Top 5 unique views of Vegas

No matter your view on Vegas, there is one issue on which we can all agree — Vegas offers some amazing, unparallelled views. Here are five ways to capture unique views of the Strip, downtown and Las Vegas valley:

1. An open-top bus

Cruise the entire Las Vegas Strip (and on through downtown Las Vegas) without battling traffic atop a double-decker bus on an open top sightseeing tour. You’ll enjoy unobstructed views of the sights and lights Sin City is so famous for and maybe even catch the Mirage Volcano or Bellagio Fountains in action. Your knowledgeable tour guide will provide you with  little-known facts about the city and interesting stories along the way. For instance, there once was a woman who took the tour in her wedding dress. The guide said, “Congratulations on your wedding.” The woman answered, “I’m divorced, I just always wear my wedding dress in Vegas. I get better service this way.”

2. A helicopter ride

For a truly unique perspective of the Las Vegas Strip, fly above it in a helicopter on the Vegas Nights, Apollo Night Flight or City Lights tours. After a limousine picks you up from your hotel (on select tours), your helicopter takes off from a private runway at McCarran International Airport and cruises from the Strip’s south end all the way to downtown Las Vegas and back. You’ll see what’s under construction, enjoy views of the hotels’ pools and take in the colorful lights. It’s amazing how peaceful this 24-hour party town looks from up above. You’ll feel as if you could reach out and touch the tops of these shimmering buildings (but you’ll also be thankful you’re tightly strapped in). As for those of you with weak stomachs, don’t worry, there are motion sickness bags aboard the helicopter — just in case.

The view from the Eiffel Tower Las Vegas. Oui Oui!

3. Visionary cocktails and cuisine

Several restaurants, bars and nightclubs on the Las Vegas Strip offer fantastic views. And better yet, you won’t have to enjoy the view on an empty stomach!

On the south end of the Strip: Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay and Mix in THEhotel at Mandalay Bay are both known for their fantastic views.

Mid-Strip: At Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub at the Rio, your view is just part of the party. Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental is a relaxing way to soak in the sights. For a view with a side of romance, check out the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas.

North end of the Strip: Top of the World is located at the Stratosphere, the tallest building west of the Mississippi (and therefore the tallest building in Las Vegas). This fine dining establishment slowly rotates 360 degrees providing a complete view of the city.

4. A hot air balloon

This isn’t Oz. It’s Vegas. You aren’t a wizard. You’re a tourist. But your flight above the city in a hot air balloon will feel just as magical with Vegas Balloon Rides. The experience begins early in the morning as you climb aboard a colorful hot air balloon for a peaceful lift off from the desert. The balloon floats above the southwest valley and doesn’t go close to the Strip, but you will enjoy seeing it from a distance. You will also see homes, beautiful mountain ranges, wildlife and tiny cars rushing about. It’s pretty cool to think you’re floating in the sky while the rest of the city is still asleep or rushing to work. You didn’t even have to click your heels.

5. Suite views

A view that makes a splash at the Palms.

Our views here are pretty sweet. So how about a suite view? You’ll feel like you’re above it all as you enjoy the view from the infinity pool in your two-story Sky Villa at the Palms or take in panoramic views of the skyline in your 180-degree, 1,200-square-foot Wraparound Terrace Suite at the Cosmopolitan. If you prefer your scenery a little more natural, Red Rock Resort offers a Deluxe Room with views of the dramatic red rock formations at nearby Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.