Go For Broke in Las Vegas

6 Incredible Ways to Experience Sin City in Style

A Las Vegas vacation has always been about going big. With so much to see and do—world-class golf, peerless entertainment, credit card-melting shopping, gourmand dining, glamorous nightlife, luxe lodging and those always-tempting opportunities to beat the house with high-stakes gaming—Vegas remains a must-must indulgence.

Whether it’s your first trip or your 100th, a getaway to Vegas—elevated by easy flights from Denver—will not disappoint. Let us count the ways:

1. Shows & Spectacles

Cirque du Soleil has become iconic in Las Vegas. Eight mesmerizing shows punctuate the city: Criss Angel Believe (Luxor), KÀ (MGM Grand), LOVE (Mirage), Michael Jackson ONE (Mandalay Bay), Mystère (Treasure Island), O (Bellagio), Zarkana (Aria at CityCenter) and Zumanity (New York-New York). And don’t miss Le Rêve—The Dream, crafted by former Cirque producer Franco Dragone (Wynn Las Vegas).

2. Music, Maestro!

Keen for premium musical entertainment? Shania Twain has a limited-engagement show (Oct. 8-25; Caesars Palace), as does Britney Spears (Oct. 3-Nov. 1; Planet Hollywood). Plus, there is Donny and Marie Osmond (Flamingo), Jabbawockeez (Luxor), Million Dollar Quartet (Harrah’s), the Tony award-winning musical Jersey Boys (Paris Las Vegas), Menopause the Musical (Luxor), Rat Pack is Back (Rio), Rock of Ages and The Motown Show (both at the Venetian), and VEGAS! THE SHOW (Planet Hollywood).

3. Bring the Family

Vegas is not adults-only. Bring the kids to see Blue Man Group (Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino), David Copperfield (MGM Grand), Penn & Teller (Rio), “America’s Got Talent” winner Terry Fator (Mirage), Tournament of Kings’ rousing dinner spectacle (Excalibur), and V—The Ultimate Variety Show (Planet Hollywood).

4. Adrenaline Rushes

Extreme adventurers can go all in, too. Swim with sharks in the Shark Reef Aquarium (Mandalay Bay), test your zip-line mettle on the Bootleg Canyon Flightlines (in nearby Boulder City), get loopy on the Coney Island-style coaster and rollercoaster at New York-New York, risk losing your lunch on the 108-story plunging Skyjump (Stratosphere), satiate that need for speed at the Richard Petty Rookie Driving Experience (Las Vegas Motor Speedway), and break the bonds of gravity at Vegas Indoor Skydiving.

5. Vegas After Dark

Whether it’s a 21st birthday celebration or a high-stepping, girls- or guys-only getaway, fuel the party at The Bank Club (Bellagio), 1 OAK (Mirage), Hakkasan (MGM Grand), Voodoo (Rio), and Marquee (Cosmopolitan).

6. Adults Only

Sin City was grounded in burlesque-style shows, and it flourishes today. Check out Absinthe (Caesars Palace), Jubilee (Bally’s) and X Burlesque (Flamingo).


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Chris Duthie is a contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer, the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it. It publishes eight issues annually and proudly delivers daily content via www.coloradoavidgolfer.com