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Head south this winter – south of the Las Vegas Strip!

       Everybody knows about the excitement up and down the Las Vegas Strip, but did you know that there's plenty to see at the south end of famous Las Vegas Boulevard.

     If you like shopping, you'll find great deals at more than 140 stores at Las Vegas Premium Outlets South. Or stroll through Town Square Las Vegas, an outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment center with a pedestrian-friendly street and walkways, an 18-screen movie theater and more than a dozen signature restaurants.

     Grab your clubs and play a round at Bali Hai Golf Course. You'll be taken to a tropical island paradise and will see why Bali Hai has been recognized as one of the "Top 40 Resort Courses in America" by GolfWeek. Navigate through seven acres of water hazards and 4,000 trees. Or put in a quick nine at the Calloway Golf Center, with a spectacular view of departing planes!

     There are some great hotels south of the Strip as well, including South Point and the M Resort. And if you really want to head south this winter, Primm Valley Resort is a great place to go for more shopping, dining and excitement.

     Enjoy some southern Strip hospitality the next time you're in Vegas!

Treat yourself this holiday season to great shows, shopping and more!

     'Tis the season for a Vegas getaway! The holidays are a great time to check out special events that you'll only find in Vegas!

     Start with a little holiday shopping. With everything from extravagant malls to specialty shops, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list. Bring along our shopping passport for even bigger savings!

     Enjoy a little seasonal spirit at any of Las Vegas' holiday displays, including the Ethel M Chocolates and Cactus Garden, the Conservatory at the Bellagio and the Waterfall, Atrium & Gardens at The Palazzo, which feature hand-designed snowflakes suspended midair in the three-floor-high atrium.

     Ice branches and glittering birch and pine trees will transform the resort into a winter wonderland as part of The Venetian and The Palazzo's 49-day Winter n Venice Holiday Celebration. And this year, you can ice skate on the Las Vegas Strip, as a synthetic rink will be open day and night for the coolest experience in town!

     If you're a sports fan, you can catch two of college football's top team at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Dec. 22 or some spirited college hoops action at the iBN Sports Classic on Dec. 22-23 at the Orleans.

     This holiday season, Vegas is the place to be jolly!


It’s always a party when you ring in the New Year in Las Vegas

      Las Vegas knows a thing or two about throwing a party, so make your plans to ring in 2012 with a night of revelry you'll remember all year long! 

     Start your New Year's Eve weekend with a Vegas show. Celine Dion performs her classic hits at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Dec. 30-31. You can also be mystified by David Copperfield at MGM Grand.

    The House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay is hosting "New Year's Heave 2011" featuring NOFX, Lagwagon and Old Man Markley.

     Cap the evening with a spectacular fireworks show that can be seen virtually anywhere in town, or head to the Fremont Street Experience for America's Party 2011!

     Grab your favorite party hats and favors and celebrate the New Year in Vegas!

The ultimate overshare: Childbirth as performance art?

     More than 15,000 have joined the movement to Protect the Moment. They #knowthecode and have sworn to uphold it by taking the oath. They know when you are in Vegas -- What Happens Here, Stay Here.

     If you haven't done so, please join this elite group. Some people are definitely guilty of oversharing and need to be held accountable. Take performance artist Marni Kotak, for example. She's preparing to give birth to her first child, but not by traditional means -- she's planning to do so in a Brooklyn, N.Y., art gallery, for the whole world to see!

     If you like art, we welcome you to check out the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art or Madame Tussauds at The Venetian. And you don't have to give birth while you're there, either ...

     Another problem with sharing too much information is that you could be passing along bad information. Such as naming the wrong World Series winner.

     Be careful what you share. Otherwise, you might be the subject of an intervention:




Tap into some tasty tapas in Las Vegas

Warm or cold, you'll find a tasty variety of tapas - yummy Spanish-style appetizers - at restaurants all over Las Vegas.
La CaveFleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay specializes in tapas and other small dishes with ingredients and tastes from around the globe. You can also enjoy tapas and more than 50 other shareable dishes at Johnny Smalls inside the Hard Rock Hotel, where service comes when you want it.  There is no order of service - eat what you want, when you want.  Dessert first please! Or head over to ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter and grab some authentic tapas at Julian Serrano. The renowned chef is a native of Madrid and dishes out great tapas by stretching the normal boundaries of small plates with traditional and innovative interpretations.
     For a cozy setting, try La Cave at Wynn Las Vegas - an intimate retreat for indulging in savory small plates, an enormous wine collection, and handcrafted beers. At Jaleo inside The Cosmopolitan, Chef Jose Andres brings the flavors of one of the country's first successful tapas restaurants to Las Vegas.
     You can also find delectable tapas choices at Michael Mina's SEABLUE in the MGM Grand, Blue Martini at Town Square Las Vegas, or local's favorite, Firefly on Paradise, just behind The Venetian Resort & Wynn Las Vegas. So bring your appetite to Vegas and enjoy some delicious tapas!

Explore a side of Vegas you may not even know existed

      The weather is perfect for exploring a side of Las Vegas you may not even know exists - the scenic beauty that surrounds the world's most exciting destination. Check out gorgeous rock canyons, majestic mountains and more!
     The western edge of Las Vegas offers spectacular outdoor adventures, so start your day from the comfort of Red Rock Resort, Suncoast Hotel, or JW Marriott Resort.  You'll be minutes from a beautiful hike through the gorgeous red sandstone cliffs at Red Rock Canyon. Picnic areas, cycling, hiking, climbing and horseback riding are available to enhance your experience and the visitor center contains historical and geological exhibits, a cactus garden and even a bookstore.  Enjoy the scenic 13-mile drivable loop which meanders throughout Red Rock Canyon.
See the history behind one of America's most amazing structures at the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum     Take a tour of the wondrous Hoover Dam and don't miss the photo op with the new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge!  Or, better yet, from the bypass parking area, climb the designated stairs to the top, and peer back down at the Hoover Dam from high atop the pedestrian walkway! It's not for the faint of heart! Be sure to stop by the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum to see the history behind this amazing structure. Enjoy lunch and a stroll down main street of this charming small town, or spend the night at the historic Boulder Dam Hotel, Boulder Inn Suites, Milo's Inn at Boulder, or many other charming accommodations.
     If you want to take your Vegas experience to new heights, take a ride up to Mount Charleston Recreation Area and explore the Spring Mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The lower foothills are covered with pinion pine and juniper trees, and you may encounter a variety of wildlife, including Rocky Mountain elk, desert bighorn sheep, mule deer and others. There are numerous hiking trails and camping is also available.  Stop for buffalo or ostrich burgers at Mount Charleston Lodge, or enjoy lunch with a view at The Resort on Mount Charleston.
     You can also go horseback riding at Bonnie Springs Ranch, enjoy train rides and even a petting zoo. There's a lot to see outdoors, so come experience Vegas in a whole new way!

Join the movement and protect the moment. It’s your responsibility

      You know that motor mouth who just loves to keep the conversation going? He has no discretion about what he says, and loves to tell every possible tale, even the stuff that shouldn't be told.
     Or how about the full-time party girl who spends her free time documenting all of the events of the previous night? She tweets before she thinks. You know the one.
     Whether it's that guy who updates his status too often, or the shutterbug who plays nice but posts naughty, they are all guilty of the same core offense - oversharing. They're violating the very code Vegas lives by - "What happens here, stays here."
     Take the oath. Proclaim yourself a Vegas-friendly travel companion. Here's how:
     Go to LasVegas.com/KnowTheCode and join the movement to "Protect the Moment." Promise to follow the code of Las Vegas - no tweeting, tagging, posting, telling, whispering, emoting, defining, drawing up, writing about or in any way revealing the all-powerful "What happens here, stays here" moment of your trip. Report anyone who violates the code.
     Know the Code. Protect the Moment.

Have no fear; there’s plenty of frightful Vegas fun on Howloweekend

      It's the one time of year where you can let out screams and it won't even seem remotely strange - and there's no place better to enjoy frightful fun than Las Vegas, with four days of concerts, freak shows, haunted houses, fantasy balls and more.
     Adventure Dome at Circus Circus Hotel is an indoor theme park where the screams normally come from roller coasters and thrill rides. But October welcomes the creepy side as this indoor attraction turns into "Fright Dome." Since 2003, the 5-acre Fright Dome attraction has been one of the top-rated haunted attractions in the United States.
     This year you can experience the terror of the popular "SAW" horror film series. Will you be able to escape the demented games of serial killer Jigsaw? Chainsaw Massacre has the record for the most guests using the "chicken exits," but this time, the exits are sealed shut! Will you survive? With five unique haunts under one roof, Fright Dome is guaranteed to make you tremble! 
 The Halloween Parade in downtown Las Vegas is frightfully fun.    For those who would prefer to watch than be watched, Fremont Street Experience offers October FrightFest. The entire mall has Halloween décor from top to bottom and the stage entertainment follows a Halloween theme, this year toting Frank & The Steins - a stage production show - and Vampire Rising performing live music.
     If you're seeking a more scintillating holiday, one of the most outrageous parties takes place on Oct. 29 with the annual Fetish & Fantasy Ball at South Point. Join more than 7,000 partygoers for one of the wildest and sexiest events of the year.
     On Oct. 30 - 31, you can take a special Haunted Tour at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor, check out the Las Vegas Halloween Parade downtown.
     Make Vegas your Halloween destination for a weekend filled with thrills and chills!

These Vegas drink doctors really know how to mix things up

       When it comes to cocktails, Las Vegas bars and restaurants take their beverages seriously. Many Vegas locales employ top mixologists from around the world. These doctors of drink-making don't just mix and pour - they create a unique experience that will lift your spirits every time you, well, lift some spirits.

    The result - tasty libations you won't find anywhere else. Check out a few of these creative cocktail concoctions:

  The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has three resident mixologists that have created more than 100 new cocktails throughout the property. Try the Cynara (Old Raj Red Label gin, Cynar, Carpano Antica, orange aromatics) or the Mayan (rye, Amaro Meletti, cinnamon, fig vermouth, Angoustura bitters, Mayan spices) available at Vesper Bar, or head to the top level to the Chandelier Bar to indulge in a thin-mint cocktail with vanilla foam. Unique mixes can also be found at Bond, where you can get a spectacular view of the Strip while you sip.

 Sage inside ARIA Resort is home to several unique cocktail concoctions.    For another liquid masterpiece, try the ‘Shock and Awe' at Sage inside ARIA Resort. It's a seriously hot infusion of absinthe, flames, root beer and even Pop Rocks. The Ford Cocktail at American Fish is another favorite - the ingredients are Navy Strength gin, house-made lime cordial and fresh lime juice, with a lime peel.

    Over at the Palms Casino Resort, head out to the pool for the Coconut Colada. This signature drink includes Ciroc Coconut, fresh coconut water and Coco Lopez, and is even served in a fresh coconut shell!

     Wherever you go in Las Vegas to enjoy some unique libations, you'll find heaven for your taste buds. No place mixes it up like Las Vegas!

Football is back – and Vegas is the place to catch all of the action

       Football season is under way and there's no better place to catch all of the exciting action than in Las Vegas.

     Grab a seat in any of our spacious sports lounges or spend a Sunday at the 1,000-plus-seat Hilton Theater - seasonally known as Football Central at the Las Vegas Hilton. With food specials, radio giveaways, and prizes all day long, Sundays here just became your new home away from home. Watching a night game is more fun with like-minded football fans - spend your evening in the lounge-style VIP section at MGM Grand's split-level sports book viewing area, just above Centrifuge Lounge, where football and nightclubs converge for an unforgettable evening.

     You can also enjoy some great food while you watch the games. ARIA's Skybox Sports Bar and Grill offers classic American cuisine in a casual, yet cutting-edge atmosphere. ELVIS may be in the building nightly, but on Monday nights football is the king here!

Catch all the big games inside The Palazzo at Lagasse's Stadium - Book, Bar and Bam!      You can also kick it up a notch at Lagasse's Stadium - Bar, Book and Bam! This unique venue inside The Palazzo combines Emeril's signature cuisine with more than 100 high-definition TVs, luxury boxes, plush stadium-style seating and even an outdoor patio.

     Blondies Sports Bar & Grill at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood carries every big game on its 35 plasma and big-screen televisions and features a traditional bar menu of entreés, sandwiches, salads, pizzas and desserts. Over at the Rio All-Suite Hotel, Sports Deli gives football fans a place to get wood-fired pizzas, grilled burgers and bratwurst without missing a single play!  But for the ultimate prize, watching football at the new Bally's Race & Sports Book is your chance to go see a game live.  They are giving away trips to football games all season long, and all you need is your cell phone to enter!

     Football is back, so make your plans to do your touchdown dances in Vegas!

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