Las Vegas can be family-friendly, but ultimately, it was meant for adults — which is why it makes such a great getaway for couples who need a break.
Here are just a few ideas how you can spend some grown-up time in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
During the Day
You will both have a blast at Dig This, where dozers, excavators, skid steers and forklifts maneuver, dig, pick up and crush things on a five-acre dirt lot. The experience begins with training and includes challenges, like picking up tires and moving them. (The staff says women typically do better at these tasks because they actually listen to the instruction.) Continue the fun at the “Hunger Games Exhibit” in MGM Grand. After seeing costumes and props from The Hunger Games movies, you can test your Mockingjay skills with an interactive archery experience.
For something more relaxing, stroll through the 14,000-square-foot Conservatory at Bellagio to see the seasonal floral display, or book a couples massage like the Time for Two package, featuring an 80-minute couples massage, 80-minute couples facial and Champagne for two, at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.
When You’re Hungry
Las Vegas has so many great restaurants, it’s difficult to single a few out. If you’re a foodie, book a tour with Lip Smacking Foodie Tour, and sample four to five restaurants with a specific theme, like Boozy Brunch.
For a special night out, though, treat yourself to steak and seafood at STRIPSTEAK, a Michael Mina restaurant at Mandalay Bay. While STRIPSTEAK is a more traditional steakhouse, STK at The Cosmopolitan is a hip steakhouse option serving reimagined, seasonal cuisine.
At the Bellagio, The Mayfair Supper Club transports you back to the 40s and 50s when musicians, dancers and singers entertained diners as they sipped Champagne, savored caviar and devoured prime rib. The vibe gets progressively more energetic as the night goes on, especially on Friday and Saturday, when the club stays open until 1:30 a.m.
If you’re looking for more casual fare, Trustworthy Brewing Company at The Palazzo specializes in BBQ and, of course, beer. Or there’s CHICA Las Vegas at The Venetian, where you can sample Latin American favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
No trip to Las Vegas would be complete without seeing a show. To make the most of your grown-up time, check out the popular offerings by Spiegelworld. The wildly popular, adults-only shows — Absinthe is the most popular one — feature carnival acts, like jugglers and aerial performers, but can be raunchy (and may offend some).
The highly anticipated entertainment complex Area 15 is scheduled to open its central district, The Spine, with its large-scale art installations this month. By June, expect live music most nights, interactive retail experiences, an axe-throwing venue and a rollercoaster zipline. The complex’s anchor, Meow Wolf, has yet to set its opening date.
There’s no shortage of bars on the Strip. For something a little different, don a provided parka and gloves, and step inside ICEBAR at The LINQ Promenade. Drinks are served at a bar carved out of ice and can be taken to sitting areas carved out of ice, including two ice chairs in front of a LED-display fireplace. Or navigate your way to the back of Block 16 in The Cosmopolitan, and look for the green door with a picture of a donkey on it. Ghost Donkey specializes in mezcal- and tequila-based drinks.
Pasadena gears up for a lot of attention as it prepares to host its annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, but it won’t just be the parade that makes it the place to be for family travelers in 2024. The coming year is full of great things for the city, like interesting anniversaries and fun kid-friendly events, which means great ways for visiting families to explore and discover.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
If you’re trying to travel with the family on a budget, you might feel like there’s no way you’ll be able to truly enjoy all the culinary experiences you might if you were to travel solo or just with your partner. However, that’s not necessarily the case. Don’t make the mistake of thinking every culinary capital across the globe is going to cost you a pretty penny every time you head to dinner as a crew. A new study from Sail Croatia uncovered the cheapest foodie destinations in Europe, so you can plan your next trip accordingly.
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