Las Vegas, Nevada

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Viva Las Vegas! This place ain’t your granddaddy’s Las Vegas – let me tell you.

While smoke-filled casinos are still the bread and butter of Sin City, Las Vegas has continued to grow and develop into so much more. 

On “The Strip,” the desert city’s famous Las Vegas Blvd., you’ll still find the best of American excess – plenty of casinos new and old and high-end shopping plazas. You’ll also find some of the best culinary creations in the entire country.

Chef Gordon Ramsay has five restaurants there including the signature Hell’s Kitchen he opened in 2018. Restaurant Guy Savoy is another with a famous TV chef leading the charge. But other impressive favorites include Black Sheep, Other Mama and Mizumi. 

For cheaper yet equally delicious grub, Mexican and other Hispanic-inspired cuisine is the choice – from Tacos El Gordo and Gabi’s Gorditas to KoMex and Durango Taco Shop.

A Las Vegas residency used to be for aging stars who were enjoying their last hurrah. Now, it’s for the likes of Lady Gaga and Carrie Underwood, who are both arguably in the prime of their careers and draw dedicated fans from all over the country (and world) to see them in Vegas.

The draw off-Strip is easy to see as well. The Mob Museum and The Neon Museum, both located a stone’s throw from each other in Downtown Las Vegas, are steeped in history. The Arts District and Chinatown shouldn’t be overlooked either.

And when you’re ready to get away from the city, you’re oh so close to Mt. Charleston (and Valley of Fire State Park, which you’ll read about – or have read about – on these pages).