Las Vegas, known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” is one of the top conference destinations in the United States. The city boasts numerous luxurious hotels and conference centers that are perfect for business meetings, conventions, and events. But what happens when the conference sessions are over and you have some free time on your hands? In this blog post, we’ll highlight some of the best things to do in Las Vegas while attending an administrative or business conference.
Take a Hike at Red Rock Canyon
Las Vegas is known for its glitz and glamour, but the natural beauty surrounding the city is equally breathtaking. Red Rock Canyon is just a short drive from the Strip and an even shorter drive from our venue, Red Rock Resort, making it the perfect day trip for conference attendees. With over 30 miles of hiking trails, Red Rock Canyon offers some of the most stunning views of the Mojave Desert. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just looking for a leisurely stroll, there’s a trail for everyone at Red Rock Canyon.
Visit the Valley of Fire
Another natural wonder near Las Vegas is the Valley of Fire State Park. Known for its red sandstone formations and ancient petroglyphs, this park is a must-visit for anyone who loves the outdoors. The park offers hiking trails, scenic drives, and camping facilities for those who want to spend the night under the stars.
Take a Tour of the Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is an engineering marvel that’s been attracting visitors for over 80 years. Located just 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, the dam provides power to millions of homes and businesses in the Southwest. Visitors can take a guided tour of the dam and learn about its history and construction. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take a helicopter tour of the dam and the surrounding area.
See the Strip from Above
Speaking of helicopter tours, taking a tour of the Las Vegas Strip from above is an unforgettable experience. Seeing the bright lights and iconic landmarks from the air is a unique perspective that you won’t want to miss. Many tour companies offer daytime and nighttime tours, so you can choose the best time for your schedule.
Catch a Show on the Strip
Las Vegas is home to some of the most spectacular shows in the world. From Cirque du Soleil to magic shows, there’s something for everyone. While attending a conference, you might not have the time for a full-length show, but many of the shows offer shorter, condensed versions that are perfect for a quick evening out.
Dine at a World-Class Restaurant
Las Vegas has become a culinary destination in recent years, with celebrity chefs opening up restaurants throughout the city. Whether you’re in the mood for sushi, steak, or Italian cuisine, you’ll find it all in Las Vegas. Many of the top restaurants are located in the hotels and resorts along the Strip as well as off-strip resorts, so you won’t have to travel far to find a delicious meal.
Experience a Nightclub
Las Vegas is known for its nightlife, and attending a conference is no exception. The city has some of the hottest nightclubs in the world, with top DJs and celebrity guests. If you’re in the mood for dancing and drinks, there’s no better place to be than Las Vegas.
Shop Until You Drop
Las Vegas is a shopper’s paradise, with malls and boutiques offering everything from designer clothes to souvenirs. The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is one of the most popular shopping destinations on the Strip, with over 160 stores and restaurants. Other notable shopping centers include the Fashion Show Mall, Downtown Summerlin, which is a short walk from Red Rock Resort, the Grand Canal Shoppes, and the Miracle Mile Shops.
Laugh at a Comedy Show
Sometimes you just need a good laugh, and Las Vegas has plenty of options for comedy shows. From stand-up acts to improv shows, there’s something for every sense of humor. The Comedy Cellar at the Rio is a popular spot for comedy lovers, with nightly shows featuring up-and-coming comedians as well as established acts. Other notable comedy clubs include the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana and the Brad Garrett Comedy Club at MGM Grand.
Attend a Concert
Las Vegas has become a top destination for concerts, with some of the biggest names in music performing regularly on the Strip. The Park Theater at the Park MGM has hosted concerts by artists such as Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and Cher, while the T-Mobile Arena has welcomed acts like Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Guns N’ Roses. Check the schedules of these venues and others to see if there’s a concert happening while you’re in town.
Las Vegas is a city that has something for everyone, whether you’re a nature lover or a night owl. The city’s unique blend of entertainment, dining, and shopping makes it the perfect destination for conference attendees who want to mix business with pleasure. Here are some additional tips to make the most of your time in Las Vegas:
Wear comfortable shoes: Las Vegas is a city that requires a lot of walking, so make sure you bring comfortable shoes. You’ll be thankful for them after a long day of sightseeing and conference sessions.
Drink plenty of water: The desert climate in Las Vegas can be dehydrating, so make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Many hotels and conference centers offer complimentary water bottles, so take advantage of them.
Plan ahead: With so many things to do in Las Vegas, it can be overwhelming to try to do everything. Make a list of the activities and attractions that interest you the most, and prioritize them based on your schedule.
Take advantage of public transportation: Taxis and rideshare services can be expensive in Las Vegas, so consider using public transportation instead. The Las Vegas Monorail runs along the Strip, making it easy to get from one hotel to another.
Don’t forget to gamble (if you’re into that): Las Vegas is known for its casinos, so if you’re interested in gambling, be sure to try your luck at one of the many slot machines or table games. Just remember to gamble responsibly and within your budget.
Las Vegas is a city that offers endless possibilities for conference attendees. From hiking in Red Rock Canyon to attending a concert on the Strip, there’s no shortage of things to do and see in this vibrant city. Whether you’re in Las Vegas for business or pleasure, take the time to explore everything that the city has to offer. You won’t be disappointed.
By registering for The Conference for Administrative Excellence, you’ll have the opportunity to experience all of this and more. Don’t miss out on the chance to learn, connect, and explore in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Register today!
* While attending our conference in Las Vegas, we have some great recommendations for things to do. However, please note that these activities are not included in your conference registration.