Las Vegas

Situated in the midst of the southern Nevada desert, Las Vegas is the largest city in the state of Nevada. Nicknamed Sin City, Las Vegas and its surrounding communities are famed for their mega-casino resorts, often lavishly decorated with names and themes meant to evoke romance, mystery, and exotic destinations.

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USA Sevens

From an international perspective, however, this may be the city's most prominent sporting event—at least among those who do not consider poker to be a sport. The "Sevens" refers to rugby sevens, a variant of rugby union played on a full-sized field but with seven players a side instead of 15. The USA Sevens is part of the [http://www.worldrugby.org/sevens-series World Rugby Sevens Series], an annual circuit of 10 events for national rugby sevens teams. Games are very fast-paced—each half lasts only 7 or 10 minutes, as opposed to 40 minutes in the full version of rugby union. This allows many games to be played in a day, and a full tournament to be completed in a weekend. The event, held at Sam Boyd Stadium in the second weekend of February, features 15 other national teams beside that of the U.S., and encourages a festival atmosphere. If you're so inclined, it can be a great opportunity to meet people from other parts of the world.

DO   —  Sam Boyd Stadium

Heart Attack Grill

The Heart Attack Grill has courted controversy by serving high-calorie menu items with deliberately provocative names. The establishment has a hospital theme: waitresses ("nurses") take orders ("prescriptions") from the customers ("patients"). A tag is wrapped on the patient's wrist showing which foods they ordered and a "doctor" examines the "patients" with a stethoscope. The menu includes "Single", "Double", "Triple", and "Quadruple Bypass" hamburgers, ranging from 8 to 32 ounces (230 to 910 g) of beef (up to about 8,000 calories), all-you-can-eat "Flatliner Fries" (cooked in pure lard), beer and tequila, and soft drinks such as Jolt and Mexican-bottled Coca-Cola made with real sugar. Customers over 350 lb (160 kg) in weight eat for free if they weigh in with a doctor or nurse before each burger. Beverages and to-go orders are excluded and sharing food is also not allowed for the free food deal.

EAT   —  450 Fremont St


UNLV Rebels

The athletic teams of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, better known as UNLV, are also popular in the area. The Rebels are members of the Mountain West Conference, which has been expanding in recent years and now has 12 members for football and 11 members for other sports. The most famous UNLV team is the men's basketball team, known as the "Runnin' Rebels"; though not as strong as in their heyday from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, they remain solidly competitive and very popular. Most of the school's sports venues are on campus, but the football team plays at Sam Boyd Stadium in the suburb of Whitney, well to the east of campus. The central ticket office for all UNLV sports is at the Thomas & Mack Center.

DO   —  +1 702 739-FANS —  Map

Stratosphere Tower rides

In addition to the observation desk on top, with its restaurant and great views of the city, there are four thrill rides on the top of the tower. Big Shot is a tower ride that makes up the mast of the Stratosphere and shoots passengers straight up 160 feet at 45 mph (over 4 Gs) until they are 1,081 feet above the ground. X-Scream is a giant teeter-totter that propels you 27 feet over the edge of the tower, 866 feet above the ground. Insanity is a massive mechanical arm that extends 64 feet over the edge of the Tower and spins riders at a force of 3 Gs. Lastly is SkyJump, a bungee jump ride that consists of an 855-foot controlled, falling descent from the 108th floor of the tower.

DO   —  Map


Red Rock Canyon

Features hundreds of traditional/gear and sport routes. Climbing is possible year-round, though Spring and Fall tend to be most comfortable. There are a couple of guide books that detail the routes. Though the area does not receive much precipitation, it is worth remembering that if the sandstone becomes wet (from rain or snow) it becomes brittle and you'd be wise to avoid it for at least two day before checking if it dried out. There is also a scenic drive through Red Rock Canyon, which will take you about 30 minutes to complete, though there are opportunities to park up and get out of the car. Entry is $7 per car unless you have a National Park pass.

DO   —  Map

Professional Bull Riders World Finals

Another major rodeo event is the finals of the Professional Bull Riders series, a separate circuit dedicated to bull riding. The PBR finals, held in late October/early November at the T-Mobile Arena, have more of an international flavor than the NFR—while the NFR is exclusive to the US and Canada, PBR runs national series in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Australia, and all of these countries, especially Brazil, are represented on the U.S. circuit. The event had been held at the Thomas & Mack Center through 2015, but has moved to the newly opened T-Mobile Arena.

DO   —  T-Mobile Arena


Town Square

About half a mile south of Mandalay is an outdoor mall in the style of a small Mediterranean town that stands out amidst all the air-conditioned, indoor malls. The idea of open-air shopping in the summer in the desert might seem crazy at first, but an extensive network of trees, shadow alleys and water sprayers let you actually enjoy sunny afternoons outside. All shops and restaurants here have their own, distinguished one- or two-story houses. The mall centers around a square featuring trees, ice-cream and coffee stands and benches to rest.


Pure

Claims to be the hugest disco/club in Vegas, with 40,000 square foot of space. On weekends, be prepared for huge lines unless you are an attractive woman or a wealthy man. The 14,000 square foot open air terrace on the 10th-ish floor is the only area open also on weekdays. It features a panorama view of the Strip. Other areas, only open on weekends, include the Pussycat Doll Lounge and the ultra exclusive (and expensive!) VIP Red Room, frequented by many celebrities.



The LINQ

Until December 2012 known as the Imperial Palace and briefly known as The Quad. Recently refurbished and located in a great location surrounded by many forms of entertainment. The LINQ Hotel offers access to the High Roller and Brooklyn Bowl, a nightlife bowling alley with live music. It also has many lounges, sports bars, and restaurants. In addition to the usual game tables, slot machines and restaurants, The LINQ also hosts a car museum and the Polaroid Fotobar.


The Buffet

Arguably the best buffet on the Strip, with the dinner menu including pre-split crab legs, venison, Kobe beef, and wild boar. Gourmet Friday dinner includes Beef Wellington, Rack of Lamb, Veal Ossobuco, Grilled Swordfish, and Curried Duck Legs. The Buffet has spectacular selections from Italy, China, and Japan as well as fresh seafood and traditional American food. Wait to enter can be 90 minutes or more.


SlotZilla

A zip line which stands 12 stories high and resembles a giant slot machine. Riders start at the east side of the Fremont Street Experience, the Slotzilla zip line is 114 feet high and launches riders in a horizontal position flying 1,700 feet — the entire length of the Fremont Street canopy – at speeds faster than 35 miles per hour. Up to four riders can ride at once, each on parallel zip lines.


Discovery Children's Museum

A combination museum and playground, this museum lets children engage in creative play while exposing them to science concepts. Kids especially love the 70 foot tall Summit tower with 12 levels of interactive exhibits. The one drawback of the museum is lack of food; it's in a remote part of Downtown with no nearby eateries and only has a snack area with vending machines so plan accordingly.


Ellis Island Casino Restaurant

The $6.95 steak special is consistently voted one of the best deals in Las Vegas. It's not on the menu, so ask for it specifically. If steak is not your thing the restaurant has plenty of other selections at cheap prices. In addition, Ellis Island has barbecue every night from 4-10PM. Ellis Island also brews its own beer, and serves them in the casino bar in 20 oz glasses for $1.50.

EAT   —  4178 Koval Ln

Spring Mountains

Five peaks over 11,000' which is Bristlecone Pine County. At 11,918 ft (3,362 m), Mt. Charleston reaches the treeless alpine zone and is Nevada's fourth highest peak. The geology is mainly limestone which soaks up rainfall and snowmelt up high and releases it in lower canyons. Carry plenty of water for hikes along the crest. Expect snow at higher elevations October to May or June.


The Palazzo

The Venetian's sister property located right next door, The Palazzo has an extraordinary 50-floor luxury tower with 3,066 suites, along with a 100,000-square-foot gaming casino, and a 450,000-square-foot meeting and convention facility. It is home to over 60 boutiques, Barneys New York, the Canyon Ranch Spa Club, the 40/40 Club, the Broadway play Jersey Boys, and 15 restaurants.

SLEEP   —  3325 S Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas Hostel

A definite budget option. A reasonably well kept hostel with very friendly staff. Free beer and BBQ at the weekend is not to be missed. Surrounding area is not overly safe. Walking alone at night is not recommended. The pizza parlor next door does a deal on a soda and a generous slice of pizza for around $3. Fremont Experience is roughly a 20 minute walk from the hostel.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 385-1150 —  1322 Fremont St

Village Seafood Buffet

This buffet is one of the better buffets in Las Vegas, with an extensive seafood collection (as well as other items). Lines can be long. Note that the Rio also offers the Carnivale World Buffet, which is cheaper but does not offer a total seafood oriented buffet, but features a changing variety of dishes featuring seafood. Tables are close together, and can be noisy.


Downtown Summerlin

Located in the western outskirts of Las Vegas, Downtown Summerlin offers 125 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues located in a 106-acre shopping district. Downtown Summerlin hosts 30 dining establishments and is in proximity of many other restaurants nearby as well as the Red Rock Casino. Plans exist to expand the area to 400 acres. Opened in 2014.


Bellagio

One of the most upscale hotels in Las Vegas, the Bellagio features an art gallery, a massive indoor flower garden, and the Cirque du Soleil show "O". One thing to do at the Bellagio (you do not have to stay there) is to have afternoon tea at the Petrossian Bar; it costs around $32 per person and is very classy, but you have to book at least a day in advance.


Le Village Buffet

Featuring dishes from five French provinces, the Village Buffet offers exquisite classic French foods, some made to order, and seasonal specialties under a faux sky in a village-like setting. Patrons may, for example, choose to sit in a town square or French country home. Lines can be long. For an extra $10 per person, patrons can go to the head of the line.


The Venetian

A high-end hotel located near the center of the Strip and offering everything from the Grand Canal shops to shows and connected to The Palazzo complex. Rooms are spacious with quality furnishings although no coffee/tea making facilities and it can be a long walk from your room to facilities. Plumbing occasionally questionable (noise and temperature).


Lawry's The Prime Rib

Juicy, succulent portions of the company namesake, Prime Rib. All prime rib dinners include original spinning bowl salad, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes and whipped creamed horseradish. If you don't want prime rib (but why eat at a place called The Prime Rib if you don't want it?) there's always a ribeye steak available and a couple fish dishes.


Mandarin Oriental

The most luxurious, nongaming hotel in CityCenter. 47 floors. The guest rooms and public spaces subtly reference Asian design with art and decorative accents, paintings of kimonos, panels that slide like shoji screens, pendant lamps that resemble Japanese lanterns, and high-sheen built-in drawers that suggest the lacquer and tiers of Tansu chests.


Drai's

Beach Club by day, Night Club after sundown, the most popular place for after hours on weekends, so expect long queues especially from 5AM. Relocated in 2014 to the rooftop of newly renovated Cromwell. Two dance-floors: the main floor features trance and Euro dance (otherwise rare in Vegas), the VIP floor (extra charge) features hip hop.


Mob Museum

Extensive exhibits on the history of organized crime in the U.S., with lots of artifacts from famous mobsters and the law enforcement agencies that fought them. The museum is inside the old federal courthouse building, and includes a recreation of the courtroom where a major hearing on organized crime took place in 1950.


Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Located in downtown Las Vegas, the Smith Center is a world-class performing arts center consisting of three theaters in two buildings. Visitors can attend regular concerts, popular musicals, and theatrical performances almost any day or night of the week. Online ticket reservations are recommended for better seating.


Las Vegas 51s

Triple-A baseball club affiliate of the New York Mets, the 51s have been in Las Vegas longer than any other professional sports team. The 51s began as the Las Vegas Stars in 1983, but changed their name to the 51s, a reference to Area 51, in 2000. They have won 2 Pacific Coast League crowns and 8 division titles.


Envy Steakhouse

Originally inspired by Chef Richard Chamberlain, the menu includes premium quality, fresh ingredients from select purveyors around the country, featured in innovative dishes. Kobe filet, prime rib roast, black angus filet and prime bone-in rib eye. The walk-in wine cellar features 1,500 bottles of wine.

EAT   —  3400 Paradise Rd

National Atomic Testing Museum

Artifacts, pictures, maps and video footage presenting nuclear weapons testing and development in the southwestern US. If you're interested in science and history it's definitely worth visiting, and it's also a great break if you've become tired of the Strip. Videography requires special permission.


Golden Steer Steakhouse

Open since 1958, this is the oldest steakhouse in Las Vegas and boasts to be one of favorite restaurants of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. and has hosted dinners for many other celebrities from past eras. The Golden Steer is over 50 years old and honors "Old Las Vegas" style dining.


The Steak House

Considered to be a hidden gem, The Steak House at Circus Circus doesn't seem fit in with its surroundings; indeed, it has been consistently voted one of the best steaks in Las Vegas for over twenty years. Beautiful decor, outstanding food, and impeccable service, as well as an extensive wine list.


Fashion Show Mall

Offers nearly every major and deluxe U.S. retail chain store, numerous others often associated with named designers, a large food court and several excellent restaurants, all in a fully-enclosed, air-conditioned facility. Has extensive, free covered parking that often gets quite busy by mid-day.


Gamblers Book Club

This is the oldest gambling book store in the nation; if you need to learn how to play a game, this is where you go. This store is stacked with books that can teach you how to count cards and bet on sports. Try to visit when former owner Howard Schwartz is around for some interesting Vegas lore.

BUY   —  800 S Main St

Vdara

57 floors. Includes a sizable spa, pool complex, restaurant, bar and nearly 1,500 suites. Vdara is one of the few upscale Las Vegas hotels hospitable to families. 250 Panoramic rooms, include a four-person dining room table, a washer-dryer and full-sized kitchen appliances. A non-smoking hotel.

SLEEP   —  2600 W Harmon Ave

Bahama Breeze

Serves great tropical food. Large portions with a great atmosphere. Famous for their jerk chicken pasta, cinnamon mashed sweet potatoes, and wide variety of hand-crafted tropical drinks such as the Bahamarita. This is a great place to get away and relax from the crowds of people on the Strip.

EAT   —  375 Hughes Center Dr

Hofbräuhaus

The Hofbräuhaus replicates the world famous Bavarian Hofbräuhaus beer hall with festive German food and nightly entertainment. Patrons have an option of dining in the beer hall with live music in the evening or the quieter beer garden. Reservations recommended for quicker seating.


Stratosphere Tower

A 1,149 foot high tower, the tallest observation tower in the United States, with an indoor and an outdoor observation deck on top that offers a 360-degree view over the valley. A revolving restaurant also sits at the top, as well as a set of thrill rides (see below in "Do").

SEE   —  Map

Fantasy

Vocalist Lorena Peril takes center stage. Steamy choreography and striking vocals fused with a touch of comedy. The high-energy production show features a variety of performances including salsa, belly dancing routine and celebrity impersonations by comedian Sean E. Cooper.

DO   —  Luxor

American Lion

Daily bus between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area. They also have additional stops at the Stratosphere (2000 S Las Vegas Blvd); Riviera Hotel (2901 S Las Vegas Blvd); Bally's Hotel & Casino (3645 S Las Vegas Blvd) and Excalibur Hotel & Casino (3850 S Las Vegas Blvd).


MGM Grand

Opened in 1993, this Hollywood themed resort has 5,044 guest rooms. 6.6 acres of swimming area, 2 wedding chapels, 3 theaters, multitudes of restaurants, a spa and salon, a 380,000 square foot conference center, shops galore, and 165,000 square feet of casino floor.


Human Nature

A celebration of Motown showcasing the distinctive, dynamic harmonies of members Toby Allen, Phil Burton, Andrew Tierney and Michael Tierney. This quartet is known for outstanding concert and stage performances and has toured with Céline Dion and Michael Jackson.


Mystère

A classic Cirque show, full of amazing feats, impressive costumes, and humor. Definitely worth the time and money. Although it's family-friendly, it verges on too intense and psychedelic for younger children, so consider avoiding for children who are under eight.


Todd English's Olives

Todd English's legendary restaurant. Enjoy a Mediterranean-style experience set against the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Bellagio. House-made pastas, steaks, rotisserie dishes, brick oven pizzas and sommelier-recommended wines complement the dining atmosphere.


NASCAR

Las Vegas hosts NASCAR for a weekend every year, usually in March. The race draws about 150,000 race fans to the city. Many cheer for Kurt and Kyle Busch, natives of Las Vegas. Aside from NASCAR, the speedway hosts many other racing events throughout the year.


Pasta Pirate

Delicious steaks, seafood, and pasta. A romantic darkened wharf decor with a view to the chef's flaming grill. The steak and lobster special is a really great value. All dinners include a glass of house wine. Call ahead for reservations to avoid a long wait.


Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Las Vegas

Built at a cost of $2.7 billion, this is the most expensive resort in the world, with the money plowed into (among other things) a private golf course, an artificial mountain with a 5-story waterfall and a million-gallon water tank for the nightly show.


Wet Republic

A mix of a pool and a club. Have a blast swimming around in one of the many pools, or swim (yes, swim) up to a bar and order your favorite drink. Not into getting wet? Relax at a cabana or day bed. Bottle service is available. Live DJ's on select days.


Orange Belt Stages

Regular scheduled service between Las Vegas, Barstow, Bakersfield, Portersville & Visalia and several other cities and towns in between. They also offer different [http://www.orangebelt.com/tours.php day tours] to different places and events too


Sin City Gallery

Contemporary art gallery presenting sophisticated and edgy emerging artists from around the corner and around the world. Offers new exhibitions/murals every month. Sin City Gallery produces an international annual juried erotic art exhibition.


VooDoo Zip Line

Las Vegas' second and highest zip line. The VooDoo zip line extends across the towers of the Rio Hotel and Casino where riders soar 400 feet in the air between the Rio's two towers, offering 360-degree open-air views of the Vegas valley.


Hollywood Cars Museum

A 30,000 square foot car museum featuring vehicles that have appeared in over 100 films and TV shows. Visitors can see multiple James Bond cars, Knight Rider's KITT, Batmobiles, and a ''Back to the Future'' Delorean just to name a few.


Luv-It Frozen Custard

Hidden some two blocks north of the Stratosphere Tower (their blue building with white pillars and trim shares a parking lot with a convenience store), this family operation offers excellent frozen custards with outstanding toppings.

EAT   —  505 E Oakey Blvd

Big Apple Coaster

A roller coaster that lifts riders up 203 feet, then drops down 144 feet, reaching speeds of 67 mph. Simulates a jet fighter's barrel roll, with a 180° turn, a section that leaving riders hanging in the air, then twists and dives.


Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park

One of the few historic attractions in Vegas is this small park which preserves the restored Mormon Fort, the first structure built by European settlers in Las Vegas. A visitor center on-site has exhibits on the fort's past.


Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare

Chef Paul Bartolotta focuses on the fish, which was pulled out of the Mediterranean 48 hours before serving. Great clams, lobsters, and Sicilian amberjack. Dine al fresco alongside the manmade lagoon behind the restaurant.


National Finals Rodeo

Arguably the city's most prominent sporting event is the finals of the annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, held over 10 days in December just off the Strip at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus.


Neon Museum

An outdoor lot loaded with huge signs that once twinkled in front of the Silver Slipper, Stardust, and El Cortez. See the giant horseshoe made of thousands of gold-colored light bulbs. Open only by one-hour guided tours.


David Copperfield

One of the world's most famous magicians. Some of his best known illusions are making the Statue of Liberty disappear, walking through the Great Wall of China and flying over the audience (which he does nightly).

DO   —  MGM Grand

Insert Coin(s)

A video-game themed bar located in downtown Las Vegas within walking distance of the Fremont Street Experience. Guests can enjoy their favorite video games in this bar. VIP gaming booths are also available.

DRINK   —  +1 702 477-2525 —  512 Fremont St

Nine Fine Irishmen

This pub was actually constructed in Ireland and then shipped to Las Vegas. A great Irish band plays most nights starting around 9PM, the crowd is always energetic, and the Guinness and Bass flow easily.


Bellagio Fountains

The Fountains of the Bellagio perform a magnificent display (set to music) every 15 minutes in the evenings and also every hour on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Show times can vary on public holidays.

SEE   —  Map

Eiffel Tower Experience

You can take an elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower on the Strip, a half-sized replica of the one in Paris. This is a popular attraction, especially at night, for its excellent views of the Strip.


Ghostbar

Located on the hotel's roof, this bar features a section of floor that is made of thick glass with nothing beneath it -- the glass is the only thing between your feet and the ground 55 stories below.


The Mirage

An upscale hotel located near the middle of the Strip, the Mirage features a "volcano" that erupts every hour, a white tiger exhibit, a 200,000 gallon tropical aquarium, and a tropical rain forest.


Maverick Helicopters

Helicopter tours that will take you over the Grand Canyon or above the neon lights and mega resorts of the Las Vegas Strip, as well as helicopter tours that include rafting down the Colorado River.


X Burlesque

Showcases a variety of performances by six gorgeous dancers set to contemporary music. Combines high-energy performance with the use of props such as bathtubs, guitars, lollipops and feather boas.

DO   —  Flamingo

Aliante Casino + Hotel

Casino, hotel, and spa along the northern beltway. Located about 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and about 30 minutes from the downtown area. Welcoming to locals and tourists alike.


El Paso-Los Angles Limousines

They go to Los Angeles via Colton & El Monte on one route and towards El Paso via Phoenix, Deming & Las Cruces on another. They also have another depot at 1410 N Eastern Ave in North Las Vegas.


The Gun Store

In addition to being a gun store, the range gives you a chance to shoot an automatic weapon. Photo ID required. Beware long lines. A 2-3 hour long wait is not unusual on weekends and busy days.


Downtown Grand Las Vegas

Stylish hotel rooms with modern amenities and comfortable furnishings. The industrial chic casino features brand new slot machines and table games in a high-energy and intimate environment.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 719-5100 —  206 N. 3rd St

Urinals at Main Street Station Casino

The urinals in the men's room are mounted on an actual piece of the Berlin Wall. If you're one of the fairer sex, ask an employee to let you see it, they almost always will accommodate you.

SEE   —  Map

Cosmopolitan

The resort's uniquely vertical multi-tower design offers spectacular views of the city. The new 2,995-room resort features residential-style living spaces with expansive private terraces.


Luxor Resort and Casino

An Egyptian-themed hotel with a massive pyramid that offers interesting room layouts. This hotel is a good option for those looking for a lower-priced but still upscale room on the Strip.


U.S. Route 95 at night

This route climbs gradually northwest of Las Vegas so that the Strip's neon lights remain visible for a remarkably long distance, appearing as a luminous cloud from the furthest point.

SEE   —  Map

Container Park

A unique open-air shopping center filled with boutique retail shops, restaurants, and live entertainment for the whole family. Be sure to see the giant fire-breathing mantis at night.


Gold Coast Hotel & Casino

A full service hotel with a casino, eight restaurants, a 70 lane bowling alley, 711 hotel rooms. Free shuttle to the Strip, free valet parking, fitness center. Views of the Strip.


Skyfall

Skyfall, located on the 64th floor atop the Delano Hotel at Mandalay Bay, offers guests views of the Strip and the Las Vegas Valley from its floor-to-ceiling windows and terraces.


Aquarium at the Mirage

There is an impressive aquarium behind the check-in counter. Nearby, the atrium of the hotel beneath the dome has a miniature rainforest, with towering palm trees and waterfalls.

SEE   —  Map

Springs Preserve

A large complex in the center of the city that features a Desert Living Center, interactive wildlife shows, galleries, museums, various gardens, and historical and nature trails.


High Roller

Opened in April 2014, this is the world's tallest Ferris wheel at 550 feet. One revolution lasts between 30 and 45 minutes in an enclosed cabin with excellent views of the Strip.


Red Square

Unique Russian themed restaurant featuring popular Russian and American entrées. Guests may also partake in visiting the ice-cold Vodka Vault to enjoy a wide selection of vodkas.


The Beatles Love

This recent addition to Cirque du Soleil is a show based on the music of The Beatles. The show explores the content of the songs as interpreted by performances from a cast of 60.


Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill

American cuisine that includes steaks, burgers, sandwiches, and even dishes like meatloaf and fried catfish. During the evening the restaurant features live country music bands.


Le Rêve

Held in a domed stage with no seat further than 40 feet from the stage. Le Rêve takes you through a young woman's dream, and features acrobats, synchronized swimming and diving.

DO   —  Wynn

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

This 3000 room hotel/casino is situated just north of the Las Vegas Convention Center, a couple of blocks east of the Strip. A monorail station is located next to the lobby.

SLEEP   —  3000 Paradise Rd

Stripburger

Outdoor bar serving sliders. Great for stopping in for a few mini burgers and beers that won't fill you up on the way to your next destination. Waitresses are good-looking.


Flamingo

A pink-colored resort located in the middle of the Strip, the Flamingo was one of the first casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, and is famous for being owned by Bugsy Siegel.


The Buffet

16 exhibition cooking stations and a luxurious selection of extraordinary dishes. Dress is casual. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served, with champagne brunch on weekends.


Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort

Nice clean RV park south of the Strip, 50 amp full service hookups. Two pools and hot tubs. You'll need to drive or take a shuttle to the Strip. Easy access from I-15.

SLEEP   —  2711 W Windmill Ln

Hitzville The Show

Includes the Motown hits of Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Temptations, Tina Turner, The Four Tops and Motown diva Diana Ross & The Supremes as they rock the stage.


Trump International Hotel

64 floors. Sweeping panoramic views of the city. 1,232 suites and 50 penthouse suites, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows. The Spa at Trump and Health Club.


"O"

The stage at the Bellagio contains a 1.5 million gallon swimming pool, from which most performers emerge and retreat to. It's an incredibly impressive show.


Scoot Vegas Moped Rentals

offers scooter rental, a great way to see the sites. Free delivery to all strip hotels. Must be over 18 with a valid drivers license and major credit card.

OTHER   —  +1 702 275-2379 —  Map

Pinball Hall of Fame

Old-style pinball machines and the newest ones from Stern are there, all in very good condition. Some favorite arcade games too. Definitely worth a look.


The Auto Collections

Said to be the "world's largest classic car showroom" with over 250 antique, classic, and special-interest vehicles on display and available for sale.


The Tank at the Golden Nugget Hotel

A huge outdoor pool complex with a shark tank, a 3-story enclosed waterslide which passes through the shark tank, and private cabanas above the pool.

SEE   —  Map

Pin Up

Inspired by the classic pin up calendars from the 1940s, '50s and '60s. Burlesque and swing with Playboy's 2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair.

DO   —  Stratosphere

Aria

Two hotel towers, nine bars, 17 restaurants, 1,840-seat theater, gift shop, 800,000 square foot spa, pool and 300,000 square feet of meeting space.

SLEEP   —  3730 S Las Vegas Blvd

Pink Taco

Decoration and staff are half pirate ship, half Suicide Girls, but the Mexican food (and the margaritas) are tasty and served in generous portions.


The Desert Hills Motel

Offers a variety of stylish deluxe suites, as well as standard accommodations. Amenities include a swimming pool, patio deck and large palm trees.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 309-5891 —  2121 Fremont St

TAO Las Vegas

A 10,000 square foot nightclub. There is an outside terrace with Strip views, 3 bars, two main rooms playing a variety of hip hop, house and rock.


Hooters Casino Hotel

Located right behind the Tropicana and a quick walk to the Strip or monorail. Guests can expect to see the Hooters Girls throughout the property.


Vegas! The Show

A trip back to the swank days of Frank, Dino and Sammy features a tap dance number, a tribute to Gladys Knight and a performance of the Can-Can.


Forum Shops

A huge high-end shopping area that also offers free animatronics shows at Fountain of the Gods and Atlantis located at either end of the mall.

BUY   —  in Caesars

The Cromwell

Recently renovated (2014) luxury boutique hotel right on the Strip. Features gambling and a rooftop pool with dayclub/nightclub. 188 rooms.


Mr. Lucky's 24-7

Sandwiches, salads, and sundaes are popular at the rock and roll diner, but nothing compares with the people watching! Open 24 hours per day!


Greyhound

Operates buses to/from Salt Lake City (UT); Kingman (AZ); Los Angeles, (CA), San Bernardino, Denver; and Phoenix, (AZ) on multiple routes.


XS Nightclub

Officially, this $100 million 40,000 square foot club is the most expensive nightclub ever built. Popular among NBA stars and celebrities.


Four Seasons

Occupying the top four floors of Mandalay Bay's main building, the Four Seasons is one of the most high-end accommodations in Las Vegas.


Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Inside of the casino there is a tremendous flower garden, with displays changed once for every season and once for the Chinese New Year.

SEE   —  Map

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

A fun tropical-themed restaurant featuring dishes named after many of Jimmy Buffett's songs (for example: the Cheeseburger in Paradise).


Mon Ami Gabi

Nice restaurant serving mostly steaks and seafood. The staff makes a tribute to the restaurant's location by talking with French accent.


Desert Rose

Spacious 284 condo-styled suites with the comforts of a vacation resort. Sparkling resort pool and hot tub, surrounded by lush foliage.


Hilton Grand Vacations Suites-Las Vegas (Convention Center)

Studios, one- & two-bedroom suites next to the Convention Center and monorail. Meeting space. Suites have full kitchens & washer/dryer.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 946-9210 —  455 Karen Ave

Circus Circus

A cheaper and less upscale casino that caters to families. The Manor Motor Lodge is in poor shape; the Tower rooms are somewhat better.

SLEEP   —  2880 S Las Vegas Blvd

Sin City Hostel

Hostel located near the north end of the Strip. Simple, clean, efficient. $15 per night in a 6-bed dorm includes continental breakfast.


Westgate Flamingo Bay

One and two bedroom villas equipped with a full kitchen, whirlpool tub, spacious living room and a fireplace. 2.5 miles from the Strip.

SLEEP   —  5625 W Flamingo Rd

Grand Canal Shoppes

Another massive shopping area that features the tacky ''objets d'art'' shop featured in Martin Bashir's interview with Michael Jackson.

BUY   —  in the Venetian

Palace Station

A modest hotel that's part of the local Station Casinos chain, with lower rates and better games than those typical of Vegas hotels.


SLS Hotel & Casino

A boutique hotel and casino with over 1,600 guest rooms and suites, gaming, two pools, and diverse restaurant and nightlife options.

SLEEP   —  2535 S Las Vegas Blvd

Bally's

A moderate hotel and casino, but the location at the center of the Strip and the large rooms makes it one of the best values around.

SLEEP   —  3645 S Las Vegas Blvd

Caesars Palace

Renowned for its originality and features, Caesars Palace offers 3,300 hotel rooms and more than 26 different restaurants and cafes.

SLEEP   —  3570 S Las Vegas Blvd

Boulder Station

A modest hotel that's part of the local Station Casinos chain, with lower rates and better games than those typical of Vegas hotels.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 432-7777 —  4111 Boulder Hwy

Nobu

A staple for Las Vegas sushi lovers, newcomers will discover a fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine with Latin spices and flavors.


Hostel Cat

Basic accommodations. Laundry and kitchen facilities, free pancake breakfast, wi-fi, some private rooms, lots of social activities.


Absinthe

A carnival themed mix of comedy, acrobats, and provocative performances. Filled with blue comedy, not for the timid. Adults only.


Fremont Street Experience

A pedestrian mall just outside the downtown casinos. Multimedia shows are displayed on a giant canopy over the street nightly.

SEE   —  +1 702 678-5600 —  Map

Bunkhouse

Cheap downtown bar with live music. Friendly with travelers and frequented often by the staff and guests of the nearby hostel.

DRINK   —  124 S 11th St

Arizona Charlie's Boulder

Casino hotel and RV park. Easy access from interstate and reasonable prices; great for overnight stays passing through Vegas.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 951-9000 —  4445 Boulder Hwy

Megabus

Offers service from Los Angeles and Riverside. The bus stop offers RTC local bus service to the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas.


Planet Hollywood Resort

2,500 rooms, 2 swimming pools, casino, spa, fitness center, shops, 24-hour room service, free parking, restaurants and bars.


Vegas Indoor Skydiving

Fly your body in a vertical wind tunnel. No experience necessary, all training and equipment provided. Safe for all ages.


Mesa Grill

With a brightly colored decor and festive atmosphere, chef Bobby Flay serves us some tasty Southwestern food with flair.


Casa Fuente Cigars

Cuban-themed lounge offering more than 100 different cigars and a good selection of whiskeys. Try the $40 Opus X cigar.


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

An entertainment resort located on 16.7 acres on the corner of Harmon and Paradise Road, inside the Paradise Corridor.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 693-5000 —  4455 Paradise Rd

Hyatt Place Las Vegas

Popular for business travelers. 42" flat panel HDTV and free wi-fi in each room. Free breakfast and airport shuttle.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 369-3366 —  4520 Paradise Rd

Oscar's Steakhouse

Fine dining in the iconic Plaza Hotel and Casino. Named after former Las Vegas mayor and mob lawyer, Oscar Goodman.

EAT   —  +1 702 386-7227 —  1 Main St

Excalibur

Named after the mythical sword of King Arthur, this family friendly hotel has a large pool and rides for the kids.

SLEEP   —  3850 S Las Vegas Blvd

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

In the back of the Mirage Hotel is a collection of exotic animals, including white tigers, panthers, and dolphins.

SEE   —  Map

Madame Tussauds

The only celebrity wax attraction on the Strip, featuring wax recreations of 100+ celebrities and famous figures.


Spice Market

The casino changed names, but the buffet is the same. All styles of food including good seafood. Line moves fast.


Circus Circus

Aerialists, jugglers, acrobats and trapeze artists take the stage at the world's largest permanent circus daily.


L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Sophisticated French Michelin-starred restaurant with dim lighting, ruby red furniture, and spectacular food.


The D Las Vegas

A downtown casino right between the Fremont Street Experience and Slotzilla. Extensively renovated in 2012.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 388-2400 —  301 Fremont St

Platinum Hotel

Boutique non-gaming hotel, all rooms are suites with kitchen and private balcony. Two blocks from the Strip.

SLEEP   —  211 E Flamingo Rd

Paris Las Vegas

A hotel casino with over 2,900 rooms and large gaming floor that replicates a pleasant Parisian atmosphere


TUFESA Bus Lines

Offers bus service to Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Hermosillo (via Kingman, Phoenix, Tucson & Nogales)


Coyote Ugly

Just like the movie, expect beautiful 20-something women serving you drinks and getting rowdy on the bar.


Golden Gate Hotel and Casino

Originally opened in 1906 under the name ''Hotel Nevada'', this is the oldest casino hotel in Las Vegas.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 385-1906 —  1 Fremont St

Top of the World

A revolving gourmet restaurant more than 800 feet above the Strip at the top of the Stratosphere Tower.


Cleopatra's Barge

A luxurious floating lounge in a ornate replica of the barge that transported Cleopatra down the Nile.

DRINK   —  Caesars Palace

H2(EAU)

H2(eau) features casual American favorites and offers a vibrant atmosphere in which to dine poolside.


LAX

Where young Hollywood goes to party. Exclusive club with an exclusive guest list. 26,000 square feet.


Travelodge Las Vegas Center Strip

Cable TV, free parking for motor coaches and buses and a heated outdoor pool that's open all year.


Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

The highlight is walking through a transparent tunnel with sharks, sea turtle, fish on all sides.

SEE   —  Mandalay Bay Resort

Strip House

Prime cuts of beef, sides, an extensive wine list and desserts based on the New York Strip House.


Bootleg Canyon

provides excellent technical cross-country and downhill trails. 30 minutes south of "the Strip".

OTHER   —  Map

El Cortez Hotel and Casino

300 rooms, 2 restaurants and a Chinese buffet. Recently remodeled with a great rewards program.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 385-5200 —  600 E Fremont St

Artisan Hotel

A small non-gaming boutique hotel, popular among younger crowds seeking a vibrant night scene.


LIGHT

A theatrical night club and the only club in Las Vegas to infuse Cirque du Soleil performers.


Spectacular show that tells a tale of imperial twins on a journey to fulfill their destinies.


Tournament of Kings

A medieval themed dinner show featuring knights, horses, swordfights, and other performances.

DO   —  Excalibur

Jubilee!

Spectacular sets & elaborate costumes. 25 years running. See the Titanic sink right on stage.

DO   —  Bally's

Centrifuge

Circular shaped bar/lounge; every hour the bar staff dances on the bartop or lounge tables.


Frankie's Tiki Room

Authentic tiki bar with lots of great decor and potent drinks. Look for the pink neon sign.


The Orleans

A New Orleans French Quarter and Mardi Gras themed casino. Affordable and family friendly.


Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

120 designer and name-brand outlets including Coach, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren and more.


Sam's Town

Large motel property with considerable parking, including excellent facilities for RVs.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 456-7777 —  5111 Boulder Hwy

Cypress Street Marketplace

Interesting and good for the family, with a wide variety of cuisines and mostly cheap.


Double Down Saloon

Perhaps the finest dive bar in Vegas. A bit out of the way, but plenty of atmosphere.

DRINK   —  +1 702 791-5775 —  4640 Paradise Rd

Stripper 101

Pole dancing classes. For ladies aged 18 and over only. Advanced scheduling required.


V - The Ultimate Variety Show

Iincludes magic, special effects, death-defying stunts, wild comedy, visual artists.


Main Street Station Hotel and Casino

Victorian theme. Includes not-to-be-missed Garden Court Buffet. ''No resort fees.''

SLEEP   —  200 N Main St

Flamingo Garden

A 15-acre garden with flamingos and other exotic birds, as well as koi and turtles.


Freakin Frog

Nice bar off the Strip with a very large beer selection and live music on weekends.


Adventuredome Theme Park

America's 2nd largest indoor theme park with 25 rides and attractions for all ages.


Kahunaville

Tropical island-themed restaurant with great atmosphere that serves standard fare.


The Beat Coffeehouse

Free Wi-Fi, salads, sandwiches. Mostly local crowd. Also features a record store.

EAT   —  520 Fremont St

Vanity

14,000 square feet, 64 VIP booths, Terrace overlooking Hard Rock Beach Club.


Comedy Pet Theater

Extraordinary talents of performing pets. Highly entertaining for children.


LuxBus

Operates four daily trips to and from Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Diego.


Miracle Mile Shops

Another large shopping area with approximately 150 stores and restaurants.


Las Vegas Marriott

The rooftop foyer presents beautiful sweeping views of the landscape.


Las Vegas Premium Outlets South

120 outlet stores in an indoor setting complete with two food courts.


Volcano at the Mirage

The volcano in front of the casino erupts in a terrific light show.

SEE   —  Map

Brian Head Resort

Offers more vertical feet but is about a three hour drive via I-15.

OTHER   —  Map

Stratosphere

Contains the 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower, a Las Vegas landmark.


Super 8 Koval Lane

World's Largest Super 8 located only 1 block away from the Strip.

SLEEP   —  4250 Koval Ln

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa

Resort that includes the 40,000 sq foot Aquae Sulis Spa & Salon.


Fremont Hotel & Casino

32,000 square foot casino and 4 restaurants. ''No resort fees.''

SLEEP   —  200 E Fremont St

Todd English Pub

Sports bar with great pastrami sliders and over 30 beers on tap.


Mandalay Bay

Located at the far southern end of the Strip next to the Luxor.


Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

Claims to have some of the largest standard rooms in Las Vegas.


Diablo's Cantina

Popular Mexican eatery with an excellent bar and a great menu.


Palms Casino Hotel & Palms Place

A great view of the Strip from the Ghostbar. A Maloof casino.


Monte Carlo

Modeled after the opulent Place du Casino in Monte Carlo.


Peppermill Fireside Lounge

1970's space-age decor and waitresses that call you 'hon'


Craftsteak

Considered to be one of the best steak houses in America.


Triple George Grill

Classic menu of seafood, chicken, steak and pasta.


Zumanity

An adult show. You must be 18 or older to attend.


Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino

Free complimentary shuttle service to the Strip.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 731-2020 —  3500 Paradise Rd

Haze

Designed by the Light Group. 25,500 square feet.


Blue Diamond

Less technical riding, but with amazing views.

OTHER   —  Map

Westin Las Vegas

826 rooms and suites offer understated style.


The Signature at MGM Grand

A luxury suite hotel behind the MGM Grand.

SLEEP   —  3799 S Las Vegas Blvd

Criss Angel Believe

Based on the magic acts of Criss Angel.


American Storm

Voted as Best Male Strip Show of 2008.


Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza

A place to experience Asian culture.


Elysium Internet Cafe

$3/hr, or connect to it for free!


Nathan Burton Comedy Magic

Comedy and magic, family friendly


Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel

Non-gaming, non-smoking hotel.

SLEEP   —  +1 702 784-5700 —  3400 Paradise Rd

Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center

Non-gaming, non-smoking hotel.


Michael Jackson One

A tribute to the King of Pop.


Chippendales

The original all male revue.

DO   —  +1 702 777-7776 —  Rio

Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort

45 minutes from Las Vegas.

OTHER   —  Map

Las Vegas Ice Center

A twin-rink facility.


California Hotel and Casino

''No resort fees.''

SLEEP   —  +1 702 385-1222 —  12 E Ogden Ave

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

A fine-art gallery.

SEE   —  Map

Mike Hammer

Comedy and magic

DO   —  Four Queens

About Las Vegas

Compared with other American cities, even those in the western United States, Las Vegas is a relatively recent arrival. It was founded in 1905 and for many years was a fairly small settlement. However, several pivotal events in the early- to mid-20th century catapulted Las Vegas to prominence and set it on the path to grow into what it is today. First was the construction of nearby Hoover Dam from 1931 until 1936, which brought thousands of workers to the area. Second was the legalization of gambling by the state of Nevada in 1931, which led to the establishment of casinos and speakeasies that established Downtown Las Vegas as an entertainment center for the Hoover Dam workers.

Amidst rapid growth in the local gambling industry, the luxurious El Rancho Vegas resort opened in 1941 on what would later become the Las Vegas Strip. This was followed up by Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel's Flamingo Hotel in 1946, starting the building boom and one-upmanship that continues today. This would also create a precedent of organized crime involvement in Nevada's gambling industry. While federal regulations and enforcement as well as investments by established corporations have virtually wiped out any mob involvement today, the building bonanza continues with ever-more elaborate resorts and attractions being constructed.

    Data from [http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/datatools/normals NOAA (1981-2010)]

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The city is laid out as follows: Main Street as well as the numbered streets run north-south, starting with Main Street in the west. The bus station is on Main Street. Downtown has several hotel-casinos, as well as the "Fremont Street Experience", a pedestrian mall lined with casinos, shops, and restaurants near the western end of Fremont Street. A couple miles south of downtown starts the "Strip" (Las Vegas Boulevard South), a north-south street lined with large casino-hotels, shopping malls, and many other attractions. The northern end of the Strip is marked by the tall Stratosphere Tower. Frequent city buses run up and down the Strip and connect the Strip to downtown. The Las Vegas monorail and the convention center sit just east of the Strip, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) is located slightly more east of the Strip on Maryland Parkway. The airport is at the southern end of the Strip.

An interesting bit of trivia as concerns the administrative borders: Due to tax loopholes as well as historic reasons, most casinos are not actually technically in Las Vegas, Nevada but rather in Paradise, Nevada - an unincorporated place of some 250 000 inhabitants.


Source: wikivoyage