Now that holidays are coming, it’s nice to catch a glimpse of the Sin City and of course nothing beats a nice road trip around Vegas. Hence, for those who want to experience it at it’s best, here are the things that you should be packing now.

Vegas Road Trip Must-Haves

Vegas Road Trip Must-Haves

  1. Sun blockers.

These are the most essential thing to pack in your suitcase. Why? Simply because the sun shines in Vegas like there’s no more compared to it. It’s very harmful especially if you want to go out of your nook during the day time and enjoy what the city can offer. Tours here in Vegas are mostly done in daylight so make sure that you are well safeguarded and with that, we mean that you should be well-sunblocked. Put your shades on, wear your wide-brim hat and never forget to apply some sunblock lotion with high spf.

  1. Extra Cash

Believe me that once you’re in the Sin City, you can’t stop to discover new gems and sadly these gems require some cash on hand. You can also have your credit or debit card ready. While touring the city, you will never know when you’ll cross an outlet store or a fashion malls filled with exciting brands and stores where you can buy a lot of awesome things. From fashionable clothing up to fabulous souvenirs to give to your love ones back at home.

  1. Map

Las Vegas may not be a very big city compared to other huge ones in other countries. However, you need to know that the possibility of getting lost here is very big. And that’s the last thing we need to experience when we have a very limited time to enjoy the entire city, right? We don’t want to waste time and money just to get lost hence having a map at reach is very important. Make sure that your map has all the major landmarks and you’ll get to have a list of the places you need or want to visit as well plus the detailed directions going there.

  1. Extra adrenaline

Well, just for your information especially when this is your first time to hit the road to the Sin city, it isn’t just about gambling and partying. If you are an adrenaline junkie then we tell you now to bring more adrenaline with you as you reach the city. You will surely experience here tons of tours that will require your willingness to experience them all. Thus, make sure that you have the courage, extra adrenaline and lots of voice to shout for joy while riding 4×4 ride, zip lines, Grand Canyon helicopter ride, boating and such more.


Las VegasValentine’s Day isn’t just celebrated one day because in Las Vegas, everyday can be as romantic as ever. If you want to dodge the idea of gambling and bar hopping then you can opt to do a lot of romantic things with your other half. Thus, if you go to Vegas for your honeymoon or just to spend wonderful moments with your love one then you can surely be successful here.

  1. Strong Along The Sin City

Walking on the most sparkly streets in the world may be simple but it’s totally sweet and romantic. Just seeing the lights, sounds and people roaming around together, watching the beauty of the sin city is one for the books.

  1. Fly with the Slotzilla Zip Line

There’s nothing sweeter than looking at the city from above and we don’t mean sky-high dining or sightseeing here. We want to make it more romantic and much more thrilling for the both of you hence we want to have a glimpse of downtown while you are on a zip line. Yes, you and your special someone can try flying on Slotzilla and experience one of the most exciting attractions in the city together.

  1. Luxurious dining

Nothing beats the sweetness of luxurious dining in a city that is filled with elegant and classy hotels. Thus, you’ll make your love one feel that she’s important when you tend to treat her in a dinner in a very romantic way. Dining at one of the City’s high-class hotel may be expensive but with the top-of-the-notch service and the experience of dining while seeing the views of the Sin City or while watching the attractions offered by the city, it’s truly worth the price.

  1. Watch concerts and shows

If you love to watch shows and concerts together in your city then in Vegas, you will be more thrilled to watch them. Some are free and some come with a price but all will offer you entertaining time with your special someone. You can laugh together with comedy shows or get awed together watching magical performers, contortionists, circus acts and more.

  1. Get Married the Las Vegas Style

This is totally the best among all the romantic things you can do in Las Vegas. Because yes, in reality there’s nothing sweeter that getting married in here. You can choose from many chapels or wedding venues that will make your special day absolutely cool and unforgettable. You can get married at a chapel, at a balcony, at a museum and so much more. Love truly knows no boundaries in the city and no matter where you want it , whenever you prefer, you can tie the knot in the Sin City. And that my friend, it a total bomb.

Las Vegas is home to some of the largest, most intricate, and highly themed hotels in the world. These lavish resorts are a must see no matter what age you are or what your interests are. Everyone should visit “sin city” at least once in their lifetime.

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12. MGM Grand – This once lavish resort is still decently elegant ut I doubt I would ever want to stay here. The lion habitat has been removed which really upsets me! But they recently renovated the hotel to make it a little more “grand.” It’s in a great location though, across the street from the NY NY and a few blocks from CityCenter.

11. Circus Circus – While it’s in a horrible location, in a bad, run down part of the strip, it is still very affordable (think $30-$50 a night at the lowest), and decently themed. Kids will enjoy the decent sized indoor amusement park.

10. Monte Carlo – Located next door to CityCenter, the Monte Carlo is connected to a complimentary monorail that takes you through CityCenter and stops at the Bellagio. It has its own mini water park and a more elegant theme that some of the other hotels. Its decently affordable too.

9. New York New York – NYC lovers will enjoy seeing the Statue of Liberty reproduction, miniature Statue of Liberty and Chrysler Tower, and NYC skyline recreation. You will enjoy riding the roller coasterswhich circles around the building.

8. The Mirage – See the volcano, visit the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, lounge at the pool, and stock up on Kardashian stuff at Kardashian Khaos. Don’t forget to see the Beatles LOVE show.

7. Paris Las Vegas – See the half size eiffel tower replica, take the elevator up it to look off the observation deck and eat at the delicious French restaurant.

6. Wynn – Steve Wynn has many great vegetarian dishes at restaurants throughout the hotel because he and his wife are vegetarians. The longtime fan of the exquisite craftsmanship of Ferraris, Steve Wynn has created the ultimate tribute to the Italian carmaker with the opening of Penske Wynn Ferrari Maserati. The Penske Wynn Ferrari Maserati is Nevada’s first and only factory-authorized Ferrari and Maserati dealership. Where might it be? This is Vegas, located right on the strip at the five Star Wynn Las Vegas resort. See more than a dozen vehicles exceeding prices of $700,000!

5. Caesars Palace – This unique European style mega resort has been expanded many times, making it look a little crazy but it is a very nice resort in a great location. It has its own nice mall, boat loads of theming and wonderful dining options.

4. – The Venetian – Step into piece of Venice, Italy in this elegant resort. Take a gondola ride, go shopping or take in the gorgeous surroundings.

3. The Bellagio – Everyone that visits Vegas has to see the Fountains of Bellagio. Take a walk through this five star resort that’s truly one of a kind. Be sure to get a bite to eat at the Bellagio Buffet.

2. The Cosmopolitan – This swanky mega resort is sandwiched between CityCenter and the Bellagio. Be sure to take a look though this place, you’ll find glamour in every direction.

1. Aria – This place is the best of the best, world class dining and shopping meet with a mega casino, an incredible show, and so much more.

The Las Vegas Strip is an approximately 4.2-mile (6.8 km) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South in Clark County, Nevada. The Strip is not located within the City of Las Vegas but is in the unicorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester, which are south of the Las Vegas city limits. Most of the Strip has been designated an All-American Road, and is considered a scenic route at night, Many of the largest hotel,casino, and resort properties in the world are located on the Las Vegas Strip. Fifteen of the world’s 25 largest hotels by room count are on the Strip, with a total of over 62,000 rooms.

The most important places to visit in Las Vegas are: New York roller coaster, the Eiffel Tower, talking statues at the Caesar Palace, The Bellagio fountain show, The Mirage Volcano and let’s not forget all the great casinos, Mandalay Bay, Wynn and many more.

If you want to save time and money, the most important Las Vegas travel tip is to compare prices before booking a hotel room or a flight. You can do this for free on, a site that searches through hundreds of other travel websites in real time for the best travel deals available.

There are more ways than one to lose your shirt in Las Vegas. Even if you don’t gamble, you can still empty your wallet on pricey hotels, shows and meals. But there are ways to cut the cost by planning ahead. Here are my best tips:

1. Never pay full price for anything. This is the cardinal rule of Las Vegas. Whatever the list price is, there’s always a discount out there somewhere, whether it’s by joining an email club for the resort you’re booking or checking on an attraction’s website.

2. Keep a watch on discounted tickets: The “half-price ticket booth” company Tix4Tonight has actually caused something of a rebound effect. These booths are so ubiquitous now that popular shows that formerly didn’t sell tickets there found they had to discount as well. And how did they do that? The same way retail stores do it: mark up the prices to ridiculous heights, then “discount” them so you’ll feel like you’re getting a deal. Nowadays, not all shows at Tix4Tonight are half price. Sometimes they’re only one-third off. But it’s still worth checking what’s on offer. You can also sign up for the mailing list and text alerts.

3. Check the websites. For example, the Cirque du Soleil website offers hefty discounts during nonpeak periods for most of the group’s shows. The advantage to buying directly from Cirque is that you can pick your actual seat through the online software. Click on the “offers” tab to see what’s up. At this writing, Cirque was offering $79 advance tickets to summer performances of “The Beatles: Love,” regularly priced at $104-$155. And note that it’s not bad to be up high – you can see some of the show better. You must buy these at least three days in advance. Information:

4. Look for package deals. The Mob Museum (which I recommend, by the way) charges $21.95 for adult admission, $19.95 if you buy online in advance. But you can buy a combo ticket for the museum and “CSI: The Experience” (regularly $31.50) for a total of $45. Or combine the Mob Museum and the Neon Museum for $30. That’s really a deal, because the Neon Museum alone costs $18-$25, depending on whether you go during the day or night.

The Vegas Attraction Passport for $79.95 is a good value. It includes four attractions – Madame Tussauds wax museum, the Mob Museum, “CSI: The Experience” and the outdoor gondola ride at The Venetian – as well as one day of unlimited daytime rides on Big Bus Tours. Information: go to and click on “Vegas Attraction Passport” at the bottom of the page.

5. Las Vegas Power Pass. Now you really, really have to consider whether it’s going to be worth buying this pass, because you’ll invariably find you can’t get to as many attractions as you expect. This pass costs $84.99 for one day and now up to $165.74 for five days, and includes admission to 26 Las Vegas attractions such as the Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck, Madame Tussauds, a driving tour of Hoover Dam, the roller coaster at New York New York and lots more. Some things I loved, though, like the Mob Museum, are not included.

6. Las Vegas Advisor. Check out Anthony Curtis’ Las Vegas Advisor, which is full of expert tips for saving money. The best deals and tips aren’t revealed unless you sign up for his club. I actually did and ordered his discount book, which costs $40. The slim, pocket-size volume has dozens of two-for-one deals and freebies. I didn’t use as many as I thought I would, but the two-for-one buffet coupons at least paid for the book.

7. Resort clubs. If you join the email loyalty clubs for resorts and casinos you like to frequent, they’ll send you deals and offers. Every resort has one. And joining the club will open up other deals to you as well. For example, joining the club that links the Station resorts means you get a discounted buffet every time you go, and also access to discounted room rates. Most clubs are free. If you join Landry’s Select Club for $25, you’ll automatically get a $25 credit you can use at Landry restaurants like Claim Jumper and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., plus offers to the Golden Nugget in Vegas and Laughlin.

8. Players clubs. Now, I’m no expert on casino players’ clubs because I’m not much of a gambler. But people who are enjoy all sorts of benefits from joining casino clubs, including points they can use for free meals, lodging, free play and more. Every casino has a club, so look for yours online.

9. Ride the Deuce. I’ve only recently discovered this metro bus route that specializes in the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Vegas, and I’m in love. It beats the heck out of the price of the monorail and taxicabs. And it means you don’t have to take your car out of the parking garage every time you want to go somewhere, or rent a car to get around. And I like the fact that the buses – which seem to come along constantly – pick up and drop off in front of the casinos, which is much more convenient than hunting for parking for the monorail in the back. The buses are nice, clean two-story coaches. You can buy a $6 pass for two hours, but I suggest spending $8 for an all-day pass or $20 for three days. Multiday passes must be bought from kiosks or online; day passes can be purchased with exact change from drivers. Information:

10. Check I like this new website a lot. It shows at one glance all the offerings from the major Groupon and Living Social-type discounters, so you don’t have to go back and forth. At this writing, they were offering admission to the new National Atomic Testing Museum for $12, regularly $22. (Note that technically most of these sites require you to buy at least 24 hours in advance, though I don’t know how rigid they are.) You have to give your email address to access the deals. Information:
I hope these tips help you save. Sometimes, I’ve checked off more than one. For example, in April I wanted to take my teenagers to see a real working magician, and I found a Groupon offering tickets to see Nathan Burton perform at Planet Hollywood for $10.

Out of curiosity, I looked on and saw he was offering show tickets for $25 each.

Then, I phoned up his reservation line and told them I had this Groupon offer, but I’d rather buy directly from them. They offered me great VIP seats for $17 each, so I took them.

In retrospect, the Groupon offer would have been better (when I wrote this it was still available, by the way), but I still saved money off the advertised price.

If you’ve got more tips – and I know you love your Vegas deals – email them to me at Include your full name and the city you live in, and maybe I’ll feature them in a future column.

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Think you know the Las Vegas Strip? Maybe you do, but maybe you could learn a thing or two. The Strip has entered another period of rapid evolution, meaning more dynamic, innovative attractions and destinations are on the way … along with potentially more inconvenience and expensiveness. But let’s be honest, you’re still gonna go. There are plenty of amazing Vegas experiences you have yet to uncover, and we’ve got tips, tricks and hacks to help maximize your time, money and enjoyment while you’re there.

GET ON TRACK The Las Vegas Monorail, once dismissed as a colossal failure, has been the butt of many local jokes since launching in 2004 (and it still doesn’t serve what should be its primary purpose: transporting tourists from the airport to the Strip). But … it’s undeniably useful and affordable. With stations at five casino resorts on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard (SLS, Harrah’s/Linq, Flamingo, Bally’s/Paris and MGM Grand) plus stops at the Westgate and the Convention Center, there really isn’t a spot on the Strip the Monorail can’t get you near, and extended hours have the train running until 2 or 3 a.m. every night except Mondays. Single tickets cost $5 ($1 for locals!), and multi-ride passes range from $12 for one day to $56 for a full week. Children 5 and under ride free, and trains arrive every 4-8 minutes.

NAVIGATIONAL ADVANTAGE Industrial Road. Koval Lane. Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra Drives. These are the Strip-adjacent surface streets everybody knows and uses to avoid the Boulevard as much possible, and they’re still highly effective alternative routes, especially during busy nights and weekends. Our favorite Strip sneak attack: coming in on Harmon Avenue from the west. You can take Tropicana to Dean Martin to Jerry Lewis Drive, or you can use Flamingo’s weird Hotel Rio Drive access point to get to Dean Martin and then Jerry Lewis. Once you find yourself on Harmon, you can slide into Aria’s north valet or Cosmo’s garage—a prime Strip arrival to be sure—without having to cross Las Vegas Boulevard.

LUNCH TIME Whether you’re vacationing or working, the Strip is a beautiful place to rediscover the lost art of the power lunch—and it’ll allow the sampling of fabulous fare at a lower price point than at dinner. Don’t sleep on the original powerhouse, Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars, but also check out bustling bistros like RM Seafood and Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay, the Country Club at Wynn and DB Brasserie at the Venetian. Cosmo’s twin dynamos Estiatorio Milos and D.O.C.G. deserve spots on your lunch list, too.

SHOWS WE LOVE “Spectacularly insane demonstrations of offensive and astounding human behavior. It was love at first sight.” That’s how one of our favorite websites, VegasTripping, characterizes Absinthe at Caesars Palace. We couldn’t have said it better, and we couldn’t agree more, which explains why we keep going back and dragging everyone along. Absinthe will move to the Cosmopolitan in the fall, so catch it while you can at Caesars. Next door at the Mirage,The Beatles Love just celebrated a decade as everyone’s favorite Cirque du Soleil production on the Strip, and recent strategic show revamps are a good reason to check it out again.

PASS THOSE KEYS MGM Resorts’ new pay-to-park policies extend to the beloved amenity that was free valet. It’s a tough transition, but there are still a couple of opportunities to valet for free at MGM destinations. Leave your car at the Shops at Crystals (the high-end mall in front of Aria) or the Shoppes at Mandalay Place (between Mandalay Bay and Luxor), and you won’t have to pay … Another tip: Don’t forget to.

ANTE UP The Strip has a poker room for every budget and mood. Beginners looking for a convivial vibe should head to MGM Grand for 2-4 limit or 1-2 no-limit hold ’em. Wanna play with the big boys? There’s no better place to burn through your bankroll than Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio.

ASSISTANCE FOR ALL We’ve all heard hotel concierges can get things you can’t get yourself, and this is one cliché that’s actually true. After we struck out online, MGM’s concierge scored us a great seat for The Rolling Stones’ October T-Mobile Arena concert. You typically don’t have to be a guest of any hotel to take advantage of these resourceful Vegas pros.

GENERAL ADMISSION If you’re ballin’ out at the club with booth and bottles, count us in—that’s the best way to maximize the head-spinning Vegas nightlife wonderland. But there’s still something to be said for bouncing between the bar and the dancefloor, mingling with the masses and embracing the insanity of total sweaty/strobey immersion. If that’s your vibe, your megaclubs are XS at Encore, Light at Mandalay Bay and Omnia at Caesars Palace, and your more intimate faves will be Hyde at Bellagio, Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay and the shiny new Jewel at Aria.

SOMETHING BREWING Think cheap beer doesn’t exist on the spendy Strip? Think again. Casino Royale—you know, the place next door to the Venetian with the Best Western hotel and the only White Castle in Vegas—still offers $1 Michelob and Michelob Light bottles. Another beer hack: You can find solid stashes for half the price of casino brews at any of the many Strip convenience stores. And if you’re all about selection, visit Pub 1842 at MGM Grand or the new Beerhaus at the Park.

SOCIAL EATING If you’re like us, you love to gather your squad and attack multiple restaurants, ordering lots of food and passing plates around until you can’t eat another bite. To apply this strategy to the Strip, aim for lounge and happy-hour menus. This way you can sample dishes from different restaurants instead of committing to a long night in one seat. A few suggestions: At Caesars Palace, bounce between Gordon Ramsay Pub, Border Grill and Searsucker; At Aria, shuffle through Bardot Brasserie, Herringbone and Sage.

THE BACK LOT In a stretch of road stacked with towering parking garage structures, it might seem counterintuitive to go the blacktop route. But the massive lot behind the Linq (access from Koval Lane) has become our go-to parking place when Stripwalking is on the agenda. Before you arrive in the heart of the action, check out what’s new along the Linq Promenade across from Caesars while snapping selfies along the way with the High Roller in the background.

CIRCUMVENT THE ROAR Due to its magnificent size and tendency to host massive events, MGM Grand can be a bit of a beast when it comes to parking. Both the garage along Tropicana Avenue and the main valet can hit their capacities on big Vegas weekends, slowing traffic to a dribble. Consider parking at the Tropicana or New York-New York resorts, or better yet, make an evening at Hakkasan part of your MGM Grand plans and use the private valet located west of the main entrance—just look for the blue-light Hakkasan logo. You should be going to Hakkasan anyway; the food’s incredible and the club is always bumpin’.

STEP INTO THE LIGHT The Strip has its own art scene, and we’re not talking about the Bellagio gallery (though that’s obviously cool, too). Striking installations are all over the CityCenter complex; our favorite is “Akhob,” one of James Turrell’s largest light-field installations, on the fourth floor of the Louis Vuitton store at the Shops at Crystals. It’s free to see, but you have to schedule a visit by calling the store (702-730-3150). You can experience Turrell’s work at Crystals’ tram stop, too.

HIGH-SPEED SPOT Those of us who spend lots of laptop time on Las Vegas Boulevard know it’s not easy to find a chill location with great wifi on the Strip. There are, however, about a million Starbucks, and many are big enough to find a quiet nook. Our top pick for comfort and Internet access is the ’bucks in front of Mandarin Oriental, next to Bobby’s Burger Palace. It’s never crowded, the connectivity’s reliable and the people-watching’s an added bonus.

FRESH PERSPECTIVE No matter how many Vegas visits a tourist tallies or how many times locals hit the Strip with friends and relatives, the iconic dancing fountains at Bellagio remain the thing to see. But next time you go, try changing your point of view. Grab a glass of wine or a cocktail at Bellagio’s Prime steakhouse or Hyde Lounge (or go brunching on Lago’s patio) to get a glimpse from the back, or spend some time at Paris’ Eiffel Tower Restaurant or Beer Park or the Cromwell’s Giada restaurant. The show feels just as grand from a different angle.

BEER BREAK Don’t skip the classic Vegas adventure of walking the Strip simply because it’s hot outside; just take a breather every few hundred feet and drink something frosty. One great pit stop: Sin City Brewing Co. at Harmon Corner, serving deliciously underrated local brews in the middle of the Boulevard.

A BAR APART Mandarin Oriental’s understated but posh cocktail bar isn’t cheap or easily found (best to valet at the hotel itself), but it’s absolutely worth the hunt. Largely free from casino cacophony, this gem provides respite from the Boulevard’s bustle, and 23 floors up, offers one of the most romantic and private date spots in Las Vegas.

APP IT UP Wouldn’t it be great to punch up the perfect Strip guide on your phone and know where to go, what to do and how much it’ll cost? Hit the app store and get VegasMate. It’s free and loaded with info on hotels, shows, restaurants, clubs and activities, even stuff off the Strip.

CELEB SPOTTING The Strip is still the playground of the rich and famous, but this sort of Vegas VIP tends toward exclusive experiences we commonfolk won’t be able to access. If you want to spy some stars, consider this simple equation: Famous people are mostly good-looking, and good-looking people love to eat sushi. It sounds goofy, but it’s reliable. Spend some time at Nobu at Caesars Palace, Andrea’s at Encore, Kumi at Mandalay Bay or Mizumi at Wynn, and keep a list of found rock and movie stars.

ISLAND RETREAT One locals’ pick for a Strip staycation is Mandalay Bay. It has easy access at the southern tip. It’s a quick skip to Town Square in case the shopping on property is missing anything you might need. The sprawling pool complex, complete with beach, wave pool and lazy river, is every kid’s dream come true. And the breakfast buffet is pretty badass.


We’ve spent years dining up and down the Strip’s culinary wonderland; now, we’re sharing our sorta-secret, lesser-known loves, fancy and not so much.

“I always order rice at Noodles, a casual Asian café at Bellagio that’s ideal for a post-poker feast. Specifically, I get braised beef brisket rice, an offal-good union of slow-cooked meat, chewy tendon and rich gravy. It’s a perfect one-plate meal. Meat and fat and starch also contribute to what might well be the city’s best post-party gorge-fest: theadobada fries at Tacos El Gordo, a glorious, gargantuan mess overflowing with spiced pork and shredded cheese. Come with a group so you can share the fries and still have room for beef-head tacos and chorizo tostadas. Go Gordo or go home.” –Andy Wang

“Celeb chefs Mario and Giada tend to dominate the press, but just outside the limelightPortofino chef Michael LaPlaca is dishing out some of the Strip’s best Italian at the Mirage. From lasagna with oxtail ragu to his very own pasta (‘ripatelli’) in wild boar Bolognese, LaPlaca hasn’t found a classic he can’t reinvent. Across the Strip at Harrah’s,Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill serves an outrageous fried bologna sandwich. A thick slice of seared lunch meat, melted American cheese and a slather of Miracle Whip are layered between buttery slices of Texas toast. Gourmet grub is great, but this hefty Southern classic just hits the spot.” –Jim Begley

“High-end Strip restaurants are often so hyped I sometimes leave my meal asking, Was that it? A notable exception: dinner at Harvest by Roy Ellamar at Bellagio. No other place has managed to strike a balance of great food (I could live on the naan alone), locally sourced ingredients and polished presentation. The dim sum-style snack wagon for eclectic small plates is another genius detail. And for those nights when I’ve had one too many cheap frozen cocktails, and a formal meal is out of the question, I grab a New York slice from Secret Pizza at the Cosmopolitan, douse it in red pepper flakes and devour it from a seat in the third-floor common area while I gawk at tourists.” –Debbie Lee

“There are so many great, somewhat forgotten fine-dining spots on the Strip that have been victimized by new, hip hype. Andre’s at Monte Carlo, always near the top of my list, has delicately approached, classic French cuisine executed beautifully in old-school swank; I’m hoping this institution makes it through the property’s upcoming massive renovation. If you’re talking top-to-bottom best food resorts, I’m still partial to Wynn, where even the quick bites are luxurious. You might catch me sneaking into the sports book deli Zoozacrackers for an indulgent hash of pastrami, poached eggs, diced latkes, Swiss cheese, peppers and onions and chipotle ranch.” –Brock Radke


When Steve Wynn expanded his third-generation Strip resort by opening Encore in 2008, no one could have predicted how the new casino would find its nightlife focus. But the massive success of XS, paired with the multi-format experience of Surrender and Encore Beach Club, has done just that, turning the luscious red casino into one big, never-ending pre-party on weekends. It’s an interesting alternative to Wynn Las Vegas, but in a strange way, it recalls past eras of life on the Strip, when you didn’t have to plan out your every move from drinks to dinner to show or club. Encore is where the action is, and it’s not the only Strip destination where you’ll find a good time even if you haven’t spent a lot of time looking.

Big, blazing nightlife isn’t for all of us. If you really want to go with the flow, check into one of the Cosmopolitan’s creative cocktail bars (the multi-level Chandelier or the lobby-area Vesper Bar or Clique Lounge), order your favorite drink and keep your eyes open, because something is about to happen. If you want to float closer to the casino, Bellagio’s classic Petrossian Bar or Venetian’s Bellini Bar (just under that escalator to Tao) are still great meeting spots. Planning to bounce beyond a single casino in one night? I dig that. If you’re gonna get out on the street—maybe catch a volcano erupt or something—start the night at super casual spots like the rowdy Bar at Times Square at New York-New York or the rowdier O’Sheas Casino at the Linq Promenade. –Brock Radke


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A holiday in Las Vegas could be much more then gambling on the casinos. This city offers a variety of man made and natural attraction in it and in its surrounding.

The most important places to visit in Las Vegas are: New York roller coaster, the Eiffel Tower, talking statues at the Caesar Palace, The Bellagio fountain show, The Mirage Volcano and let’s not forget all the great casinos, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead which are just around the corner.

If you want to save time and money, the most important Las Vegas travel tip is to compare prices before booking a hotel room or a flight. You can do this for free on, a site that searches through hundreds of other travel websites in real time for the best travel deals available.

Travel video about destination Las Vegas in the United States of America.
A fascinating glimpse into the non-stop entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, that offers a great deal more than the gambling casinos for which it’s famous.

There’s the Luxor Hotel that was built at a cost of 400 million dollars and contains 2,526 rooms and an atrium that can accommodate nine jumbo jets. This is in stark contrast to the Excalibur Hotel that evokes King Arthur and his Round Table.

Even the New York skyline is on full view and features Greenwich Village, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty and a screeching roller-coaster ride above the residential quarters of New York!

The exclusive Romanesque Caesar’s Palace contains some of the finest and most elegant shops in the United States that epitomize the height of luxury.

The Mirage Hotel boasts an erupting volcano and cascading waterfalls.

The Venetian is the world’s largest hotel with more than 6,600 spacious suites and a gondolier is on hand to transport visitors through a watery shopping mall as he graces them with an Italian love song.

Las Vegas, there’s a lot more to it than this, including Treasure Island and regular battles between pirates and the English fleet. This city is like a huge multi-billion dollar film set where illusion and entertainment know no bounds.

Las Vegas! Vegas, Baby! With a weekend to explore Las Vegas we arrived hitting the ground running wanting to pack in as much as we possibly could over a short period of time. Nigh life, music, gambling, entertainment, dancing, walking the Strip and shows in the evening. Driving luxury cars, helicopter tours, exploring the Grand Canyon and marveling at Red Rock Canyon by day. Las Vegas was full of surprises. The following is a Las Vegas travel guide to experience the most out of your vacation to Sin City. It is the best things to do on Las Vegas Strip along with day excursions outside of the city limits. As they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas:

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3) RED ROCK CANYON, NEVADA – An easy trip from Las Vegas
4) LUXURY CARS: Test driving a Lamborghini, Ferrari & Porsche in Las Vegas
5) Leaving Las Vegas! Gambling, bars, entertainment and bright lights at night!

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Las Vegas! Vegas, Baby! With a weekend to explore Las Vegas we arrived hitting the ground running wanting to pack in as much as we possibly could over a short period of time. Nigh life, music, gambling, entertainment, dancing, walking the Strip and shows in the evening. Driving luxury cars, helicopter tours, exploring the Grand Canyon and marveling at Red Rock Canyon by day. Las Vegas was full of surprises. The following is a Las Vegas travel guide to experience the most out of your vacation to Sin City. It is the best things to do on Las Vegas Strip along with day excursions outside of the city limits. As they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

So we aren’t in Canada no more! This weekend we actually escaped to Las Vegas so we are going to be spending three days just enjoying winter in the desert and doing cool stuff. And today we’re walking down the strip and we’re going to show you some of the sights. And the best part – no winter parka right now.

Enough walking for a while. I’m starving. Let’s get some dinner. We’re going to Shake Shack.

Tell, me. Tell, me! You know what? Nobody does fast food like Americans. They’ve got it down to a science. It’s absolutely unhealthy but so delicious.

We’re going to head back to the hotel and get ready for a show. We’re going to be seeing the Michael Jackson Show at the Mandalay Bay but unfortunately we can’t bring any cameras in there so we won’ t be able to show you that but maybe after the show we’ll hit the town again and show you the sights. Not maybe! Definitely!

It is so sad to be leaving but it is our last night in Las Vegas so we’re going to go out and try and see as much as we can this evening. Let’s go wild. Let’s gamble.

It is never ending. The lights. The noise. The ding ding ding ding. This is what a casino sounds like twenty-four seven. We see people gambling here at like five in the morning when we get up for breakfast.

What would a trip to Vegas be like without a little gambling? Sam, even looks like an old gambler today with that hat. Oh, I do. Guess what? We’re such cheapskates we’re playing with pennies. We’re going to the penny machine. They don’t even have pennies in Canada anymore, so let’s use these American pennies up.

Shiver me timbers. I’m playing a pirate game. I’m going to win me some money.

Tell us? Alright, I was a pretty lousy pirate, so I’m going to try my luck with this Owl game. Hoot! Hoot!

Ding ding ding ding ding. Being the supreme cheapskate that I am I’m cutting my loses after two dollars.

So we’re here at the Bellagio for the water show. And they have a lot of frequent shows in the evening so we’re just waiting for it to start.

So we are now at the Cosmopolitan and we are visiting one of the coolest bars in all of Las Vegas. This behind me is the Chandelier.

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So many of us go to Vegas thinking we’re a hot shot, ready to win some money and score some babes. (#pipedream) Some people just don’t plan for the added fees and shenanigans of Sin City. Here are some tips for a Vegas vacation to help you avoid all the common mistakes people make in Vegas…

Not Sticking to Your Budget:

Before you go to Vegas, you save your money and give yourself a limit, right? That’s what Casino Boy does, which is how he gets so much done all the time. (Gambling, drinking, etc.) Here are his three biggies: Pay for your hotel in advance, give yourself a budget, and stick to it. Granted, these Vegas tips seem easy, but sweet temptation lurks around every corner!

  • Don’t let the temptation of the comped drinks you get while gambling feel like you’re saving money. (You aren’t.)
  • Don’t let all your drinks at happy hour sway you into thinking you can drink just as much all night at the club. (You can’t.)
  • Don’t feel like you need to go to a fancy, famous restaurant for every meal. There are plenty of cheapo eats scattered about! (You knew this already, but it’s worth mentioning again.)

Not Learning the Rules of the Game:

Don’t expect to make your fortune if you don’t know the game. Or if you don’t know it as well as the people you’re playing with.

  • Vegas Casinos with beginners lessons include the Imperial Palace, Circus Circus and Excalibur; all have lessons every day during the week. For some Off-Strip action, check out beginner lessons at Boulder Station, Palace Station or Sunset Station. Lots of stations there, and none of them for gas, unless those smelly locals are back again, which let’s face it, they probably are! But they can be better sports to play with than the sharks on the Strip.
  • The Las Vegas low limit casinos are a good place to go from there.
  • The best players in Vegas go to Aria at CityCenter and Caesars Palace. Pretty much all the upscale gaming Las Vegas casinos will have a few great players eager to take your money, and you’ll need plenty of Las Vegas tips that us cheapos just don’t know about if you’re dipping your toes into these waters.

Booking It All Wrong:

Vegas is full of regret, and most of it starts before you even get there. How many people have you talked to that booked a hotel in Vegas and then said they spent all their time in a different Vegas hotel, wish they had stayed closer to certain attractions, or regret that they didn’t book enough in advance to take advantage of all the discounts. And trust us – Las Vegas hotel discounts are available everywhere.

  • Why would you wait until you’re in Sin City and desperately seeking sleep to find a Vegas hotel to stay for the night? Book your room in advance to find thebest hotels near Vegas attractions you’re actually planning on seeing.
  • Find the best deals on Vegas hotel rooms so that you’re not stuck over-paying for a room that you won’t even be able to take a bubble bath in. Yuck, no thanks! This is one of the Vegas travel tips that just can’t be stressed enough. In addition to hotels,Vegas promo codes can save you on clubs, restaurants and attractions – check out package deals for the most inclusive Vegas savings.
  • Do your research and be aware of the resort fees the hotel you want to stay at charges. Those Vegas resort fees are the most common killer of fun on the first day of all vacations. This is a proven fact; it’s called science, people.
  • Not Checking a Map? Bad Move. Everyone tells you that you can walk everywhere on the Strip. Umm, no. If you’re planning on staying at Mandalay Bay, but want to eat dinner at the Wynn every night, you’re in for a surprise if you think you’ll be able to walk to your dinner reservation 10 minutes from now. (Okay, we know that you wouldn’t actually want to do this, this is just a dramatic metaphor to make a point!) If you think that staying at the Stratosphere will put you “close enough” to the Strip to go hang out there all night and then drunkenly mosey your way back on up the way, wrong again. Check out a Vegas Strip mapbefore you plan your activities.

Not Staying Hydrated:

Lots of drinking, lots of dancing, and plenty of pool parties – that’s how Las Vegas does. But make sure you’re drinking a little water there, too. The good news is that there are usually guys with coolers offering $1 waters all over the Strip, so this one’s on you, Cheapos!

Missing the Best Parts:

If you stay cooped up in the casino the entire time, can you really say that you’ve been to Las Vegas? Sure, other than the casinos, all of the best Vegas travel guides will point you to the much acclaimed Vegas nightlife and famous Vegas restaurants, but there are so many more things to see and do here!

  • Red Rock Mountain Canyon is for the outdoors-y types, just past the Red Rock Casino. It’s $3 for a one day pass for each vehicle and it will be well worth the drive out for the hiking, or even just the views from the car.
  • Of Course there is the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon, and all the Vegas tips you need for this day-long destination can be found when you join a tour.
  • And don’t feel cheap looking for the best value things to do in Vegas. They are everywhere, and probably more fun than the things you’ll pay oodles for, with a lot less old women snarking at you for carrying a flask and tripping over your own feet.

So there you have it. All the mistakes that the dummies that came before you made, and possibly you yourself on previous trips, but also, Las Vegas tips for your next trip to Sin City. You don’t have to live with all the regrets that so many do. (And we’ve been there – trust us.) Unfortunately, we will not be able to prevent the regrets of the Vegas hookups, but if you need a pat on the shoulder and a drinking buddy to wash that little memory away, Casino Boy is always available!

What are your tips for Vegas travelers that you’ve learned from experience? Let us know in the comment section below, but please, we don’t need all of the gory details. Some things are better left learned from and forgotten.



A desert metropolis built on gambling, vice and other forms of entertainment, in just a century of existence Las Vegas has drawn millions of visitors and trillions of dollars in wealth to southern Nevada. The city was founded by ranchers and railroad workers but quickly found that its greatest asset was not its springs but its casinos. Las Vegas’s embrace of Old West-style freedoms—gambling and prostitution—provided a perfect home for East Coast organized crime. Beginning in the 1940s, money from drugs and racketeering built casinos and was laundered within them. Visitors came to partake in what the casinos offered: low-cost luxury and the thrill of fantasies fulfilled.

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Canyon petroglyphs attest to human presence in southern Nevada for more than 10,000 years, and members of the Paiute tribe were in the area as early as A.D. 700. The first person of European ancestry to enter the Las Vegas valley was Rafael Rivera, who scouted the area in 1821 as part of Antonio Armijo’s expedition to open up a trade route—the Old Spanish Trail—between New Mexico and California. Rivera named the valley Las Vegas, “the meadows,” after its spring-watered grasses.

Little changed in the valley following the 1848 shift from Mexican to United States rule until 1855, when Brigham Young sent a group of Mormon settlers to the area. Their settlement was unsuccessful, but their abandoned fort was taken over by Octavius Gass, who named the area the “Los Vegas Rancho” (the altered spelling was to avoid confusion with Las Vegas, New Mexico).

In 1905 the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake railroad arrived in Las Vegas, connecting the city with the Pacific and the country’s main rail networks. The future downtown was platted and auctioned by railroad company backers, and Las Vegas was incorporated in 1911.

Nevada outlawed gambling in 1910 but the practice continued in speakeasies and illicit casinos. By the time gambling was legalized again in 1931, organized crime already had roots in the city.

In 1931 construction began on the massive Boulder Dam (later renamed theHoover Dam), drawing thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. Casinos and showgirl venues opened up on Fremont Street, the town’s sole paved road, to attract the project’s workers. When the dam was completed in 1936, cheap hydroelectricity powered the flashing signs of Fremont’s “Glitter Gulch.”

In 1941 the El Rancho Vegas resort opened on a section of U.S. 91 just outside the city’s jurisdiction. Other hotel-casinos soon followed, and the section of highway became known as “the Strip.” Most were built around the regional or Old West themes that were popular on Fremont Street. In 1946 mobster Bugsy Siegel, backed by East Coast Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky’s Mexican drug money, opened the Flamingo, a swank resort that took its cues from Hollywood, not Deadwood. Top-drawer talent was booked for its lounges and dozens of celebrities attended its Christmas Dayopening.

Siegel was murdered in 1947, but his vision for Las Vegas lived on: During the 1950s and 1960s, mobsters helped build the Sahara, the Sands, the New Frontier and the Riviera. Money from organized crime combined with funds from more respectable investors—Wall Street banks, union pension funds, the Mormon Church and the Princeton University endowment. Tourists flocked to the resorts—8 million a year by 1954—drawn by performers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley, and by rows of slot machines and gaming tables.

From the 1940s onward Las Vegas enjoyed a military boom as World War II bases gave way to Cold War facilities, most famously the Nevada Test Site, where over 100 nuclear bombs were detonated above ground between 1951 and 1963. Mushroom clouds were often visible from the hotels on the Strip, and postcards proclaimed Las Vegas the “Up and Atom City.”

In 1966 Howard Hughes checked into the penthouse of the Desert Inn and never left, preferring to buy the hotelrather than face eviction. He bought other hotels too—$300 million worth—ushering in an era in which mob interests were displaced by corporate conglomerates.

In 1989 longtime casino developer Steve Wynn opened the Mirage, the city’s first mega-resort. Over the next two decades the strip was transformed yet again: Old casinos were dynamited to make room for massive complexes taking their aesthetic cues from ancient Rome and Egypt, Paris, Venice, New York and other glamorous escapes.

Casinos and entertainment remained Las Vegas’ major employer, and the city grew with the size of the resorts and the numbers of annual visitors. In 2008, even as residents faced recession,rising unemployment and a housing price collapse, the city still received nearly 40 million visitors.

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