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Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood
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Shopping options might seem unlimited in Las Vegas — and, if you don’t hit the jackpot, they can also seem a little unrealistic. So, when it comes to most people’s Vegas budgets, it’s the strip’s centrally located Miracle Mile Shops that will most likely fit the bill. With some 170 stores and 20 restaurants, the mall stretches 1.2 miles in length and wraps around the Planet Hollywood Casino. With a wide range of stores, the selection is ideally suited for just about anyone and for any taste, and especially for those who don’t intend to spend every last cent of their casino winnings.

It’s also a pretty great place to walk around; not only can you escape the often-hot Las Vegas weather, but the mall entertains with sights of sorts, such as its surreal outside-but-actually-inside vibe, an indoor rain storm that pours from a virtual sky, and even a fancy water fountain that, during its hourly shows, sprays water 50 feet into the air through fog and lights.

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Las Vegas Natural History Museum
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In the middle of the Las Vegas desert, you can find this collection of artifacts comprising the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Everything from a whale jaw bone to a wooly mammoth tooth is on display, with the chance to learn about animals from both the past and present. There are exhibits of dinosaurs and replicas of ancient Egyptian artifacts, as well as sections dedicated to marine and African safari life. The Egyptian historical exhibit is particularly interesting, as it is focused on the life of Tutankhamun (it was formerly part of the Luxor Resort.)

Don’t miss the international wildlife gallery nor the sections focused on local Nevada plants and animals. There is also a geology gallery, a young scientist center, and an ocean discovery aquarium with sharks and rays, as well as exotic fish from around the world. Each collection has thorough descriptions and engaging, informative displays.

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Las Vegas Springs Preserve
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Las Vegas may be home to the famous Strip, glittering lights and plenty of world-class casinos, but the Las Vegas Springs Preserve showcases 180 acres of stunning natural landscapes and is the perfect place for travelers and families who want to escape the urban landscapes and spend a day in the rugged outdoors.

Visitors can explore winding nature trails, check out a stunning desert botanical garden, and venture into a natural wetland habitat. An informative museum and historic photo gallery also offer plenty of context for the dynamic plants and unique ecosystems that are a part of this prime family destination.

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National Atomic Testing Museum
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Both mesmerizing and horrifying, 100 mushroom clouds bloomed from and above the desert at the Nevada Test Site between 1951 and 1962. Hundreds more atomic explosions blasted underground until 1992. One hundred and ten miles away from the site, the National Atomic Testing Museum explores the area’s history, the ‘Atomic Age’ and dissects geopolitical events including what this nuclear history means for the world today.

This colorful Smithsonian-affiliated museum’s 8,000 square feet of collections include some 12,000 artifacts, documents, photographs and video clips that recount the history and pop culture surrounding the Cold War, atomic science and the Nevada Test Site. Walk through a circular bunker to see a 1960s children’s cereal box offering a free ‘atomic ring,’ Native American artifacts from the test area, Geiger counters, a replica 9 megaton nuclear bomb and the reactor that spawned the original nuclear rocket.

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Las Vegas Sky Zone
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If ever you’ve dreamt of a place you could jump from one trampoline to another, defying gravity and dodging obstacles, Las Vegas Sky Zone is your place. The flagship activity center in Las Vegas is where it all began. It’s also home to the world’s only trampoline-walled play zone, where competitive sides tend to emerge. A pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes, angled trampolines, dodgeball courts, and dunking contests are a few of the Sky Zone offerings. Trampolines combined with basketball nets makes for an interesting twist on the game, allowing players to literally go to new heights. Some goals are suspended, or even rotate to add to the challenge.
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Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino
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According to Caesars Palace’s website, more $1,000,000+ casino slot machine jackpots have been won on the resort’s casino floor than in any other casino in the world. Guests can play anything from 1¢ to $500 on traditional reel-type slot machines, video reels machines, video poker games, video blackjack and keno.

The resort features several popular table games as well including blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, Spanish 21, mini-baccarat, Pai Gow and Pai Gow poker. The 8,500-square-foot poker room has 62 tables and 24-hours games including a full daily schedule of poker tournaments. Caesars Palace’s race and sports book has 65 private booths, each with a 12-inch flat-screen television, and several oversized screens.

Though all Las Vegas resorts are packed with action, Caesars Palace offers one of the best opportunities to get the best of everything in a single place. Several award-winning restaurants and the new Bacchanal Buffet never leave guests hungry.

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Binion's Gambling Hall
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A historic staple in downtown Las Vegas, Binion’s Gambling Hall is an integral part of the Fremont Street Experience. The vintage joint boasts everything from traditional poker tables to the latest slots and games. Plus, the establishment’s multiple bars and restaurants ensure an experience that suits a range of appetites and budgets.
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Bodies: The Exhibition
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You may have seen the traveling show for Bodies: The Exhibition as it came through your city, but if you missed it or would even like to see it again, you'll be pleased to know there's a permanent exhibit in Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel and Casino.

In the Las Vegas Bodies: The Exhibition, more than 200 actual human bodies are on display, having been carefully dissected, preserved and reassembled in order to give us a look at how the human body looks and works. There are complete bodies, as well as specific organs and organ systems on display to highlight different aspects of the mysteries of the human body.

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Neon Museum
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Many Las Vegas visitors lament that the city has no history, but that’s not quite the truth. Though some buildings have been imploded and several hotels and businesses have closed over the years, many of the neon signs that branded these buildings have ended up in the Neon Museum, also known as the Neon Boneyard. More than 150 discarded signs in the Neon Boneyard—including those from the Stardust, Moulin Rouge, Desert Inn, Aladdin and Flamingo—memorialize Las Vegas’ history and culture over the years, and they also preserve an art form for which Las Vegas is famous.

The Neon Museum recently celebrated the grand opening of its new La Concha Visitors’ Center, which makes touring the museum significantly easier than in years past. The two-acre exhibition can be viewed by guided tours only. The guides do an excellent job in providing context in which to appreciate not only the signs but the businesses they represented.

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Four Queens Casino
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A downtown Las Vegas classic, the Four Queens Casino has been a Fremont Street staple since 1966. The casino’s retro vibe, a wide variety of table games, and occasional free slot pulls entice locals and Vegas first-timers alike.
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Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

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Our fascination with the Titanic seems to have only grown stronger with time, and more than 100 years after the ship sank, The Artifact Exhibition at the Luxor Hotel and Casino is one of Las Vegas' many popular attractions.

The exhibit features more than 250 items recovered from the wreck of the Titanic on the sea floor, including the ship's whistle, passenger luggage and even an unopened 1900 vintage bottle of Champagne. There are also careful recreations of some elements of the ship, including the grand staircase, first-class cabins and the promenade deck.

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Las Vegas CityCenter

Las Vegas CityCenter

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The Las Vegas CityCenter development is home to ARIA Resort and Casino, the Crystals Mall, multiple condominium complexes, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and the Vdara Hotel and Spa. Connected by a people mover to the Monte Carlo and Bellagio hotels, it's one of the Strip's most impressive complex developments.
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The D Las Vegas

The D Las Vegas

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Formerly known as Fitzgerald’s Casino, The D Las Vegas is set at the heart of the city’s historic downtown, and just steps from the Fremont Street Experience with its evening sound and light shows.
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Nevada State Museum

Nevada State Museum

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Prehistoric fossils, atomic explosions, and a foray into Las Vegas’ mobster days; these aren’t things people expect from their Las Vegas vacation. However, a trip to the Nevada State Museum reveals all of this and more. It’s a place where you can swap casinos for culture and immerse yourself in the natural history of Nevada.
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Zappos Theater

Zappos Theater

Located in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip, Zappos Theater is one of the top concert venues in the city. The 7,000-seat theater hosts A-list entertainers such as Pitbull, Def Leppard, and Christina Aguilera. Impressive acoustics, modern electronic flair, elaborate theatrical performances, and VIP bottle service complete the experience.
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Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

If there’s one thing that sets Rio apart from all other Las Vegas resorts, it’s the fact that its casino plays host to the annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). Guests are welcome to play in Rio’s poker room, the only one in the world that features 100% certified WSOP dealers, where just about every poker game is available, from classics like hold ‘em and seven-card stud to 2-7 triple draw and badugi. There are five poker tournaments held in the poker room daily, with a variety of buy-ins at different times.

Beyond the poker room, Rio’s casino floor has dozens of tables featuring popular games including blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat. The vast majority of the resort’s 1,200 slot machines are in a masquerade-themed, 100,000-square-foot space, where a series of floats glides over the crowd several times each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.

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Harrah's Las Vegas

Harrah's Las Vegas

Since the early 1980s Harrah’s has operated as a budget-friendly staple of the Las Vegas strip. It’s the perfect place for those who want a taste of Sin City but don’t want to break the bank doing it. This carnival-themed destination has three massive towers which house seven restaurants, plenty of entertainment options, shopping, a full-service spa and even a couple of performance spaces.

With more than 2,500 rooms and close to 90,000 square feet of casino space, guests of this Mardi Gras-themed hotel won’t ever have to leave. The open-air Carnaval Court and indoor piano bar offer travelers two great in-house options for entertainment that’s as inexpensive as it is fun, and while visitors agree the basic rooms are nothing to write home about, they say both the accommodations and the accessibility are tough to beat for the price.

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Elvis Chapel

Elvis Chapel

Getting married was never so fun as it is in Vegas. Check out the Elvis Chapel and watch the king sing 'Hound Dog' while he gives away the bride. Or, take a walk down the aisle yourself and get pictures taken with an Elvis impersonator, a copy of Elvis and Priscilla’s marriage certificates, and take the ‘special Elvis Vows’ through sickness and in health.
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Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum

Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum

Explore creepy hallways, secret passageways, and more than 30 rooms at Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum. In a historic downtown Las Vegas mansion that’s said to be haunted, the museum houses hundreds of macabre and paranormal artifacts and oddities gathered over the years by the host of Ghost Adventures.
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Park MGM Las Vegas

Park MGM Las Vegas

Ooking at the key stats that define Monte Carlo, it appears in many ways to be an average property in a sea of over-the-top, award-winning resorts, but its low-key vibe draws many people who prefer not to be swept up in the stereotypical Las Vegas madness.

Monte Carlo’s casino floor includes more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space, which includes more than 1,600 slot and video poker machines. The resort offers all the popular table games including blackjack, roulette, craps, several variations of poker and three kinds of baccarat. In the poker room, players can try their luck at Texas hold ‘em, limit hold ‘em, Omaha and no limit hold ‘em, and a variety of daily tournaments up the ante.

The resort’s high limit slots lounge is located off the casino floor and is fully catered. The maximum bet is $100. The high limit table game room offers mini baccarat with bets ranging from $100 to $10,000, blackjack running from $25 to $5,000 and single-zero roulette.

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Alibi Las Vegas

Alibi Las Vegas

A unique spin on Las Vegas’ already over-the-top entertainment, Alibi Las Vegas combines comedy acts, scavenger hunts, food, and drinks to create the ultimate interactive experience. With challenges, clues, and rewards scattered throughout the city, you’re part of the show without knowing where you’re going or how it ends.
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VooDoo Zipline

VooDoo Zipline

Las Vegas doesn't do entertainment on the small scale, and one of its newest amusement-park-like rides doesn't disappoint. The VooDoo Zip Line is strung between the Masquerade and Ipanema towers at the Rio Hotel and Casino and stretches almost a third of a mile between the two. The ride takes you from the high point at Rio's VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub down to the lower tower and then back again–you ride backwards on the return trip.

The zipline is also about 400 feet above the ground, and because Rio sits just off the main part of the Strip, you'll get panoramic views of the Strip and beyond in all directions. You'll have to look quickly, though, as the zipline can get reach speeds of more than 30 miles per hour.

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The Dome At Container Park

The Dome At Container Park

For an immersive 4K visual and cinematic experience, head to the Dome at Container Park. Located in downtown Las Vegas, the multicolored theater shows various short movies suitable for kids and adults. Sit back in your recliner-style seat and take in 360-degree imagery in nearly 14 million pixels of ultra-HD.
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Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas

Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas

Today's Las Vegas is far more family-friendly than the city used to be. A fine example of this is the new addition of a 41-acre Wet 'n' Wild water park within the city limits.

Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas opened in 2013 and has a total of 25 attractions, including two pools and 10 water slides. These slides were largely designed for adventure seekers, with names like the Tornado and the Rattler, which may be more like a roller coaster on water than a traditional slide. There's also a kid-friendly area with less intimidating slides and wade pools.

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