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Best Places To Visit In Vegas – Minus The Casinos

Just because gambling, boozing and late nights (come early mornings) isn’t your scene doesn’t mean that you should discount visiting Las Vegas on your next trip to the US of A – and here are some reasons why…

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Highroller Ferries Wheel at the LINQ

Situated in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the High Roller is the main feature of a $550 million open-air entertainment district, The LINQ Promenade. The High Roller in Las Vegas isn’t your average Ferris wheel, it’s actually an observation wheel – currently the biggest in the world a staggering 550-feet-tall. It still holds the Guinness World Record for largest observation wheel.

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Grand Canyon by Plane or Helicopter

Definitely a must-do. Take off from Las Vegas Airport on a breathtaking helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon. Approximately a 45-minute helicopter flight each way. For something special land deep in the canyon for champagne picnic, and fly low over the famous Las Vegas Strip on your return.

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Lightshow at Fremont Street – Neighbourhood Block Party

Downtown Las Vegas is famous for The Fremont Street Experience, it has been described as a project that blends vintage Las Vegas with high-tech wonder, live entertainment and more to create an attraction that rivals the famed Vegas Strip. It provides an intimate party atmosphere with a laid-back feel. The street experience also features a Viva Vision canopy and light show, zip lining, food trucks and live music. It’s hosted monthly on every second Saturday.

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Shopping Outlets 

OMG, the shopping outlets in Vegas are cray cray, depending where on the strip you are staying outlets are approximately a 15min cab ride or there are regular shuttles/buses that depart from various points on the strip. My favourite is Las Vegas North Premium Outlet which has over a 115 store, with the likes of Burberry, Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenberg, Kate Spade New York and many more.

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Sahra Spa and Hammam, The Cosmopolitan 

After you have completed exploring the LINQ Promenade, had your picnic in the Grand Canyon, partied hard at the neighbourhood block party and pretty much maxed out your credit card at the shopping outlets, there is only one last thing to do; experience the luxurious spas The Strip has to offer. My favourite is The Cosmopolitan Sahra Spa and Hammam, one of the newest hotels on The Strip. The hotel itself is understated luxury with a very funky twist, it’s also home to Marquee nightclub. The Sahra Spa and Hamman is a 43,000 square-foot oasis inspired by desert cultures from around the world. With over 25 treatment rooms, luxurious penthouse spa suite and an authentic Turasis of indulgence and rejuvenation. You must try the body wrap!

Picasso at the Bellagio (2 Michelin stars)

The menu is inspired by regional flavours of Spain and France where Pablo Picasso spent much of his like. Highly recommend the White Alba Truffle Menu, the Ravioli of Butternut Squash is to die for, plus the restaurant boost over 1500 of the world’s best European wine. Definitely a treat!

Hotspot: Hakkasan at the MGM Grand 

Not only is Hakkasan one of the greatest nightclubs on the Strip, attracting all my main men Steve Aoki,Calvin Harris and Tiësto but it also has the finest authentic Cantonese cuisine. Their description: “To enter Hakkasan is to enter a different world, a mysterious realm of the senses that exists beyond a hidden passageway. The Hakkasan DNA is all about a relaxed mood with a sensual vibe. The interior design exudes a sultry Shanghai-Chinois chic” – and I would have to agree!

Signature dishes include Stir-fry black pepper beef ribeye with merlot and Roasted silver cod with Champagne and Chinese honey.

Stir-fry black pepper beef

And if you are just looking for that 2:30am burger and fries, I would highly recommend a visit to Grand Lux Café at the Venetian (the same inventors of The Cheesecake Factory). Their Avocado-Chipotle Cheeseburger definitely hits the spot, (the burger has avocado it’s still healthy)!

By Lisha Singh

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Spend A Week In Las Vegas

When I think of Las Vegas I think of The Hangover movie – too much drinking and some subsequent memory loss, but it’s not all about partying. Here are some of the top attractions you shouldn’t miss if you ever visit Las Vegas.

Of course one of the most popular spots in Las Vegas would have to be the Strip, which is the name for the segment of Las Vegas Boulevard where you’ll find a huge collection of iconic hotels, casinos and landmarks. From the Luxor’s pyramid and sphinx to The Venetian’s Grand Canal, this is one street where you can see some of the world’s most well-known landmarks in one place. Strap on your walking shoes if you’re planning on exploring on foot, alternatively you can hop on a bus or monorail that frequently travel up and down the boulevard.

One of the most popular landmarks to visit down the Strip is Paris and the Eiffel Tower. The landmark next to the casino is a half scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in France and guests are whisked up 460 feet in a glass elevator to the top where they find breathtaking 360-degree views of the city and its surrounds.

The Venetian Casino and Grand Canal are so life-like that you’ll feel like you’re actually in Venice, Italy. You can take a gondola ride on the Grand Canal with a singing boatman or peruse the designer shops. The Venetian is also home to a Madame Tussauds Wax museum, a small Guggenheim museum, gourmet Italian cuisine and the casino is said to be one of the best in Vegas, because of its size and variety of games.

The light and water show at the Bellagio Casino is spectacular and not to be missed. Every 15 minutes to half an hour, the jets in the huge ponds that lay before the hotel shoot water up into the air in an amazing light and water show. It is most spectacular at night time so plan your visit accordingly. Within the Bellagio, you’ll also find a botanical garden and an art gallery, not to mention a sprawling casino.

If you have your children with you, a visit of the Mirage Casino is a must with a number of attractions for kids. The Mirage is home to an impressive volcano which erupts and spews fireballs into the air every night between 6pm and 11pm. Not only that, but this casino is also home to a saltwater aquarium and Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat where you’ll come face to face with white lions and tigers, panthers, leopards and bottlenose dolphins.

You haven’t been to Las Vegas if you haven’t taken in a show and one of the most popular shows to see is by Cirque du Soleil. There are eight different Cirque du Soleil performances on in Vegas at the moment at eight different casinos, each show a different theme. Whether you want to celebrate the musical legacy of the Beatles, or be taken to a fantasy world, there is something to suit everyone – kids included.

If you’re looking to party in Las Vegas, what better way to do it than at a pool party? Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is one of the most well-known pool parties and the original one. But be prepared to party, as the area can hold up to 7000 guests and attracts some of the world’s most famous DJs. If drinking, dancing and oggling other people in their swimwear isn’t for you, then stay well away.

If you want to be awestruck by natural beauty then a trip to the Grand Canyon is an absolute must. There are a number of tours available from Vegas by plane, helicopter or road that will take you to this natural wonder of the world. The canyon stretches for 446 kilometres in length and the huge walls descend more than one kilometre down to the canyon floor where the Colorado River runs deep.

The activities and attractions in Las Vegas are endless so if you’re planning a trip there make it a long one. It will be well worth your time.

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