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There’s no better place than Vegas to get the gang together!


     Whether it's with family or close friends, reunions are always special. Take yours to the next level by planning a group gathering in Las Vegas!

Stratosphere Thrill RidesHaving fun together in Las Vegas is something the whole family can agree on, even if your family is the type that has been known to lovingly tell one another on occasion to jump off of a tall building. In fact, you can even do that in Vegas by experiencing SkyJump at the Stratosphere.

     Everyone seems to have a backseat driver that won't stop telling you how to drive!  Well, now you can put the pedal to the metal and show them what you're really made of!  Challenge them to a few laps of go-kart racing and settle it once and for all. Then, cool things off a bit and enjoy a ride down the Strip together on a double-decker bus.

     Group dining is always a great way to enjoy the company of your close friends and family. Don't just book a reservation for 10 - book a private room and eat in style in Vegas! Reserve the private dining room at Jaleo inside The Cosmopolitan, the elegant private dining table at Pearl at MGM Grand or Panevino restaurant's private dining room featuring a panoramic view of the city to watch airplanes land.

     You'll have so much fun in Vegas, you'll want to share the experience with friends back home!  Just be sure everyone in your group takes the oath at LasVegas.com. Know the Code and Protect the Moment because What Happens Here, Stays Here.

Head north of the Strip for thrill rides, shopping and culture!

Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel is now known as the D Las Vegas.

     You know all about the excitement on the Las Vegas Strip. But did you know there's plenty to do north of that famed stretch of road?

Get all the thrills you want and then some at the Stratosphere Tower.     For starters, just look up - 1,149 feet, to be precise - at the Stratosphere Tower. Along with great restaurants such as Top of the World and indoor and outdoor observation decks providing an unparalleled view of Las Vegas, you can experience four extreme thrill rides - the SkyJump, the Big Shot, The X Scream, and Insanity.

    In downtown Las Vegas you'll find some of the best deals and room rates in town.  Check out new suites at the historic Plaza Hotel, Golden Gate Hotel, and Golden NuggetMain Street Station, The Vegas Club, California, the D Hotel and the El Cortez offer amazing deals and are located in the middle of all the vintage Vegas action.  The Four Queens Hotel is centrally located and in the basement is a hidden gem - Hugo's Cellar is an old-school steakhouse with a decades-old charm!

     You can also find some unique arts and culture downtown at the Fremont East District, adjacent to the Fremont Street Experience. You'll find comedy clubs, blues and jazz nightclubs, a piano bar and even the InsertCoin(s) Videolounge Gamebar. You can also see work from every kind of artist imaginable at the Emergency Arts Building.

     If you like shopping, you can find amazing deals at Las Vegas Premium Outlets North. Shop more than 150 designer and name brand outlet stores offering savings of 25 to 65 percent every day! Or just browse the classic signs of yesterday direct from the Neon Boneyard Museum - it's a collection of Vegas' most famous and memorable neon signs up and down the Fremont Experience.

     There's plenty to do north of the Strip, so be sure to experience everything Las Vegas has to offer!

You’ll stop, but the fun won’t with a monorail day pass

     The Las Vegas monorail is an easy way to travel north and south on the Las Vegas Strip, but there's plenty to see along the way. Grab a day pass and check out some of the fun at every stop!

     At the MGM Grand, solve a case at CSI: The Experience and hop off at Bally's Las Vegas to take the Jubilee Walking Tour, where you'll get a glimpse of what it takes to bring the $50 million stage spectacular to life. Be sure to walk next door and to check out the Eiffel Tower Experience.

     Next up is Flamingo Las Vegas, where you can visit the Wildlife Habitat and grab a bite at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. At Harrah's Las Vegas, shop at Carnaval Court and cruise next door to see vintage cars at the Imperial Palace Auto Collections.

    Embark at the Las Vegas Convention Center stop and you're right next to Vegas Indoor Skydiving, America's first vertical wind tunnel. Continue to the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and enjoy exhibition-style Japanese cuisine at the world's largest Benihana. Finally, at the Sahara Avenue monorail stop, it's a block walk to the Stratosphere Tower observation deck and its panoramic view of the city, and the Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides.

     There's something to do from end to end, so grab a monorail day pass and enjoy Vegas one stop at a time!

Seize the summer before it's too late

Everyone knows Las Vegas is famous for its poolside parties and summertime entertainment, but there are plenty of other ways to seize the summer in Vegas before it's gone.

Minus 5 Ice Bar at Monte Carlo & Mandalay BayLas Vegas is home to some of the most acclaimed and talked about restaurants in the world. From diners and buffets to one-of-a-kind Michelin-rated eateries, Vegas caters to every dining desire. The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas offers an innovative update to the classic steakhouse menu. For a rockin' good time, check out Roxy's Diner inside the Stratosphere Hotel, Casino and Tower. The 1950s-themed diner boasts a singing staff and a menu offering hearty items like juicy burgers, crispy onion rings and delicious milkshakes. For those looking for an unforgettable experience, Tao Asian Bistro at The Venetian features Hong Kong Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines.

Here are a couple of great ways to stay cool this summer - try the Qua Baths and Spa's Arctic Ice Room at Caesars Palace, where you can relax in the "snow" - in the form of mint-infused air falling from a domed ceiling at 55 degrees. It's the coolest spa treatment you'll ever enjoy, and it's only in Vegas. Or hang out at the Minus 5 at Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo Resort, where the drinks - and everything else - are chilled. Same goes for the frozen ice bar at Red Square.

Life is short. Summer is shorter. Seize the summer in Vegas!

Miss USA 2011: Some Southern hospitality

Note: This is the fourth in a series of blogs leading up to the Miss USA 2011 competition on June 19 at Planet Hollywood. In this entry, we're highlighting contestants from Southern states, and slowly worked our way up the East Coast a bit.

The contestants for Miss USA are used to answering questions, so we threw some Vegas-related Qs their way. Here are some selected answers:


Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I'm most excited about the amazing shopping.

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: Swimsuit, oversized sunglasses, my favorite dress, skinny jeans and a sparkly top.

Q: What's the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: You can sleep when you get home!


Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: The Shoppes at The Palazzo.

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: Tao Beach.

Q: What's the one thing in Vegas you can't miss?
A: The scenery. I suggest taking a few laps on the Las Vegas Strip to see the people, the buildings and lights at night.


Q: Who would be your dream date in Vegas?
A: Brad Pitt and George Clooney ... and with the rest of the Ocean's Eleven cast!

Q: What's the most unique experience you've had in LasVegas?
A: In 2004, my mom came to Las Vegas to get married by Elvis. I arranged all the wedding events and we had dinner at the Top of the World in the Stratosphere.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: My favorite restaurant is American Fish in ARIA. I love eating seafood, and with Michael Mina restaurants, you can never go wrong.


Q: What's the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: I want to watch the Bellagio's water show!

Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?
A: The Luxor, especially if you admire Egyptian culture.

Q: What's the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Pace yourself, stay hydrated, and bring plenty of sunscreen.


Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: Frank Sinatra is a classic Vegas icon. I absolutely love the era that he represents.

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: Paul Walker! Fast cars, big blue eyes, and an awesome smile ... who could ask for more?

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: The amenities at ARIA seem phenomenal; I could definitely see myself living there!


Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: It's a long flight from Virginia, so after I stretch my legs I want to see the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign!

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: I have in mind a 1950s showgirl costume, with lots of sparkle and glitz, and a feathered headdress 4 feet tall. Pretty sure that outfit would not be Richmond, Va., appropriate!

Q: What would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: First, I would want to go to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and race a Lamborghini. Then, to celebrate my victory over my date, I would like to enjoy a nice dinner at a restaurant with outdoor seating. Then, to finish off the evening, I would find the highest point that I can go to, possibly at the top of the Eiffel Tower restaurant, and enjoy my view of the bustling nightlife.


Q: What is the first thing you want to do want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: Visit one of the amazing spas so I can relax before the competition starts. The locals tell me I should try the Encore spa.

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: XS at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, I always have a great time there.

Q: What's the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Meet new people, ask the locals for advice and do as much as you can. There is something for EVERYONE in Vegas.


Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: The Vegas Strip and all of the lights. I can't wait!

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: That fully sequined mini dress that has been sitting in my closet since I bought it.

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Peepshow. I love Holly Madison.

All Miss USA contestants surveyed are over 21 years of age.
Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization

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