City Guide: Las Vegas
If you haven’t considered a Vegas vacation since “you” became “we,” think again. Here’s how you can escape the barrage of bachelor-driven attractions and crank up the love-o-meter for a romantic rendezvous.
Jump right into the razzle-dazzle by booking a hotel on the Strip–think Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas or the Bellagio. You can score good deals off the Strip as well, if you want to save some coin for other splurges. There are plenty of cabs and a monorail to get around, and hotel parking is usually gratis.
After settling in, gussy up and head to the swanky Sage restaurant at the Aria Resort & Casino for an intimate dinner. The booths at this chic boîte are built for two, so you can toast the weekend ahead in your own cozy, private space.
From there, walk a few doors down to New York, New York and catch a performance of Zumanity, Cirque du Soleil’s most sensual show. Part burlesque, part cabaret, the spectacle features all the fanciful acrobatics of the circus in a performance designed for the 18-plus set. It’s best viewed from the theater’s snuggle-friendly, two-seater sofas.
Kick off the next morning with brunch at Grand Lux Café in The Venetian. Once you’ve finished your mimosas and eggs, visit The Adult Superstore on Tropicana Avenue. This isn’t your typical seedy sex store; it’s a boutique-style shop designed for couples to browse together, have some fun and indulge in a kink or two.
Back on the Strip, explore the fabulous free attractions offered by most hotels and casinos. Check out the lion habitat in the MGM Grand or stand at the edge of an erupting volcano outside the Mirage.
Once the sun goes down it’s the perfect time to check out Fremont Street in old Vegas. This vintage row of old-school casinos and restaurants is now sheltered under an enormous LED ceiling with more than 12.5 million lights, which project an hourly video and music installation.
After your trip back in time on Fremont, head up the scaled-down Eiffel Tower for the best view of Vegas at night. Stick around long enough to see the fantastic Fountains of Bellagio show from above, then profess your amour for one another before returning to ground level.
On your last day, explore the sights you missed on your previous tour of the Strip (there are plenty!) and be sure to squeeze in some people-watching–you won’t see more interesting characters anywhere else!
Don’t forget: Las Vegas is also known for its shopping. After you’ve ogled designer watches and overpriced outfits at Crystals at CityCenter, dart across the street to the more wallet-friendly Miracle Mile Shops. Grab a yard-long margarita to go at a neighboring bar to sip while you shop.
Finally, be sure to make a reservation at Strip House before you jet home. Nestle into a plush, red booth and indulge in succulent steaks, topped off with a slice of the restaurant’s famous 24-layer chocolate cake. Take a doggy bag to share on the plane.
On your way to the airport, stop off at the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, sign for one last couple snapshot!