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Las Vegas. The glamorous name alone conjures up images of James Bond, The Rat Pack and high rollers straight from an Oceans 11 movie.
But you don't need to be 007 or have a Swiss bank account to enjoy yourself. While the iconic town still retains every ounce of its classic glamour, it has evolved into one of the world's most complete travel destinations. From fine dining to high end shopping, world class entertainment to luxurious resorts, you'll find everything in Las Vegas. Add golf and sizzling nightlife, and you might never want to leave.
Vegas caters to both extravagant and budget travelers with its mix of fun-filled activities. But with so much going on, it helps to have a few must-dos on your agenda.
Andrea’s at The Encore
Located in the posh Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Andrea's is the hottest restaurant in town. Chef Joe Elevado prepares Asian-inspired dishes that are perfect for sharing, from dim sum pot stickers to fresh shellfish on ice. The communal atmosphere fits in nicely with the restaurant's commitment to "vibe dining," a motif that is only enhanced by the space's stunning ultramodern design, coterie of celebrity regulars and the sexy beats emanating from the DJ booth.
The Tank Pool at The Golden Nugget
One of the Strip's most legendary resort and casinos, The Golden Nugget's revamped pool is truly where it's at. From the poolside blackjack tables to the 15 luxury cabanas (replete with flatscreens and private bars), this $30 million complex takes aquatic fun to another level. But nothing tops the water slide -- a three-story adventure that plunges through a 200,000 gallon shark tank aquarium.
Zarkana Cirque du Soleil Show at Aria
Zarkana, Cirque du Soleil's latest production, combines freak show spectacle with rock opera antics for a truly memorable experience. Set in the equally spectacular Aria Resort & Casino, this acrobatic performance has received rave reviews and delighted countless spectators. Enter a world of strange characters and incorporable acrobats, then hit the shops at the sprawling (not to mention architecturally stunning) CityCenter.
Bally’s Jubilee Show
No Vegas visit would be complete without seeing Jubilee! Now in its 32nd year, the last showgirl show of its kind in North America is also the longest-running production on the Las Vegas Strip. Experience 85 dancers, singers and three speciality acts wearing more than 1,000 amazingly detailed costumes and performing on 100 different sets. The whole family (children must be 13 years or older) will enjoy songs like "In the Still of the Night," stunts like "The Sinking of the Titanic" and a sensory overload of special effects. You can even get behind the scenes with an All-Access Backstage Walking Tour. Jubilee! showtimes are Sunday – Wednesday 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $65 to $132.50.
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