1. Dine at Restaurants of the Stars
Just about every celebrity chef has a restaurant in Las Vegas, including the new Giada-The Restaurant at the Crowmwell and Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at the Quad. These join the likes of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at The Palazzo , Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro’s Buddy V’s Ristorante at The Venetian, Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at the Four Seasons.
For speciality cuisines, Fleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay has fabulous French fare. And the authentic flavor of Spain can be found in every dish at Jose Andres’ Jaleo inside The Cosmopolitan. These and other Las Vegas restaurants treat diners to such quality service and gourmet fare that you feel like you are a celebrity.
2. Shop Till You Drop
The world’s top brands are well represented in Las Vegas. CityCenter has Crystals, with the latest collections from Bulgari, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and many more. Caesars Palace has the Forum Shops and Planet Hollywood has Miracle Mile, with everything from H&M to Guess by Marciano.
For everything from clothing to fine jewelry, there’s Via Bellagio, Mandalay Place, Wynn Esplanade and The Venetian’s The Grand Canal Shoppes. Fashion Show Mall has nearly two million square feet of shopping, anchored by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Furthermore, two Las Vegas Premium Outlets offer impressive savings on designer apparel, accessories and more.
3. Catch a Great Show
Las Vegas has been synonymous with top entertainment since the Rat Pack performed at casinos up and down The Strip. Almost, all music fans can catch top-name actors such as Britney Spears, Rod Stewart, Boyz II Men and Donny & Marie. Also, pop music is also the basis for “The Beatles LOVE” and “Michael Jackson ONE” in Las Vegas. However, Broadway musicals that have taken Las Vegas by storm include “Jersey Boys” and “Rock of Ages”.
Then, there’s the magic of Penn & Teller and David Copperfield, sexy burlesque shows, and top-name and upcoming comics. For a different kind of entertainment, ride the new High Roller at The Linq to enjoy a grand view 550 feet above The Strip.
4. Hit The Links
Golf Digest readers have listed six Las Vegas-area courses among the top-50 public golf venues in the U.S. Royal Links, the Jack Nicklaus, Desert Pines, and Wolf Creek, were all recognized among the nation’s best. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the Tom-Fazio-designed layouts at Shadow Creek and The Wynn Golf club either. So, dedicated golfers should hit the Callaway Golf Center for a specialized fitting just like the pros get.
5. Say “I Do!” in Style
Engaged couples can join the nearly 100,000 couples who get married in Las Vegas each year. Book an intimate affair with family and friends or really take the plunge by reciting vows while bungee jumping. There is something for everyone.
Many full-service chapels are located throughout the city, including at major resort hotels. And yes, you can have your choice of “Elvis”ceremonies too.
6. Get Pampered in an Elegant SPA
No place compares to Las Vegas for elegant spa treatments. For starters, the city is home to four Forbes five-stars spas – the Spa and Salon at Encore, The Spa at Wynn Las Vegas, Four Seasons Spa and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental – and five Forbes four-star spas: Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venatian, Spa Bellagio, Spa Mio at M Resort, The Spa at ARIA and The Spa at Trump International.
Unique experiences include the Qua Baths and Spa’s Arctic ice Room at Caesars Palace, the Roman Bath at the Hard Rock’s Reliquary, the Hamman (traditional Turkish bath) at The Palms Place Pool & Spa, the Adventure Spa at Red Rock Resort. The options are virtually endless.
7. Discover ‘Affordable Luxury’
There are plenty of cost -effective options throughout Las Vegas, so visitors can pick and choose where and when they want to splurge. Many world-class luxury resorts on The Strip and s short drive away in secluded Lake Las Vegas have great deals on rooms, activities and dining.
Be sure to check LasVegas.com for the latest packages and perks.
8. Get Away Just to Play
Las Vegas is custom made for guy and girlfriend getaways. For men, it might start with a round of golf or learning to race behind the wheel of a classic sports car at Dream Racing Driving Experience or Exotics racing.
After cooling off at one of the many exotic resort pools, they can go for a classic steak dinner followed by a night at X Burlesque at the Flamingo or Crazy Girls at the Riviera.
The ladies can get their thrills at Chippendales at the Rio or Thunder from Down Under at Excalibur. This is the perfect way to end a day of high-end shopping, pampering at a spa and elegant dinning.
9. Learn ‘How to Vegas’ in 72 Hours
From ultimate pool parties to music and comedy shows to the world’s best cuisine, Las Vegas has so much to do and see that it begs the question: Where to start? The answer: “How to Vegas’ (www.lasvegas.com/how-to-vegas) which shows you how to pack the most fun into 72 hours.
Whatever kind of experience one is seeking, there’s an itinerary that will fit the bill. Titles such as “Foodie Fantasy”, “ultimate 21st Birthday”, “Bachelor/Bachelorette Party”, “Vegas on the Edge” and “Celebrity Hot Spots” offer more than a hint as to what’s in store.
10. Take Advantage of Outdoor tours and More
Everyone knows about the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip, but there’s a side of Las Vegas many visitors have never seen. Check out LasVegas.com/travel-professionals/commissionable, and consider booking outdoor experiences such as tours of Hoover dam, Valley of Fire, Lake Mead, red Rock canyon and the Grand Canyon.
Visitors can see the southwest on a guided Pink Jeep Tour, via ATVs, by helicopter, in a hot-air ballon and on horseback. Indoor experiences include dinning at the top of the World at the Stratosphere.
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