What Kind of Vegas are You?

What Kind of Vegas are You?

The Entertainment Capital of the World has something for every travel style.

BY JOANNA HAUGEN

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“There is so much more to Las Vegas than casinos. Anyone can book a room, but a Vacation Coach can help you navigate the endless options so you don’t miss all the entertainment wonders of the city and its exciting surrounding area.”
—JUAN PORTILLO, TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL FOR 30 YEARS; AUSTIN, TX

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THRILL SEEKER

STAY
Stratosphere
▶ Take advantage of the four thrill rides atop Las Vegas’ highest hotel—more than 800 feet in the air. For the ultimate experience, leap off the building and revel in the controlled free fall to the Strip.

STEER
Richard Petty Driving Experience
▶ Feed your inner speed demon from behind the wheel of a 600-horsepower NASCAR vehicle as you compete at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

SOAR
VooDoo Zip Line
▶ What’s better than an awesome view of Vegas? One enjoyed while traveling 33 mph on a zip line linking Rio’s two towers. The one-third-mile round trip takes just a minute and 10 seconds.

FLY
Helicopter Tour
▶ Catch the last rays of day and the city’s first nighttime neon lights with a whirlwind sunset helicopter tour above the Strip. Opt for a front seat if you can.

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SHOPAHOLIC

STAY
The Venetian
▶ This luxury hotel is just steps away from the attached Grand Canal Shoppes, an upscale shopping and dining complex set against the backdrop of a Venice-inspired façade.

SIP
Downtown
Container Park

▶ Stop for a glass of wine and take in this funky new collection of start-up retail shops housed in repurposed shipping containers. Then peruse the unique, handmade items created by local artists for a souvenir to take home.

SAVE
Las Vegas Premium Outlets
▶ With two outlet malls located so close to the Strip—one north (open air) and one south (enclosed)—it’s easy to take advantage of the great deals sold at the approximately 150 name-brand stores located at each.

WANDER
The LINQ
▶ Take in one of Las Vegas’ newest attractions, where everything is lit up at night and performers provide free entertainment. Quirky shops and al fresco dining options line the promenade leading to High Roller, the world’s highest observation wheel.

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VINTAGE VEGAS

STAY
Golden Nugget
▶ Originally built in 1946, the Golden Nugget is one of the oldest casino hotels in the city. Located within the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas, the property most recently opened a 500-room, $150 million hotel tower in 2009.

DISCOVER
The Neon Museum
▶ This two-acre outdoor museum houses more than 150 of Las Vegas’ retired neon signs. Guided tours offer insight on this colorful and artistic side of the city’s history.

EAT
The Steak House at Circus Circus
▶ In business for nearly 33 years, this steakhouse holds no surprises. If you want steak, you get steak, and it’s served by the same staff that has been working at the restaurant for many years. Fans return visit after visit because of the restaurant’s consistency and quality.

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GIRLS’GETAWAY

STAY
Delano Las Vegas
▶ This non-gaming boutique hotel has a chic but laid-back atmosphere that’s perfect for a weekend with the girls, with access to lively Mandalay Bay when you’re ready to party and just the right amount of seclusion when you need a retreat.

SHOP
Fashion Show Mall
▶ Get your credit cards out at the Strip’s largest mall, where you’ll find dozens of name brand stores as anchors: Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

RELAX
Canyon Ranch SpaClub
▶ At 134,000 square feet, this spa at The Venetian and The Palazzo is one of the largest day spas in the world. Traditional massages are available, as are dozens of specialty spa treatments, thermal environments and relaxation rooms to help melt away the effects of the night before.

PARTY
Hyde Bellagio
▶ This classy nightlife hot spot was inspired by an Italian villa, and is small and intimate compared to most Vegas clubs. It’s upscale touches—paintings, chandeliers and plentiful candles—will make you feel like a celebrity, especially at the tables overlooking the Bellagio Fountains.

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HEALTH NUT

STAY
Stay Well Suites at MGM Grand
▶ A collaborative effort from wellness real estate pioneer Delos, the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, these health-centered rooms feature vitamin C-infused shower water, air
purification, energizing lighting and healthy in-room menu options.

TREK
Hiking at Red Rock Canyon
▶ Rent a car and escape Las Vegas to the stark red-rock landscape of the desert Southwest. During the 13-mile scenic drive, turn off for a hike on one of the many marked trails. Pack plenty of water.

STRETCH
Yoga among the Dolphins at The Mirage
▶ This relaxing fitness class is held in the underwater viewing area at The Mirage’s dolphin habitat. It’s offered Friday through Sunday with limited space, so register in advance.

EAT
Simply Pure
▶ Even healthy eating naysayers will be impressed by the limited but delicious vegan offerings at Simply Pure in the Downtown Container Park.

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FOODIE

STAY
Mandalay Bay
▶ With 15 celebrity chef restaurants in the resort and the adjoining Shoppes at Mandalay Place, this property has prime pickings if you have a discerning palate. If you don’t get the chance to dine at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, you must at least swing by to see the four-story wine tower.

INDULGE
Bacchanal Buffet
▶ At the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, 500 dishes are made daily from more than 800 rotating recipes. You can even watch your food being prepared at the nine show kitchens. After a $17 million renovation in 2012, it’s clear this is no ordinary buffet.

GAZE
Giada
▶ Make reservations at Giada De Laurentiis’ first ever restaurant for the food—most notably her signature lemon spaghetti dish—but stay for the view. Located on the second floor of The Cromwell, Giada looks out over one of the busiest corners of the Strip, directly toward the Bellagio Fountains.

DRINK
Chandelier Bar
▶ The Cosmopolitan’s crown jewel is a crystal-covered, three-tiered bar. Enjoy a nightcap—
or several—on one or all of the three floors, each with its own atmosphere: high energy and fun, sophisticated with high-tech cocktails and intimate with a feminine touch.

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