Vegas might be infamous for its stag parties and seedier side, but it can be a surprisingly fun (and classy!) place to travel as a couple.

Glamour, glitz and gambling may be what made the desert city (in)famous, but there’s more to Vegas than that. 

A lot more, in fact. 

Aside from the free-flowing bars and countless Blackjack tables, Vegas has something for everyone. Seriously – everybody should visit Vegas once!

The city attracts a diverse crowd thanks to the 22,000 conventions and events held there every year, the mix of designer and outlet stores, and the impressive selection of world class dining experiences on offer.

That means that there really is something for everyone in Vegas – even if the casinos aren’t really your thing. And there are endless things to do in Vegas as a couple.

Here are the best things to do in Las Vegas for couples, plus some tips on how to make the most of your romantic getaway.


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The best things to do in Las Vegas for couples 

Whether you’re planning a romantic surprise or a fun – and perhaps slightly cheesy – getaway for your other half, it’s virtually impossible to not have fun in Vegas. 

Here are some of the best things to do in Las Vegas for couples of all kinds.

Team up on blackjack 

Okay, so there’s more to Vegas than the casinos. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them!

In fact, a game of Blackjack is a great way to see how you work as a team, especially if only one of you joins the table. 

To avoid any bad feelings, set yourself a budget and write off the money as “entertainment”. 

If you make any winnings, you can use them to treat yourself to one of the other activities on this list!


Take a trip to Paris 

You don’t need to fly all the way to France to visit the city of love with your partner. 

The Paris Hotel in Vegas is a little slice of the French capital (and my own personal favourite on the strip!). 

There are brasseries and Parisian cafés to keep you satiated by day and cabaret bars serving everything from wine to Grand Marnier by night. 

There’s even an Eiffel Tower complete with a viewing deck – the perfect spot for people watching on the strip!


LAS VEGAS, USA. Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino at night in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The Eiffel Tower – like you’ve never seen it before!

Have fun on slots 

The slot machines in the Vegas casinos can look a little… well, depressing. 

But while they may be kind of lonely to play alone, they sure can be fun when you share the anticipation. 

You can play for as little as 5 or 10 cents, so a $10 bill will go a long way, meaning you can enjoy a lot of entertainment together for very little cash.

Plus, since the slot machines are nothing but pure luck, you can’t blame anyone if you lose! 


Watch the Bellagio fountains show 

Everything in Las Vegas has been designed for your entertainment, and many of the shows are free. 

The fountain show at the Bellagio hotel is probably the most impressive of all the free shows available on the Vegas strip. 

Depending on the day and time, the fountains put on a show every 15-30 minutes. And with 20+ songs, including Viva Las Vegas and Singin’ In The Rain, you could watch the fountains many times over without seeing the same show twice. 


Fountains of Bellagio, Bellagio Resort and Casino, Las Vegas Nevada USA
Each of the 20+ songs has a different choreography to match!

Ride a rollercoaster 

Like an adrenaline filled date? Head straight to the Big Apple Coaster at the New York-New York hotel

See the Strip from a totally different angle as you speed around one of the most famous hotels in Vegas, dropping up to 144 feet and twisting around multiple corkscrews and loops. 

Just don’t forget to smile – there will be a cute couple photo available to buy afterwards!


Take a gondola ride at the Venetian 

Once again, there’s no need to travel all the way to Europe to experience a romantic gondola ride. 

The Venetian is one of the must-visit hotels, even if you’re not staying there, and even has its own canal ways. 

Hop in a gondola and be serenaded as you float through the streets of Venice – you may even forget you’re not actually in Italy! 


A romantic gondola ride at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada USA

Enjoy a world class meal 

It would be easy to assume that Las Vegas is full of fast food, greasy bites and “end of the night food”. 

You can get all of that, of course. But did you know that Vegas is also home to some of the best restaurants in the world? 

Many of the world’s top chefs have opened eateries on the strip – or just off of it – so foodies will truly be spoiled for choice. 

Even if you’re not a self-professed foodie, eating at a specialty restaurant is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas for couples. 

Choose between a whole host of options to suit all taste buds and budgets, from ‘elevated Chinese cuisine’ at Hakkasan to Gordon Ramsey’s premium steakhouse. 


Gordon Ramsey Hell's Kitchen restaurant in Las Vegas Nevada USA
There are several Gordon Ramsey restaurants in Las Vegas, including Hell’s Kitchen, which is made to feel like the studio set.

Go to a concert 

As well as its impressive gastronomy scene, Vegas is also a hub for music concerts and events. 

It’s a popular stop for most musicians’ United States tours, but many big names also come to the city for one-off performances. 

In recent years, Vegas has hosted everybody from Celine Dion and Cher to Lady Gaga and Aerosmith. 

Whatever your music tastes, there are plenty of concerts to get you dancing and singing your hearts out together. 

Click here to see a schedule of upcoming performances and get tickets.


Watch a cirque du soleil show

Cirque du Soleil has several shows in Vegas. While you can expect awe-inspiring acrobatics and breath-taking moments in all of them, each has a different theme and vibe. 

Fans of The Beatles won’t want to miss the three-time Grammy Award winning “LOVE” while Mystère adds a light-hearted side to some toe-curling action. 

Whichever Cirque du Soleil you choose, you’ll have plenty to talk about afterwards!


The Beatles LOVE Cirque Du Soleil show at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada USA

Take a helicopter tour

Did you know that Las Vegas is the departure point for many of the Grand Canyon helicopter tours? 

If you have half a day to spare, book yourself a flight over this natural wonder. It’s a truly breath-taking sight and a magical experience to share with someone you love. 

Click here to book your flight.


Eat at 800 feet

Another one that’s not for anyone with a fear of heights, the Las Vegas Stratosphere stands at just over 350 metres (1,149 feet) high. 

That makes it the tallest freestanding building in the United States!

Inside, you’ll find a mix of rides, shops and shows. For dinner with a view, there’s also an 800 foot high restaurant that revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes.

As well as offering a completely unique dining experience, the Top Of The World restaurant has won a number of awards. 

Just make sure you book in advance and pack an appropriate outfit for the occasion!


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Planning your trip to Vegas as a couple

Vegas is the kind of place where you don’t need to plan too much. 

In fact, some of the best things to do in Las Vegas can’t be planned at all. People watching, browsing and soaking in the atmosphere are just some of the best ways to take it all in. 

However, if you want to make the most of your trip to Vegas, you’ll want to plan at least a little. Here is everything you need to consider for the perfect romantic trip to Vegas.

Getting to Vegas

McCarran International Airport is the 7th busiest airport in the USA, and is located conveniently close to the Vegas strip. 

Many domestic and international flights land here, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one. They tend to be pretty good value, too.

Click here to see the current Vegas flight prices.

If you’re coming by car, Vegas is fairly easy to get to and there’s plenty to see on the way. Many of the hotels offer free parking, but you might want to check when booking.

Vegas is also the perfect stop to tag onto a California to Arizona road trip, even if you only have a week or two.


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Do you need a visa?

If you’re not from the United States, don’t forget to check your visa requirements before you go. If you don’t, there’s a good chance you won’t be allowed to board your flight!

Luckily, many countries (the UK included) can apply for something known as ESTA. ESTA is a visa waiver program whereby you can enter the USA for up to 90 days visa free. 

The easiest way to obtain your ESTA is using a service such as ByeVisa. Their easy to follow guide tells you everything you need to know and promises a 24-hour processing time.  

If you are from a country that requires a visa, make sure you allow plenty of time to apply for one.


How to plan a Vegas itinerary for couples 

There are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas for couples, and it’s easy to tailor your Vegas itinerary to your own style and interests. 

My best advice would be this: try to go for a mix of quintessential Vegas experiences and personal interests, without forgetting to throw in a few new things. 

Trying new things is a great way to bond as a couple, and Vegas is full of new things that you can try!

If you plan on visiting any major restaurants, you’ll almost certainly need to book a table. You’ll also want to make sure you have your accommodation booked in advance (see below). 

Since you’ll never be bored in Vegas – seriously, there are endless hotels to explore! – it’s also wise to leave a good amount of free time for some spontaneous fun. 


The strip at night in Las Vegas Nevada USA

Where to stay in Vegas

The hotels in Las Vegas are so crazy and impressive that it’s worth visiting the strip for the entertainment value alone!

If you stick to the strip, you can’t really go wrong when choosing where to stay in Vegas. 

Each hotel has its own theme, and there are endless exhibitions, shows and themed restaurants and shops to explore inside. 

No matter which Vegas hotel you stay in, you’re free to roam around and visit the casinos in any of the other hotels, so it’s not like you’ll be stuck to the one you stay in. 

That said, the rooms do vary a lot in terms of décor and price, but they’re generally all pretty fun.

The best Vegas hotels:

I personally like staying in Luxor because it’s fairly central, well-priced and has a great casino. 

New York-New York usually has some great deals if you book far enough in advance, but can get pricey if you leave it too late. 

If you plan to spend a lot of time at the pool, I would recommend Mandalay Bay, which is where I stayed on my first trip to Vegas. It’s a little bit further out of the way, but there is a free sky tram that takes you all the way to the Excalibur

If you don’t mind splashing out a little more, you can’t go wrong with Paris.


Extend your Vegas trip

As great as Vegas is, there are countless other amazing places nearby. Here are the best ways to expand your trip and make it even more special!

Take a road trip

If you have the time, Vegas is one of the greatest starting points for a road trip. I highly recommend renting a car and hitting the road either before or after your time in Vegas. 

You can easily rent a car from Las Vegas – click here to check prices. If you want to squeeze in as much as possible, consider booking a one way rental and ending your trip in Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego or even Portland.

With California, the US South West and some of the country’s most incredible national parks right on your doorstep, there’s no shortage of road trips to choose between. 

Check out my United States blog posts for some great road trip ideas and tips. 


Road trip in Arizona, USA
Sedona National Park is just one of the many national parks within road trip distance of Las Vegas.

Join a short tour

If you don’t fancy driving on your trip to Vegas – or aren’t able to – then it’s still fairly easy to see more of the region. 

There are several small group tours that depart from Vegas, so you can hop on one and see something unique. 

This 2-day tour will take you to both the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon, a mesmerising slot canyon to the east side of Arizona. 

If you want to explore some of the most beautiful national parks around, this 2-day tour will show you the best of both Zion National Park and Bryce National Park.


Visit the Grand Canyon 

Taking a flight over the Grand Canyon is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas for couples, but it can also be enjoyed as a longer add-on to your Vegas trip. 

The Grand Canyon is around 4 hours from Las Vegas by car, making it easy to tag on to your Vegas itinerary. 

If you love hiking, take a couple of days to enjoy the Havasupai Hike – one of the most beautiful hikes in the US and the world! 

If you prefer to limit the physical activity, there are still plenty of viewpoints from which you can enjoy the Grand Canyon. 

If you want to enjoy the canyon at its best, book a night at the Grand hotel and wake up early to soak up an unbelievable sunrise. 


The Grand Canyon in Arizona USA
The Grand Canyon really has to be seen to be believed!

However you spend your time in Vegas, you can be sure that it will be full of fun memories and special moments. 

There are a surprising number of unique things to do in Las Vegas for couples, making it an awesome (albeit unexpected) destination no matter how long you’ve been together.