While some people flock to ski resorts for their holiday getaways, Las Vegas attracts visitors who want to enjoy their winter holidays without the cold, wet stuff. But what Las Vegas lacks in snow, it makes up for with a myriad of other holiday festivities and spirit. The city is a hive of activity, and from mid-November through the beginning of January, it is amped up with decorations, special events and a buzz of excitement.
We’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Sin City larger than life — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Las Vegas!
Sky Combat Ace is an exclusive fighter pilot experience offering adrenaline junkies like me custom aerial trips, from learning to fly the plane yourself to dogfighting or making wild loops in the air. SCA is the only one of its kind in Nevada offering these kinds of once-in-a-lifetime adventures, and I wasn’t going to miss out.
For many years, when people took a Las Vegas vacation, they hunkered down in resorts along the Strip and didn’t think much about the fact that they spent very little time outside. Times have changed in Las Vegas, however, and resort companies are beginning to realize that year-round sunshine and a growing interest in al fresco dining are appealing to visitors.
The first major development on the Strip that addresses these things is The LINQ, a pedestrian walkway between The Quad (soon to be The LINQ Hotel) and Flamingo with several shops, dining options and entertainment capped off by the High Roller, the world’s largest observation wheel.
Just when you think you’ve got Las Vegas figured out, a new hotel is built or a fresh attraction is introduced. Though there were several openings and expansions throughout 2014, guests will be treated to lots of interesting developments throughout 2015 as well.
Not so very long ago, Nevada used to be a flyover state for both musicians and fans following the festival circuit. Despite its hype as an awesome vacation destination, it was never a known home to something like Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonaroo or any other big-name music festival that served as a destination in and of itself.
Las Vegas’ mega-resorts are universally big, bright and bold, but not every visitor is interested in a busy casino floor and the overabundance of choices these properties have to offer. Luckily, there are properties like Delano, one of the newest and most low-key hotels on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Whether you’ve planned a bachelor party in Las Vegas or you want a weekend away with your fraternity brothers or closest guy friends, there are plenty of things designed specifically for your manly itinerary. Stay for a day or make it a long weekend, bring just a of couple buddies or pack a dozen guys with you.
As a born and raised East Coast liberal, the only guns I ever saw were holstered in a police officer’s belt, and I didn’t know a single civilian that owned one. I never had the desire to shoot one before, but was intrigued by a family member’s tales of relieving stress at a firing range. And what is Vegas, if not a place to leave your inhibitions and preconceptions behind? So off I went to experience the Viator Exclusive: Las Vegas Gun Store and Firing Range Package.
When the legendary Sahara Hotel left the Las Vegas scene a couple years ago, it left a gaping hole in the north end of the Strip. When SLS Las Vegas opened its doors in the former Sahara footprint in August 2014, it not only added an interesting new casino resort to the Strip mix, but the property is also breathing new life into the northern part of the Strip.