The SSA Fall Trade Show is here, which means the best of self-storage will all be gathering in Las Vegas for a week of festivities and fun. If you’re a homebody like me and you prefer to spend your evenings binge-watching Netflix, making plans in Las Vegas can seem a little overwhelming at first. There are just too many options: so many places to eat, shows to see, and places to go.

But never fear I asked around to learn the insider tips from Vegas veterans and foodies alike. Here’s what they had to say about their favorite things to do during the SSA Fall Trade Show in Las Vegas:

Dan Miller (storEDGE):

"So many good, bad and nonexistent memories of Vegas in my 100+ visits. In addition to the many good customer meetings and hosted events, it’s always great to get together with the team. Gordon Ramsay is the restaurant of choice when we have a manageable crowd, otherwise the Bacchanal Buffet is top notch gluttony."

Allison DeJaeger (SBOA):

“I try to get outside and enjoy the sun whenever possible so I haven’t come across a pool I don’t like. The lazy river at MGM and the cabanas at The Venetian are my favorites!”

Theresa Gallas (SBOA):

"Nerd alert! For the mafia history buff in you, check out the Mob Museum on Stewart Ave in Las Vegas."

Katelyn Wyss (storEDGE):

"People watching. I could spend all day walking the strip and just people watch. With Vegas, it doesn't matter if it is 7:00am or 3:00am - you can find people just having a good time out drinking and dancing in the street. Only in Vegas would you consider that normal entertainment while eating breakfast."

Check out our top 10 things to do during the 2016 SSA Fall Conference & Trade Show in Las Vegas to make the most out of your trip!

A view of the High Roller from the promenade at The Linq. Image by Daniel Ramirez via Flickr.

10. Take a ride on the High Roller

You’ve probably seen the High Roller while walking the Strip and thought, what is that GIANT ferris wheel thing? I can assure you that even if you’re terrified of normal ferris wheels, the High Roller is a must-do while you’re in Vegas. Head over to The LINQ promenade and grab a cupcake from Sprinkles before you get in line to buy tickets, or get a cheap pass for two on Groupon! Besides experiencing beautiful views of Las Vegas while creeping up to dizzying heights, the High Roller doesn’t feel like a ferris wheel at all. This is probably because there’s a bar, a flat screen TV and air conditioning on board. The ride is 30 minutes long, so if you’re nervous about heights, just drink more and you’ll feel fine by the end.

Life is short - eat dessert first. Pro tip: Eat dessert first at Bacchanal Buffet. Image by kennejima via Flickr.

9. Belly up to a Las Vegas buffet.

Las Vegas is home to some of the best buffets in the world. But with so many options, how do you choose? Turns out Dan Miller has excellent taste in buffets. His personal favorite, Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, tops the list of dozens of food critics’ ratings of Vegas buffets. Foodies can read more about buffet ratings here and here.

If eating gourmet snow crab and made to order dessert crêpes isn’t your thing, check out these other amazing Vegas buffets:

  • Wicked Spoon in The Cosmopolitan.

    • Two words: bottomless mimosas.
  • Le Village Buffet at Paris.

    • This buffet features truffle macaroni and cheese and prime rib with a French twist.
  • Sterling Brunch at Bally's.

    • At $95 per person, this is the most lavish and expensive brunch you will ever eat. With the price tag comes a personally guided tour of all offerings, small bites dishes delivered to your table, and unlimited lobster tails.
  • The Buffet at Bellagio.

    • With Kobe beef roast, gourmet caviar stations, and amazing homemade pizza, this buffet has a something for everyone.
  • Carnival World Buffet at Rio.

    • Here you’ll find gourmet carving stations and made to order teppanyaki, but the real show-stopper at Carnival is the selection of over 70 varieties of made-from-scratch desserts.

You may not think 'museums' when you think Vegas, but you should! Vegas is home to some of the world's best and most eccentric museums. A relic of Old Vegas at The Neon Museum. Image by Thomas Bunton via Flickr.

8. Check out a quirky museum.

Get a little history lesson and Vegas style entertainment at the same time (per Theresa’s recommendation) at the Mob Museum. Formally named The National Museum of Organized crime and Law Enforcement, the museum is an architecture lover’s dream as well as a world class collection on organized crime and the history of American gangsters. Check out this video for a sneak peek and get tickets for only $20.

The National Atomic Testing Museum, located just ten minutes east of the Strip, is another fantastic Vegas museum. Check it out if you’re interested in the Cold War era and the history of the atomic bomb. It’s also home to the Area 51 exhibit, for all those with curiosity for anything extraterrestrial. If you have an appreciation for art and design, check out The Neon Museum’s collection of iconic Las Vegas signs.

The exterior of Encore Beach Club at Encore at Wynn. Image by Las Vegas Blog via Flickr.

7. Dance the night away.

If you want the full Las Vegas party experience, you have to check out the nightclub scene. And you don’t have to go far: New, exclusive venues are everywhere with the world’s best DJs frequenting the Strip nightly. With so many choices and so little time, where should you go? Here is a quick guide to some of the best clubs and who’s playing during this year’s trade show week, sorted by price:


  • Hakkasan
    • Location: MGM Grand
    • What to expect: A massive five-level nightclub offering the full Vegas experience. Hakkasan is home to the world’s best DJs, frequent appearances by the Kardashians, and a variety of party atmospheres across its many levels.
    • Who's playing:
      • Thursday, Sep 8: Tiësto w/ Jeff Retro
      • Friday, Sep 9: Lil Jon
      • Saturday, Sep 10: Tiësto w/ DallasK
      • Sunday, Sep 11: Drake Official After Party


  • XS

    • Location: Encore at Wynn
    • What to expect: The ultimate exclusive, lavish nightclub: gold-accented dance floors, celebrity DJs playing house music, pyrotechnics, LEDs and laser shows.
    • Who's playing:
      • Monday, Sep 5: Diplo
      • Friday, Sep 9: David Guetta
      • Saturday, Sep 10: Dillon Francis
      • Sunday, Sep 11: Audien

    • Location: Caesars Palace
    • What to expect: A multi-level venue with a giant LED chandelier and a rooftop garden. OMNIA plays dance music by some of the world’s best DJs: Calvin Harris plays here every Friday!
    • Who's playing:
      • Tuesday, Sep 6: Showtek and Turbulence
      • Friday, Sep 9: Calvin Harris with Generik, and OB-One
      • Saturday, Sep 10: Showtek and Justin Credible
  • Drai's

    • Location: Rooftop pool deck of The Cromwell Hotel
    • What to expect: This beachy day club turns into a giant nightclub/pool party with a towering LED disco ball after dark. Drai’s DJs and guest entertainers play everything from EDM to hip hop.
    • Who's playing:
      • Tuesday, Sep 6 - Quintino
      • Thursday, Sep 8 - DJ Esco
      • Friday, Sep 9 - NAS
      • Saturday, Sep 10 - Fabolous w/ Fat Joe
      • Sunday, Sep 11 - A Secret Special Guest
  • Encore Beach Club

    • Location: Encore at Wynn
    • What to expect: Encore Beach Club is frequently rated one of the best pool parties in Vegas, featuring celebrity DJs and poolside gambling.
    • Who's playing:
      • Monday, Sep 5: David Guetta
      • Friday, Sep 9: Flosstradamus and Grandtheft
      • Saturday, Sep 6: David Guetta
      • Sunday, Sep 11: Skrillex


  • 1OAK
    • Location: The Mirage
    • What to expect: 1OAK (short for 1 Of A Kind) is a New York style club with nonstop dancing, old-school hip hop and modern dance music, and frequent appearances by celebrities like Fergie, Jessica Alba and Adam Levine.
    • Who's playing:
      • Friday, Sep 2: Scott Disick
      • Saturday, Sep 3: Party Next Door

A flier's perspective of the Slotzilla Zipline.

6. Ride a rollercoaster.

Thrill seekers, you’re in luck. Vegas has everything (and more) to give you an adrenaline rush. Strap in on Insanity the Ride to dangle 900 feet above the ground over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower. If that’s not scary enough, you can freefall 108 floors from the height of the Stratosphere via SkyJump.

Check out these rides to satisfy your inner thrill-seeker:

  • Slotzilla

    • Fly down the zipline on Fremont Street
  • Adventuredome Theme Park

    • Get your heart pumping on the rides at this Circus Circus entertainment park. Make sure to check out El Loco!
  • The Big Apple Coaster

    • Ride this roller coaster at New York - New York!
  • Big Shot

    • Strap into this ride at the Stratosphere for an unforgettable view of the Las Vegas Skyline

The MGM Grand pool complex. Image by Adam Selwood via Flickr.

5. Sit n’ sip poolside.

Nothing says Vegas like sipping a cold drink next to the pool. And that’s probably the only thing you’ll want to do outside while you’re in Vegas, with forecasts predicting temperatures will reach 106° F during the week of the trade show. Here are our top recommendations:

  • MGM Grand

    • The MGM’s six and a half acre water complex with four pools and a lazy river stands toe to toe with any waterpark. MGM’s ultra-pool Wet Republic specializes in next-level pool parties.
  • Mandalay Bay Beach

    • Mandalay Bay’s aquatic resort features white sand, a wave pool, a lazy river and 100 rentable cabanas, in addition to two bars, frequent live music and a “toptional” pool area.
  • Soleil Pool at Paris Las Vegas

    • Swim in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas! Surrounded by Parisian gardens, this rooftop sanctuary offers cabanas, cocktails, and spa and massage services.
  • Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan

    • The Cosmopolitan’s multi-level pool offers amazing views of the Strip, in addition to yard games, three bars, live music and Monday night dine-in movies.
  • The Venetian Pool Deck

    • With 10 pools and five hot tubs, the Venetian offers a luxurious resort experience. Enjoy refreshing cocktails and fine dining from Wolfgang Puck while relaxing in a poolside cabana.
  • Flamingo Beach Club

    • The pool at The Flamingo has a lagoon vibe, surrounded by the hotel’s gardens with waterfalls, rocky caves, water slides and poolside chaise lounges. The Flamingo’s adults-only GO Pool offers DJs, cabanas and poolside gambling for party people.

A pedestrian's view of the Strip. Image by Loïc Lagarde via Flickr.

4. Walk the Strip

People watching at it’s finest, walking the Strip is entertainment all in itself. Explore the Strip at night to avoid the killer desert heat and see the neon lights in their full glory. Check out walking guides like this one to save time and energy on your walkabout.

Here is a list of our favorite things to see and do on the Las Vegas Strip:

  • Do a little shopping and get a gondola ride at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, or check out the stores at The Forum Shops at Caesars.

  • Check out the pyramid, the sky beam and the Sphinx at Luxor.

  • Catch a pirate show from the sidewalk at Treasure Island.

  • Visit Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay.

  • Watch the fountains and walk through the garden at Bellagio.

  • Check out the volcano and rainforest at The Mirage.

  • Get a photo with the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, located on the median of 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South.

  • Grab a hot dog at Pink's at Planet Hollywood and people watch.

  • Buy a slice of New York style pizza at Secret Pizza hidden on the third floor of The Cosmopolitan.

The magic of Cirque Du Soleil. A glimpse into the beauty of Cirque Du Soleil. Image by dRphotographie via Flickr.

3. See an awesome show.

Of course, Las Vegas is famous for its amazing entertainment. There is always a plethora of shows to choose from. Here are some shows to check out during this year’s SSA trade show:

  • Absinthe

    • These variety performers put on a show of shock and awe on the Strip right in front of Caesar’s Palace.
  • Blue Man Group

    • This famous percussion show at the Luxor is an artistic, high-energy start to your Vegas evening.
  • Britney: Piece of Me

    • Your 2000s dreams are coming true: see Britney Spears perform her greatest hits live in concert at Planet Hollywood!
  • Carrot Top

    • You can catch Carrot Top’s famous prop comedy show at the Luxor nearly any night of the week.
  • Cirque Du Soleil

    • All of the Cirque Du Soleil productions are legendary, trippy and entertaining. Check out the full list!
  • David Copperfield

    • You can watch this world-famous magic show at the MGM Grand’s theatre.
  • Donny & Marie

    • The singing and dancing duo relives their 1970s variety show days with this show at the Flamingo.
  • Jersey Boys

    • Check out this hit Broadway musical performance at Paris Las Vegas.
  • Laugh Factory

    • This world-famous comedy club in Tropicana Las Vegas features a large roster of both famous and new comedians.

    • Get tickets to see Mariah Carey perform her greatest hits live at Caesar’s Palace.
  • MJ Live

    • This show at the Stratosphere is the closest thing you can get to watching the King of Pop himself perform in concert.
  • Rock of Ages

    • Check out the 80s hair band musical at Rio and hear classic rock anthems sung live!

Casino tables abound in Las Vegas. Image by Thomas Hawk via Flickr.

2. Place a bet at a world-famous casino.

It wouldn’t be Sin City without a little gambling. Caesar’s Palace is legendary for gambling and the casino’s lavish interior is the best in Vegas. If you’re a poker player, head to the Bellagio's poker room to play and see players from the World Series of Poker in action, or grab at a table at the famous Golden Nugget downtown. For vintage slots and classic video poker, head to the Palms or Circus Circus. Don’t forget to hit the slots at the airport while you’re waiting for your flight home.

Gordon Ramsay Steak is Dan Miller's favorite place for dinner in Vegas. Image by Kevin Nguyen-Tu via Flickr.

1. Dine like a king.

The number one thing to do in Vegas? Eat. Make a reservation at Dan Miller’s personal favorite place to take the team out to celebrate a job well-done, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. If you’re looking for best budget bites on the Strip, check out this list or this list sorted by hotel. If you’re looking to indulge in some world-class food, look no further. Here’s our curated list:

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