Las Vegas has grown form its humble desert beginnings into a hot-and-hotter getaway. As its momentum and variety continue to grow, more and more people are finding that Vegas is a great vacation choice.
Casino gambling, of course, is the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of the desert city. Slots, blackjack, roulette, video poker, craps, and sports books pull in high rollers and coin rollers. And now, with the emergence of poker as televised event, its poker rooms have become the new "Big Deal."
Dining here has catapulted from strictly buffet to sensationally gourmet, putting Vegas in the culinary company of New York and Los Angeles. Wolfgang Puck ignited the trend, followed by Emeril Lagasse, Nobu Matsuhisa, and Charlie Palmer. Vegas outposts of famed eateries like Balthazar, Le Cirque, and Bouchon have added to the fervor.
Broadway-caliber productions are staged side-by-side with superstar concert headliners. Unique-to-Vegas shows retain a strong lure while competing with the many new ultra-hip hot spots popping up on the legendary nightclub scene.
Shopping & Spa
Fifth Avenue meets Rodeo Drive in Vegas, with elite creations from the likes of Versace, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, and Armani. Wind down from a vigorous session of world-class shopping with a pampering session at one of the area's many resort spas.
Hop aboard a helicopter for a ride over the glittering Strip, or head out for a tour of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Explore the Grand Canyon and nearby Red Rock Canyon, then take a boat ride on the Colorado River. If you're really brave, head for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and take a few laps in a professionally driver stock car.
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Bellagio - Sweeping views of the Strip, Lake Bellagio, or the mountains enhance the guest rooms at this AAA 5-Diamond resort. Savor world-class cuisine at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Prime and Michael Mina's eponymous eatery, and indulge in your own favorite rejuvenating treatment at the Zen-influenced Spa Bellagio.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas - Legendary Four Seasons service and luxurious accommodations distinguish this hotel-within-a-hotel on the upper floors of Mandalay Bay Resort, where guests also have free use of all facilities. For a meal to write home about, head over to Charlie Palmer Steak, a 3-time winner of the Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence."
The Venetian - The world's largest all-suite hotel invites you to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit at the Canyon Ranch Spa Club. Sit down to gourmet meals by superstar chefs Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse. Catch art exhibits at the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum and, at the end of the day, retreat to Vegas' largest guest rooms.
Wynn Las Vegas - The new standard for Las Vegas luxury, Steven Wynn's signature creation dazzles with plush guest rooms sporting floor-to-ceiling windows, plus the Strip's on 18-hole championship golf course.
The Hotel at Mandalay Bay - Luxurious and hip, this all-suite resort welcomes guests with comfortable rooms and superior service. Create your own body wrap at the elite Bathhouse spa, and ride the glass elevator to the roof, where superstar chef Alain Ducasse's Mix restaurant/lounge provides panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip and beyond.
Caesars Palace - This enduring Strip icon captures the grandeur of Rome in all its luxury and excitement. Treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime feast at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill, Bradley Ogden, ,and Jean-Marie Josselin's 808.
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino - Rising out of a lush, 60-acre oasis on the Strip, this modern resort gives you the best of Vegas, with superstar entertainment, Broadway productions, and championship boxing. Chef Charlie Palmer's acclaimed Aureole Las Vegas is a hands-down winner, and Red Square, the city's only ice bar, serves over 100 varieties of vodka.
MGM Grand - The world's largest hotel and casino, this storied Strip resort is famed for entertainment extravaganzas starring the biggest names in show biz, as well as gourmet restaurants created by Wolfgang Puck, Michael Mina, and Emeril Lagasse. Drift away in the huge pool area, featuring waterfalls, whirlpools, a lazy river, and more.
The Mirage - Complete with alluring lagoons, a fiery volcano, tumbling waterfalls, and rare white tigers at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden, this AAA 4-Diamond resort is an attraction in itself. Top stars from the worlds of comedy and music light up the stages, and the vast casino features baccarat, blackjack, roulette, and more.
Monte Carlo Resort & Casino - Modeled after Monaco's famed Place du Casino, the resort features Italian marble and granite in its plush rooms. Celebrity chef Andre Rochat's French eatery is rated #1 by Zagat, and the mesquite-grilled beef is aged a full 21 days at Blackstone's Steak House. Get married or renew your vows at the intimate wedding chapel.
Paris Las Vegas - Where the 50-story Eiffel Tower rises from the Strip, this AAA 4-Diamond resort pampers guests in plush rooms featuring Louis XV decor. Bring your nerves and skill to the baccarat table, enter the weekly poker tourney, and cheer for your favorite team (or pony) at the race/sports book, a sports fan's delight.
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa - This brand-new resort, 10 miles from the Strip, melds Las Vegas excitement with stunning natural surroundings at the mountainous western edge of the city. Gaming options include 2,700 slot and video poker machines as well as a state-of-the-art race/sports book. With 25 treatment rooms, a private lap pool, and a full-service beauty salon, the spa is a must.
Treasure Island - Floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping views from the comfortable, cool guest rooms at this AAA 4-Diamond resort in the heart of the Strip. Savor modern Mexican fare at chef Richard Sandoval's Isla, and thrill of the music-filled Sirens of Treasure Island.
Aladdin Resort & Casino - Elvis and Priscilla were married at the Aladdin - why not you and yours? A legend on the Strip, this resort is all about entertainment, gaming, shopping, dining, and fun - Vegas-style! Luxurious rooms and oversized suites provide large marble baths, and most feature a private, sunken soaking tub and separate shower.
Golden Nugget - In the heart of the spectacular Fremont Street Experience, this original Las Vegas hotel and casino is known for elegant accommodations and red-carpet service. Relax in the redwood sauna eucalyptus steam room at the spa, and prime yourself for superstar entertainment in the intimate, 400-sea Theatre Ballroom.
Luxor Las Vegas - Leave it to Vegas to feature a resort that treats you like a pharaoh! Inside this 30-story, black-glass pyramid, custom-designed rooms overlook the Strip, the mountains, or the pool. Step into any of 20 rooms devoted to rejuvenation at the Oasis Spa, and catch live entertainment nightly.
Bally's - Elegance and excitement are the watchwords at this grand Strip resort linked to Paris Las Vegas. Ample rooms feature high-speed Internet access, and the Olympic-size pool is lined with lounges, palm trees, and cabanas. Take some steam in the state-of-the-art fitness center, and relax with your favorite massage therapy at the spa.
Harrah's Casino & Hotel - Featuring the only outdoor lounge on the Strip, this Vegas landmark hums with nonstop gaming and entertainment. Dig into check fried steak and dance the two-step to live country music at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. Designed by Rees Jones, Harrah's Rio Secco Golf Club spread among rolling foothills just a few miles south.
New York New York - With its spectacular skyline and replicas of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, "The Greatest City in Las Vegas" provides a rather good facsimile of the Big Apple experience. Savor dry-aged beef at the Vegas outpost of famed Gallagher's Steakhouse, and catch comedienne Rita Rudner's uproarious nightly act at the intimate Cabaret Theatre.
Flamingo Las Vegas - An iconic symbol of Las Vegas, this enduring Strip mainstay swings with nightly entertainment, spotlighting The Second City comedy troupe in its own home, plus more superstar acts. Dig into a cheeseburger at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, and float your way to relaxation in 4 separate pools, including Bugsy Siegel's original oval pool.
Las Vegas Hilton - Las Vegas' futuristic monorail brings you right to the front door of the biggest resort off the Strip. Catch intimate performances by superstar entertainers, and beam up to Star Trek: The Experience for dazzling interactive fun. The seaweed mud treatment at the spa is an ideal follow-up to a tennis lesson.
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino - Just off the Strip, this resort hops with bars, nightclubs, and more after-hours fun, and thrills casino patrons with a glittering sound-and-light show every hour. Broadway shows and superstar headliners anchor the entertainment, and the top-floor VooDoo Cafe serves up fine dining and unparalleled views of Vegas and beyond.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas - Nestled in the southern Nevada desert, this AAA 5-Diamond luxury resort anchors The Village at MonteLago, featuring waterside promenades, winding streets, shops, and restaurants. Tee off on championship golf courses created by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, and head to the lakeside spa for caring, personalized service.
Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort Spa & Casino - Attentive personal service and plush accommodations highlight this Mediterranean-style resort, featuring a Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course and Camp Hyatt children's program activities for little ones. Step directly for your spacious, airy room onto a private verandah overlooking the lake or golf course.