Ah, the Las Vegas Strip. Home to arguably the best people watching experience you’ll ever have (unless you’re one of those people being watched, which is just as likely). For some of you, we’re about to sum up your Vegas experience in a nutshell. You came, you saw, you were conquered – by that cheap bottle of gas station vodka you insisted on getting instead of paying for drinks at a real bar. Face-down on the stale casino carpet isn’t how you want to remember your vacation, so don’t forget to look around while you’re here, it really is spectacular. And how you see it can make all the difference.
Cruising down Las Vegas Boulevard is just one of the great ways to do it. Just ask any of the bass-thumping cars with California plates – that is, if you can get their attention with all the rump shaking going on. Limo rentals and party buses make it easy (and legal) to pop bottles and booties without ever having to stop the party.
If you prefer to be behind the wheel, you might as well do it in style. Picture yourself pulling up to a stoplight in a jet black Ferrari. Are you a high roller or did you just star in the latest Hollywood blockbuster? Probably neither, but to the poor people sweating to death on the sidewalk, you’re probably both. If you’re craving a little more sensory exposure to the lights and sounds, motorcycle rentals put you in the middle of the action. There’s nothing like rolling the throttle back and hearing that engine growl while everybody turns to see who you are.
Oh, so you’re not on the prowl for a hot date? We’ve still got you covered. Big Bus Tours gives you so many options to hop off and hop on at multiple stops. You can sit up top for a front row seat view of the most iconic attractions on the Strip or relax in the air-conditioned level below. For the more adventurous, or the just plain curious, Segway tours are taking over as the new eco-friendly travel method du jour. Just remember to watch for the average drunken tourist who hasn’t seemed to make it to his hotel room just yet.
There are plenty of places you can keep your feet on the ground, but the Vegas Nights helicopter tour ain’t one of ‘em. There’s no better way to see the blinking neon on the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas than from the sky. For an early morning bird’s-eye view of this man-made wonder, try a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Of course at 800 feet, you get a pretty stellar view of everything in the valley, not just the Strip.
If those are a little too adventurous for your taste, you can peer down at all the glittery goodness from the Eiffel Tower Experience. The top is standing room only and a great place to watch the Bellagio fountain shows. The High Roller in the LINQ Promenade is 30 minutes of rest, relaxation and panoramic views on the world’s biggest observation wheel. And they’ve got booze. The Happy Half Hour package includes an open bar with the price of admission.
The highest point on the north end of the Strip is the Stratosphere Tower. There’s an outdoor observation desk with 360-degree view, 869 feet above the ground. This is the setting for some major jealousy-inducing photos to post on your newsfeeds, so snap away.
If you want to kick back and soak up the view with a drink in your hand, we’ve got a couple of options that won’t disappoint. The Ghostbar at the Palms and the Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub in the Rio are 50 floors up and have ultra swanky outdoor patios that offer premium drinks and views of the Strip. The Foundation Room at the top of Mandalay Bay is a lush setting with a Far-East vibe where you can dance your face off then cool down on the outdoor terrace with a jaw-dropping view north. We don’t have to tell you not to drop anything off the patios, right? Glad we cleared that up.