It’s hard to deny that gambling is probably one of the first things you think of when you think of Las Vegas. But, trust us, there’s a lot more to Vegas than the games — take a gamble and enter our Las Vegas sweepstakes to win an unforgettable summer vacation.
So, what do you do when you win? Here are a few itineraries to make the most of your Vegas vacation:
*In the warm summer evenings, cool off with a drink in your hand as you head out on the water on a Lake Mead cruise.
*Grab a bite and observe your surroundings at PBR Rock Bar & Grill at Planet Hollywood, where you can scan CityCenter, the Bellagio and the Strip all at once.
*There’s so much to do in Vegas besides gaming, but if this is your first time in town, you almost have to play a little. Many hotels offer free lessons for novices — the Golden Nugget among them.
*Hit the Buffet at the Bellagio for its international selections, or Cravings Buffet at the Mirage with its 11 live cooking stations.
*Get a rush with the SkyJump at the Stratosphere, the longest controlled free fall of its kind. Or, experience Fremont Street Flightlinez, where you get hooked to a harness and zip line right over the crowds on Fremont Street and under the giant video canopy.
*Enjoy the beautiful summer weather by grabbing a shaded table on the outdoor patio for cocktails and dinner at The Barrymore in the Royal Resort, just steps off the Strip.
*Grab a light afternoon snack of parmesan paprika popcorn at Hubert Keller’s approachable new small-plates concept, Fleur. Fleur also mixes frozen cocktails tableside, compliments of a little liquid nitrogen magic.
*Try the popular pajama brunch at Simon inside Palms Place, which offers a Bloody Mary bar, cotton candy, chicken and waffles, a junk food plate and, of course, a sushi bar.
*Planet Hollywood’s Strip House is serving up a new gourmet beef jerky appetizer that will take both you and beef jerky to places neither of you have ever been.
*For a side of show with dinner, choose Switch Steak at Encore. With the walls moving every 20 minutes, it’s like eating each course in a new restaurant.
*End the night at ARIA’s Sage, where you can inhale absinthe vapors. Shots range from $20 to more than $100. The cost for a shot of one special variety goes up each time it’s ordered because once the bottle’s gone, it’s gone forever.
Vegas in the Light of Day
*Wander over to the Luxor for an inside look at BODIES…The Exhibition, which showcases the human body and organs like you’ve never seen before. Or, learn more about the epic story of the “ship of dreams” at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.
*You can’t go to Vegas without seeing some magic. America’s Got Talent finalist, magician Nathan Burton, performs his grand illusions in the afternoons at Flamingo Las Vegas, while Harrah’s magician Mac King provides a barrel of laughs with his unique comedy magic show.
*Catch some rays (and some looks) at one of the dayclubs like Wet Republic or reserve a cabana and lounge at Encore Beach Club or the Golden Nugget shark tank pool.
*Head out to Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, featuring more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding and picnic areas.
*Hit a few balls at the new indoor glow-in-the-dark, KISS-themed miniature golf course.
How will you choose to spend your Las Vegas trip? Enter now and maybe one of these itineraries will come in handy for you!