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5 Best Las Vegas Strip Tours

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The Las Vegas Strip is an iconic stretch of the Las Vegas Boulevard, drawing in multitudes of tourists. The 4.2 mile long segment of the Las Vegas Boulevard has 30+ casinos, mostly within megaresorts. There are loads of things to do when in Vegas, and if you have not made any plans then it may feel overwhelming. You don't want to miss any of the gaming action in the Las Vegas casinos, but at the same time, you want to explore everything Sin City has to offer. The truth is that if you want to learn everything there is to know about Vegas, you may have to stay longer than a week. 

How else will you fit in a classic Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show while playing at poker tournaments and eating at celebrity chef restaurants. You can also opt for activities outside the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, like playing a quiet game of golf or checking out the wonders just outside Vegas. These include natural phenomena such as the Grand Canyon and Red Rock, as well as feats of engineering brilliance in the Hoover Dam.

Back to Las Vegas, your best bet is to try to catch a little bit of everything, and the best place to start is with a tour of the Las Vegas Strip. In the heart of the city, the Strip is full of life. On any of the following tours, you can get a good idea of everything that it has to offer.

1. Big Bus Tours

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The Big Bus Tour is perfect if you are on a budget and want to see Las Vegas in your own time. You can buy a day ticket and use the hop-on hop-off service to view the entire Strip and downtown area. It has great value for money, as you have time to make a full circle, and can still jump back on to revisit any areas. There is no limit as to how many times you can use the bus during service hours. You can even choose to go through the tour and jump off for half an hour at each of the 9 stops.

The tour is held in a double-decker open-top bus, with guides in multiple languages, set to music. These narrate the history of the city parts that you will see. There are stops at resorts such as the MGM Grand, LINQ Promenade and Treasure Island. There is a stop at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, and another at the Mob Museum.

It may get hot during the day, so if you plan on sitting on the upper deck of the bus, then it may be safer to bring a hat or sunscreen. No meals are provided on the tour, but you can jump off at any time you like to grab a bite to eat. Las Vegas does brunch menus just as well as it does Michelin Star fine degustation menus. The first buses start at 10 AM and the last starts at 3:30 PM. Buses arrive at each stop every 30 minutes during service hours and the whole tour lasts around 1 hour 45 minutes. Please note that the starting and finish times may vary depending on the season.

2. Strip Highlights Night Flight Tour

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If you are willing to splash out a little cash, then it is well worth looking into a good Las Vegas night flight. This tour takes you up above the Strip in a helicopter and glides across the Las Vegas Strip. You can really appreciate the enormity of the Las Vegas Boulevard at height, and find out what's what in a matter of seconds. At night, the resorts are all lit up and you can take some superb photos. The tour goes right up the Las Vegas Strip, up to the STRAT Tower, where it does a circle and takes you back. When you pass the middle of the Strip, at the intersection with Flamingo Road, you can see some thrilling features. The Eiffel Tower next to Paris, the Bellagio Water Fountains, The High Roller next to the LINQ, and of course, Caesars Palace.

The tour starts at the helicopter launch pad, near McCarran International Airport. It travels up to the STRAT and then back in around 15 minutes. It is quite a luxurious ride, with theatre-style seating and wrap-around glass so you have a continuous panoramic view of the Strip. You can even see bits of Downtown Vegas and Fremont Street when you turn at the Northernmost stretch of the Strip. Guests must be 12 or older to fly on the Night Flight tour. Tours are held from 7 PM until 11 PM in half an hour intervals. Be sure to book your tour nice and early, as they run out quite quickly. Though it is pricer than the bus tour, the Night Flight tour is one of the cheapest helicopter tours of the Strip.

3. Bright Lights Las Vegas City Tour

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This tour comprises a drive in a pink open air Jeep Wrangler, which travels up from the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign to downtown Las Vegas. You have unobstructed views of the Strip and can enjoy the light breeze as you travel up the Strip. You can pose for photos in front of iconic landmarks and learn a lot about the history of Vegas. Your guide will point out thrilling features such as the famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, the Vegas Wedding Chapel Row, and loads more. On the Strip, you can catch all the famous features, monuments and megaresorts. Then, the trip goes up to the historic Downtown, including a trip to the fantastic Fremont Street.

Your guides are well equipped with trivia and urban legends to keep the tour interesting at every stop of the way. The tours are approximately 3.5 hours long and start at 6:30 PM when the Strip lights up for the night. The guides are from Las Vegas and are happy to answer any of your questions about the city. They can give you recommendations of what to see and do while you are in Las Vegas. When the tour finishes, you can opt to end with a trip up the 550 foot High Roller wheel.

4. Neon & Nature Tour

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You can mix your tour of the Strip up a bit by combining it with a flight over the Red Rock Canyon. It is the perfect balance of nature and neon, and the tour includes a champagne toast to top it off. The Red Rock Canyon is not far from Las Vegas and has some truly spectacular valleys and hills. Your tour starts there, and you can take loads of pictures of the amazing landscape that surrounds Vegas. You continue the tour with a flight to a private vista, with views of Las Vegas from afar. There, you can clink your champagne glasses and enjoy a 30 minute toast, before boarding the helicopter once again. The final flight takes you over the Las Vegas Strip before you descend back down to Earth. In total, you spend up to 30 minutes in flight.

The tour includes champagne and a limousine ride which picks you up and drops you off at your hotel. It is held once per day, either at 2 PM or 3 PM, and lasts up to 2.5 hours from hotel to hotel. There may also be a sunset option, but this costs more than the standard daytime flight ticket. This gives you plenty of airtime to soak up the atmosphere and also does not cut into your day too much. It is more expensive than the other tour on our list. However, you are getting the best of both worlds, with a fair amount of nature and Las Vegas glitz.

5. King of Canyons Sunset Tour

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The King of Canyons Sunset Tour takes you to the Grand Canyon and across the Las Vegas Strip, at sunset. It is the ultimate tour for guests who want a truly memorable experience of Las Vegas. The tour starts with a quick trip to the helicopter pad by a shuttle that picks you up from your hotel. From there, the helicopter will ascend and then whisk you off towards the Western part of the Grand Canyon. You can take in a beautiful panorama of the Grand Canyon, and then the helicopter will descend to the bottom of the Canyon. Near the Colorado River, a light picnic will be provided, and you can finish it off with a champagne toast. Then, you climb aboard the helicopter once more, and as the sun sets, you travel back to the Strip.

The Strip at sunset is truly remarkable. Just as darkness starts to creep in, the monuments and buildings on the Strip should start to light up. This tour has it all, and though it is quite expensive, it is worth the money. If you are celebrating a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, it is a no-brainer. If you want to make the perfect day, then there is no better way to spend 4 hours. The tour starts around 2 hours before sunset, so usually around 2 or 3 PM. That way, you will always return in time to catch the epic Las Vegas sunset.

Find and Book the Ideal Las Vegas Strip Tour

There are numerous ways to take in the sights at Las Vegas, and for the ultimate viewing experience it may be worth picking both a helicopter tour and a bus or shuttle tour to get the best of the Las Vegas Strip. The best pictures can be taken during the late afternoon or early night, when the lights come on and Vegas sparks into life.

Nothing beats a hotel with a good view, especially during those early morning hours or after the Vegas Strip illuminations come on. You can enjoy killer views of the Vegas Strip from the comfort of your hotel room if you pick any Caesars or BetMGM resort.

Conclusion

There are loads of trivia and interesting places to visit, which you will find out about during these trips. It is a great way to spend your first day in Las Vegas, especially if you have never been before. To soak up the atmosphere, take in the sights, and figure out how you want to spend your time. If you are staying in one of the hotels on the Strip, then you can also check out some of the awesome amenities they have.

A trip to Vegas would be amiss without the gaming action at the casinos. You do not necessarily need to play if you do not want to. They are well worth exploring though. If sports betting is more your thing, you will find no shortage of excellent sportsbooks in Las Vegas to watch all the thrilling games.

Lloyd is passionate about online gambling, he lives and breathes blackjack and other table games, and he enjoys sports betting.