Las Vegas Weekend Guide: Neon Signs, Red-Rock Hikes, and Tiki Cocktails
Despite the obstacles of 2020, Las Vegas is a city that cannot be silenced. Nevada is still one of the fastest growing countries in the United States, and the influx of newcomers is also improving the city with more homes, bars, and restaurants. The opening of Circa Resort & Casino town at the end of last year will be followed by the much-anticipated Virgin Hotels Las Vegas this spring, and a team of experts at Santa Fe – Meow Wolf grew up in Vegas with a new brand, Omega Mart, in February. Suffice it to say, there is so much to enjoy. This is how you can make the most of a long week in Sin City.
Wake up to NoMad Las Vegas, an in-hotel hotel in Park MGM. With its beautiful dark forest and velvet covered with gemstones – the beautiful beauty that the city is known for – it is one of the new seats on the Strip.
Your first day in town is dedicated to exploring the Strip though: Take a 10 minute bus ride to the Arts District town, starting with oil and café con leche and a short benedict arepa at the Makers & Finders balcony. Take a short walk north to the Art Factory, a museum with its own houses, malls, and art galleries where you can buy works by local artists, such as David A. Soto. Back on Main Street, browse the fruit shops, including the retro Vegas of Mid-Century and Modern Mantiques on old landmarks and phonographs.
Makers & Finders, a Latin American-inspired restaurant in the Arts District
Neon Museum, home to more than 200 neon posters plus
For lunch, warm up the cabin to the Vegas Test Kitchen, where the electric guides exchange new ideas such as Bulgarian bread and delicious pizza. Next, go on the history of American violence at the Mob Museum. You will need a timely entry ticket, and a deluxe or premier ticket can give you access to a legal lab or Prohibition distillery.
Contrary to many people’s beliefs, you do not have to return to the Strip for dinner. For proof, splurge on a seven-course menu at Chinatown’s Partage, where chef Yuri Szarzewski (who cooks in French star restaurants) puts modern twists in French, with dishes like mahi-mahi confit and seared foie gras and pineapple carpaccio .
Book a timely admission ticket to the Neon Museum for a history of the city’s rise as the capital of American amusement through its acquisition of 200 neon billboards plus. Save the night with rum-and-pineapple Tiki Bandit in Frankie’s Tiki Room, the hottest desert refuge.
There is no perfect trip to Vegas without going to Hoover Dam, a spectacular year-long spectacle of power that uses the power of the Colorado River. Within 30 minutes from Vegas, head to Henderson’s Weiss Deli to make your favorite breakfast sandwiches like The Best, a hash combo, eggs, and cheese.
While the pool tours are still here, you can still take a walk on Mike O’Callaghan Bridge – Pat Tillman Memorial – the world’s longest 880-foot-long bridge – to see the spectacular views of the dam and the Black Canyon below. Close by, walk along the Historic Railroad Trail, which runs along the shores of Lake Mead and then through several sculpted tunnels along the side of the mountain.
Hoover Dam, an amazing art that was built in the 1930s