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Prehistoric fossils, atomic explosions, and a foray into Las Vegas’ mobster days; these aren’t things people expect from their Las Vegas vacation. However, a trip to the Nevada State Museum reveals all of this and more. It’s a place where you can swap casinos for culture and immerse yourself in the natural history of Nevada.
Since the early 1980s Harrah’s has operated as a budget-friendly staple of the Las Vegas strip. It’s the perfect place for those who want a taste of Sin City but don’t want to break the bank doing it. This carnival-themed destination has three massive towers which house seven restaurants, plenty of entertainment options, shopping, a full-service spa and even a couple of performance spaces.
With more than 2,500 rooms and close to 90,000 square feet of casino space, guests of this Mardi Gras-themed hotel won’t ever have to leave. The open-air Carnaval Court and indoor piano bar offer travelers two great in-house options for entertainment that’s as inexpensive as it is fun, and while visitors agree the basic rooms are nothing to write home about, they say both the accommodations and the accessibility are tough to beat for the price.
There's more to do in Las Vegas than hit the slots. Active travelers can take a short trip to Jean, Nevada, for outdoor adventure in an area known as Hidden Valley. Ride through the desert on an ATV, exploring the trails of Jean Dry Lake’s surrealist landscape of sand dunes, rugged desert, and mountain terrain.
At the Elvis Chapel in Las Vegas, the King of Rock and Roll does it all—walks the bride down the aisle, performs the wedding ceremony, and sings classic hits. Couples can also choose to forgo the kitsch factor and opt for a traditional wedding or vow renewal package instead. Extras such as a cake, flowers, and even Elvis-style shades are available for an additional cost.
Circus Circus is a hotel and casino that combines a live circus show with the fun and flavor of Sin City. Featuring an indoor amusement park and all the usual Vegas casino games, Circus Circus treads a fine line between 'family' entertainment and straight-up adult gaming entertainment.
In the casino rooms, live circus acts are performed overhead, complete with trapeze artists, and acrobats, giving a new meaning to clowning around.
Then there’s the Adventuredome, an indoor amusement park featuring laser tag, roller coasters, and 3-D rides. These thrill rides are a popular destination for families and couples alike, so get ready to scream in delight.
Learn about the human body from the inside out at the fascinating Bodies: The Exhibition. Located in Las Vegas, this is the largest permanent human anatomy exhibition in the United States and features 13 whole-body specimens as well as more than 250 organs, all of which are arranged to illuminate how our systems function.
Today's Las Vegas is far more family-friendly than it used to be, especially with the 41-acre Wet 'n' Wild water park. This site is home to 25 attractions, including two pools and 10 water slides. These slides were largely designed for adventure seekers, with names like the Tornado and the Rattler, which may be more like a roller coaster on water than a traditional slide. There's also a kid-friendly area with less intimidating slides and wade pools.
Chapel of the Flowers is one of the original wedding chapels of the Las Vegas Strip. Located on Las Vegas Boulevard, it has undergone several updates and renovations since its opening over 60 years ago, and couples from all over the globe come to get married at this famous location.
Chapel of the Flowers is a full-service wedding venue with various themed packages and options. Professional wedding planners work with couples for as long as one year and as short as one day to create a memorable wedding day. Wedding services such as photography, videography, florists, musicians, hair and makeup artists, limousines and even live broadcast of the service are all available. In addition to the three chapels on site, there is an outdoor gazebo and glass garden. When couples get married here, they are welcomed back to renew their vows at any point without charge.
Built in 1983, Cashman Field in downtown Las Vegas has been home field for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s (an affiliate of the New York Mets) since it first opened. The 9,334-seat stadium, named after James “Big Jim” Cashman (a Vegas entrepreneur who donated the land), also hosts at least one spring training game each season. The Padres, Mariners, White Sox, Cubs, Athletics and Dodgers have all played in front of crowds at Cashman. During the baseball offseason, the stadium hosts a variety of other events.
Cashman Field is part of the larger Cashman Center, which comprises the stadium, a 1,898-seat theater, meeting rooms and 98,100 square feet of exhibit space.
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Las Vegas has more than just a Hard Rock Cafe – there's also the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the first one to bore the Hard Rock name, which has its own cafe. The hotel's cafe opened in 1990, and the entire property features a huge casino, a sandy beach and swimming pool, a nightclub, a spa, a few bars, several restaurants, and a music venue. The memorabilia on display includes some items from Las Vegas legends The Rat Pack and Elvis.
A second Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas opened in 2009 right on The Strip. This one is significantly larger – 42,000 square feet – and spans three floors of restaurant seating. It's also home to the biggest Rock Shop in the Hard Rock Cafe universe.
Sure—the items in the showroom are for sale, but Rick’s Restorations is much more intriguing than your regular shopping experience. This Las Vegas gallery is the site of the TV show, “American Restoration,” where aging items are masterfully restored into vintage pieces of art. Run by Rick Dale—who also appears on “Pawn Stars”—Rick’s Restorations is serviced by a crew of colorful Vegas characters, some of whom you might recognize from the show as you tour the warehouse. While many places solely restore cars, Rick’s finds pieces of classic Americana and loving brings them back to life, whether it’s gumball machines, jukeboxes, soda fountains, or stoplights. When visiting the shop, you can simply tour the gallery floor and shop for pieces you like, or take a tour to hear the process that goes into the restoration. There are metal workers, polishers, woodworkers, and letterers who all work together to take a clunker and infuse it with shiny new life. Or, if you have a piece that needs refurbishing and are willing to foot the bill, Rick’s Restorations always accepts clients to keep projects coming through the door.
Please note: Rick's Restorations is currently closed at its current location, with plans to relocate to a different Las Vegas site.*
With its ruby red seats and classic main stage, the Showroom at the D Las Vegas is one of the city’s premier theaters. Having undergone extensive renovations, the showroom has both historic touches and modern updates. It is home to the longest running show in Las Vegas history, “Marriage Can Be Murder,” a murder mystery dinner show with a comedic twist. Actors are strategically placed within the audience, making for a highly interactive and entertaining evening.
The D Las Vegas is the former site of Fitzgerald’s Hotel and Casino, and it’s right at the center of the excitement of the entertainment district on East Fremont Street. The hotel’s D Bar and Longbar both offer views of the surrounding area, and are a great place to pop in for a drink before or after a show in the theater. There are also a variety of both formal and casual restaurants in the hotel, though a three-course meal is served with the “Marriage Can Be Murder” performances.
Custom car aficionados, gear heads, and fans of the TV show VegasRat Rods will want to visit at Welder Up, the custom-car fabrication garage featured on the show. See where owner Steve Darnell and his crew create their unique turbo-diesel builds, and take a tour of the showroom, which is full of one-of-a-kind vehicles.
Travelers who want to travel back in time and learn a little something about Nevada’s rich and dynamic past can do just that during a visit to the Clark County Museum. This memorable stop, which includes eight historic buildings from around the county, highlights the best of the stat’s southernmost county.
Visitors who wander the vast grounds, tour the museum galleries and explore the museum’s top highlights will find plenty of information about the Native American tribes who lived in the county, railroad development and the famous Anna Roberts Parks. There’s even a reconstructed ghost town that offers up spooky fun for the entire family, making this desert landmark a top attraction for the younger set, too.
Replicating ancient Roman architecture and benefiting from modern acoustic technology, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace is considered one of the top spots to catch a show in Las Vegas. Set in the heart of the Strip, music fans flock to the 4,300-seat venue for performances from the likes of Celine Dion, Elton John, and Rod Stewart.
Located in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip, Zappos Theater is one of the top concert venues in the city. The 7,000-seat theater hosts A-list entertainers such as Pitbull, Def Leppard, and Christina Aguilera. Impressive acoustics, modern electronic flair, elaborate theatrical performances, and VIP bottle service complete the experience.
A unique spin on Las Vegas’ already over-the-top entertainment, Alibi Las Vegas combines comedy acts, scavenger hunts, food, and drinks to create the ultimate interactive experience. With challenges, clues, and rewards scattered throughout the city, you’re part of the show without knowing where you’re going or how it ends.
For an immersive 4K visual and cinematic experience, head to the Dome at Container Park. Located in downtown Las Vegas, the multicolored theater shows various short movies suitable for kids and adults. Sit back in your recliner-style seat and take in 360-degree imagery in nearly 14 million pixels of ultra-HD.
Explore creepy hallways, secret passageways, and more than 30 rooms at Zac Bagans’ The Haunted Museum. In a historic downtown Las Vegas mansion that’s said to be haunted, the museum houses hundreds of macabre and paranormal artifacts and oddities gathered over the years by the host ofGhost Adventures.
Explore the Colorado River’s deep Black Canyon, which begins just below Hoover Dam outside of Las Vegas, by raft, kayak, canoe, or helicopter tours. The narrow, near-vertical volcanic rock walls contain hidden beaches, caves, hot springs, slot canyon hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and wilderness solitude.
Named after the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is a Brazilian-themed resort in the heart of Las Vegas. Famous for being the host casino for the World Series of Poker, the Rio features 24/7 poker games and daily tournaments. In addition, the Rio is home to several well-known Vegas shows and an adrenaline-inducing zipline.
Formerly the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, the Park MGM offers a slightly more understated vibe as compared to the stereotypical over-the-top Las Vegas madness. Along with the hotel’s rebranding, there are two new restaurants, additional meeting and convention space, and a revamped casino floor and lobby. Plus, its top four floors feature a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel experience called The Nomad.
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