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Las Vegas is world renowned for its glamor & glitz along the Strip, but there are many sides to ‘Sin City.’ Explore downtown for a hint of the avant-garde, keep and eye out for vintage finds, and enjoy fine dining and good coffee along the way.
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6375 Nevada 159, Blue Diamond, NV 89004, USA
This spot is not as crowded as the scenic loop route that a lot of people visit. There is a separate entrance fee to enter Spring Mountain but it has a ton of picnic tables under gorgeous trees. You can visit the park and enjoy lunch in...
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3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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For French fare at reasonable prices, Mon Ami Gabi is my go to restaurant when it's my turn to pick a restaurant. If you're a breakfast guru you'll especially want to try out their crepes and—my personal favorite—their crab eggs Benedict. Chunks...
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3325 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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Celebrity restaurateurs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich serve the finest steaks in town. They match their spectacular all-beef tasting menu with a vast wine list. (701) 789-4141. Read Bob Guccione Jr.'s Spin the Globe story on Las Vegas. This...
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3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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America’s second-largest desert is an unlikely place to find some of the world’s freshest seafood. But anything is possible in Las Vegas, and when chef Paul Bartolotta opened Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare in the Wynn hotel in 2005, he was...
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5030 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146, USA
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Of course there is no shortage of great food in Las Vegas, but this place is different. First of all it is not on The Strip, so it is not accessible unless you know about it. It's in a strip mall in an area with a lot of other Asian restaurants,...
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4080 W Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102, USA
As the old saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." But it's hard to imagine who'd find anything less than treasures here, at this cool, vintage home decor and furniture shop. It's a haven for the handcrafted and handmade, and the...
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6075 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA
One of the most striking geological phenomena in the world is the Grand Canyon, and, thanks to Maverick Helicopter Tours, it's also within striking distance of Las Vegas. Maverick offers a large number of tour options, flying high above the Strip,...
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506 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
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Park on Fremont is a everything that a gastropub and beer garden should be, with a very cool, hipster bar (featuring taxidermy—a must these days), as well as ample space to stretch out underneath cafe lights in the back. It's like a little piece...
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9480 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89123, USA
The fresh and local food movement has hit Vegas in recent years, and the fresh52 farmers and artisan market is a great way to discover the best that Vegas has to offer. Also, the Sunday markets often feature live entertainment, chef's...
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3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA
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The Shark Reef Aquarium can be counted among the new generation of underwater experiences, giving visitors the sense that they're immersed, or at least surrounded, by some of the most striking marine creatures on the planet (including some 15...
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770 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
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Reservations required—and no wonder. The tours at the Neon Museum sell out months in advance. A walk through the museum's famous "Boneyard" (where neon goes to die) is fascinating, from motel row to the first integrated casino (one that shut...
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3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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Art isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Vegas unless you're familiar with the term kitsch. However, Sin City has always looked to please almost every palate and many impressive art exhibitions and theatre are proving to be a...
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3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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Their popular show closed abruptly with Roy’s injury in 2003, but the famous animal trainers and illusionists have established a research and education center. It teems with lions, tigers, leopards, black panthers, and bottlenose...
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7000 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89115, USA
“Go, go, go! Faster, faster. Accelerate all the way!” Only in Vegas. I slammed the accelerator to the floor as the Ferrari F430 GT shrieked onto the straightaway, quickly speeding up to 100 miles per hour. That 512 horsepower engine was quickly...
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450 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
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As a child of the 1980s, I've got to say that I love the premise of this place—they specialize in toys of the 80s, of every conceivable kind, including (for all you Star Wars nerds out there) plenty in the way of George Lucas' creations....
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1407, 3327 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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Bauman Rare Books is well known among antiquarian booksellers, and marks a striking contrast to most of the shops and boutiques you'll find in Las Vegas. Having worked in the rare book business in the past, I can't resist a beautifully tooled...
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520 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
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The Beat Coffeehouse is part dive bar, part roadhouse, part concert hall, part cafe, but somehow, this combination works. It's a great place to catch a live show, chill out over a cappuccino (or a beer), and listen to tunes (on vinyl, of course)...
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5030 Spring Mountain Rd #6, Las Vegas, NV 89146, USA
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Monta Ramen is the best of both worlds—reasonably priced, and a widely thought of as the best ramen in Las Vegas. The menu is simple and straightforward, the dishes authentic and executed well, and the restaurant has a friendly and relaxed...
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3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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It doesn't happen often (does it?), so doing it right is key. You're going to Vegas, you've got two nights and only so many hours to party, so...like I said...do it right. Get tables. Get bottle service. Live it up. Enjoy the dancers. Dance in the...
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Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Yeah Baby! The Strip might get all the attention, but if you want the real Vegas the only place to go is Fremont St. With its enclosed light show of a ceiling, freak show of people watching, and rock 'n' roll show of live entertainers you could be...
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Rocky Gap Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89161, USA
I have the pleasure of hiking in the beautiful Redrock Canyon area north of Las Vegas at least twice a year, but I have always been limited to the summer months for these treks. However, last winter, I had the chance to see the Mojave in winter....
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3752 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158, USA
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If you go to Vegas and want to enjoy a drink or two before or after dinner with an amazing view, Mandarin's bar is absolutely the place! The drink menu features a lemongrass mojito, a lychee smash, as well as a cucumber & cilantro margarita—among...
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3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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Similar to the original L'Atelier in Paris and the other "workshop" in Tokyo, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the MGM Casino is a must-try spot for anyone who admires this Michelin-starred, Chef-of-the-Century-titled French master Joel Robuchon. You...
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3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Bouchon Bakery, with its origins in Yountville, California, and under the aegis of world renowned chef Thomas Keller of the French Laundry, now has three locations—and, lucky enough for Vegas, one of them is on the Strip. The menu is classic...
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Las Vegas, NV, USA
Due to the heat of Vegas and our limited time, we decided to take the Grand Canyon Celebration 4-hour tour with Papillon Tours. Other tours we looked at consisted of bus and helicopter with a combination of boat rides or rafting—but it would have...
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3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Famous since its 1998 opening as the place with the dancing fountains (further immortalized in the final scene of the 2001 film Ocean’s Eleven), the 3,933-room Italian-themed Bellagio is a Las Vegas icon. There is a fantasy feel about it,...
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3130 E Sunset Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89120, USA
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Sunrise coffeehouse is an unpretentious, community gathering spot that features organic, fair trade coffee from single estate farms, as well as loose leaf teas. Also on offer are a number of vegetarian and vegan eats, because you're going to need...
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7260 S Cimarron Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89113, USA
Childs' Play offers that rarest of things in Las Vegas—a safe space for kids to run around indoors and have fun without having to dodge slot machines along the way. They've also thought about the parents, so mom and dad never fear—coffee is...
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953 E Sahara Ave E-10, Las Vegas, NV 89104, USA
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Komol Restaurant has been around since 1986 for a reason, and is a favorite of both locals and tourists alike. Using traditional Thai cooking techniques, Komol is also unafraid of the occasional modern twist, and offers an extensive vegetarian...
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2910 West Lake East Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89117, USA
In the heart of Vegas, it can be difficult at times to find the healthiest of meals, given the penchant for fine dining (and steak) that characterizes the Strip. However, Go Raw Cafe has your back—with two locations in Vegas, Go Raw is on a...