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Las Vegas City Guide

Sure LAS VEGAS is kitsch and at times vastly overrated with countless ways to get into trouble, but there are also many ways to have fun in LAS VEGAS without the sinful baggage. I don’t gamble, but I’ve always had a great time in Vegas. By day, window shop at Caesars Palace’s Forum, the Venetian’s Grand Canal or Crystals CityCenter. By night, explore the culinary scene at one of the many outstanding restaurants along the Strip. For entertainment pre- and post- gambling, take in a headliner concert or a Cirque du Soleil performance around town.

ACTIVITIES + ATTRACTIONS:

Cirque du Soleil’s O
www.cirquedusoleil.com

The mix of ballet, water and acrobatics is so unexpected that you’ll be mesmerized. With six Cirque du Soleil performances throughout Vegas, you’re certain to find one that interests you.

Criss Angel
www.luxor.com

Criss Angel continues to mystify and amaze audiences with his mind-bending tricks.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours
www.sunshinehelicopters.com

Fly up, up and away to see one of the seven wonders of the world. It’s awe-inspiring.

House of Blues
www.houseofblues.com

For performances by artists old and new…SANTANA has a recurring Vegas gig here.

Indoor Skydiving
www.vegasindoorskydiving.com

The flight is a simulated skydive with the full effect of a free fall. No airplane or parachute needed.

bachi burger las vegas
RESTAURANTS:

Bachi Burger
www.bachiburger.com

For one of the best burger experiences in Vegas, you’ll have to venture off the Strip.

Bouchon Bistro
www.venetian.com

Thomas Keller’s take on French classics is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Carnevino
www.carnevino.com

Mario Batali does Vegas serving steaks Italian-style.

Delmonico Steakhouse
www.venetian.com

Emeril Lagasse’s popular Creole steak place for lunch or dinner decadence.

Guy Savoy
www.caesarspalace.com

If you can’t make it to Paris, then Guy Savoy’s Vegas location is the next best thing.

Joel Robuchon
www.mgmgrand.com

Its very, very expensive, but if you’re a foodie or win big on the slots, you MUST have dinner here.

Julian Serrano
www.aria.com

Spanish tapas with bold flavors and lots of heart.

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
www.mgmgrand.com

The more casual, less expensive (ha!) Joel Robuchon experience.

Picasso
www.bellagio.com

One of the absolute best dining experiences in Vegas. Perfect for special occasions.

Pizza Rock
www.pizzarocklasvegas.com

They don’t call Tony Gemignani champ for nothing.

Raku
www.raku-grill.com

Sometimes the best Japanese is off the beaten path. Take the ride, it’s worth it.

Yardbird
www.runchickenrun.com

Southern deliciousness on the Strip.

HOTELS:

Aria
www.aria.com

Contemporary and modern in the iconic City Center.

The Cosmopolitan
www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

Modern rooms and suites (some with terraces) and a growing stable of incredible chefs including José Andrés and Scott Conant makes the Cos a winner.

Mandalay Bay
www.mandalaybay.com

Still one of Vegas’ most popular with sleek amenities. topnotch restaurants and lively nightlife.

Mandarin Oriental 
www.mandarinoriental.com

If you seek a zen-like experience without all of the “noise” of Vegas, the Mandarin Oriental is for you.

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