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Last updated: July 26, 2019 at 10:00 am. Posted by in Las Vegas Hotels, Las Vegas Shows, Things to Do in Las Vegas. 2 Comments on Your Vegas Bucket List.

Whether you’re a Vegas newbie or an all-season veteran, we’re sure there’s still a boatload of activities you haven’t experienced. That’s where we come to the rescue. We’ve rounded up the most fun and zaniest things to do in Sin City.

Fasten your seat belts and get ready for your ultimate Vegas bucket list.

Rent your own High Roller cabin 

Vegas Bucket List: Rent your own cabin at the High Roller Vegas has the tallest observation wheel in the world: The High Roller stands at a towering 550 feet high. (If you’re looking for a great photo opp, we love snapping from The LINQ’s outdoor parking lot behind the wheel.) If you wanted a fun way to memorialize your Vegas trip, rent your own private cabin. Each cabin holds up to 40 of your friends and you can even have your own bartender. Contact the High Roller’s group sales team at (702) 322-0537 to reserve your spot.

Go On Stage at a vegas show

We’re starting our bucket list with a bang: Chippendales Las Vegas at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. If you want a real adrenaline rush (and we’re not talking about roller coasters or escape rooms), sit as close to the stage as possible. This blogger had the pleasure of getting pulled onstage and “searched” during the cop number. Our tip? Don’t shy away. It’s a Vegas must!

Stick around after the show because you can sit on their laps while taking a selfie. Planning to be here before June? You can see supermodel Tyson Beckford while you’re at it.

Chippendales aside, it’s a blast to get on stage at any Vegas show. From magic tricks at Penn & Teller, Piff the Magic Dragon and Mac King to sexy shows like X Rocks, X Burlesque and X Country, your 15 seconds of fame is one helluva Vegas memory you’ll be retelling forever.

Splurge on a Vegas suite

Vegas Bucket List: Splurge on a Las Vegas suite

Nobu Villa’s rooftop deck is looking mighty fine.

We’re all about Vegas hotel deals, but since we’re talking about bucket list items, splurging is the way to go. We’re in love with this Nobu Villa. Not only will you get the best views in town, but your rooftop patio comes complete with a Zen garden, whirlpool, barbecue station, lounge area and plenty of seating. It’ll cost you: One night in this beauty starts at $35,000. But you’ll have memories of a lifetime and the Instagram shots to prove it.

Chill with the Backstreet Boys 

Vegas Bucket List: Chill with the Backstreet Boys at the Planet Hollywood

Backstreet’s back, alright! Photo by Denise Truscello.

Don’t just come to Vegas to see the world’s most successful boy band. Meet the Backstreet Boys *gasp* in person. See everybody (yeah, yeah!) like Nick, Brian, AJ, Kevin and Howie in the flesh — and strike a convo with them too. Selfies are highly, highly encouraged. After your meet and greet, dance and sing your heart out to your favorites at their resident show, Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood.

The meet-and-greets don’t stop there: As long as you have a show ticket, the bad boys of magic Penn & Teller will meet you after the show for photo opportunities. Additionally, Piff the Magic Dragon hosts Piff’s Private Party (say that five times fast) that includes an exclusive party with your meet-and-greet session.

Make up your own food challenge 

Vegas Bucket List: An ultimate food challenge

Sweet tooth heaven at Bacchanal Buffet.

If you’ve never done the cinnamon challenge with your friends, we double-dog dare you to try it this weekend. (Kidding — never, ever do this unless you want attention on Snapchat.) We’ve got a better challenge for you: A Vegas foodie one.

Head to Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, and you’ll see why it’s such a Vegas favorite. Not only do you get to order freshly-made juice for a healthy kick, but they also have steamed King crab legs — a rarity in Vegas buffets. But don’t just stuff your face with the 500-plus food selection. Make it fun. Who can pile the most crab legs on their plate? Who can eat one of each dessert from the sweets section? Or if you’re like this blogger, who can come up with the tastiest, most creative vegan items? We’re ready to see with what you come up with — and how much you can actually scarf down.

EXPERIENCE the Eiffel Tower in vegas 

Vegas Bucket List: Experience the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Las Vegas

We can gaze at Paris Las Vegas forever.

We bring the romance of Paris to the heart of the Strip — it doesn’t get any more lovey-dovey than that. Paris Las Vegas’ Eiffel Tower stands at 46 stories (exactly half the size of the real one in France) and you’ll get swoon-worthy 360-degree views of the city. We absolutely love going at dusk. There’s nothing more beautiful than a Vegas sunset. Continue the romance with dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant. (Tip: Be on the lookout for Table 56. While this table cannot be reserved, you’ll be the lucky if you get it. It’s tucked in its own corner and has glass windows on both sides.) Ooh, la la!

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Brush up your poker skills and play in the W.S.O.P.

Vegas Bucket List: Brush up on your poker skills

Qui Nguyen has won the 2016 Main Event for $8,005,310 and the bracelet.

Looking to take your weekend poker nights up a notch? Be like Mr. Nguyen and win big (how does a cool $8 million sound?). Play your cards right… or get really lucky in a game of video poker. It’s all about stacking that cheddar.  Dolla dolla bill y’all…

Play beer pong with Lucky the Leprechaun

Vegas Bucket List: Challenge your friends in beer pong tournament

You haven’t lived until you played beer pong with Lucky. Photo by Erik Kabik.

If the closest you’ve ever been to a leprechaun was a Lucky Charms cereal box, you’re in for a treat. See Lucky the Leprechaun at O’Sheas at The LINQ and challenge him to a game of beer pong. After a few rounds, you can enjoy live music or a game of corn hole.

Get a celebrity style look 

They don’t call Michael Boychuck the Colorist of the Stars for nothing. The award-winning stylist has quite the celebrity clientele list including Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Mandy Moore, Rihanna, the Kardashians and more. You can make an appointment with one of the talented hair stylists or if you want Mr. Boychuck himself, that can also be arranged. So what’s it going to be — long, luscious hair extensions or an on-trend long bob? Your chair’s waiting for you at COLOR Salon by Michael Boychuck at Caesars Palace.

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get golden with a lavish spa treatment  

Vegas Bucket List: Treat yourself to a spa treatment

Cleopatra Golden Goddess Facial at Qua Bath & Spa at Caesars Palace. Photo by Jerry Metellus.

Move over mani-pedis: In Vegas, we pamper ourselves to the fullest. Treat yourself to an 80-minute Cleopatra Golden Goddess Facial at Qua Baths & Spa inside Caesars Palace. Gold is known for its anti-aging properties, giving your skin a bright, youthful glow. After your cleansing and exfoliation, your face will be covered with a gold mask. Your hands will get the same love too: This service also comes with a hand and arm massage, complete with a gold mask for the hands. Now that’s what we call royalty. Read more about Cleopatra Golden Goddess Facial and get ready to give your skin some bling.

Soar high at voodoo zipline 

If you zip lined through nature, kudos to you. We’ve done it, and there’s nothing like it… until you get the opportunity to soar between Rio’s neon-lit hotel towers. Climb aboard the VooDoo Zipline ride and sit next to your equally adventurous buddy. You’ll zoom 400 feet above the ground and catch views of the entire Las Vegas valley. Hold tight!

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Take a helicopter ride 

Photo courtesy of Sundance Helicopters.

We’re sure after a taste of the High Roller, you’ll want to give this a try. If you’ve never flown in a helicopter before and you’re trying to cross something off your Vegas bucket list, you’re knocking two birds with one stone. There’s nothing like soaring above the neon Strip and feeling the weightlessness beneath you.

surf the strip 

Vegas Bucket List: Surf the strip at FlowRider at Planet Hollywood

FlowRider at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. Photo by Erik Kabik.

Surf’s up, dude: While we’re not next to the Pacific Ocean (thanks, California — kidding), you can still Hang 10 right on the Strip. Planet Hollywood’s pool has the Strip’s only freestanding wave machine, the Flowrider. Perfect for all levels, you can choose to boogie board instead (which is more up our alley).

Dance like no one’s watching 

Vegas Bucket List: Dance like no one is watching at Omnia

Drai’s all day, every day. Photo by Erik Kabik.

Dance fads come and go, but your signature moves will always be in style, baby. Show them off at a Vegas nightclub, where you’ll hear everything from hip hop to house. Dress to impress and follow our handy nightclub guide and you’ll be ready to shake your tail feather ’til the break of dawn.

Take your pet to Vegas

Hey, Fido wants to have fun too. He can stay at one of our pet-friendly Vegas hotels, walk along The LINQ Promenade and accompany you outside at In-N-Out Burger (get inspiration from this puppy influencer, Popeye the Foodie). Check out more of our Vegas pet-friendly resorts and get ready to don your pup in the cutest outfits for the perfect Instagram gallery.

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Stop at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign 

We tell everyone who’s coming to Vegas for the first time (or even for the umpteenth time) to stop by the Welcome to Las Vegas sign while they’re here. It’s Sin City’s version of the “Wish You Were Here” postcard. Oftentimes you’ll run into showgirls, and we’re positive you’ll make new friends once you take turns snapping each other’s photos. We suggest practicing all your fun and crazy poses now. The Welcome to Las Vegas sign is located on the south end of the Strip, and there’s convenient parking available. (In the sightseeing, picture-taking mood? See vintage Las Vegas hotel signs at downtown’s Neon Museum.)

Choose your own adventure 

Vegas Bucket List: Choose your own adventure Vegas style

Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ Promenade. Photo by Erik Kabik.

We’re sure you remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. Imagine if there were a Vegas version: If you want to dress up as a Vegas showgirl, turn to page 30. If you’d rather bet all your vacation money on a good hand of cards, turn to the next page…

We’re sure your own Vegas adventure will be one for the record books. That’s why we’d love for you to share them with us. What’s on your Vegas bucket list? Share your ideas and let’s get crazy in Vegas together.

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About The Author

I live for a crazy Vegas adventure, but not in ways you may think. Sure, our nightlife scene is all fun and dandy, but I love hitting up all the city's vegan spots, having staycations and catching shows by my favorite musical acts. Since I've ditched rainy Seattle 20+ years ago, I graduated from UNLV and covered Las Vegas hotel and entertainment articles for, the LA Times, Frommer's and our very own Total Vegas Blog. When I'm not writing, you'll find me hanging with my two girls, along with our shih-tzu and tiger cat.

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  2. Marco Ojeda

    Love Vegas. I visit Vegas 2 times a year. I live in California but I wish I can live in Vegas. I got married in Vegas. Vegas is and will be my #1 place!!!