Visit Las Vegas to learn about the special places, and immerse in nature

Las Vegas is known for its buzzing nightlife, entertainment, and casinos. Naturally, I was hit when the COVID pandemic first emerged and all of that needed to stop immediately. Now, live shows and music are back, and the sounds of casino machines ringing fill the hotels. During a recent visit, especially in a semi-post-pandemic perspective, it was interesting to discover nature-centric adventures to take in the surrounding area.

3770 S Las Vegas Blvd.

The rooms at Park MGM are clean, but fairly basic with no bells and whistles in its standard rooms, but the hotel itself is in a great location, with great city views. They offer a free shuttle to Bellagio and are connected to other hotels, such as the Aria Hotel, if guests want to dine there easily. They have a pool area that caters to families too, and places to eat quickly. For a drink, add a stop by On The Record to your list while at Park MGM. Head out to dance and sip a vodka, or find the hidden secret entrance to the handy bathroom in the back for a special cocktail.

eat the food

Mayfair supper club The Bellagio (3600 S Las Vegas Blvd South) is incredible if you are looking for a live show and an incredible, if expensive, meal. Everything is as flashy as the talented performers on stage. Cocktails come out topped with a handful of cotton candy, smoky chocolate “cigars” are laid out on the table amid a cloud of smoke, and wagyu and caviar rolls are covered in gold leaf and wasabi.

I’m usually the one to avoid the chain, but the Las Vegas location Din Tai Fung, diners can stop by to watch the chefs roll out and stuff dumpling dough for enthusiastic customers. Start with tender sweet and sour pork ribs and a fresh cucumber salad before diving into dim sum. Dumplings and buns are stuffed with various vegetables, seafood, pork and chicken. Try the meat patties with spicy shrimp and pork kurobuta for a bit of heat and lots of flavour.

Classic options are on the brunch menu at NoMad . Library (3772 S Las Vegas Blvd.), but more brews stood out, including the Nomad “Fruit Cocktail” which was essentially a fruity spirit (cantaloupe soaked in Chartreuse) and gelatin-based shots. Sadelle Cafe (3600 S Las Vegas Blvd.) Inside the Bellagio is another good place for breakfast or lunch, with great bread and house smoked salmon.

head for best friend (3770 S Las Vegas Blvd.) for Korean and Mexican fusion street food with fun jams exploding in the background, along with great drinks like Beer Me! With 20 ounces of Golden Road Mango Cart beer, chamois, tagines, and tamarind straws. The menu has some amazing options like the mixed tempura dish filled with shrimp, sweet potatoes, carrots and green beans, and the famous Uni Dynamite rice topped with salmon roe, sriracha, yuzu and sesame.

entertainment

He appears: The opportunities are endless. In live music? Head to Lady Gaga’s impromptu party. Curious about magic? Check out Shin Lim’s talent show, Limitless, to see amazing card tricks. For a classic magic show, watch the legendary David Copperfield. Love choreography? Go watch the Jabbawockeez dance to some great music or the amazing acrobatics of the Cirque du Soleil.

Hotels: No matter which hotel travelers choose to sleep in, check out some of the other hotels in the area. The Bellagio is a must see the fountain show during the day and again at night. Don’t forget to head inside to see the ever-changing gardens in the lobby. Venice is another good one, as visitors can watch gondolas float by and check out the shops inside.

FlyOver Vegas: FlyOver (3771 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Suite 150) is hidden within the bar, giving visitors the chance to experience views from around the world in one trip. The ride will take you on a ride based on what’s available at the time, installed with drooping feet, and a peek at the “52.5-foot wide spherical screen.” Overall, there are quite a few options, but the Northern Lights Iceland experience was really great.

in nature

SunBuggy Fun Rentals at Nellis Dunes: Head to Nellis Dunes to SunBuggy Fun Rentals for a Baja Chase dune buggy ride where guests will follow a coach and carve through the dunes at their comfort level.

Valley of Fire State Park: About an hour from the strip, The Valley Of Fire is a state park surrounded by bright red Aztec sandstone formations and structures, with hiking trails throughout. If the heat is intense that day, driving in the park is a good option.


Seven Magical Mountains: Seven Magic Mountains is a must-visit place. The colorful formations, about 35 feet high, were designed by Hugo Ron Digo as a way to illuminate the colors when the sun hits the structures. Aim to see the Seven Magical Mountains during the golden hour at sunrise or sunset.

Maverick helicopters: To quickly see the sites, a great option to brag about is Maverick Helicopters. It’s certainly pricier—over $400—but on a 40-minute flight, guests can see Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and great views of the Grand Canyon before descending into the canyon. In the valley, guests are offered water, snacks, and glasses of champagne as they explore views of the valley and the wildlife below.

Thanks to KDC Publishing for hosting me.

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