The bright desert jewel known as Sin City has been attracting fortune seekers since its founding in 1905. With the abundance of work opportunities to the legalization of casino gambling in 1931, visitors still flock to Las Vegas looking for a chance at striking it rich. However, in recent years the city has made great strides in transforming this gambling capital into an entertainment epicenter for everyone to enjoy.
There’s no shortage of shows in Las Vegas. Whether you crave magic, music, tragedy, or comedy, Vegas has something for you. See the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Jersey Boys at the elegant Paris Hotel and Casino. Ready to be star struck? Plenty of superstar musical acts have made permanent residence at resorts along the strip. Siegfried and Roy may have long since retired, but you can still catch another magical duo at the Rio Hotel. Penn and Teller will have you caught between amazement and amusement with their comedic magic show. A Las Vegas must-see that has to be on your list is a Cirque du Soleil show. With eight to choose from, any one will leave you stunned at the unimaginable acrobatics.
Dinning in Las Vegas is a unique treat for foodies. Celebrity chefs, local favorites, and sweet delights are satisfying even the pickiest of taste buds. Stop at the Celebrity Chef restaurant that sparked a revolution for the Strip — Wolfgang Puck’s Spago. It was the first of its kind in Vegas and inspired other Celebrity Chefs to follow suit. With a menu that changes daily, Spago offers a truly-unique dining experience. For scrumptious cuisine at a great price, head to Carson Kitchen. Even the locals flock to this casual eatery for great cocktails, hearty entrees, and delicious shareables, such as the Bacon Jam with toasted baguette. After dinner, grab a gian — made for four people and up — Las Vegas Treasure Chest Sundae from Serendipity 3.
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Gems in the desert
If you’re looking for an escape from the big city, you’re in luck! There are great tours from the city to see some of the nation’s famous landmarks. Get lost in majesty of the Grand Canyon; only 253 miles east of the city, this tour is done in one day. Trust us, the drive is worth it. Plus, stretch your legs with a photo stop at the Hoover Dam along the way!
Reenergize in world-class accommodations
With so much to do, it’s a wonder you’ll find any time to spend in your hotel room, but if you must sleep (which we do encourage!), here are our top picks of hotels on The Strip.
For the best experience Vegas has to offer, stay at the chic Cosmopolitan. The only resort on The Strip with rooms that have balconies, this hotel has some spectacular views. Sip on a cocktail by one of their three distinct pools or dance the night away at Marquee Night club. This resort and spa keeps you in the center of all the action.
With a $180 million renovation, this hotel is the talk of the town. Newly-designed guestrooms now feature vibrant designs and accents meant to invoke excitement in their guests. It’s conveniently located right at the start of The Strip and is only five minutes from McCarren International Airport.
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The Venetian and Palazzo
The extravagant Venetian and its sister property the Palazzo are taking the meaning of luxury to new heights. Gently cruise through the Grand Canal Shoppes on a true Venetian gondola or stop by The Strip’s first Lamborghini dealership. Both resorts are all-suite properties that feature Italian marble bathrooms, sunken living areas, remote controlled Roman shades, and Egyptian cotton suites. A stay at these iconic resorts is truly a treat for the senses.
This is your chance to stay at a Las Vegas icon. Everything about the Bellagio is meant to dazzle both guests and passersby. The famous fountain show can be seen from guestrooms and The Strip with performances around the clock. The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens create a relaxing oasis from the hustle and bustle of the street. Dinning and shopping are plentiful throughout the resort, and the aquatic production of Cirque du Soleil’s “O” is a staple of Vegas entertainment. With so much to do on one property, are you up to the task of seeing it all?
Fortune and Lady Luck will always be a main draw for Las Vegas, but while you’re trying your hand at hitting big in the casinos, don’t forget all that’s happening right outside those doors. You’ll feel rich with experiences when you take advantage of what Sin City has to offer, and you won’t be afraid to share it.