An oasis of indulgence dazzling in the desert, Vegas' seduction is unrivaled. The Strip shimmers hypnotically, promising excitement, entertainment, fortune and fame. Seeing is believing.
There are few places outside London, Tokyo and New York where you’re this spoiled for choice when it comes to A-list entertainers and big-budget stage shows. Seasonal casino residencies by the megastars of the music world range from the likes of Celine Dion (still going strong), Elton John, the Backstreet Boys and Ricky Martin to the superstar DJs of the EDM (electronic dance music) universe, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Steve Aoki and Tiësto. Top that with seven enthralling Cirque du Soleil shows, the mesmerizing Blue Man Group and magicians Penn & Teller, and you’ve got a pretty full schedule.
The volume and concentration of the Strip’s celebrity chefs, hatted fine-dining restaurants and America’s favorite food franchises is hard to fathom: it’s impossible to sample them all, in terms of time taken to savor the spectrum of flavors and the depth of the average visitor’s wallet. If you’re a foodie on a pilgrimage, we suggest you do your research and narrow your selection before you arrive, lest you be overwhelmed by the scope of what’s on offer, or unable to secure a reservation in the short duration of your stay. Make sure to save room for dessert!
In this 24/7 city where it’s possible to spend your entire visit within labyrinthine indoor worlds where artificial lighting mimics day’s passing into night, many visitors won’t wander far from their expensive accommodations, lavish pool bar, mesmerizing casino floor, or even come off the dance floor for air. The wise and well-informed, however, (that’s you!) will venture off the Strip to experience the spectacular scenic beauty surrounding Las Vegas (‘The Meadows’). Forged by tectonics, carved by the wind and sun baked, vast canyons and playa, epic mountains and alpine forests beckon you trade humanity’s distractions for nature’s warm embrace.
Those who enjoy life’s finer details flock to Vegas to lap up the luxuries of the world’s biggest and boldest high-end hotels. With price tags hovering around $300 per night for a sumptuous standard room at Encore, Cosmopolitan or Delano and starting at $1000 per night for a decadent SkyLoft at MGM Grand, $3500 for a Sky Villa at Aria then skyrocketing to a reputed $35,000 for the privilege of occupying Nobu Hotel’s exclusive Nobu Villa, Vegas’ 120,000-plus hotel rooms offer something for every possible taste, ranging in quality and style from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Las Vegas is known for…
Hedging Your Bets
Wynn & Encore Casinos The sassy Wynn and Encore sisters boast in excess of 1900 gaming machines and 160 tables.
Venetian The elegant gaming floors of the Venetian and Palazzo combined form Vegas’ largest.
Sunset Station A locals’ casino in Henderson with Vegas’ largest bowling alley.
Aria Aria’s sleek casino floor with almost 2000 slot machines might overwhelm.
Cosmopolitan Cosmo’s gaming area is the only one in Vegas with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Strip.
Mandalay Bay Poolside slots and a luxe, resort-style atmosphere set Mandalay Bay apart.
Palms Claiming ‘looser’ slots than most, Palms is popular with locals and, sometimes, celebrities.
Golden Nugget Beyond the Nugget’s gaudy neon you’ll find the best guest rooms and casino dining Downtown.
LINQ Casino LINQ’s spacious gaming floor has fresh, clean lines, an ‘open’ vibe and comfy chairs.
El Cortez El Cortez is a smoky, retro classic with a grassroots crowd.
Blue Man Group Art, music, technology and comedy combine in one of Vegas’ most popular, family friendly shows.
Le Rêve the Dream Cirque du Soleil’s surreal Dream plays out underwater in a custom-built swimming pool.
O A spectacular feat of engineering, this original aquatic masterpiece explores the history of theater.
Absinthe A one-of-a-kind bawdy off-Broadway burlesque show. Adults only.
Beatles LOVE Beatlemania is back! All your favorite tunes fused with dance and aerial acrobatics.
Michael Jackson ONE Showstopping dancers and lithe acrobats bring MJ’s greatest hits to life.
Penn & Teller This intellectual odd couple have struck the balance between magic and comedy.
Colosseum There’s hardly a bad seat in the house in Caesars Palace’s 4100-seat theater-in-the-round.
Park Theatre This state-of-the-art, 5000-plus-seat venue is Vegas’ newest.
T-Mobile Arena Vegas’ premier stadium occupies a prime spot on the Strip and seats up to 20,000.
Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub Legendary after-hours parties are known for an outrageous bottle list and celebrity drop-ins.
Hakkasan Unstoppable resident DJs Tiësto and Aoki rule the roost of VIP booths and floor-to-ceiling LEDs.
XS Heavyweight DJs own the dance floor while high-rollers pose at private poolside cabanas.
Surrender An outrageously gorgeous pool bar with saffron silk, yellow leather and an appropriately sexy crowd.
Omnia Caesars’ megaclub has a changing calendar of top DJs, Strip views and a Miami Beach vibe.
Jewel The successor to Aria’s Haze offers a more intimate alternative to megaclubs Hakkasan and Omnia.
Piranha This LGBT nightclub offers theme nights, drag shows, VIP skyboxes and a cozy outdoor area.
The Great Outdoors
Springs Preserve This educational complex is a rewarding trip through historical, cultural and biological time.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area A 13-mile, one-way scenic loop drive offers mesmerizing vistas of this spectacular canyon.
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park Originally an 1860s ranch, this now state park was once owned by billionaire Howard Hughes.
Valley of Fire State Park A masterpiece of southwestern desert scenery with psychedelic sandstone scenery carved by wind and water.
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area These limestone cliffs and alpine forested peaks rise unmistakably above the Mojave Desert.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area Within this protected area, Lake Mead extends 110 miles toward the Grand Canyon.
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Park Get an idea of the Mojave Desert life of pioneers at this restored 1850s Mormon camp.
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Twenty-thousand-year-old fossils of the Las Vegas Valley can be found in this free-to-roam, undeveloped area.
Thrills & Spills
Stratosphere The world’s highest thrill rides await, a whopping 110 stories above the Strip.
Sky Combat Ace A bona-fide fighter pilot takes you through the paces of air-to-air dogfights and extreme acrobatics!
VooDoo ZipLine If you’ve ever wanted to zip-line between two skyscrapers, here’s your chance.
Gravady Get bouncy with the kids at this high-energy trampoline park in Summerlin.
Speedvegas Burn serious rubber at the wheel of a sports car on Vegas’ only custom-built track.
Richard Petty Driving Experience This is your chance to ride shotgun during a Nascar-style qualifying run.
Wynn & Encore Casinos Effortlessly elegant and graceful, these marvels of modern architecture are Vegas’ design at its best.
Bellagio The most expensive hotel ever built when it opened in 1998. It still looks a billion bucks.
CityCenter The sleek, blue-glassed CityCenter complex has to be appreciated for its sheer enormity alone.
Cosmopolitan Arguably the coolest joint in town, chic Cosmo’s fantastic lobby doles out a dose of fun.
El Cortez The heritage-listed El Cortez, with original neon, is a Downtown classic dating to 1941.
Paris Las Vegas Surprisingly, this miniature version of the City of Light actually works.
New York–New York If you’ve never been to the Big Apple, Vegas’ version is the next best thing. Almost.
Mob Museum The neoclassical building housing this excellent museum has been meticulously preserved.
Little Church of the West This 1942 wooden church was immortalized in the classic Elvis flick Viva Las Vegas.