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.
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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.