Las Vegas Big Bus Tour
The Big Bus Las Vegas Tour is, in my opinion, the best way to see all of Las Vegas in a single trip! You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the views as entertaining guides show you around the city in style. Forget car rentals, tickets, and itineraries—it’s all taken care of.
What it is: Big Bus Las Vegas Tour is a sightseeing excursion in a big, red bus. The tour makes many stops and last for as long as you want to ride. The tour is led by knowledgeable guides who inform and entertain for your best possible experience of Nevada’s most famous district.
Who it’s for:
Anyone who wants to see Las Vegas.
Where and when:
Buses leave from various points around the city, signaled by Big Bus “hop on, hop off” signs, from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm. Buses stop every 20-30 minutes. You can choose between a day tour of downtown and a day tour of the strip.
Where it goes: The Big Bus has many stops. Here are some of the highlights:
- Las Vegas Sign. During your Big Bus tour, you will drive past the iconic Las Vegas sign! It’s not the most interactive attraction, but you will want photos of it for your Instagram feed, of course.
- Statue of Liberty. This statue is a half-sized replica of the original in New York. It stands outside the New York-New York Hotel and Casino, and has become nearly as famous as its inspiration!
- Eiffel Tower. The half-sized version of the Eiffel Tower is also located at a hotel and casino, Paris Las Vegas. Although most people know about the Eiffel Tower Replica, many don’t realize that the tower is just one part of a huge conglomerate of Paris-themed structures that decorate the front of the hotel! The coolest part? The legs of the Eiffel Tower actually descend through the ground and into the room of the subterranean casino below.
- MGM Lion. MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino features a gigantic copper statue of Leo the Lion. Leo is MGM’s mascot. Fun fact: the entrance of the casino used to be a huge, open lion’s mouth. When the hotel was redone, the lion statue was erected to replace the creepy entryway.
- Luxor Sphinx. The Luxor Hotel and Casino has a pretty fantastic Ancient Egypt theme. The most famous part of this is the giant sphinx replica that greets guests, but the pyramid-shaped building and other Egyptian elements are pretty cool, too. The Luxor Sky Beam, which shoots like a laser from the apex of the pyramid to the sky, is the strongest beam of light in the world.
- The Stratosphere. Stratosphere Las Vegas is a hotel and casino, buts its most famous element is the massive tower that looms above the city. The tower is the tallest structure in the Western United States, and it features the highest thrill rides in the world. People crazy enough to engage in these rides find themselves dangling hundreds of feet above the ground! Less adrenaline-pumping is the revolving restaurant, which offers diners a 360 degree view of the flat desert that stretches in every direction. The night view is amazing!
- The Pawn Shop. The World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop is a family-owned business that is the featured on the popular reality show Pawn Stars.
- The Golden Nugget. This casino is one of Las Vegas’ oldest. You can see the Hand of Faith, the world’s largest gold nugget discovered by metal detector, on display there.
- Bellagio Fountains. The Fountains of Bellagio are a stunning water feature located in front of Bellagio Hotel. You can watch the water show between 8 pm and midnight every night. Definitely a must-see!
- Fremont Street. This street in downtown Las Vegas is the most famous place in Las Vegas, after the Strip. I really liked the Space Frame, which is a futuristic domed ceiling that covers the street. At night, it is lit up in neon like the rest of the street. Actually, I loved all of Fremont Street. There is a ton of stuff to do there!
- Forum Shops. This mall is pretty cool, and it’s a lifesaver in the summer when it’s hot, but you still want to walk around and do stuff.
What it costs:
- Standard pass: One day plus one day free. $47 for adults, $28 for kids.
- Classic pass: Two days, plus one day free and a drink from Hard Rock Café. $57 for adults, $37 for kids.
- 3-Day Pass: Three Days, plus High Roller ticket, panoramic night tour, and walking tour. $71 for adults, $47 for kids.