Four Lively Days in Las Vegas

posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 10:41:59 AM

Welcome to Sin City -- with the shining lights, magnificent hotels and endless food, Las Vegas can entertain anyone. Join us as we travel throughout the city enjoying top attractions from Cirque du Soleil, to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, to hiking in Red Rock Canyon and more, and enjoy a Las Vegas vacation!

Day One: It’s late afternoon when you hit the ground at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas. You collect the luggage and take a short taxi ride to Marriott’s Grand Chateau, which is tucked away just off of the famous Strip and offers spacious one-bedroom villas with all of the comforts of home. It’s warm outside, so you make your way to the rooftop pool for a quick dip, then head across Las Vegas Boulevard for an early dinner at Michael Mina. The Chilean sea bass turns out to be an excellent choice, and you soon make your way into the nearby theater to see “O” by Cirque du Soleil. Perhaps the most popular of all of the Cirque shows in the city, “O” celebrates the life aquatic with an international cast of synchronized swimmers, divers, acrobats and colorful characters who perform in, on and above the water. It’s a truly spectacular and thoroughly enjoyable way to start your first of several days in a destination that promises non-stop good times.

Day Two: Today you’re going to do what folks tend to do in Vegas – indulge a bit while making a dream come true. You travel a few miles north to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and start your day with a lesson that gets you familiar with the details of mastering the racetrack. A little while later, you take the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Italia, which is powered by a high-revving V8 and capable of reaching speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. You make several laps around the speedway, gaining confidence in what’s far and away the fastest vehicle you’ve ever driven. The experience is absolutely exhilarating, and you exit the car literally shaking with excitement. From there, you head to Downtown Las Vegas and The Mob Museum, which is one of TripAdvisor’s top-rated attractions in the area. It offers an interesting perspective on organized crime’s impact on the history of the city, as well as its unique imprint on America and the world. Only in Vegas!

Day Three: You sleep in a bit today, but by late morning you’re on the move again, heading first to the famous sign that welcomes visitors to Las Vegas. The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” landmark has stood since 1959 and provided the backdrop for photos by millions of visitors. You get your pic and post it to Facebook as you drive back down the Strip to The Forum Shops at Caesars. Named a best shopping destination last year by Las Vegas Magazine, the place is impressive and offers everything from high-end clothing and handbags to an Apple Store. You watch sculptures come to life in the Fall of Atlantis animatronic show, then grab a bite to eat at the Border Grill before heading back to your room for some downtime. As night falls, you make a huge loop on the High Roller, a 550-foot-tall Ferris wheel that offers stunning views of the city, then try your hand at some blackjack over at The Cosmopolitan’s very cool, very trendy casino.

Day Four: Your flight leaves for home this evening and you’re hoping to maximize the time you have left. So this morning you make a 30-minute drive west of the city to Red Rock Canyon. You take a full loop through the canyon, stopping for more photos and getting oriented before setting off on the Moenkopi Trail, an open-country jaunt that traverses a prominent limestone ridge and offers panoramic views of the Wilson Cliffs, which are absolutely stunning. Who says the Vegas area is all casinos and neon signs? A little later, you’re back in town, cleaned up and headed over to the Bellagio Conservatory, where each season a team of designers and horticulturalists decorates the 14,000-square-foot gathering place with colorful displays and a touch of whimsy. It’s a nice and relatively serene way to end your visit to Las Vegas, a city where the unexpected is to be expected and there’s seemingly always something new to do and see.

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