Las Vegas Honeymoons
The streets of this neon-lit Nevada city offer much more than a quick buck and Elvis-blessed elopement. A recent renaissance has made Las Vegas, which means The Meadows in Spanish, the one-stop spot to get it all: Broadway-style shows, big-name restaurants, luxurious spas, thrill rides, and themed hotels. The city's location also makes it the perfect jumping-off point for the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and other reality-check wonders of the West.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
5 hours from NYC, 3 hours from LA
The Strip's bus, monorail, taxi, car
When To Go: Las Vegas at its best
November to April
Weekdays, the week before New Year's
Why To Go
Tempt Lady Luck at baccarat, blackjack, slot machines, keno, roulette, craps, and poker, just to name a few. The largest casinos are the MGM Grand, Bellagio, and Riviera. High stakes reign supreme at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Hilton, The Mirage, Bellagio, and MGM Grand. Go to Circus Circus -- under a pink-and-white big top -- or the medieval-themed Excalibur for raucous revelry. And don't forget to check out the newest jewel in town: Wynn.
Vegas is famous for its gigantic buffets, but big-name chefs have also been rolling out the red carpet.
From big-name comedians and magicians to Fosse-esque extravaganzas, cabarets, boxing, roller hockey, concerts, and showgirls, there are so many shows in this town that you won't know where to start or stop. Cirque Du Soleil tonight? The Judds tomorrow? Free shows range from the Fremont Street Experience (see below) to the choreographed dancing-waters show on an eight-acre lake at Bellagio.
Check out the psychedelic light-and-sound show at the Fremont Street Experience, a downtown outdoor mall covered by a four-block, arched, 100-foot-high awning illuminated by two million lightbulbs. Give your neck a rest at the glitzy Golden Nugget (don't miss the 61-pound glittering rock in the lobby).
Spending money was never so much fun. Hop a gondola to one of 90 stores along the Grand Canal at the Venetian, see the sunset (every hour) and watch Atlantis sink at Caesar's Forum Shops, or stroll through the exclusive shops along "Via" Bellagio.
Hotel as art museum? The Gallery of Fine Art at the Bellagio displays paintings by Monet, Miro, Degas, Renoir, Giacometti, Cezanne, Lichtenstein, de Kooning, Pollock, Warhol, Matisse, and Van Gogh. (Modern art can be found at the Las Vegas Art Museum, which features whimsical works by Red Grooms.) Car lovers should visit the Imperial Palace's huge auto collection, including wheels owned by Adolf Hitler and Al Capone.
No cultural tour would be complete without a stop at the Liberace Museum, which displays the great piano-playing, poofy one's costumes, cars, and miniature piano collection. The Elvis-A-Rama Museum features the King's purple Lincoln, two of his limos, and Vegas jumpsuits. The Guinness World of Records Museum has videos of some records being set, and Madame Tussaud's Celebrity Encounter wax figures reside at the Venetian.
Some of our country's most amazing spots are within driving distance of Vegas, including the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Lake Mead, Valley of Fire State Park, and Red Rock Canyon. Sign up for an aerial tour, a rafting trip, or a cruise.