Sure, nearly 40 million people visit Las Vegas each year to experience the action of the casinos, clubs and pools firsthand. But observing The Strip (and its guests) from far above the boulevard is a must-do. Catch a glimpse of the countless throngs of tourists and volts of electricity that flow through the city each day from these observation points:
- For bird’s-eye views, ride the elevator more than 100 stories up to the top of the Stratosphere for a drink or dinner. The tallest observation tower in the United States, the Stratosphere offers panoramic views of the whole Vegas valley. Top of the World -- a rotating restaurant at the top -- serves up drinks and dinner. Bonus: If you dare, experience the “thrill” of the Stratosphere’s bungee jump.
- For the ultimate Strip-side people-watching experience, snag a seat on Mon Ami Gabi’s coveted outdoor patio. This classic French joint dishes up steak frites by the truckload beneath Vegas’ miniature Eiffel Tower.
- Here’s one thing Paris doesn’t offer: a restaurant near the top of the Eiffel Tower. Perched more than 100 feet above the Vegas Strip with views of the famous Bellagio waterworks, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant is open for cocktails or a romantic meal. Request a seat by the window for the best unobstructed views.
- Sip a handcrafted cocktail at the AAA 5-Diamond Mandarin Oriental’s sky bar and feel like you’re floating in the heart of The Strip. It’s no secret that this 23rd-floor lounge is pricey -- a cocktail will set you back $20 -- but the nighttime views of the Vegas lights are unbeatable. (Hey, maybe you can make your money back on the floor at neighboring Aria’s casino.)
- Formerly a private club, The Foundation Room on the 43rd floor of Mandalay Bay offers spectacular views of The Strip from the south. Complete with a balcony and private rooms, the lounge serves up cocktails and a high-class experience. Arrive after 10 p.m. to hear DJs spin the latest tracks and see the Vegas lights all powered up (a $30 cover applies).
- Head to the former mayor’s digs in the newly renovated Plaza Hotel to see the old-school glitz of downtown’s Fremont Street. Grab a table in Oscar’s for the best views down the length of the Fremont Experience, or kick back with a glass of wine at the bar.