Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

10 Things You Can Only Do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, or Sin City as it is famously called, is one of the top destinations in the world and with good reason. There is something for everyone, from gamblers to couples to thrill-seekers to wine enthusiasts to even families. There’s so much to do that many people visit again and again just to sample all the entertainment, food, and activities that Las Vegas offers. Other cities may try to copy a small part of the excitement, but there are some things you can only do in Las Vegas.


10.    One of a Kind Museums

As you might expect, Las Vegas museums are a little quirky. The Mob Museum is Trip Advisor’s #1 museum in Las Vegas. Get the real story of the mobsters behind the building of the Las Vegas we know and love. The Neon Museum pays homage to the glittering signs that have long been symbols of Vegas nightlife. The Pinball Hall of Fame celebrates this mechanical precursor to video games with examples of the amazing workmanship that these machines required. Counts Kustoms showcases custom vehicles featured on the reality TV show Counting Cars. And, of course, there’s the National Atomic Testing Museum which tells the story of the history and politics of nuclear power and how it became a tourist attraction in Las Vegas.
Mob Museum
9.   Wine, Cocktails, and Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes

The Bellagio caters to wine enthusiasts and foodies with several classes that explore in depth the intricacies of fine wining and dining. Celebrity chefs like Todd English lead interactive cooking classes in the Epicurean Epicenter Series. Held in the Tuscany studio kitchen, these unique cooking demonstration events feature a wide range of cuisines, paired with vintage wine. As expected, they sell out quickly, so make your reservations well in advance.

Is wine your thing? The Bellagio’s Master Sommeliers lead a ninety minute class through the detailed nuance of eight wines. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about wine, from the effect of climate to flavor profiles.

Want to up your amateur bartending skills? Try the Monte Carlo’s Mixology Training & Tasting class. This one of a kind opportunity features training by the Director of Beverage, alcohol, and mixers in a private two-hour private session for up to 10 persons. So get your group together for a unique experience that you can only get in Las Vegas.
Celebrity Chef Todd English
8.   Play the Slots at the Airport

Long layovers and flight delays can be a nightmare but, in Vegas, you can start your gambling at the gate. No more wandering through boring gift shops or spending crazy money on a few drinks. You’ll find slot machines at every gate at McCarran International Airport. Get a head start on your vacation or give it one last shot before you leave.
Slot Machines In The Airport
7.    Learn Golf From Tiger’s Coach

The country’s top golf instructor owns and runs his namesake Butch Harmon School of Golf at the Rio Secco Golf Club in Las Vegas. The course itself is considered the best in Las Vegas, having been designed by world-famous architect Rees Jones, but the top draw is Butch Harmon, acknowledged as the number one golf instructor in the world. Countless top pro golfers have counted on this legend to tweak their games. Tiger Woods relied on him as his swing coach and he now coaches Phil Mickelson. You can participate in one of several 3 day clinics actually run by Harmon or even book private instruction. Only happens here, at Harmon’s home base.
6.    KISS-themed Mini Golf

When you think of Vegas entertainment, mini golf may not be the first thing that comes to mind. The KISS By Monster Mini Golf experience may change your mind. It doesn’t get much more rock n roll than this. The attraction relocated earlier this year to a huge 13000 square foot location at the Rio Vegas wher the party never ends. Featuring 18 holes of glow in the dark mini golf, KISS-themed design, never before seen KISS props, in-house DJ, a huge gift shop, and a rock and roll wedding chapel, this is a golf course like no other.
KISS Mini Golf
5.    Live the Race Car Dream

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the only place in the nation where the public can drive top American muscle cars, NASCAR race cars, and Indy cars. The World Class Driving experience lets you take the wheel of a Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, and Corvette Z06 for a 50 mile spin through Red Rock Canyon. Drivers switch vehicles throughout the run to give everyone a feel for each iconic muscle car. Try the American Muscle Car Challenge to drive these same iconic muscle cars on a test track environment.

The Ride Along Experience gives you the chance to ride shotgun in a real NASCAR race car. Feeling competitive? You can also take the wheel yourself to compete with your friends at speeds up to 155mph. The Richard Petty Indycar Experience puts you in the seat of an open wheel Indycar for 6 laps of the raceway. These are the ultimate attractions for racing and auto fans. No where else but Vegas can race fans experience all these thrills.
Richard Petty Driving Experience
4.    Crazy Ultimate Thrill Rides

With names like El Loco and Insanity, you can pretty much tell what the thrill rides in Las Vegas are like. Nowhere can you find this many record-breaking rides in one place. Adrenaline junkies can definitely get their fix on the Strip. The El Loco roller coaster, located in the Adventuredome drops backwards at a record breaking negative 1.5 vertical Gs and pulls a 180 degree turn, dropping over the edge into a barrel roll. The Adventuredome is the world’s largest indoor theme park, offering a carnival rides, mini golf, and plenty of fun to fill an entire day for the family. Stratosphere’s SkyJump is billed as a controlled free fall – sending you down a vertical zipline from 108 floors up! The Big Shot at the Stratosphere shoots you 1049 feet in the air, followed by a free fall that reaches zero gravity. Insanity-The Ride swings you out over the Strip from the top of the Stratosphere, reaching 3Gs.
3.   Dive with Sharks

Las Vegas is home to the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. This journey through a sunken temple highlights the most ferocious predators in the sea. Over 100 sharks from 15 species, moray ells, jellyfish, piranhas, and rare golden crocodiles are some of the highlights. Visitors can go through underwater tunnels to get a better view. If you are looking for real thrills (and are Scuba certified), you can experience the Dive with the Sharks exhibit. Dive with a guide among 30 plus sharks, including White Tip Reef Sharks, Sandtiger, and Sandbar. You will never find this density of sharks in the wild, but they’re here for you in Las Vegas.
Swim With Sharks
2.    Visit a “Social” Club

Remember the mantra “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Las Vegas is the top location in the US for adult clubs, including strip clubs, topless revues, and topless swimming pools. But, if you’re looking for something a little more risque, you can find that too. The Green Door is touted as “a safe place where consenting adults can live out their wildest fantasies.” From swingers to light S&M, regulars and the curious are welcome. Added bonus – you can buy a pass at the door with no reservations needed.
Social Club
1.   Have an Elvis Wedding

Las Vegas is a hotspot for weddings and honeymoons. No blood tests, no waiting period means it’s perfect for a quickie marriage without the hassle and expense of a big wedding. Whether you’re eloping, having a destination wedding, or renewing your vows, you can add to the Vegas vibe by having an Elvis wedding. Dozens of wedding chapels now offer packages that feature being married by Elvis, but the original is Graceland Wedding Chapel. It’s worth noting that Nevada also has quickie divorces.
Married By Elvis
Las Vegas is unlike any other city in the world, full of things that you can only do in Vegas. You’ll find iconic landmarks and unique experiences to entertain and thrill all ages and lifestyles. So pass on the ordinary and go for something memorable next time you head to Sin City.

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