The glamour of Las Vegas has long beckoned travelers looking to hit it big on a glitzy escape from the daily grind. While the city made its name on casino gambling, today’s Vegas is increasingly family-friendly. Its lineup of attractions, hotels and restaurants offers something for budget-minded travelers, high rollers and everyone between.
Stay: The Best Western Plus Casino Royale is located in the middle of The Strip. There’s no resort fee and AAA members enjoy special rates. The Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas South Strip is another option. Driving north from the hotel brings you to the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.
Do: You won’t be bored on South Las Vegas Boulevard – aka The Strip. Stop by the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian for free performances at Streetmosphere. The Fremont Street Experience, just off The Strip, is another option. Its lightshow, Viva Vision, features the world’s largest video screen.
Dine: Save some money for the slots with affordable comfort food. Several national chains have Vegas locations including Wahlburgers, Bobby’s Burger Palace, In-N-Out Burger and a two-story Taco Bell Cantina. If you’re after something local, try the ribs at Ellis Island BBQ.
Stay: Several casinos on or near The Strip offer middle-of-the-road pricing, including the West Wing at MGM Grand, the Luxor Hotel and Casino (which has a pyramid and sphinx) and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with its massive, eye-catching electric guitar.
Do: Head to the sky for unforgettable views. At 550 feet tall, the High Roller claims be the world’s tallest observation wheel. The observation deck at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower rises nearly 1,150 feet, and offers X-Scream – a catapult 27 feet off the tower.
Dine: There are more than 20 AAA Four Diamond restaurants in Las Vegas. Options range from new American, at Spago, to upscale Chinese, at Jasmine, inside the Bellagio. The Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas offers French cuisine in a Parisian setting.
Stay: Las Vegas has more AAA Five Diamond hotels than any other city except New York. For ultimate opulence, Aria Sky Suites offers a 2,060-square-foot penthouse with modern amenities and spectacular views thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Do: Check out a top-notch spa, book a helicopter tour that lands at the Grand Canyon or go over-the-top with a VIP package at the Bellagio: For just $250,000 you can take control of the fountains while sipping high-end Champagne
Dine: For true decadence, the Burger Brasserie’s 777 Burger, for $777, features Kobe beef, pancetta, goat cheese, seared foie gras, Maine lobster and 100-year-aged balsamic, with a BLT salad and a bottle of Dom Perignon rose Champagne.
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