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Neon Museum

The Neon Museum preserves classic Las Vegas signs.

Las Vegas could be the ultimate night town, with shows and clubs and bars hopping nonstop into the wee hours. But there's still a lot of daylight. When you've tanned enough by the pool, the city has plenty of daytime diversions to keep you entertained until the next round of excitement.

Best Museums

On a recent flight to Las Vegas, I chatted with a frequent visitor. “My wife and her sister come here all the time,” he said, “and they never gamble.” Instead, he said, they come almost entirely to visit museums. From lowbrow to high culture, Las Vegas is full of exhibitions, historical artifacts and installations.

The Mob Museum is a vast repository in a striking 1930s-era neoclassical former federal building, the site of the 1950-51 Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime (the restored courtroom is part of the tour). It tells the story of those who broke the law and those who enforced it, highlighting the big personalities on both sides.

The history of Vegas is written in neon, and the Neon Museum has been a local favorite since it opened in late 2012. Set near Downtown, a jumble of colorful curves poking up behind the gates give a hint of the nostalgic treasures to come. The nonprofit museum’s best feature: its hour-long story-filled guided tour. And at $18 for daytime admission, this is bargain entertainment (advance purchase is recommended). Bring a hat and water because everything is outside.

One of my airplane friend’s favorites: the Pinball Hall of Fame, a bit off the Strip on Tropicana. As the website explains, it’s “pinball and nothing but pinball for 10,000 square feet.” And yes, you can play the games. 

Aside from the permanent (or as permanent as things get in Vegas) museums, the city hosts an ever-changing carousel of exhibitions. Options this summer include "Da Vinci: The Exhibition" at The Venetian, where some of the original Renaissance man’s drawings are on display—and others have come to life as three-dimensional models. 

Da Vinci: The Exhibition

Models of Leonardo Da Vinci’s military machines are on display this summer, part of “Da Vinci: The Exhibition” at The Venetian.

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is showing “Painting Women: Works from the Museum of Fine Art, Boston,” an exhibition of women as both as painters and subjects. Enjoy the air conditioning as you take in brushstrokes of artists including Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Berthe Morisot—the gallery itself has a hushed atmosphere that’s a welcome break from the bustle outside. 

Retail Therapy

From souvenir dice to designer handbags, retail in Las Vegas runs the gamut. 

The LINQ, nestled between the Quad Resort & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas, is the city’s newest ode to the joy of shopping. Among its novelties: the first Polaroid Fotobar outside Florida, which lets tourists print and frame their camera or phone photos on the spot, and Nevada's first Sprinkles, which brings a delectable reward (cupcakes and ice cream) for all that walking up and down the Strip. An enormous industrial-chic Brooklyn Bowl features bowling by day and live music on many nights. 

Of course, the LINQ's most notable (and visible) feature is the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, where clear pods affixed to the outside of a giant wheel give unbeatable views of the city from 550 feet up.  

High Roller

The High Roller observation wheel anchors The LINQ, a new shopping, dining and entertainment area in the middle of the Strip.

Town Square, at the south end of the Strip (and accessible via a free shuttle), is not just about shopping. The open-air mall with a California vibe has the usual trappings, but in true Vegas style, it doesn’t shut down at sundown. Stoney's Rockin' Country is a western-wear store by day and a 19,000-foot saloon by night where you can take country-dance lessons, listen to live music, or ride the mechanical bull. Or head to the Baobab Stage Theatre for anything from African dance to burlesque.

Town Square

The open-air Town Square has familiar shops in a pleasant setting.

Bargain hunters can scour outlet malls, with deals on everything from Armani to Zales, just off both the north and south ends of the Strip. And as for that shop made famous by “Pawn Stars”: a handful of tour buses will take you there on their route, or you can find your own way to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop via the city's Deuce bus (it has a stop a block away).

Premium Outlets South

Las Vegas Premium Outlets South includes designers such as Michael Kors and Coach.

One of the city’s most surprising shopping options: the new Downtown 3rd Farmers Market, held every Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in a covered lot next to the Mob Museum. Grab fresh local goodies from some of the same growers who supply the city’s top restaurants. 

And for cutting-edge original souvenirs unlike anything anyone else is taking home, check out the blossoming 18b Arts District between Downtown and the Strip. You’ll find everything from mixed-media sculpture at the Arts Factory to vintage furniture at Rick’s Restorations. Easiest way to find it: take the super-convenient Deuce or SDX buses to the Arts District stop at Charleston Boulevard.  

Playtime

There’s a reason Las Vegas is often called a playground for adults. The whole place is like an amusement park—on a giant scale.

Speaking of giant, one of the Vegas activities on TripAdvisor is Dig This!, which lets grown-up kids play with the construction equipment they had toy versions of when they were little. The Nevada desert replaces the backyard sandbox, as you climb into Caterpillar cockpits and bulldoze to your heart’s content. If you think this is just for the guys, you’d be wrong—many of the construction fans are women.

In the midst of an urban renewal, Downtown is a less expensive and more intimate alternative to the Strip. One of the latest additions: Downtown Container Park, named for the shipping containers stacked atop each other to create a boutique shopping and dining area a couple blocks southeast of the Fremont Street Experience. The architecture alone is worth a visit, but even better is the outdoor play park, complete with a 33-foot slide, that welcomes both kids and adults.

Container Park

Container Park’s whimsical touches include a praying mantis that shoots fire.

 

Share a romantic Valentine's Day meal in Las Vegas!

Las Vegas is always fun for everyone, but sometimes, you just want it to be special for two -- get cozy this Valentine's Day Weekend and share an intimate meal with your special someone.

Say it with a rose! Experience exquisite service in a hidden romantic setting at Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens, where every lady is presented with a red rose when they arrive. If you prefer a higher level of dining, check out Binion’s Ranch Steakhouse atop Binion’s Casino. Every seat in this romantic gem offers a mix of old school charm with a view of the new Downtown skyline.

Don't just feel like you're on Top of the World -- eat there, too, at the restaurant more than 800 feet above the city at Stratosphere Tower. See unparalleled views of Las Vegas as this one-of-a-kind restaurant revolves 360 degrees in one hour and 20 minutes.

For more inspiring views, dine at Alize at the top of the Palms' Ivory Tower, overlooking the Las Vegas Strip while you enjoy world-class cuisine or watch the magnificent Fountains of Bellagio as you savor award-winning cuisine across the street at the charming Strip-side French Bistro, Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas.

For the finest in Italian cuisine with a spectacular city view, reserve a table for two at Scarpetta at The Cosmopolitan or enjoy seasonal dishes and progressive American cuisine at Aureole inside Mandalay Bay.

After the perfect meal, cap off your Valentine's Day celebrating with an intimate gondola ride through the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo.

There are plenty of other great deals all weekend in Vegas! Visit Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat inside The Mirage Feb. 14-16 and take advantage of a special Valentine’s Day package, which includes interaction with bottlenose dolphins.

Lovebirds can take flight at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa with the Valentine’s Day Spa Couple’s Package. The hotel package features a deluxe guestroom, red rose turndown, Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Looking to tie the knot? (It's happened more than a few times in Vegas on Valentine's Day, you know). Wynn Las Vegas is offering the Eternally Yours Valentine’s Day Wedding Ceremony Package, which includes everything from a professional photo session to a Champagne toast to commemorate the special day. Caesars Palace is also offering special perks to couples who book a Roman Wedding Package.

When it comes to romantic dining options, Las Vegas has everything you need. And since Valentine's Day falls on a Friday this year, surprise your significant other with a romantic weekend getaway to Vegas! Book your trip and make your reservation today at LasVegas.com

You're sure to find something for everyone on your list this holiday season!

You'll enjoy the gift of giving this holiday season even more when you do your holiday shopping in Vegas! Find something for everyone on your holiday list in the city's spacious and lavish couture flagships, discount outlet malls, specialty stores, souvenir shops, trendy boutiques and more. 

ShoppingHolidaysPlus, with the exclusive Shopping Passport, you'll be rewarded with gifts and discounts just for showing up to shop.

The world's leading designers, including Gucci, Dior and Chanel, have shops inside the luxurious Via Bellagio. You can also choose from exclusive retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, Tiffany & Co. and Prada when you shop at Crystals, the 500,000-square-foot retail and dining district at CityCenter.

Take a spin through 170 specialty stores, and then treat yourself at one of the 15 restaurants and three live entertainment venues you'll find at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Or walk the cobblestone streets and gaze at the Mediterranean sky when you browse through the spacious Forum Shops at Caesars.

International and unique shopping boutiques are abound at the luxurious Wynn Esplanade inside Wynn Las Vegas, or take a memorable gondola ride through a replica of St. Mark's Square and then browse through the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian / The Palazzo.

The Fashion Show Mall has nearly 2 million square feet of holiday shopping heaven, including Neiman
Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Town Square, south of the Las Vegas Strip, is a 1.5 million-square-foot open-air shopping, dining and entertainment center including such shops as H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand Jeans, bebe, Robb & Stucky and more.

For great deals, head over to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets - North downtown or Las Vegas Premium Outlets - South on the Las Vegas Strip, where you'll find stores such as A|X Armani Exchange, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Tahari, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, St. John, Theory, and many more. 

Great buys are in store this holiday season, no matter where you shop in Vegas!

Top spots to get your shop on in Vegas!

 

Las Vegas is home to some of the most spectacular shopping in the world. Here's a look at some of the most popular hot spots to get your shop on: 

Grand Canal Shoppes

  • Take a guided tour on an authentic gondola through the Venetian's Grand Canal Shoppes in this re-creation of the Italian city of Venice. Famous landmarks including St. Marks Square and winding canals add to the experience. 
  • Take a spin through 170 specialty stores, and then treat yourself at one of the 15 restaurants and three live entertainment venues you'll find at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
  • Stop in and see Christian, Harry, Roberto, and Gianni (as in Dior, Winston, Cavalli and Versaci) at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, where it's daytime all the time.
  • Choose from the exclusive retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, Tiffany & Co. and Prada when you shop at Crystals, the 500,000-square-foot retail and dining district at CityCenter.
  • The Fashion Show Mall has nearly 2 million square feet of holiday shopping heaven, including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Town Square, south of the Las Vegas Strip, is a 1.5 million-square-foot open-air shopping, dining and entertainment center including such shops as H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand Jeans, bebe and Robb & Stucky.

Wynn Esplanade

  • For some great deals, head over to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets - North in downtown Vegas, which hosts A|X Armani Exchange, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Tahari, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, St. John, Theory, and other amazing outlet shops. If you're on the South end of the Strip, check out Las Vegas Premium Outlets - South (well that makes sense!).
  • Stroll through the 75,000 square feet of exquisitely designed retail space at Wynn Las Vegas Esplanade and you'll find everything from designer clothing to unique specialty shops. Check out Chanel, Dior, Oscar de la Renta and more. 
  • The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, on the sky bridge between Mandalay Bay and Luxor, offers 40 unique venues, including popular bars, restaurants, and one-of-a-kind stores from across the U.S., such as Chapel Hats, Flip Flop Shops, Frederick's of Hollywood, Ron Jon Surf Shop and many more. 

Hundreds of stores. Thousands of great deals. Find something for everyone on your list and treat yourself to a little shopping in Vegas!

Treat Mom to some Vegas

Give your mom something that will last forever this Mother's Day, give her a lifetime of memories and treat her to a Las Vegas adventure!

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical GardensInstead of giving her a few flowers, taker her to the breathtaking displays at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. It's a kaleidoscope for the senses! If she wants a flower to keep, treat her to dinner at Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens, an intimate and elegant setting where every female patron is handed a red rose upon arrival.

And why settle for a box of chocolates when you can take Mom to Chocolat Bistro at the Palms. Chocolat is a stylishly chic fusion of traditional European gelateria, creperie and cremerie featuring delectable crepes, handcrafted chocolates, a palette of bright, fruity gelatos and an array of mouthwatering desserts.

Mom deserves to be pampered, too, so set her up with a treatment from any of Las Vegas' unique, invigorating and refreshing spas.

Sahra Spa & HammamHelp her escape to Qua Baths and Spa's Arctic Ice Room at Caesars Palace, where she can relax in snowfall-like conditions in the form of mint-infused air falling from a domed ceiling at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. It's the coolest spa treatment she'll ever enjoy, and it's only in Vegas. The Sahra Spa & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan offers multiple treatments inspired by traditional Turkish baths.

Other refreshing and invigorating signature treatments that Mom will love can be found at The Spa at Red Rock, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian, Oleksandra Spa at Treasure Island and the Aquae Sulis Spa at the J.W. Marriott, to name a few.

Then, it's time to treat her to a real Vegas show! For a magical experience, enjoy champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in your VIP seats at Le Rêve - The Dream at Wynn.

Treat Mom to the experience of a lifetime in Vegas!

Take care of everyone on your list this holiday season in Vegas!

You'll enjoy the gift of giving this holiday season even more when you do your holiday shopping in Vegas! Find
something for everyone on your holiday list in the city's spacious and lavish couture flagships, discount outlet malls, specialty stores, souvenir shops, trendy boutiques and more. 

ShoppingHolidaysPlus, with the exclusive Shopping Passport, you'll be rewarded with gifts and discounts just for showing up to shop.

Take a spin through 170 specialty stores, and then treat yourself at one of the 15 restaurants and three live entertainment venues you'll find at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

Choose from the exclusive retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, Tiffany & Co. and Prada when you shop at Crystals, the 500,000-square-foot retail and dining district at CityCenter.

The Fashion Show Mall has nearly 2 million square feet of holiday shopping heaven, including Neiman
Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Town Square, south of the Las Vegas Strip, is a 1.5 million-square-foot open-air shopping, dining and entertainment center
including such shops as H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand Jeans, bebe, Robb & Stucky and more.

For great deals, head over to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets downtown, which hosts A|X Armani Exchange, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Tahari, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, St. John, Theory, and many more.

Great buys are in store this holiday season, no matter where you shop in Vegas!

Gobble up a great Thanksgiving weekend of fun in Vegas

     With amazing holiday menus all over town, great places to watch football on the holiday and glorious shopping options to kick off the season, Las Vegas is the perfect place to spend your Thanksgiving weekend!

     It all starts with an amazing meal. The signature restaurants at Wynn Las Vegas are all offering traditional Thanksgiving feasts but with innovative touches. Check out the four-course prix fixe holiday menu at Bartolotta or for late feasters, the special late night menu at Stratta from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

     Canal Street at The Orleans is offering a special four-course dinner beginning at 1 p.m. featuring traditional and surf and turf options and First Food & Bar at The Palazzo is offering its Thanksgiving Extravaganza beginning at 11 a.m.

 All three Hash House A Go Go locations in Vegas are offering Thanksgiving specials.    All three Hash House a Go Go locations -- inside Imperial Palace on the Strip, the Plaza Hotel downtown and the M Resort south of the Strip -- are featuring holiday specials, also beginning at 11 a.m. No matter where you are in Vegas this Thanksgiving, you're sure to find a terrific meal!

     There's also plenty of exciting pro football action on Thanksgiving and you can catch every big play at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, where the theater is converted to Football Central, or the split-level MGM Grand sportsbook complete with its own VIP booths.

     Then, it's on to Black Friday, and some holiday bargains. With so many shopping options in Las Vegas, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list this holiday season.

     Start at Town Square Las Vegas with its 150 shops and specialty stores, or head downtown to Las Vegas Premium Outlets North. Great deals are in store everywhere you look!

     Stuff yourself with great food, sports and shopping this Thanksgiving weekend in Vegas!

 

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!

Bachelorettes: Let loose in Vegas before you tie the knot

     You're ready for the ultimate commitment, but before you walk the aisle, there's one more thing you should vow to do -- enjoy a weekend of rowdy bachelorette fun in Vegas!

     Get your group together and start your weekend with a little shopping -- or even a lot of shopping, because at the Fashion Show mall on the fabulous Las Vegas Strip, you'll have nearly 2 million square feet filled with more than 250 specialty shops to peruse to your heart's content.

     Then, it's time to give yourself the pampering you deserve with a soothing and rejuvenating spa treatment at Canyon Ranch SpaClub inside The Venetian. Immerse yourself in 134,000 square feet of gracious, tranquil gathering places; a health and wellness center; massage, skin care and body treatment rooms; a three-story rock-climbing wall; Bridal and Barber Suites; and AquavanaTM, the most complete European-style thermal treatment suite.

Make the muscular men of Thunder From Down Under part of your bachelorette weekend in Vegas!     Then, it's time to fuel up for an amazing night out. Head to the Cosmopolitan and enjoy some tapas and other tantalizing cuisine at Jaleo, where culinary mastermind Chef Jose Andres has brought the authentic flavor of Spain to Las Vegas!

     After a great meal, it's time for some dessert, so how about a little eye candy? See the muscular men of Australia's Thunder From Down Under strut their stuff at the Excalibur.

     Of course, you can't have a bachelorette party without some sizzling nightlife, and no place can match the club atmosphere of Las Vegas! Be sure to check out Ghostbar, the sultry and sophisticated indoor-outdoor lounge and sky deck on the 55th floor setting of the Palms.

     Step up your bachelorette party with some interactive fun, where pole dancing is not just spectator sport -- come unleash your inner bombshell with Stripper 101 at Planet Hollywood. Master new moves in an erotic, sexy class.

     Make the most of your bachelorette party with a Las Vegas weekend you'll never forget!

 

Holiday shopping

     You'll find something for everyone on your list this holiday season in Las Vegas! The city has evolved into a true shopping mecca with lavish couture, outlet malls, specialty stores, souvenir shops, trendy boutiques and more. With our exclusive Shopping Passport, you'll be rewarded with gifts and discounts just for showing up to shop!

The Fashion Show mall has nearly 2 million square feet of shopping bliss.The Fashion Show mall has nearly 2 million square feet of holiday shopping heaven, including Neiman Marcus, Dillard's, Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Town Square, south of the Las Vegas Strip, a 1.5 million-square-foot open-air shopping, dining and entertainment center includes such shops as H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand Jeans, bebe, and more.

Stop in and see Christian, Harry, Roberto, and Gianni (as in Dior, Winston, Cavalli and Versaci) at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace or stroll the Wynn Las Vegas Esplanade to shop at Chanel or Dior. Crystals offers 500,000 square feet of sophisticated retail and dining including Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tom Ford, and more!

For even greater values, head over to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets downtown, which hosts A|X Armani Exchange, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Tahari, Kenneth Cole, Polo Ralph Lauren, and many more. Great buys are in store, no matter where you shop in Vegas!

Hundreds of stores. Thousands of great deals. Find something for everyone on your list this holiday season in Vegas!

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