Las Vegas is an excellent spring break destination for the over-21 crowd. You can relax, refresh, and re-energize while you take in the sights and sounds of one of the most popular cities in the world. If you're a business student, you may also appreciate the opportunity to see and experience hotel, casino, and restaurant business models at work.
When most people think of Las Vegas, they think of gambling, but there are plenty of things to do--gambling is just the tip of the iceberg. If you aren't sure what else to do while you’re in town, here are a few activities to consider.
1.) Travel in Style
There are many different ways to travel in Las Vegas. You can take a cab, take the bus, rent a car, or ride the tram, but nothing beats traveling in a limo. Presidential Limousine
, one of the most respected companies in Las Vegas, offers limo tours of the Las Vegas Strip, the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam, and Pahrump Valley Winery. You can also book Presidential Limo for a daytime excursion to the coolest dayclubs and pools and a nighttime excursion to the hottest nightclubs and gentleman's clubs. And when you're ready to head to and from the airport, the company offers special deals on airport transfers; you can choose from a sedan, stretch limo, super stretch limo, super stretch SUV Escalade, super stretch Hummer H2, or limo coach. You will be treated like a VIP no matter which ride or tour you choose--expect champagne, roses for the ladies, and other special services that can't be found anywhere else.
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2.) Eat Like a Celebrity
Although there are still an endless number of buffets available, Las Vegas has become a true destination for foodies. There are a number of celebrity chefs who have set up shop in town. One of the most famous spots is Wolfgang Puck's Spago
, which is said to have ignited the celebrity chef flame in Las Vegas. Other popular choices include L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
, and Bouchon
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3.) Combine Dinner with a View
What's better than a delicious dinner? A delicious dinner that is served with an equally delicious view! This tasty combination can be had in several Las Vegas restaurants. One of the most noteworthy is Top of the World, located at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel, and Tower. The restaurant is in the tower, 800 feet above the ground. Because the restaurant revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes, you receive unparalleled views of Las Vegas. On clear days, you can even see into California and Arizona. Have lunch at Top of the World
for a casual dining experience and views of the surrounding mountains. Have dinner for a more refined dining experience and views of the city lights. Other places to see the sights while you eat include Mon Ami Gabi
, which offers views of the Bellagio Fountains, and Binion's Steakhouse
, which offers views of Fremont Street.
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4.) Visit Old Vegas
In addition to being the central business district in Las Vegas, the downtown area is also the original pre-strip gaming area. Centered on Fremont Street, the downtown area contains several of the city's oldest casinos, including the Golden Gate Casino, which opened its doors in 1906. Downtown visitors can also enjoy the Fremont Street Experience, a canopied area on Fremont Street that connects a slew of hotels/casinos. The $17 million canopy features the world's largest audio-video system and nightly shows that incorporate music, video, pictures, and text. While under the canopy, you can watch the nightly shows, buy unique items from street vendors, see free concerts on multiple stages, people watch, and much more.
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5.) Watch Mystere
Las Vegas plays host to several Cirque Du Soleil shows, but the one to see is Mystere. This high energy, award-winning show was the first Cirque Du Soleil production to get a permanent theatre. It is one of the longest running shows in Las Vegas and easily one of the most enjoyable. Mystere is classic Cirque, combining unbelievable feats of athleticism with daring acrobatics, dramatic costumes, a revolving stage, puppetry, comedy, a beautifully haunting score, and of course, clowns. The myriad of acts are all different, but each is entertaining, mystifying, and awe-inspiring. Mystere also incorporates members of the audience. At a recent viewing, my husband was unexpectedly pulled on stage and became part of the show. More than 12 million people (five times the population of Nevada!) have seen Mystere since its opening in 1993. If you can only see one show while you're in Vegas, make it Mystere. You won't be disappointed.
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6.)Take in the Free Shows
You can spend a lot of money in Las Vegas, but it's also possible to have fun for free. Several of the most well-known hotels and casinos offer free shows that any Vegas visitor can enjoy. Some of the best free shows include the Mirage Volcano, the Bellagio Fountains, the Wynn Lake of Dreams, the Sirens of TI, and Rio's Show in the Sky. Free entertainment can also be found as you walk down the Las Vegas Strip. There are a number of singers, performance artists, and magicians that do shows right on the sidewalk. Within a one mile stretch, you can see someone levitate, listen to a guitar solo, and have your picture taken with Elvis, Elmo, and Darth Vader.
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7.) See a Comedy Show
Laughing is one of the best ways to unwind. If you want a guaranteed giggle while you are in town, check out one of the many comedy shows in Las Vegas. You can visit the Laugh Factory
at the Tropicana or The Improv
at Harrah's. If you enjoy prop comedy, Carrot Top has set up shop at the Luxor and performs almost every night of the week. Rita Rudner also performs regularly at the Venetian.
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8.) Visit the Grand Canyon
Getting in touch with nature is another great way to finish off spring break. Since that can be hard to do on the Las Vegas Strip, you may want to consider a daytime excursion to the Grand Canyon. The best way to get there is on a Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour. Papillon
offers several tour options--you can choose from air tours, landing tours, Skywalk tours, and more. I can personally recommend the Grand Celebration Tour
, which includes air tours of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Skywalk, and the west rim of the Grand Canyon. When the air tour is complete, the helicopter lands in an exclusive area located 4,000 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon. You have a chance to explore, eat a picnic lunch, drink champagne, and take pictures. The landing area is beautiful and the sights are as breathtaking on the ground as they are in the air. This particular tour takes four hours from the time you are picked up from your Las Vegas hotel until you are dropped off at your hotel once more. It is easy to fit into any spring break trip--even if you are just going for a weekend.
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