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Las Vegas Transformed

No city in the world has the power to transform itself like Las Vegas, a sales-savvy amusement park that unapologetically changes themes whenever it likes. But beyond the Strip, an entire city exists. This is where to find some of Vegas’s most transformative experiences: the mammoth new Las Vegas Springs Preserve, legendary local restaurants like Lotus of Siam, and events like First Friday, when gritty downtown turns into a giant art party.

Hotels (8)

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    Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa

    It’s impossible to get any closer to the stunning Red Rock Canyon conservation area—located 10 miles west of the Strip—than at the Red Rock Casino,

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    The Platinum

    A block from Las Vegas Boulevard, Platinum has 255 suites, which come with full stainless-and-granite kitchens, and—unlike most properties on the S

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    Wynn Las Vegas

    With a casino floor flooded with natural light, a botanical theme, and a collection of restaurants with rising celebrity chefs like Paul Bartolotta

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    The Venetian

    The most painstakingly detailed of the themed casino resorts, the Venetian is a condensed version of its namesake city and features some of the lar

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    Flamingo Las Vegas

    In a town where "classic" is a euphemism for "marked for implosion," Flamingo Las Vegas, which was originally owned by Bugsy Siegel in 1946, has ex

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    The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

    Now owned by the Morgans Hotel Group, the Hard Rock today is less grunge and far more rock 'n' roll glam, with an expansion that will include a 35,

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    THEhotel at Mandalay Bay

    Fashionably minimalist, THEhotel is meant to feel like a boutique hotel (though with 1,117 rooms, this is hardly the case). A non-gaming property,

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    Caesars Palace

    Opened in 1966, Caesars was Las Vegas's first foray into over-the-top themed opulence, and the classic bubbling fountains, trompe l'oeil ceilings,

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Restaurants (8)

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    SW Steakhouse

    Descend a grand, winding escalator to this classic American steakhouse, where velvet ropes and burly security guards keep gawkers at bay and make t

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    Vintner Grill

    Enter this airy, all-white modern dining room, which opened in 2006, and the only reminder that you are not eating in the Hamptons is the fact that

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    Rosemary's Restaurant

    This property has closed.

    Sunday nights are the wrong time to dine on the Strip, since chefs and sommeliers usually put their places on autopilot

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    Guy Savoy

    After a year of delays and high anticipation, celebrated Parisian chef Guy Savoy’s dining room in Caesars Palace finally opened in late 2006. With

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    Lotus of Siam

    Easy to overlook due to its ho-hum location, Lotus of Siam has nevertheless firmly entrenched itself in many folks’ minds as the foremost Thai eate

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    Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare

    From chef Paul Bartolotta comes this Italian seafood restaurant set inside the Wynn Las Vegas resort.  The dining room is dramatically lit with gla

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    L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas

    Helmed by France’s “Chef of the Century” Joël Robuchon, L’Atelier is the more relaxed and slightly less expensive sister of neighboring namesake re

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Activities (15)

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    HRH Beach Club

    Part of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in downtown, this pool and lounge area is next door to the hotel’s infamous club Rehab. In 2010, Hard Rock o

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    Fashion Outlets Las Vegas

    Vegas is known for having scads of discount outlets, but the king of them all is 35 miles west, in the border town of Primm. Fashion Outlets Las Ve

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    Talulah G

    With a Harrods rumored to be on the way, Barneys opening a store in the Venetian’s new Palazzo wing, and multiple hotel arcades chockablock with hi

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    Forum Shops at Caesars

    This giant, 160-shop mall resembles an ancient Roman city, with columns and arches, piazzas and fountains, and faux-outdoor cafés beneath cloud-pai

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    Unica Home

    A resource for interiors magazines and set designers (products have shown up on shows like Sex and the City and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), Un

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    Rock 'n Roll Wine

    Every month, up to 800 revelers gather at an ever-shifting location—a club, a restaurant, a resort pool—to taste wines from as many as 50 visiting

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    Las Vegas Springs Preserve

    The Las Vegas Springs Preserve, a 180-acre protected nature area just a few miles west of the Strip, may seem an unlikely location for a giant show

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    First Fridays, Las Vegas

    Part street carnival—fire-breathers, mimes, exhibitionists, and local bands mix with the pedestrian traffic—and part serious exhibition, the art cr

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    Conservatory at Bellagio

    The atrium inside Bellagio Hotel and Casino transforms five times per year from one over-the-top botanical display to another. A massive team of ho

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    Atomic Testing Museum

    Get a serious look at the history of the Nevada test site, along with an exhaustive collection of memorabilia from the era when atomic testing was

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    Tryst, Las Vegas

    All the drama one might expect from Steve Wynn is here: velvet walls, alligator-embossed leather booths, and a 95-foot waterfall cascading into a p

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    PURE

    Open since New Year’s Eve 2004, Pure is approaching icon status. The interiors of the bi-level club range from the stark white main room to the ext

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    LAX Nightclub

    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 su

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    Downtown Cocktail Room

    Revitalized Fremont Street has quickly become the favorite under-the-radar bar scene, and the Downtown Cocktail Room is appropriately hard to find.

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    Social House

    The only nightlife venue with a good kitchen that’s open nearly all night (food is served until 4 a.m.), this bamboo birdcage-bedecked space featur

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    No longer a stage set masquerading as a metropolis, Las Vegas has finally grown into a real global city, offering a diversity of experiences to rival any other’s—from intimate to over-the-top, ersa

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    Driving from Austin to Wimberly, Texas—and stopping to shop, drink, and eat barbecue along the way— is best in spring is when Texas bluebonnets carpet the desert landscape.

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    The culinary scene in Las Vegas has evolved: world-class chefs have been bypassing bigger cities to cater to an increasing number of visitors intent on spending their time at gastronomic—rather th

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  • The Best Swimming Pools in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas, The Strip

    Las Vegas casinos all look pretty much the same once you're parked on a vinyl stool with a scotch in hand, but the pools are a different story. Some are inventive expanses with sandy beaches, pound

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    Las Vegas, Bryce Canyon National Park, The Zion National Park Area, Ivins, The Strip

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