FLY IN AT NIGHT
The Las Vegas Strip comes alive at night and to see the city from the air upon arrival is enough to jump start the enthusiasm in any trip.
BREAKFAST ON YOUR OWN TERRACE
The Cosmopolitan is the only Las Vegas hotel that has terraces for their rooms. Who wouldn’t want room service outside overlooking The Strip while still awakening from the previous night’s follies. It just so happens that the hotel also has a fantastic central location on The Strip, next to the Bellagio. Just make sure you have a room above the 10th floor, or the only views you will have while eating your pancakes and bacon will be of the air conditioning units.
SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATE MGM GRAND
The MGM Grand is affectionately known as the “Green Monster” for a reason. The largest casino on The Strip will challenge most visitor's sanity, and feet, by winding you around an expansive floor. If you are not careful, you will end up walking in circles and passing the same bar and Wheel of Fortune slot machine over and over.
Las Vegas is the only city in the country where a person can pay money to drive heavy equipment. You can push around dirt in a bulldozer or dig huge holes in a massive excavator. It is a life-sized sandbox. Yes, it actually exists.
FIND SECRET PIZZA
There is a tiny, delicious pizza joint tucked away in a hidden corridor within the Cosmopolitan resort. Once you have found it, you will probably keep going back. It could be on three possible floors, so good luck.
WATCH A HIGH LIMIT GAME
It is quite an experience to watch someone who is betting the equivalent of a car on a single hand of blackjack or roll of the dice. It makes most people’s “big wins” or “disasters” from earlier in the day seem rather trivial.
The most unique building in Las Vegas (Luxor) has the most unique way to get to your room - “inclinators”. Since Luxor is a pyramid, a conventional elevator isn’t going to cut it. It is a bizarre sensation to travel up to your room at a 39 degree angle. Once there, you have a great view of the largest atrium in the world.
TALE OF TWO WORLDS
Start at the Riviera and walk the property, then immediately walk down to the Wynn and walk that property. You will see the drastic difference in luxury, clientele, size, energy, and relevance Both considered a jewel of the strip - one from fifty years ago, and one from today.
DIFFERENT VIEW OF THE BELLAGIO FOUNTAINS
Everyone has seen the Bellagio fountains, but few have seen them from hundreds of feet above the ground in the Eiffel Tower replica across the street. The unique view is spectacular, and you can still hear the Sinatra or Michael Jackson from the platform.
WATCH A BIG GAME FROM THE SPORTS BOOK
You can watch a big game from a bar or restaurant and still feel the energy and camaraderie, but nothing can amp up the stakes like a group of people that have a boat load of money riding on the result. Super Bowl Sunday is the single busiest day of the year and March Madness is the busiest time of year for that reason.
Anyone can ride a zip-line through a forest from platform to platform, but where else can you be shot out of the world’s tallest slot machine and ride at speed over the Fremont Street Experience? The fact that the slot machine is actually called “Slotzilla”, makes it all the more fantastic.
6:00 AM WALK ON THE STRIP
Most Vegas goers have finally gone to sleep by 6:00 AM, but there are a few still trying to carry the party well into the new day. In a city that is outstanding for people watching,, this experience can not be beat. I have personally seen a woman, still in her club dress, jump into the Bellagio lake while carrying her shoes and swim across the entire body of water only to realize there are no ladders to get out. As a bonus, the water in the lake is recycled “brown water”................