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Must-See Spots in Las Vegas

Our travel editor tours the newest offerings in the U.S.A.'s great party place — Hangover-incident free.

By: Jenna Mahoney

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  • Bridal Guide Goes Vegas

    Bridal Guide Goes Vegas

    Las Vegas. There are few places in the world so famous — or dare I say, infamous — as this non-stop party oasis in the Nevada desert. Here, the days are hot and steamy, the nights are even steamier and the adventures are often downright hedonistic. But just because Vegas is known as the city of sin doesn’t mean you’ve got to get all NSFW 24/7. In fact, there are a more than a few PG activities on offer that have the same festive feeling and sense of place as the more, ahem, adult options. These are the coolest activities I found during my most recent visit to America’s ultimate party place.

  • A Whole Lot of Love

    A Whole Lot of Love

    Elvis is as synonymous to Vegas as neon and quickie weddings. You can experience two of the three at the charming Graceland Wedding Chapel downtown. While totally kitschy, the landmarked chapel exudes a sense of history, pride and professionalism. And the ceremonies, which can be officiated by “Elvis,” are totally romantic. More so than on-the-fly weddings, vow renewals are a common event — just ask Jon Bon Jovi and Jay Leno. 

    Photo courtesy of Graceland Wedding Chapel

  • Vegas by Day

    Vegas by Day

    Lined with thematic hotels, chintzy souvenir shops and some of the planet's most entertaining people watching, Las Vegas Boulevard AKA The Strip, is the city's most iconic spot. Strolling down the street for a fill of kooky encounters is a top activity, but there's a more memorable way to take it all in. Sky Combat Ace offers a variety of scenic flight tours above the city. There's a range of aircrafts too. A romantic option is the open cockpit biplane. And yes, loops, rolls and other acrobatics can be arranged.

    A lot closer to earth, you can get another look at the city and its history with a visit to the new Mob Museum. Housed in the former federal courthouse where many of the country’s most memorable gangsters were tried, the interactive exhibits bring visitors on a chronological tour of the American mafia,the law enforcement agencies that stopped it and organized crime’s integral role in creating Las Vegas.

    Photo courtesy of Mob Museum

  • Vegas by Night

    Vegas by Night

    One late night of dancing on banquettes is required. This is Vegas, after all. Marquee, located in The Cosmopolitan, is the quintessential nightclub with multiple floors, various music styles, long lines and over-the-top bottle service. Splurge on a VIP experience for a private table with dedicated wait staff.

    Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

  • Vegas by Night

    Vegas by Night

    The club’s sister outpost, Marquee Dayclub, brings the same hardcore party to a pool area. Reservations are recommended for both.

    Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

  • Where to Eat

    Where to Eat

    Costas Spiliadis helms Milos, a celebration of Greek gastronomy that boasts a beautiful outdoor terrace — the lunch special is one of the best bets in town. José Andrés whips up traditional and foamy Spanish food at Jaleo.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Green

  • Where to Eat

    Where to Eat

    And at STK, Top Chef Stephen Hopcraft offers a steakhouse experience with a house DJ for a rockin’ only-in-Vegas dining experience.

    Photo Credit: Melanie Dunea

  • Where to Stay

    Where to Stay

    Since its opening in 1998, the Bellagio, with its original Dale Chihuly glass works, Cirque du Soleil residence, world-renowned art museum and setting as one of the best heist movies ever — Ocean’s Eleven — has been The Strip’s high-end retreat.

    Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International 

  • Where to Stay

    Where to Stay

    Thanks to a recent room renovation, the more than 3,000-room monolith now has a decidedly more hip vibe (room rates start at $159 a night; bellagio.com).

    Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

  • Suite Spa

    Suite Spa

    Take a moment to detox from all the retox the night before at the tranquil spa at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter. An oasis of serenity, the stone-walled, bi-level space offers an array of not-oft-found amenities including a salt room (to stimulate better breathing and balance) and Japanese Ganbanyoku beds (to remove toxins and improve circulation). Book a spa suite for a private Jacuzzi, snacks and an intimate lounging area.

    Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

Must-See Spots in Las Vegas

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