Las Vegas combines the holidays, vacation, cultural events and Western culture for the perfect getaway, whether visiting for a weekend or staying over several days. One can actually visit snow and still enjoy mild temperatures. Every variety of show including comedy, music, Broadway productions, concerts and magic are part of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding Southern Nevada. Explore beauty in the desert including some incredible structures built by people that blend seamlessly with surrounding water and mountains for breathtaking views.
Fremont Street Experience
Las Vegas, NV 89101
In 1995, Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas was closed to traffic and redesigned as a pedestrian mall and attraction called Fremont Street Experience. A canopy was built covering five blocks (incorporating the casinos’ entrances) from Main Street to Las Vegas Boulevard with a Viva Vision Light Show at the top of the hour beginning at 6 p.m. The Fremont Street Experience also has stages featuring live entertainment, roving musicians and entertainers along with the SlotZilla Zip Line. Further east is Fremont Street East with clubs, restaurants and concert venues. With the exception of New Year’s Eve, the Fremont Street Experience is free to the public including entertainment.
Mt. Charleston Lodge
5375 Kyle Canyon Road
Las Vegas, NV 89124
Mt. Charleston Lodge is located in the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest in the Spring Mountains with the lodge literally on top of a mountain at 7,717 feet elevation. A short 30-minute drive from downtown Las Vegas, the lodge offers dining surrounded by incredible views with floor-to-ceiling windows and an open fireplace in the center of the room. Cabins are available for accommodations with skiing and snowboarding a short drive from the lodge. A quaint gift shop with one-of-a-kind creations and live entertainment are also featured.
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Absinthe is an outrageous blend of carnival, burlesque, vaudeville and the circus under a white tent on the grounds of Caesars Palace. Performed in an intimate setting in circular stage, the eclectic cast along with host Gazillionaire and his assistant Penny Pibbets perform wild acts. Some are amazing, others inspire fear for the performers and some are sexy with plenty of raunchy humor throughout the performances. The cabaret show is for adults only.
Dam Helicopter Company
U.S. 93 Highway
Boulder City, NV 89005
Hoover Dam, part of Lake Mead, has been attracting visitors since it was open in 1935 and Dam Helicopter Company offers incredible views from a different perspective. The Hoover Dam helicopter tour, which can hold up to four people, covers five miles flying 500 feet above Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the bypass bridge which opened in 2010. Located onsite of the Hoover Dam Lodge (which offers accommodations, dining and a casino), there is plenty of parking and the driver will take photos with passengers’ personal cameras of guests standing in front of the helicopter. Photos during the flight are encouraged.
Las Vegas is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World for many reasons including resident Broadway productions. Three hit shows are on the Las Vegas Strip including “Jersey Boys,” “Rock of Ages” and “Million Dollar Quartet.” “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas is the story about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons from their beginnings in the 1950s to superstardom of the 1960s and ‘70s. At The Venetian, “Rock of Ages” takes audiences back to 1987 on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip with love, betrayal, rock, egos and humor. The Tony Award-winning musical, “Million Dollar Quartet,” playing at Harrah’s Las Vegas, is set on December 4, 1956, when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley come together for one night when rock ‘n roll was just beginning.
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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.