I take any excuse to go to Vegas: conferences, weddings, bachelor parties, "just passing through" - you name it. The first time I ever went, it remember thinking it was like somebody knew everything I liked and squeezed it into one city. Heaven would be Las Vegas with easier transport. While I'm not known for getting over excited, walking through a casino floor sometimes gives me that "OMG OMG!" feeling like a texting 15-year old. See, I'm even getting excited now and I haven't even had my afternoon coffee. OMG!
Ten Things You Should Do In Sin CIty
Get a hotel with a beach: the Mandalay Bay has a beach - how many hotels can boast that? It also has a wave machine. A wave machine! In 100+ degree weather, sitting at one of the excellent pool areas in The Venetian or MGM Grand is really pretty pleasant, especially since the MGM only costs around $40 a night.
Fire some machine guns: rock out with your Glock out! One of the fastest ways to drop $150 outside a casino, but one of the best ways to milk your immaturity and leave you grinning like a Cheshire cat. Uzi 9mm? No problem. M4? Sure. Squeeze the trigger and be shocked at how you can't even hold the thing as it sprays bullets the size of a fountain pen everywhere! Marvel at how grossly irresponsible this would be anywhere outside of Vegas. Ka-boom!
Smith & Wollensky: there's the beef! Down the south end of the strip sits S&W, churning out plate after plate of phenomenal $29 rib-eyes and $15 lobster. $15 lobster? "Yes, that's right," as they say in commercials. It's like a half-price Morton's.
See Lance Burton disappear before he disappears: ol' Lance is quitting his magic gig at the Monte Carlo soon. He's spectacularly good, and somehow peaks the interest of the audience's inner child, leaving everyone quite inspired and baffled. I'd love to know how the levitation worked considering I was 10 feet away.
The Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace: the world's biggest collection of antique, luxury or modified vehicles, treading the line between museum, auction house and parking lot. Even if you're not a big car fan (count me in), it's impressive stuff and a one-of-a-kind place.
P F Chang's in Planet Hollywood: amazingly, nothing like the other PFCs anywhere. Somehow the cooks feed a 400-seat restaurant from a kitchen smaller than the one in my apartment, and it's consistently good food. And Happy Hour from 3-6pm.
Champagne Brunch at the Wynn: at around $35, it's easily the best buffet on the strip though not the cheapest. Stay away from the pasta, bread and any other carbohydrate diversion and get into smoked salmon, rack of lamb, prime rib and wash it down with bottomless glasses of bubbles. Make sure you haven't eat for 20 hours beforehand and be prepared to roll out 15 pounds heavier.
Cirque du Soleil: the custom-designed theaters give you an excellent view from anywhere, and their performances are truly remarkable. It definitely makes you want to go to the gym more (but not on this vacation!).
Breakfast at Bouchon in the Venetian: if Thomas Keller had been around in Roman Times, he would have been the living God of food. There's no better breakfast on the planet, and some of the signature dishes are spectacular (chicken waffles).
New York's roller coaster: as you're being chain-pulled up to the top, it's around half-way that the sheer height of the drop replaces sightseeing with utter terror. 67mph and 5,000 feet later, it conveniently drops you off near a bar that serves pretty decent happy hour Margaritas.
There's almost too much to even start gambling! Vegas, baby, yeah! OMG!
Las Vegas as a city is easy to manouver. Get through the airport & in no time, you are in your hotel room! & I do mean in no time. The airport is right in the city! How many cities in U.S. has such easy access to the airport? Not many! And I don't mean places like Whites City. So, now that you are in your hotel, amazing, isn't it? I love the mega & absolutely opulent hotels here, especially those on the strip. You can do anything in your hotel room, but not out on the … more
Las Vegas is fun & glitzy. It is a city of happenings and one of the greatest place to be during Christmas & New Year's Eve! I simply love all the nightlife and the national parks around this area. It has almost everything!
Las Vegas, Nevada is probably the last place on earth I would want to take a vacation. It is also one of the last places in America I would want to live (Houston being the other). While I have never been there I have seen and read enough over the years to know that I detest just about everything about it. The lights, the noise, the gambling, the pollution, the congestion, most of the shows, and the sprawl simply don't interest me in the least. I … more
Las Vegas (Spanish: The Meadows) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally renowned resort city for gambling, shopping, and entertainment. Las Vegas, billed as The Entertainment Capital of the World, is famous for the number of casino resorts and associated entertainment. A growing retirement and family city, it is the 28th most populous city in the United States with an estimated population by the U.S. Census Bureau of 558,880 as of 2007. The estimated population of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which is the entirety of Clark County, was 1,836,333.
Established in 1905, Las Vegas officially became a city in 1911. With the growth that followed, at the close of the century Las Vegas was the most populous American city founded in the 20th century (a distinction held by Chicago in the 19th century). The city's tolerance for various forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City, and this image has made Las Vegas a popular setting for films and television programs. Outdoor lighting displays are everywhere on the Las Vegas Strip and are seen elsewhere in the city as well; as seen from space, Las Vegas is the brightest city on earth.
The name Las Vegas is often applied to unincorporated suburbs that surround the city, especially the resort areas on and near the Las Vegas Strip. This 4.5-mile (7.2-km) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard is mostly outside the city limits, in the unincorporated ...