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Adventuredome is America’s largest indoor theme park, and is situated within the Circus Circus resort in Las Vegas. The park is connected to the hotel via a large glass dome, and features various rides and attractions, from huge roller coaster rides to family friendly games and activities.
One of Adventuredome’s most popular rides is the Canyon Blaster, the world's only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster, which reaches speeds of up to 55mph. Other attractions include a pirate ship, slingshot, bumper cars, video arcades, rock climbing, FX movies, and clown shows.
Because the park is all located inside, it is not affected by the weather and is open all year round. In October, the Adventuredome transforms into ‘Fright Dome’ – an alternative Halloween-themed park.
The grand dame of the Strip, the Bellagio still seems new compared to the vintage hotels of downtown Las Vegas. The hotel and casino has been one of the city's top resorts since 1998, when it was the most expensive hotel ever built. Named after the Italian town on Lake Como, Bellagio is known for luxury in a city where over-the-top is the norm.
A trip to Count’s Kustoms, a hotrod showroom just off the Strip, is a must for fans of the reality TV showCounting Cars as it’s the show’s home base. Take a free tour of the room filled with cars, choppers, and other works of automotive art made famous by thePawn Stars spin-off.
Named after the fabled sword of King Arthur, the Excalibur Hotel and Casino is a medieval-themed resort located on the Las Vegas Strip. At the resort, you’ll find all the popular slot games and gambling favorites such as live keno, craps, and roulette as well as many kid-friendly activities including arcades, waterslides, and an interactive medieval dinner show.
The Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas is the star of one of the History Channel’s most popular shows, Pawn Stars. The cast members, and real life owners and operators of the shop, are Rick, the Old Man, Big Hoss and Chumlee, who are known for buying and appraising collectors items, including historic firearms, antique toys, classic cars and much more. A Pawn Stars Tour of Las Vegas is the best way to see the shop and other filming locations from the show. Tour groups can skip the line, get VIP access to the stars, and even see the show getting filmed.
One of Las Vegas’s cozier venues, the V Theater is a favorite for many looking for live entertainment. There are two showrooms with a total of eight different productions, including “V - The Ultimate Variety Show,” which is frequently named the best show in Vegas. The show has fourteen different acts featuring everything from comedians to magicians and even jugglers.
The V Theater has become known for just that - variety. Many of the smaller, more unique shows that don’t play in the larger venues come to the V. There is something going on every night of the week, and the theater’s location makes it easy to combine with a restaurant visit — for an old-fashioned Vegas dinner and a show.
The Eiffel Tower, a monumental half-size replica of the French icon connected to the Paris Hotel and Casino on the Strip, offers views of glowing neon signs and the dancing fountains of the Bellagio from a windy observation deck, plus the opportunity to dine on the finest French cuisine Las Vegas has to offer. C'est vrai!
Though once outfitted with a tropical theme, Mandalay Bay is currently undergoing a makeover that will include an update to shows, dining options and nightlife opportunities. There have also been room renovations and a rebranding of the property’s boutique hotel, soon to be Delano Las Vegas.
Mandalay Bay’s casino, which has 135,000 square feet of gaming space, will be getting new carpet, chairs and music, but the gaming opportunities will remain similar to what has been offered in the past. The property has more than 1,700 slot machines ranging from 1¢ to $100 per play. Table game favorites such as baccarat, blackjack, craps and roulette can be found throughout the casino. A variety of poker games are available as well, and free lessons are available for beginners Monday through Thursday at 2:00 p.m.
Mandalay Bay’s race and sports book is a popular place to catch all major sports and horse racing events including boxing, football, auto racing, UFC, hockey, basketball and baseball. It has 17 large-screen televisions and several race seats with individual monitors. An enclosed VIP luxury box is available for groups up to eight people.
The resort’s Lotus Room combines Western gaming with Eastern table-side dining and hospitality. A handful of table games are available in the Lotus Room.
The Venetian® Resort boasts a bustling nightlife and entertainment scene, along with grand architecture and romantic gondola rides. The hotel will transport you to the streets of Venice with its hand-painted frescoes, nods to the Italian city, and Grand Canal Shoppes, an area filled with luxury boutiques, cafés, and restaurants.
Enjoy the vibes of South Beach as you gamble in Las Vegas, at the Casino at the Tropicana Las Vegas. Spanning 50,000 square feet (4,645 square meters), the classic casino features more than 650 gaming machines, as well as dozens of popular table games, a high-stakes area, and a race and sports book betting area.
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Bringing sophistication and elegance to the Las Vegas Strip, the Wynn stands out against the bright lights and flashing sign. With its golden, concave structure, and perfectly groomed trees out front, you’ll forget that Las Vegas is where all of the action happens, and instead is where the relaxation happens.
Surrounded by lagoons, waterfalls, and terraced landscapes, the effect of the Wynn Las Vegas is a peaceful one. The inside of the Wynn is marked by boutique hotels and the finest in restaurant offerings. With restaurants with the acclaimed fare of Daniel Boulud, Masa Ishizawa, and Mark LoRusso, you’ll enjoy a feast of the senses.
A refined take on nightlife and entertainment, the Wynn offers shows by Cirque Du Soleil and secluded nightclubs like Blush and Tryst that are surrounded by lagoons. Then, there’s the window shopping at the Wynn Esplanade, offering high end clothes by designers like Chanel and Dior.
Shaped like a pyramid and modeled after the tombs of ancient Egypt, the Luxor Hotel & Casino has been a Strip staple since opening in 1993. Though still guarded by a statue of the Great Sphinx, the hotel was renovated in 2008 to update some of the Egyptian decor with more modern interiors.
Open since 1997, New York - New York Hotel & Casino is one of the most recognizable structures on the Las Vegas Strip with its replica of a mini-Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty included. You can experience its Big Apple theme inside too, by visiting Times Square and Greenwich Village neighborhood areas.
Explore the Colorado River’s deep Black Canyon, which begins just below Hoover Dam outside of Las Vegas, by raft, kayak, canoe, or helicopter tours. The narrow, near-vertical volcanic rock walls contain hidden beaches, caves, hot springs, slot canyon hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and wilderness solitude.
The largest hotel in the world when it opened in 1993, the MGM Grand is a Las Vegas mainstay known for its green façade and original “old Hollywood” theme. It’s one of the busiest hotels on the Strip with thousands of rooms and dozens of restaurants, bars, and live entertainment venues.
Shopping options might seem unlimited in Las Vegas — and, if you don’t hit the jackpot, they can also seem a little unrealistic. So, when it comes to most people’s Vegas budgets, it’s the strip’s centrally located Miracle Mile Shops that will most likely fit the bill. With some 170 stores and 20 restaurants, the mall stretches 1.2 miles in length and wraps around the Planet Hollywood Casino. With a wide range of stores, the selection is ideally suited for just about anyone and for any taste, and especially for those who don’t intend to spend every last cent of their casino winnings.
It’s also a pretty great place to walk around; not only can you escape the often-hot Las Vegas weather, but the mall entertains with sights of sorts, such as its surreal outside-but-actually-inside vibe, an indoor rain storm that pours from a virtual sky, and even a fancy water fountain that, during its hourly shows, sprays water 50 feet into the air through fog and lights. You’ll also find live entertainment venues that feature a variety of shows, as well as easy access to Planet Hollywood and even more show options (for which you may want to get tickets in advance).
When it comes to Las Vegas, City of Sin, and a cluster of neon lights, hiking isn’t the very first thing that comes to most people’s minds. The reality, however, is that Vegas is surrounded by dozens of great hiking trails and rung by mystical mountains, with the trail to the top of Fortification Hill offering one of the area’s best views. From the top of this rocky pinnacle inside of Lake Mead National Recreation area, climbers are rewarded with panoramic views of Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. This six-mile trail is for serious hikers who are comfortable with a little bit of bouldering, as sections in the middle can require scrambling for about 10 vertical feet. Most of the trail is straightforward, however, albeit a little steep, as the trail gains approximately 1,400 feet in a little under three miles. While you’re sure to work up a sweat when climbing—especially since there isn’t any shade—the view from the top makes every step completely worth the effort.
If you’re into American cars, it doesn’t get much better than Las Vegas’ Shelby Heritage Center, the brainchild of race car driver Carroll Shelby. Shelby American is behind the AC Cobra, and has churned out premier performance versions of Mustangs and other cars. Now fans can check out many of the company’s creations.
Talk about a wedding to remember! A Special Memory Wedding Chapel offers memorable wedding ceremonies in true Las Vegas style: in packages and with Elvis Presley, but minus the grub associated with chapels typically found on the Strip! The chapel is most popular for its famous drive-through weddings, which continue to gather hordes of visitors even today. Visitors wishing to tie the knot should expect all the Las Vegas wedding elements: Elvis impersonator, limousine transportation, rose presentations, photo tour packages in the city and more.
An attraction in its own right, the off-Strip and classy chapel is featured in a dozen guided tours around Las Vegas, and should please even the non-Vegas wedding types.
Las Vegas’ Mob Museum offers an inside look at the world of organized crime, from mobsters and hit men to the law enforcement officials tasked with solving their crimes. You’ll learn real stories about the Mob through interactive exhibits and see rare memorabilia captured from the nation’s most notorious criminals.
There's more to do in Las Vegas than hit the slots. Active travelers can take a short trip to Jean, Nevada, for outdoor adventure in an area known as Hidden Valley. Ride through the desert on an ATV, exploring the trails of Jean Dry Lake’s surrealist landscape of sand dunes, rugged desert, and mountain terrain.
No trip to Las Vegas is complete without visiting the Grand Canyon. Thousands of feet higher than the South Rim, the canyon’s North Rim provides impressive vistas, trails along the Colorado River, and a better glimpse at the inner canyon, all with sparser crowds than its more popular counterpart. Highlights on the North Rim include Bright Angel Point (a terminus of the famous Bright Angel Trail), Angel’s Window Overlook, Cape Royal, and Point Imperial—the Grand Canyon’s highest point at 8,800 feet (2,682 meters).
Once known as the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Bally’s Las Vegas is one of the strip’s most famous hotels. With nearly 3,000 guestrooms that are 450 square feet (or larger!)—most of which were recently renovated—Bally’s is quintessential Las Vegas glitz, glam and luxury. A neon-wrapped moving sidewalk, more than 100 shops, a handful of diverse restaurants and even the long-running show Jubilee are among the features that make this Las Vegas strip hotel a favorite among travelers. Theater lovers can check out other in-hotel performances like “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding”, a country superstars musical tribute and even a new adults-only show called “50 Shades! The Parody”. Fitness buffs will love the contemporary gym facilities, championship tennis courts and pool—perfect for relaxing after a night at the casino.
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