One thing is for sure: Las Vegas is a city that needs no introduction. But, with its five-star resorts, world-class restaurants and boutiques, and spectacular entertainment and nightlife, Nevada’s largest city has long outgrown its adult playground connotation. It has truly earned its spot as one of the world’s premier tourist destinations, and no one can accuse Las Vegas of being a one-trip gambling pony these days.
The famous Las Vegas Strip is still lined with flashy mega-resorts, but venture past the flashing neon and dazzling lights and you might just be surprised with what you will find. Each grand building is a destination unto itself, bursting with magnificent amenities and attractions to satisfy anyone under the sun. For the fashionista, there’s Caesars Palace and the designer boutiques at The Forum Shops. Shore lovers will adore The Beach at Mandalay Bay, which is miles and miles away from your typical hotel pool. Sun-seekers can also soak up rays at resort pools at the Hard Rock Hotel, Palms and pretty much anywhere else in between. For a good dose of family fun, there are even live animal exhibits begging to be enjoyed at many resorts, like Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage. From Bellagio’s world-class spa to roller coasters and more at Circus Circus, Stratosphere and New York—New York, each day in Las Vegas can be a whole new vacation.
As spectacular as the resorts are, the events they offer nearly every night are just as impressive. Las Vegas shows are as well-known as the city itself, and they definitely don't disappoint. Masquerade balls, magic shows, comedy acts, headliner concerts, theatrical performances, symphonies—you name it, the list goes on and on. No matter when you visit, there’s a show to see.
The Strip will undoubtedly keep you entertained for days and days, but don't forget there’s a wide world of recreational splendor waiting to be enjoyed just minutes from this famous stretch of road. Within 20 minutes, visitors can drive to the surrounding areas to enjoy incredible rock climbing and world-class views at Red Rock National Conservation Area, or retreat to cooler temperatures at Mt. Charleston, Nevada’s fifth tallest peak. If a good solid fix of education is what you’re after, we’ve got options for that too. The Springs Preserve is a fun way to learn about the desert surrounding Las Vegas, which conveniently shares the same property with the Nevada State Museum.
To fuel any Las Vegas getaway—however frenetic or tranquil—you’ll need plenty to eat, and the city got you more than covered. Although the ubiquitous 99-cent shrimp cocktail is all but extinct, it’s unlikely that you’ll starve on any budget. From specials and buffets at practically every resort to five-star, celebrity-chef restaurants—even a burger with a $777 price tag!—Las Vegas is a food lover’s dream.
Hands down, Elvis said it best. “Viva Las Vegas!”