Viva Las Vegas! Rockin’ the Strip..
As your pilot announces the descent into Las Vegas, a quick glance out the window will have you wondering where you could be landing amidst the vast expanse of barren land in the Mojave Desert. The city suddenly emerges into view and you’ll catch your first glimpse of The Strip. It seems so lonely out there in the middle of the desert but with over 40 million visitors per year, Vegas is anything but lonely!
Just driving the Strip the first time, you’ll find you can’t look around fast enough to take it all in. While it only takes a few minutes to drive through the four mile Strip, you’ll soon realize this is a huge city packed tightly into a small geographic area. There’s blinking lights, dancing fountains, beeping horns, music, and action in every direction. The energy vibrates through you, as well as around you.
Truth be told, I’m not a gambler but I don’t love it any less. Whether a big time gambler or not, this is a town to explore. In addition to the casinos, you’ll find there are endless entertainment venues.
Exploring the Strip..
Each year, the big hotels add-on new shows and features to compete for your attention. You’ll find interesting ‘claims to fame’ in each. From serenity to adventure, you’re sure to find that works for you…
The Bellagio has dramatic dancing fountains and a beautiful botanical garden. The Venetian, a Grand Canal complete with gondola rides. At Mandalay Bay you can relax on an 11 acre man-made beach or swim with the sharks at the Shark Reef Aquarium. Note: You need to be a guest to enjoy the beach or rent a cabana for the day. In the mood for a ‘pool party’, check out Wet Republic at the MGM Grand.
Feeling a little braver? Pick your poison. You’ll find New York, New York’s roller coaster features great views, big drops and enough loops to have your stomach doing somersaults. The Skyjump at The Stratosphere is a free fall, 108 stories high! One of the newest attractions, the High Roller at the LINQ, is a 30 minute revolution on a ferris wheel aboard a pod, with or without bartender, boasting an unparalleled panoramic view of the city, day or night. There’s also the Slotzilla zip line at the Fremont Street Experience.
Shows, shows and more shows! This city sets its mark as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ and it works hard to deliver. There are award-winning performers, tributes acts and incredible stage shows. La Reve – The Dream, at the Wynn, has great reviews! There are several Cirque du Soleil shows. If you’ve seen one, you know you need to see them all!
What About the Food?
The ‘Foodie’ experience is a very real phenomenon in travel today and that’s true for Vegas too. Many top chefs have made a home within the restaurants along the Strip. The city, well-known for steaks, boasts Mario Batali’s CarneVino for awesome steaks. Interested in brunch? Try the Sunday Jazz Brunch at The Wynn’s ‘Country Club’.
Since you’re in the area… the Grand Canyon is a must-see experience. I didn’t think I would be that enthralled, but it really was awesome! There are several helicopter tours available. Another popular day trip is the Red Rock Canyon which is about 30 minutes outside of the city. Drive the scenic 13 mile trail or challenge yourself with a hiking trail. The Hoover Dam tour includes a cruise on Lake Mead. For tours, visit www.viator.com or speak with your Travel Specialist.
Tickets for the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend April 2017 have just gone on sale. This is a 3 day event filled with music, cars and dancing! For more info visit www.vivalasvegas.net.
This is a great destination for group travel including conferences, destination weddings or vow renewals. The wedding chapels run from ‘cheesy’ to fabulous. Your group is sure to share a most memorable experience in Las Vegas! Remember.. what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
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