Las Vegas offers an unrivaled culinary experience. Here are some recommendations to get you started on your gastronomic adventures.
For authentic, old-school Vegas cuisine, Michael’s Gourmet Room is unsurpassed. A blast from the past, the menu features classics rarely seen outside black-and-white films, and the waiters even wear traditional uniforms.
If a steakhouse is what you’re after, the SW Steakhouse at the Wynn and CUT at the Venetian are renowned respectively for their Kobe and Wagyu beef. If you want some place with a bit more history, try the Golden Steer, the oldest steakhouse in Las Vegas (Sinatra and Elvis were regulars).
For the more adventurous, at the California Hotel you can find the Market Street Café, a rare purveyor of Hawaiian cuisine. Nobu, located at Caesar’s Palace, specializes in Peruvian-Japanese fusion. For seafood lovers there is Estiatorio Milos, famed for its many and varied fresh fish.
If you have simpler tastes, two eateries at the Mirage hotel won’t disappoint: Stack offers a whole range of food from the grill and the fryer, from tater-tots to short ribs, andBLT serves up the best burgers in town.
Las Vegas draws some of the very finest acts and performers from around the world, offering entertainment for all ages.
Las Vegas is synonymous with magicians, and the must-see magic show for any lover of liberty is Penn & Teller at the Rio. This pioneering pair has revolutionized the way magic is performed, showing how lesser magicians might do their tricks, and then fooling the audience all over again. Not only are they brilliant magicians, but they are also gifted speakers for the cause of limited government and personal freedom.
Las Vegas also enjoys a reputation for acrobatic performances. Cirque du Soleil performs to sell-out crowds because of its breathtaking combination of skill, choreography, and immersive soundtrack. If you have already seen it, check out La Reve at the Wynn, which is basically Cirque du Soleil in water!
Las Vegas is a Mecca for golfers, featuring more than 50 tracks to challenge all skill levels. Visit LasVegasGolf.com to see for yourself.
Want to shoot a morning 18 without breaking the bank? Try Boulder City Golf Club just 20 miles north of Las Vegas. Green fees start at just $17 for a course voted “Best Bargain Course in Southern Nevada” by Vegas Golfer Magazine three years in a row!
Need to hit the links, but don’t want to stray too far from Mandalay Bay? Bali Hai Golf Club, the only championship course located right on the Vegas Strip, was named byGolf Digest one of the “Top 50 Resort Courses” in America. The concierge at Mandalay Bay can help you reserve a tee time and club rental at Bali Hai, located right behind the facility.
Reconnect with nature and take in the beautiful desert scenery of Southern Nevada. Go hiking in the Red Rock National Conservation Area just a few miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. Or release your inner cowboy (or cowgirl) by enjoying a horseback ride and campfire that will transport you back to the Wild West. Guided horseback tours of the wilderness of the Moapa Valley are an affordable and unforgettable experience.
Visit the Valley of Fire, a testament to the power of nature filled with vibrant color, unique rock formations, and world-class petroglyphs. As you experience Rainbow Vista, Atlatl Rock, and Fire Canyon, you will be amazed by the gravity-defying shapes and contours of the petrified sand dunes.
This is not your father’s Las Vegas. The city has been adding more and more attractions that appeal to families, and a lot of it is free! So bring your family for a week they will never forget.
Many of the resorts are attractions in themselves. Watch the volcano erupt at the Mirage. Visit the Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo featuring … flamingos, of course. Join the more than 5 million visitors a year who visit the Bellagio Conservatory, and stand outside at dusk to take in the most famous fountain show in Las Vegas.
If art inspires you, visit the 18b Arts District to see galleries and small boutiques, or stop at the up-and-coming Downtown 3rd District. Like museums? The Nevada State Museum, Neon Museum, and Las Vegas Natural History Museum (look out for the dinosaurs) are just three attractions in town. Not far away, in Boulder City, visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum and take a ride aboard the Nevada Southern Railway.
Less than an hour away are Lake Mead and the colossal Hoover Dam – family spots that have inspired awe for generations. Have your kids seen Hoover Dam yet? If not, make sure they do this summer! Visit LasVegas.com and TravelNevada.com to help plan your trip.