Twenty-four hours in a day hardly seems like enough on the Las Vegas Strip. Wall-to-wall activities mean you get more in your getaway - whether that's a massage from Octavio, an outfit from Catherine Malandrino, seeing the sights or all of the above.
Situated just off the Strip, this aquarium is home to more than 2,000 animals, including 100 sharks, piranhas, rare golden crocodiles, and a 300-pound endangered sea turtle. As one of the largest aquariums in North America, Shark Reef contains almost 1.6 million gallons of water in its 14 exhibits, which include a jungle-themed area; a touch pool with sharks, rays, and horseshoe crabs; and a 1.3-million-gallon shipwreck zone.
Qua Baths & Spa at Caesar's Palace takes a unique perspective on the spa concept by drawing on Roman traditions that emphasize social interaction and the restorative power of water. This philosophy factored heavily into the spa's design, as its open spaces incorporate natural light, waterfalls, and smooth, stone floors. Dubbed Roman Rituals, Qua's signature experiences include cold, warm, and hot bathing pools, the Laconium sauna, and the Artic Ice Room, which features falling snow.
Opened on Labor Day 2007 in the newly revved-up Luxor, LAX is 26,000 square feet of opulence, with black chandeliers and Art Nouveau balustrades surrounding the second-floor gallery. To those who remember getting sanctified at New York’s Limelight (a church-turned-club) in the 80’s and 90’s, the Gothic atmosphere will feel familiar.
Chocolate hazelnut bombes, crème brulee gelato, chocolate truffles, tropical fruit crepes: pastry chef Jean Philippe Maury’s creative menu has patrons lining up at all hours of the day. Set inside the Bellagio, the bakery serves everything from savory options like breakfast croissants and turkey parmesan crepes to sweet treats like decadent Nutella brioche and raspberry rose macaroons.
This giant, 160-shop mall resembles an ancient Roman city, with columns and arches, piazzas and fountains, and faux-outdoor cafés beneath cloud-painted ceiling skies (the lighting even changes with the time of day to mirror the real world). Just as much of a draw as the décor is the cavernous shopping center’s roster of boutiques. It holds all of the usual luxury suspects, and we mean all: Burberry, Christian Dior, Fendi, Versace, Gucci, Harry Winston, Vuitton, Cavalli, Ferragamo, and Valentino.
Located in Showcase Mall on the Las Vegas Strip (and next to the MGM Grand), GameWorks offers fun for kids of all ages. This arcade on steroids, operated by SEGA Entertainment USA, features plenty of video games, including classics like Pac-Man and Centipede, as well as newer options like Rambo, Dance Dance Revolution, and several UFO Catcher machines. Gameworks also has a massive climbing wall, pool tables, darts, and even virtual bowling so dads don't feel out of place.
Fontana Bar has live music, a huge range of drinks, and a patio overlooking the Bellagio’s famous eight-acre lake where their renowned fountain show entertains the visitors of Vegas. The interior of Fontana matches much of the Venetian’s grand style with high ceilings, huge chandeliers, exquisite fabrics, and bold columns. Guests usually enjoy live entertainment by Dian Diaz, a pop and dance music band, on the weekends, but more people lounge than dance.
Despite being hidden beneath the escalators at the Venetian Las Vegas, this small bakery stand is well known for its crispy-on-the-outside and chewy-on-the-inside macarons. Owned by celebrated chef Thomas Keller, Bouchon Bakery offers a rotating seasonal selection of these sweet treats but favorites flavors include pistachio, vanilla, lemon, raspberry, chocolate, and coffee. Beyond macarons, the shop sells items like almond croissants and red velvet cupcakes.
American Restaurant in Las Vegas, NV, United States
Featuring self-proclaimed "twisted farm food," this quirky diner serves up meals in mammoth portions. Flapjacks are larger than the platters they sit on, chicken and waffles are stacked several inches above the plate and coffees overflow onto saucers. Though it's open all day long, Hash House's breakfast menu is most robust, with a variety of hashes, scrambles and farm benedicts. It's common to find people dining after they've left the bar at night or nursing a hangover in the mornin.
Located on Restaurant Row at The Venetian, Public House boasts a high-end, speakeasy feel with dark colors and deep seats. The fare is pub grub with a creative touch and lots of drink options. The menu is meat heavy, but there are a few salads available as well. Public House lays claim to Nevada's first certified beer cicerone (similar to a wine sommelier), offering more than 200 brews, 24 of which are on tap.
American Restaurant in Las Vegas, NV, United States
Spago is trendy and modern, yet also welcoming and popular with its menu of classic American cuisine made unique with twists from influences around the world. Those looking for something lighter can take advantage of a front cafe stocked with wood-oven pizzas, appetizers, pastas and lighter dishes. Spago's bar is known for its celebrity cameos.