If this is the city of sin, then it only makes sense that speakeasy bars – clandestine, underground lounges – are alive and well in Las Vegas. Though imbibing in cocktails hardly requires going under the radar anymore, there’s something about that Prohibition era vibe held over from the Roaring 20s that is a bit romantic and risque. As always, Las Vegas delivers on that mystique.
No one travels to Las Vegas to play in the snow, and, in fact, in the scorching hot summer months, many people seek out a place to stay cool. It’s a desert out there with temperatures soaring well above 100F degrees May through September, but there are plenty of places to cool off, regardless of when you visit Las Vegas.
Cirque du Soleil—the elevated, circus-like performance company out of Montreal, Canada—has become so popular it has traveling and permanent shows on multiple continents in many cities at any given time. Perhaps it’s little surprise that Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, is home to eight of those permanent shows, each a bit different from the others.
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.