The 14 Reasons We LOVE Las Vegas

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Let's face it: Sometimes you just need to get away. And, though we don't have an island in our backyard, we do have quite the playground. That's right...we're talking Vegas, baby.
We've found the delicious, the relaxing, the unusual, and some off-the-beaten-path musts that will have you wanting to book your next desert getaway STAT! Las Vegas isn't all about cabaret shows and slot machines, trust us! Let's roll.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Cosmopolitan Hotel.
Comme Ça
Chilled Oysters, steak frites, and a view of the Eiffel Tower? No you didn’t transport to Paris, but Comme Ça is definitely the closest you’ll get to a French Bistro while in Vegas. If you’re looking for a satiating meal, exquisitely made cocktails, and a romantic yet urban environment, this is your place! One express ticket to dinner s'il vous plait!

The Cosmopolitan Hotel, 3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard (at East Harmon Avenue); 877-551-7772.
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Photographed by Kristin Guy.
Frankie's Tiki Room
Decked out to the nines in bamboo, kitschy artwork, and old-fashioned slot machines, Frankie's Tiki Room is a definite must-see on our list. The drink menu is packed with all the rum classics and a few updated classics such as the Bearded Clam, a tiki-twist on the mojito. Hawaiian shirts are not only encouraged — they're rewarded with half-off your drink during Friday's happy hour!

Frankie's Tiki Room, 1712 West Charleston Boulevard (at Shadow Lane); 702-385-3110.
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Photos Courtesy of Bread & Butter PR.
Honey Salt
If farm-to-table isn't something that comes to mind when thinking about Vegas restos, then you haven't been to Honey Salt. We suggest scarfing down the Niçoise salad topped with grilled octopus and a fried egg. And, definitely leave room for dessert — the strawberry shortcake with mascarpone is what sweet dreams are made of!

Honey Salt, 1031 South Rampart Boulevard (at Charleston Boulevard); 702-445-6100.
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Photographed by Kristin Guy
Hoover Dam
What might sound like more a field trip than a road trip is actually quite the adventure — even if you're no longer in 7th grade. Providing mega watts of power to Nevada, Arizona, and California since 1936, this man-made wonder is a breathtaking sight with small deco details and one seriously impressive view. Oh dam, indeed.

Hoover Dam, U.S Highway 172; 702-494-2517.
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Kuma Snow Cream
Nothing beats the heat like a perfect cold treat! A light and fluffy mix between a snow cone and ice cream, Kuma is insanely addictive. We opted for the playfully delicious Mangozilla, topped with strawberries, crunchy cereal, and sweet mango sauce. Choose from five delicious combos or get crazy and build your own.

Kuma Snow Cream, 3735 Spring Mountain Road (at South Valley View Boulevard); 702-816-5862.
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Minus 5 Ice Bar
Who wouldn’t want a souvenir photo wearing a fur jacket inside an ice cave while it’s a sweltering 110 degrees outside? Everything from the chairs to the drinking glasses here are carved from ice, providing quite the chill escape from the desert heat. We know what you’re thinking, but trust us, it’s worth the icy cocktail (or two) and a laugh.

Minus 5 Ice Bar, 3770 Las Vegas Boulevard (located inside The Monte Carlo Resort); 702-643-7800.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bullfrog & Baum.
miX @ The Mandalay Bay
Boasting quite possibly has the best view of Las Vegas, this swanky lounge and restaurant towers high over the strip and offers exciting modern cuisine and an impressive wine selection hosted in a 15-foot glass cellar. Looking to indulge over happy hour? The trio of Michael Jackson inspired cocktails and the house-made candy bar are not to be missed!

miX @ The Mandalay Bay, 3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard (between South Eastern Avenue and Topaz Street); 702-632-7777.
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Photos Courtesy of The Mandarin Oriental.
High Tea At The Mandarin Oriental
Perched high above the strip without a dinging slot machine in sight, the elegant Mandarin Tea room offers an afternoon escape like no other spot in the city. Take a timeout in this zen-like retreat, while enjoying small flavorful bites and brightly colored desserts alongside an expansive selection of exotic teas. It wouldn’t be a proper high tea without the bubbly — so, pop that cork and take in the view of the city below!

Mandarin Oriental, 3752 Las Vegas Boulevard (at City Center Place); 888-881-9578.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Jeff Wagner Agency.
The Artisan Hotel
Tucked behind the strip near an industrial park, you wouldn’t really expect to find an amazing boutique hotel. Inside you’re greeted with dramatic décor, coats of armor, and dozens of oil paintings hanging from the walls and ceiling. Compared to most of the massive resort options in town, this chic spot is intimate in size, but still offers a late-night bar and a European-style pool for refreshing dips.

The Artisan Hotel, 1501 West Sahara Avenue (at Westwood Drive); 800-554-4092.
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Photo: courtesy of The Neon Museum
Neon Museum
If you’re a fan of old Vegas history, the Neon Museum is a must! Beautifully curated and stock piled with all sorts of nostalgic treasures, this place is typography heaven. Just make sure to book one of the earlier morning tours, and save yourself the inevitable sunburn from an afternoon visit.

The Las Vegas Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Boulevard (at East Winston Avenue), 702-387-6366.
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Pet Kingdom USA
Take a walk on the wild side and get a glimpse of exotic animals such as sugar gliders, chameleons, cockatoos, and the store’s main attraction, a marmoset! Jungle boogie!

Pet Kingdom USA, 2431 East Tropicana Avenue (between South Eastern Avenue and Topaz Street); 702-451-9123.
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Photographed by Kristin Guy
The Pinball Hall Of Fame
Get your flipper-fingers ready because this nondescript building is home to the world’s largest collection of pinball machines. Just make sure your pockets are filled with quarters, because each and every one of these vintage gems is up and running ready to go. No tilting!

The Pinball Hall Of Fame, 1610 East Tropicana Avenue (between Spencer Street and Maryland Parkway); 702-597-2627.
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Photo: Courtesy of Wicked Creative.
Shine Alternative Fitness
Looking to get a little physical on your visit? How about a workout that could potentially turn you into the next Cirque du Soleil star? Well, not really, but these alternative workout sessions will have you high flying (literally) in no time. Uplift your spirits and your body with classes such as ANTIGRAVITY® Yoga or Areal Arts!

Shine Alternative Fitness, 6415 South Tenaya Way (at West Sunset Road); 702-420-2358.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Cosmopolitan Hotel.
Wicked Spoon Buffet
Holy food heaven — it’s time to put your gluttonous game face on! Making multiple laps around the resto is a must if you don't want to miss personal-size baskets of fried chicken and waffles or endless scoops of freshly made gelato. Best buffet in town? Without question.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel, 3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard (at East Harmon Avenue); 877-551-7772.
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