Finding Vegas fun beyond the casinos
Shows and pool cabanas, shopping and stargazing, in Sin City.
Washington Post and Seattle Times
So what’s there to do in Las Vegas besides lining up cherries on a slot machine? A heck of a lot. Some options:
At the Neon Museum ( neonmuseum.org) vintage signs are artfully arranged in the “boneyard” behind the visitor center. Daytime guided tours are $18; night tours are $25. Book in advance.
Check out the Cirque du Soleil shows and other extravaganzas. Ticket prices are hefty, generally $90 and up. See lasvegas.com for show listings and special offers.
Pay homage to the Hoover Dam (usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam) at some point, either by rental car or bus tour. (Check with the concierge or visit one of the myriad info stands on the Strip.)
The Miracle Mile (miraclemileshopslv.com) is a circuitous mall at the Planet Hollywood resort/casino in the heart of the Strip.
The super-chic Shops at Crystals (crystalsatcitycenter.com) is an eye-popping architectural showstopper in the CityCenter complex.
At just about any of the hotter clubs, restaurants and even pools will have a celeb or two bopping around; check the local papers to see who’s in town and what’s going on.
Nothing beats sunshine and cold water for shaking off the night before in Vegas. With a group of friends, I rented two side-by-side Vdara cabanas on a Monday afternoon for $150 each, half the weekend rate. Our two private havens included eight loungers; misters that kept the air cool; fridges full of (nonalcoholic) beverages and fruit; large-screen TVs; a long, narrow pool that we had to ourselves.