Vegas, and experience the neon lights and electric buzz of “Sin City” after dark. Drive down the Las Vegas Strip, and see dancing fountains and erupting volcanoes! Pass the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign at the gateway to the city, and continue downtown to the Golden Nugget.

    Here, take in the incredible Fremont Street Experience as you leave the bus for a guided walking tour to the famous Fremont sound and light show. Check out the artists' kiosks, and admire the costumed entertainers. Return to the bus and drive back to the Las Vegas Strip. Add on a 24-hour hop-on and hop-off bus ticket to your night tour, and experience Las Vegas at your own pace. Enjoy extraordinary shopping opportunities and themed resorts, including monuments that evoke the romance of Venice, Paris, and New York.

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    We enjoyed the trip, but was disappointed that the mask mandate wasn’t enforced ( or at least mentioned) when we were on the bus, because there several people not wearing masks. And that the tour guide didn’t set a good example and wear hers. Also, it was suppose to be a 3 hour tour and was only a little over 2. In the description it said we would see the volcano erupt and see the fountain show and we definitely were disappointed we didn’t get to see those because that was the deciding factor for us taking the tour.

  • From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim with Optional Skywalk

    6. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim with Optional Skywalk

    Embark on a full day of adventure and fun with an informative tour of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim – home of the famous Skywalk. See Boulder City, the bypass bridge, the Joshua Tree Forest, and more from your air-conditioned vehicle.

    Depart Las Vegas early in the morning, stopping to grab some food in Boulder City, the US's first planned community and only town in Nevada without legalized gambling. Enjoy feasting on a classic American breakfast, free from the incessant jangle of slot machine gaming.

    Stop at the new bypass bridge and get incredible pictures of the mighty Hoover Dam. Reach the West Rim, then board the Hualapai Tribes Legacy Tour to view Eagle Point and Guano Point.

    Enjoy some time at your leisure, perhaps deploying your lunch ticket to feast on food right on the rim. Take in the amazing views, or treat yourself to a trip on the glass Sk...

    Great tour to go on Charlie was an exceptional tour guide. Very knowledgeable and friendl. Our driver James is the man, had to tough it out with the sun in his face all the way back. Great experience, I highly recommend going.

  • From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim with Snacks & Lunch

    7. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon South Rim with Snacks & Lunch

    Escape the city for a day with a trip to the Grand Canyon National Park from fabulous Las Vegas, with transfers, snacks, lunch, and free time at the South Rim included. 

    After your Las Vegas pickup, enjoy some light breakfast snacks and you are also welcome to bring your coffee or tea in a container with a lid. 

    Sit back and relax as you travel along Route 66 to your first destination, the Grand Canyon Caverns. Here you will stop for 1 hour to grab some lunch and have the option to add a caverns tour to your adventurous day.

    Following lunch, enter into the Grand Canyon National Park with your first stop at Mather Point for approximately 45 minutes. Then the driver will collect all interested guests and transfer them to Bright Angel, the Visitor Center, for approximately 2 hours. 

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    My husband and I booked this day trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon and we would highly recommend it. It was a very long day but worth it. We got picked up at 6:10am at a nearby hotel. This company was easy to communicate with. We all had to hand sanitize and get a temperature check before getting on the bus. Everyone was great about wearing their masks on the bus so we both felt safe in terms of COVID. There was a bathroom on the bus in case of emergencies but we stopped every 1-2hrs for either food or a restroom break. Lunch was a sandwich, chips and cookies but you could purchase food at several of the locations we stopped at. We picked up lunch very early (around 8:30am) so some people ate right away and others saved it.We had the option of a guided tour in the Grand Canyon (an extra $20 per person) but chose to go on our own. The path was very easy to follow ourselves. There was a free shuttle if you didn't want to walk. All in all, an excellent trip.

  • Las Vegas: Helicopter Flight over the Strip with Options

    8. Las Vegas: Helicopter Flight over the Strip with Options

    Experience the thrill of a helicopter flight with breathtaking views over the famous Las Vegas Strip, with commentary included. Personalize your experience with limousine transfers, an optional food tour, nighttime flights, or even a sunset visit to the Red Rock Canyon. 

    Fly over the mega resorts of the Las Vegas Strip as you take in the unforgettable city sights, from the New York-New York skyline to the Bellagio fountains and the never-fading light of the Luxor pyramid.

    Fly high to gain panoramic views of Las Vegas, and take in the famous sights as you listen to your local commentary. Make the experience special by booking a nighttime flight, or even a savory food tour trialing 4 of the city’s most exclusive restaurants before catching your flight.

    For something extra special, book an extended la...

    It was an excellent experience, I enjoyed it a lot with my family. I recommend it to everyone 100%. Just to have a good time.

  • Las Vegas: Meow Wolf's Omega Mart Ticket

    9. Las Vegas: Meow Wolf's Omega Mart Ticket

    Journey into Omega Mart and experience the latest groundbreaking interactive art collective, Meow Wolf. Discover portals that lead to surreal worlds filled with unexpected, art-filled, and mind-bending landscapes to play in. Explore an extraordinary supermarket as you navigate a surreal, artistic environment and admire stunning works by local and international artists. Enjoy cutting-edge art as you venture into uncharted territory. In other words, you have no idea what's in store for you. A visit to Omega Mart is the beginning of an adventure.

    Wow! Meow Wolf was amazing! I spent about 1hr there, but I could have stayed there longer, there are so many fun things to do, so many rooms and so many beautiful art pieces to explore. I highly recommend this for both adults and kids!

  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Las Vegas

    10. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Las Vegas

    Who would you like to meet at the World Famous Madame Tussauds Las Vegas? Featuring lifelike wax creations of your favorite celebrities, Madame Tussauds lets you “grab hold” of your favorite stars with interactive displays that allow you to be a part of the action: • Put on your poker face with Lady Gaga • Go on tour with Katy Perry or Beyoncé • Touch a shirtless Justin Bieber  • Step inside our UFC Octagon with Chuck Liddell • Don the signature bunny ears and lounge around with Hugh Hefner • Relive the hangover with Mike, Phil and Alan • Chill with the 'Boss Dogg' and sit in Snoop Dogg's throne • Meet Donny and Marie Osmond on stage Your ticket includes entrance to the Marvel Superheroes 4D experience. Marvel's superhero gang has been brought to life in the new movie only at Madame Tussauds!  Take pictures with Spiderman, The Hulk and the leader of the S.H.I.E.L.D himself, Nick Fury....

    My 14 year old and I had a blast taking selfie’s with the wax figures. Definitely recommended on a trip with your teenager or girls trip. Fun to compare height and size to the Hollywood stars.

Frequently asked questions about Las Vegas

What top attractions are a must-see in Las Vegas?

Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    Unless you have a high tolerance for heat, plan your trip either side of summer. If you want to avoid the crowds then visit during the week.

  • How to get around?

    From cabs and double-decker buses to helicopters and the Las Vegas monorail, the city has no shortage of ways to travel. Just remember that everything gravitates towards the Strip.

  • How to dress?

    Women shouldn't have a problem but male dress codes differ for nightclubs so it's worth checking them online. Generally speaking though, a shirt and decent shoes go a long way.

  • How to win?

    You're on your own there! Good luck!

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Spring or Fall

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but planning your trip should start early to ensure you don't miss any of the excitement of Sin City. So you can make the most of your trip, we've enlisted the help of destination experts Mayuri & Salil from ToSomePlaceNew. Read below for their valuable tips on what to experience when you visit Las Vegas.

What should I do on my first trip to Las Vegas? 

If this is your first-ever trip to Las Vegas, I highly recommend taking a stroll at the Las Vegas Strip. This is one activity that you cannot experience in any other U.S. city. As you stroll from one end of the Strip to another, you will be mesmerized by the architectural wonders, and the world landmarks and replicas will leave you spellbound!

What are some hidden gems to see in Las Vegas? 

Las Vegas is seldom known for its museums. And that’s why I think it is one of those unique/underrated activities that you must consider doing on your trip to Vegas. My favorites - Mob Museum (this is an interesting place showcasing exhibits of organized crimes), and the Neon Museum (a fun place to explore electric and bright neon signs collected from various places). 

If you like to venture outside the city, I recommend the Seven Magic Mountains, which highlights 35 feet high neon rock installations outdoors. And they are perfect for Instagrammable photos. It is located about a 20-minute drive from the Strip.

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How much time should I spend in Las Vegas? 

Ideally, 2 days in Las Vegas is perfect to explore all of the city highlights. This includes a sightseeing tour of the Strip, shopping, and live show on day one, followed by a visit to the Downtown neighborhood (Fremont experience), and activity of your choice - go-karting, half-day tour to Red Rock Canyon, or once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon ride over the city.

What food is Las Vegas known for? 

Although Las Vegas doesn’t have an official dish, you will be amazed by the plethora of Michelin Stars restaurants, and world-class chefs showcasing their best culinary delights. One of the must-try food items in Vegas is Sage Fried Chicken & Waffles (at Hash House A GoGo) or Chicken, Watermelon & Waffles (at the YardBird) - their take on waffles is wild!

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Las Vegas? 

Hands down, Las Vegas Strip! The Strip has all major attractions, fancy and budget accommodation, and food options that you won’t be disappointed in here. The hotel properties are landmarks in themselves, and with so many free things to do at the Strip, it will make your visit memorable. Plus most sightseeing tours (to Red Rock, Grand Canyon & more) offer pick up and drop off from major Las Vegas Strip hotels.

What is the best way to get around Las Vegas? 

Las Vegas is best explored on foot. You can explore/walk the entire Strip in about 45 minutes (without stopping by). For exploring further areas like downtown or the outlet malls, a car or taxi is the best option. Public transportation (trains) are available but they take longer to arrive, as compared to a car ride. Downtown Las Vegas from the Strip is about a 10-minute drive, and trains take 40-45 minutes (one way).

What are the best months to visit Las Vegas? 

Spring and late fall months are the best time to visit Las Vegas. During this time, the weather is mild which makes outdoor exploration - comfortable. Plus there are a ton of festivals that you can participate in. If I were to pick a season, I did say go with fall (September to November). Vegas holds a number of events in these months, starting with the Greek Food Festival and the Rock and Roll Marathon in November.

What are the best neighborhoods for food? 

The Strip is the place to be - for epic restaurants and culinary options. You will easily find fine dining, modest restaurants to fast food chains here - something for every budget. You can also add special/celebratory dinners at a variety of upscale restaurants, featuring cuisines from all over the world!

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

For luxury shopping at the Strip - visit the Forum Shops (at Caesars Palace) or Grand Canal Shoppes (at the Venetian). You will love the ambiance at these two places as you shop along. If you are looking to score a deal with luxury brands (like Armani, Burberry, DKNY, etc.) head to the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets - you can save anywhere from 30 to 60% off retail prices here.

Want more helpful tips for visiting Sin City? Check out our itinerary for how to spend 3 days in Las Vegas.

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