You wouldn’t go to Athens, Greece without photographing the Acropolis, or to Agra, India without snapping a single photo of the Taj Mahal. When visiting Vegas, though, there’s so much to see that it can be overwhelming. In a city where almost everything is a photo opportunity, how do you zero in on the best shots? Whether your pictures will be for filling a photo album with memories, showing off your best camera skills, or just making your friends jealous on Facebook, these are the don’t-miss opportunities for the coolest photos in Las Vegas.
The Iconic Vegas Sign
The charmingly retro sign reading “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” is possibly the best-known visual representation of the city. It’s had a long time to imprint itself on the public conscience — it’s been around since 1959, when Elvis was still making movies and Frank Sinatra had hit records. Today, it’s on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and its place in Vegas history is undeniable. A recently-built parking lot makes access to the sign safer than it used to be, so there’s no excuse for missing this piece of Vegas history.
The Scenery at Red Rock Canyon
Just 19 miles west of Las Vegas, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area isn’t just a respite from the clanging sounds of the casinos and the bright lights of the city, it’s also a chance to see and photograph some of nature’s most stunning scenery. Zoom in and get some close-up shots of the natural vegetation, like the bright yellow Desert Marigold or the bizarre red-spotted Fishhook Nipple Cactus, or go big and shoot the view from one of the highest peaks. The red sandstone has been sculpted into natural arches, bridges and other fascinating formations over millions of years, as the canyons, which used to be under water, emerged from the sea. Keep an eye out for lizards and birds, too — the canyon is teeming with wildlife.
Landmarks From Around the World
There’s no other city that offers its tourists a chance to photograph the world’s greatest landmarks all in one area, but that’s the beauty of Las Vegas. At Paris Las Vegas you can photograph a replica of the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Opera House and the Arc De Triomphe, then tromp over to the Venetian to snap the gondolas on the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. If that’s not enough world travel for you, you can also find the Great Sphinx of Giza at the Luxor, and the Statue of Liberty at New York New York Hotel & Casino. Keep an eye peeled, and you’ll spot more world landmarks all around town.
The Vegas Strip is currently having a major metamorphosis. In a couple years it will be very different than the Vegas Strip that many of us grew up with. Treasure Island is getting in on the Vegas Strip renovations. The renovations would mean that Sirens of TI lagoon gets a little smaller while the boardwalk gets bigger. New additions to TI will including a restaurant, pharmacy and car dealership. The best news is that the Sirens of TI show will remain. You can watch the full show in HD on YouTube if you miss it.
A couple more shows that won’t be going away include Rod Stewart and Shania Twain at Caesars Palace. Rod Stewart’s contract has been extended by two years with 9 new shows in November. Meanwhile “Shania: Still The One” returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace this October.
If you’ve seen Rod and Shania and are looking for a new show to see then look no further than Planet Hollywood. A few weeks ago we mentioned that there would be a new show called “Rocktellz & Cocktails” opening at Planet Hollywood which will be a “Storytellers” type concert event. At the time there was no artist mentioned as part of the show but this week it was confirmed that Meatloaf would be the first resident artist to perform and tell stories. The residency begins September 26 and you can find more information at rocktellz.com.
I know it has been a little while since I have written for TravelVegas.com but Las Vegas is never far from my mind! I have not been to my favorite Sin City in almost two months and can’t wait to return in a little over a week. I will be there for almost ten days and ready to rock it! I may even stay longer as there is never enough time to do what I want for the days and nights I am there.
For the first part of the trip I will be with mom but left to my own devices for the second part. I thought I would give you a peak into my itinerary, as I am very excited to go hit my favorites haunts and stop at some new places too.
As usual, I will be staying at The Signature and the MGM and recommend it highly for anyone who wants to go to Las Vegas but likes the option of being away from the craziness of the casinos. The only thing I should mention is that Wet Republic is open and sometimes you can get a little more than your bargained for as in terms of shows in the lobby (if you know what I mean). If you don’t know about Wet Republic then I suggest you visit this crazy pool party or decide to stay VERY far away. This all depends on what you are looking to accomplish. If you want to party then Wet Republic is a top pool party in Las Vegas. If you are looking for a more mellow experience, I suggest one of the three pools at Wet Republic or if you have children the lazy river at the MGM Grand Hotel is always a good time!
Casino players clubs have evolved over the years in a manner similar to the way the casino has evolved into a casino hotel & resort. Once used to track how much you gamble, players clubs can now track how much you spend in every area of a casino. Players club cards are now more similar to loyalty club cards at supermarkets than the slot club cards of yesteryear. Like other loyalty programs casino hotel players clubs offer various rewards and benefits based on how you spend your money.
Players clubs are a good deal for both the casino resort and the customer. Casino resort players clubs enable them to follow every dollar you spend on their property in exchange for comp points and discounts on the things you use at the resort. It’s a win-win. The casino bean counters can follow the dollars in exchange for discounts or free items on their property. The exchange creates mutual loyalty for both the customer and the casino hotel.
Not all casinos offer comps for all money spent but a few years ago The Venetian’s players club, Grazie, started to credit players club accounts when for all money spent. Other players clubs in Las Vegas like Total Rewards and MGM Resorts’ MLife have since followed.
Until you live in Las Vegas you don’t realize how big of a deal weather is. People freak out if it rains or gets too hot or too cold. It’s amazing. It’s currently monsoon season in Las Vegas and that means that it rains in small areas really hard for 15 minutes to an hour. Last week the touristy areas of Vegas, the strip and downtown, got tagged with floods and power outages. Vegas Chatter did a great job compiling tweets with pictures and video if you care to see what can happen during a monsoon. Monsoons can happen at any time. There’s a 20% chance of a thunderstorm almost every day so just enjoy the beautiful Las Vegas summer.
Earlier this summer Bagatelle Beach Club opened at the Tropicana. It was a nightclub with a pool and dayclub with an area for grabbing some lunch outside. It was quite nice but the Tropicana isn’t a hot spot right now and the beach club is closing this weekend. It will be renamed as the Havana Beach Club and only open for special events. Frankly, this could be a great spot for a company outing or party during a convention.
There are lots of reasons to go to Vegas, whether it’s for business, gambling, getting married, sightseeing, or shopping. While each type of travel plan is completely different, they all have something in common: no one wants to do any of them while stressed. Luckily for Vegas travelers, relaxation is around just about every corner in the form of some of the world’s best hotels and spas. Vegas spas offer luxury treatments and unique services you can’t always get elsewhere. Treat yourself to one of these spa experiences, and whatever your plans in the city, you’ll be ready for them with a relaxed body and clarity of mind.
Red Flower Hammam Experience at the Cosmopolitan
The Sahra Spa & Hammam is built on the concept of ancient Turkish baths, which themselves evolved out of the luxurious bathing rituals favored by the Roman elite. You’ll feel like an emperor yourself upon entering the sandstone halls that lead to this oasis in the desert, complete with a monsoon rain cave. Sahra’s Red Flower Hammam Experience has several levels, and begins with basking on a heated stone slab before basins of water are poured over your body so slowly that they feel like gentle waves. A therapeutic anointing with eleven flower oils follows, then an exfoliating body scrub and a cardamom-scented wrap complete the treatment.
Gemstone Massage at Trump International Hotel
The Trump name has always signified over-the-top luxury, and the Spa at Trump continues that tradition. While hot-stone massages are a common spa service, the Spa at Trump offers a more rare experience: gemstone massages. In fact, the treatment is so rare, it’s only offered at four of the Trump hotels. The full-body massage uses oils that are some of the most exclusive in the world — even without the gemstones. Made with 100% essential oils (most massage oils are at most 20%, with the rest being carrier oil), the luxury oils are infused with crushed diamond, emerald, sapphire and ruby. You can actually see the gemstones, which are then applied to your body in a one-of-a-kind treatment that is decidedly deserving of the Trump name.
It’s football season! We know this because a new pro football website, TheMMQB.com, debuted this week and because NFL teams begin training camp this week. The Hall Of Fame game will be the first NFL preseason game and that takes place on Sunday August, 4. The first regular season NFL game is a month later on September 5 with the following Sunday being the first full day of NFL football. It’s time to get busy planning Sunday’s for the rest of the year!
All sportsbooks are great.
Some sportsbooks in Las Vegas are better than others but the concept of hanging out, betting on games, watching all 8 to 15 of those games at once without paying a cover charge is undeniably great. Most people can’t do this at home and with sports fans from all over the country congregated in a small space, why would you want to? The fun in casinos always provides a good time but the camaraderie in the sportsbook is unlike any else you’ll find in any casino. For sports fans like me a Sunday in the sportsbook used to be one of the main reasons to visit Vegas.
Over the weekend firefighters were able to get the Carpenter 1 fire just outside of Las Vegas under control. As of today the fire is 80% contained. Skies are clear and people are able to go back to living in the mountains. You might think that Las Vegas can get back to enjoying normal hot weather but we can’t. It’s now monsoon season in Las Vegas where thunderstorms can pop up for 30 minutes at any time and drop enough rain to cause flash flooding. There’s little warning, you just deal with it. It’s 110 degrees so the rain may feel good for the moment.
The rumors about Britney Spears’ Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood are getting louder. The most recent rumors are that the residency will be announced next week, that the show will have a nightclub vibe and that she’ll be doing various dayclub and nightclub appearances at clubs at Caesars hotels.
Before Britney brings her pop music to Vegas the I Heart Radio festival will return to Las Vegas. The two-day festival will take place on September 20 & 21 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Artists announced include Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Tiesto, Muse and more. You can see all of the artists that have been announced at Las Vegas Weekly. If you can’t make it to Las Vegas for the concert it will air on your local CW channel September 30 & October 1.
Dive bars are awesome because they are what they are and their customers are happy with that. Dive bars aren’t fancy, they’re just bars where people go to grab a cheap drink and hang out. Unlike every other city in the United States you may find video poker in your Las Vegas dive bar. Over time dive bars obtain a vibe and an aura about them that you can feel it when you walk in the door. Sometimes you can smell it and taste it. It’s okay, that’s part of the experience. These feeling are very noticeable in a city like Las Vegas where there’s so much mainstream culture. Dive bars don’t care about image and don’t try to be the same – or different – than everyone else. They just are.
The major news in Las Vegas this week has been the wildfire just outside of town, around Mount Charleston, that’s only 15% contained. The fire is now touched 44 square miles of terrain but Las Vegas, itself, isn’t in danger just yet. Depending on the wind on particular days you may see giant plumes of smoke and may smell the burning. The best resource on the fire has been 8 News Now if you want to follow the fire or see what’s happened.
The Las Vegas NBA Summer League begins Friday. If you love the NBA you may have seen some games already from the Orlando league. Last month we gave you the heads up that the NBA Summer League was coming to Las Vegas. If you’re an NBA fan and in town in the next week or so this is a great way to spend a day or night.
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