More than 70% of all Vegas tourists go to see a show (and no, we don't just mean the topless ones) while they're in town, but what exactly are they seeing? Are they all rhinestones, cheesy standards, and white tigers? Not if you check out our list of nine Sin City shows that are actually worth seeing:
9 Vegas shows you actually want to see
Paris Las Vegas (address and info)
If you’re the kind of music fan who can’t pull themselves away from an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music, this is the show for you. It tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons -- including their rise, fall, and breakup -- as if a rock-umentary is unfolding on stage. Plus the songs are way better than you'd expect, and are performed by vocalists who can totally nail those crazy high notes.
Caesars Palace (address and info)
It’s dirty, raunchy, and takes place inside a carnival tent right outside Caesars Palace. It’s hosted by the vulgar and cosmetically-challenged character known as “The Gazillionaire” -- with variety acts, comedy, and plenty of sordid behavior.
The Beatles: Love
The Mirage (address and info)
There are eight shows from Cirque du Soleil on the Strip… and Love may be the best of all. First, there's the music (dude, it’s the Beatles), which comes blasting through what may be the best sound system in Las Vegas, and then there're the acrobats and dancers performing to mash-ups of the Fab Four’s hit songs inside a psychedelic circus.
Le Reve: The Dream
The Wynn (address and info)
It’s often mistaken for a Cirque show, but it's... um, not. It is an over the top production that's short on story and singing, and instead pretty much just focuses on crazy diving and water acrobatics above a constantly evolving stage, all of which builds to (spoiler alert!) a climactic drop from the tippy-top of the theater to the water below.
Raiding the Rock Vault
The LVH (address and info)
It is basically a concert that moves chronologically through the history of rock with a few funny sketches thrown in between some of the songs, all from people on stage that come with some serious rock cred, having played in bands like Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, Asia, and... Heart (?!).
The Palazzo (address and info)
The crazy production values in this show come from the same people who put on the eye-popping opening ceremony at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and as you'd expect involve a little bit of everything from the Far East, including acrobatics, kung fu, and yes, a dude in a panda suit.
Penn & Teller
Penn & Teller Theater at Rio Hotel & Casino (address and info)
Ok. At some point you’re going to want to check out a magic show in Vegas, and while David Copperfield and Criss Angel have been met with some mixed reviews, Penn & Teller just keep doing their thing: some smart-ass humor and a ton of stunts and illusions. You’ll even learn how a few of the tricks are done.
Blue Man Group
Monte Carlo (address and info)
Yeah, yeah, bald, blue guys bang on stuff without talking... but somehow manage to keep you fascinated for an entire show, during which they'll make fun of current technology trends (like smartphones and texting), and at least one of them will stuff an entire bag of marshmallows in his mouth.
Million Dollar Quartet
Harrah's (address and info)
Inspired by a one-off jam session that happened back in 1956, MDQ features music from four rock 'n roll legends: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis, and gives you an idea of how badass these dudes really were. Oh, and who Carl Perkins actually is.
1. Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
2. Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
3. The Mirage Hotel & Casino3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
4. Wynn Las Vegas3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
5. LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino3000 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas
6. The Palazzo Las Vegas3325 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
7. Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas
8. Monte Carlo Resort and Casino3770 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
9. Harrah's Hotel & Casino3475 S Las Vegas Blv, Las Vegas
This famous hotel and casino on the Strip is your go-to for all things gambling, and uh, French.
The grandaddy of all Las Vegas casinos, Caesar's Palace is an icon in its own right. The massive Parthenon-like resort boasts regular rooms and deluxe fantasy suites, a cavernous and varied casino, premium shopping, live entertainment (ranging from Celine Dion to Elton John), and a conveniently located chapel should anyone have too much fun.
A staple in the Vegas hotel scene, The Mirage hosts a slew of next-level accommodations and suites, like the Villas, where you can have your own private lagoon-like pool surrounded by a forest of palm trees.
The second Vegas outpost of Steve Wynn's luxury resort empire, Wynn boasts five-star hospitality, award-winning restaurants ranging from fine and casual dining, the live aquatic theatre show La Rêve, high-end boutique shopping, premier nightclubs, and opulent poolside cabanas.
Known for their wide array of visiting performers, convention center, and prime amenities, LVH is your go-to for a stay in Vegas, replete with golfing and their monorail to get you all around Sin City.
This award-winning (Top 25 Hotels in US and Canada, World's Best, Forbes Four Star, AAA Five Diamond) hotel on the strip offers luxury and entertainment with shopping, restaurants, casinos, nightclubs, and more all on site.
Just a block off the main drag, Rio is one of the better resorts for those traveling in larger groups. The Brazilian-themed hotel's signature "chic suites" sleep six people and features various amenities, live entertainment (Penn and Teller are on retainer, along with the Chippendales), a pool area with an actual white sand beach, and a 490ft high zip-line that connects the hotel's two towers.
There are stuffy, uncomfortable, and exclusive luxury hotels everywhere in Vegas... then there's the Monte Carlo, which is just as luxurious -- where you'llfeel rich, even if you’re not. This is unpretentious luxury at its best.