Is your 21st birthday coming up? Pack your bags, friend, because there’s no better place to celebrate your 21st birthday than Las Vegas! Vegas is known for indulgence, excess, and having the time of your life. For these reasons, Vegas is the ultimate place to celebrate a birthday. In the United States, 21 is the magical age where drinking alcohol becomes legal, and there is no better place to imbibe than in Sin City. Here are some of recommendations for spending your big 2-1 in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

Arrive in Style

Most visitors to Las Vegas fly into the McCarran International Airport. Once you arrive, there are countless taxis, shuttles, and rental cars available. To make it a truly special entrance, however, there are few better ways to arrive than by limo. This can actually be a relatively affordable trip, as most hotels along the Las Vegas Strip are less than 10 minutes from the airport itself. If you are arriving with a few friends, the price becomes even more reasonable. Showing up to the lobby of a Las Vegas hotel in a limousine is the perfect way to start celebrating a birthday in style.

Try A Suite on For Size

Believe it or not, one of the cheapest things about Vegas is the accommodation. There are a variety of world-class hotels on and around the Las Vegas Strip as well as in Downtown Vegas, and they typically offer low rates to attract visitors to their casinos, restaurants, bars, and attractions. Take advantages of these prices and splurge on a suite, which can set the scene for an unforgettable birthday celebration. Some hotels, like the Hard Rock and Caesars Palace, even boast themed suites for those with a bigger budget.

See and Be Seen at the Hottest Clubs in Vegas

Let’s face it: 21 is one of the best ages for a Vegas visitor. Everything is open to you to taste, see and experience, and there are virtually no age limitations on what you can do. To see and be seen, there is no better place to be on your 21st birthday than a hot club in Las Vegas. Hakkasan, housed in the MGM Grand, is one of the most notorious clubs, and it boasts five stories of intense energy, music, and fun to last until the early hours of morning. Slightly more sophisticated, but no less fun, is The Bank Nightclub, located in the Bellagio. Other places for celebrity sightings, bottle service at a private table, a regular lineup of well-known DJs, and gorgeous cocktails might include OAK at the Mirage, PURE in Caesars Palace, the Marquee in the Cosmopolitan, or TAO in the Luxor. 

Recover Poolside

With the exception of a few months each winter, Las Vegas is a fabulous place to enjoy a pool party. Thankfully, the birthday boy or girl doesn’t need to do any planning, as most hotel and resort pools in Las Vegas provide drinks, entertainment, and a guest list of hundreds or even thousands of fellow visitors. Just off the Strip, the Hard Rock Cafe hosts frequent pool parties, and the Luxor boasts three different pools for guests to choose from. Some hotels even offer adults-only or topless pools, which can be a fun alternative for anyone looking for a wilder way to celebrate their special day. Most pools have bars and cafes onsite so that you can order a tropical cocktail, soak up the sun with your friends, and enjoy some great music while recovering from a great night out on the town.

Gamble (Responsibly) to Your Heart’s Content

There is no question that gambling is a big highlight of any trip to Las Vegas. Since 21 is the minimum age that a person can gamble in Las Vegas, a 21st birthday party should definitely include some time at the slots or the tables—albeit responsibly. Whether you are staying on the Las Vegas Strip or Downtown, it won’t be hard to find a casino open 24 hours a day. Slots can be a fun way to learn the ropes, and big payouts are to be had. For a serious rush, however, the table games like poker, blackjack, and roulette might be worth exploring. Many casinos offer gambling classes for beginners, or you can ask the dealer to show you the ropes during a non-busy time. Remember: if you happen to be traveling with someone under the age of 21, they won’t be allowed to gamble or even be on the casino floor in many hotels.

Buy Yourself a Birthday Present

No birthday would be complete without a present, and Las Vegas has some truly incredible options for shopping enthusiasts. Along and near the Strip, some of the most popular choices for shopping include the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace, the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, and the Shoppes at Mandalay Place, which is connected to the Mandalay Bay. However, those in search of a bargain can also head to outlet malls like the Las Vegas Premium Outlets to score even better deals. Whether you are looking to splurge on high-end clothing or just pick up a few souvenirs of the birthday, Las Vegas has everything you might need.

Catch One of the Incredible Shows That Sin City Has to Offer

One of the most exciting things to do in Las Vegas, and a great way to spend any birthday, is to catch a world-class show. From acrobatics to comedy and even famed pop singers, Las Vegas has it all. Cirque du Soleil is a regular favourite, and the company currently boasts seven different shows in Vegas featuring elements of the stunning, artistic and acrobatic feats.

Whatever your idea of a good time happens to be, Las Vegas can make it happen. Thanks to a combination of hot nightclubs, cool pool parties, incredible shopping, world-class cuisine, and luxury touches like limos and trendy hotel suites, anyone lucky enough to spend their 21st in Sin City is bound to have an unforgettable time.

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