Destination of the Week: Las Vegas
In Las Vegas, you can take a gondola ride inside a casino, drink alongside Elvis lookalikes in fantasy-themed bars, watch world-class, live shows all day and night and stay in luxurious resorts with your every whim catered for. The ‘Strip’, even from the air, looks like a surreal adventure playground growing out of the desert and, when you’re in it, the world outside ceases to exist.
What to do
When you first arrive in Las Vegas, exploring the Strip is the first adventure you’ll want to have. You can jump on board a Hop On, Hop Off bus, or simply walk up one side and down the other, popping into each magnificent venue as you go. Explore the Italian themed Venetian, with its artificial canal system, bustling casino and luxurious shops.
Play in a pyramid at The Luxor and stay to watch some of the finest shows in Vegas. Ride on a rollercoaster in the New York-New York Hotel and Casino and pop by the mega-resort, Bellagio, to see the Fountains at Bellagio water show and the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.
If you manage to emerge from the timeless fun to be had inside the casinos, you can take a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon, go tandem skydiving, hike the Red Rock Canyon, visit Hoover Dam, check out downtown Vegas for cheap shopping and food, get a day pass to one of many golf courses, or try Zip lining near Boulder City.
Where to stay
It would be a shame to visit Las Vegas and not stay in one of the mega casino hotels. Depending on the season, it’s generally possible to get relatively cheap rooms, right on the Strip, where you can enjoy all the perks of staying inside a giant, non-stop theme park.
The Bellagio (£££)
The home of Cirque du Soleil show ‘O’ is luxury personified, with 5 pools, a day spa, botanical gardens, restaurants, nightclubs, boutique shops and rooms with marble bathrooms. If you want a taste of classic opulence in the heart of the action, this resort is for you.
Treasure Island Hotel and Casino (££)
Offering good value for money accommodation right next door to The Fashion Show Mall on the Strip, Treasure Island is a fun resort with everything you need for the quintessential Vegas trip. There’s an outdoor pool, restaurants, a fitness centre, a games room, a spa and that all-important vibe of non-stop action.
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (£)
You won’t be on the Strip, but it’s easy to get there with shuttle buses and this casino hotel offers fantastic prices. There’s also all the features of a resort, including a spa, a nightclub, gift shops, a pool with a swim-up bar and restaurants.
Where to eat
Choose to gorge on endless buffets, experience fine dining with a celebrity chef or grab takeaway on the street – the Las Vegas culinary scene is full of gourmet delights, over-sized dishes and eccentric foodie dreams come true.
If you’ve never been to Nobu before, the world’s largest Nobu restaurant is located in Caesars Palace and here you can nibble on exotic bites at the sushi bar or try their signature dishes of Black Cod Miso, Rock Shrimp Tempura or Yellowtail Sashimi.
The Grand Lux Cafe (££)
With a restaurant in both the Venetian and the Palazzo, you can enjoy the family-friendly options available, for pretty decent prices, at The Grand Lux Café. You can’t go wrong with all-American favourites, such as Buffalo Wings, Double-Cheese mini-sliders and Macaroni and Cheese Skillet.
Slice of Vegas (£)
Fancy a slice of pizza, a salad and a beer? Slice of Vegas, in the Mandalay Bay Hotel, has this and more for fantastic prices, in a restaurant with a fun atmosphere but a cosy vibe.
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