Visiting Las Vegas

Las Vegas knows what everyone wants and delivers it in spades. Megaresorts fund their 45-foot bronze lions, half-size Eiffel Towers, and towering glass pyramids with the collective desires and dollars of more than 30 million annual visitors. From a Wolfgang Puck dinner to a Wolfpack-like adventure on the Strip, you’re sure to find your perfect indulgence. Swim up to a blackjack table, chow down at a buffet, or chill out in an ultralounge. A Las Vegas vacation disorients and delights; when you’re here, you’re all-in, and the “real world” seems far out.

  •  WORLD-CLASS RESTAURANTS
    • The $2.95 lobster dinner has gone into hiding, but those cheap chow deals of yesteryear are hardly missed; Las Vegas has become a foodie’s dream destination. Every major resort offers at least half a dozen fine-dining options in addition to the ubiquitous snack bars and fast-food places. If you stayed in Vegas for a year, you’d never have to eat at the same place twice.
  • NATURAL WONDERS
    • Consider heading out of the casino and taking in one of the many natural wonderlands surrounding Las Vegas. Explore Lake Mead or Red Rock Canyon. During the winter months, hit the ski slopes at Mt. Charleston. There’s more to this area than neon.
  • THE HIGH ROLLER
    • At 550 feet tall and 520 feet in diameter, this Observation Wheel near the LINQ, off the Center Strip, is the largest in the world—larger than the Singapore Flyer and the London Eye. Full rotations from the swanky wheelhouse take about 30 minutes. The views are unbeatable.
  • HOOVER DAM AND LAKE MEAD
    • If you have time for just one trip outside of town, make it to this Depression-era concrete monstrosity, considered one of the seven wonders of the industrial world. You’ll understand why when you tour the interior and see the massive turbines that make the lights go on in Pasadena.
  • SPECTACULAR SPECTACULARS
    • Will it be an acrobatic Cirque du Soleil extravaganza? A standing act by a musical legend? An afternoon comedy show, or Broadway-lite (90-minute cut-downs of the original productions from the Great White Way)? A classic feather revue, or a spooky hypnotist show? Maybe you’re just in the mood for a plain old lounge show where the microphones squeal, the singer is slightly out of tune, and a great time is all but guaranteed. It’s practically against the law to be bored in Vegas.

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