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Catch every touchdown all season long in Las Vegas!

It's that time of year ... time for touchdowns, tackles and the gridiron action you've been waiting for months to see. And there's no better place to see it than Las Vegas. Here's a look at the some of the city's best venues to kick off your season:

 

1. SPORTS BOOKS: Huge TVs. Comfortable seats. And lots of fans cheering on their favorite team. Not to mention that Las Vegas' spacious and luxurious sports books offer you the chance to get it on the action.

2. TWIN PEAKS: With a spectacular view of the Las Vegas Strip, some awesome hearty man food, ice cold beer and all the sports you can handle, this is the perfect place to catch all of the action.

Palazzo

3. LAGASSE'S STADIUM: This Palazzo venue features Emeril Lagasse's signature cuisine, combined with more than 100 HD TVs including 9ft x 16ft main TV, luxury boxes, plush stadium-style seating, billiard tables, and an outdoor patio just steps from the Strip. Game on!

4. O'SHEA'S: Beer pong, plenty of TVs and maybe even a little luck of the Irish on your side. This intimate venue attached to the LINQ is always rocking on game day.

5. THE AINSWORTH: Head over to the Hard Rock Hotel and enjoy mouthwatering food and cocktail menu fit for both game-day champions and other enthusiasts who prefer the upscale bar and lounge atmosphere.

6. FOOTBALL CENTRAL at the Westgate Las Vegas: An entire theater devoted to football viewing every weekend, including concessions, giveaways and more. Need we say more?

7. TAP SPORTS BAR: Soak in all the sports action in real time inside the MGM Grand, while reminiscing on the greatest athletes in history with authentic sports memorabilia covering the walls of TAP. And when all that cheering makes you hungry we’ve got a great line-up of apps such as Little Phillys cheese steak sliders, sourdough pretzels with cheese, and a selection of craft burgers and sandwiches.

8. UMAMI BURGER, BEER GARDEN and SPORTS BOOK: The SLS Las Vegas is home to this unique restaurant, with a sports betting station inside. Enjoy Umami Burger’s signature patties with craft beer on an outdoor beer garden.

The Pub

9. THE PUB at the Monte Carlo: An extensive selection of more than 50 distinctive beers on tap, including an international variety of ales, lagers and stouts, will give you plenty of options to last from kickoff through overtime.

10. BROOKLYN BOWL: Roll a few games, enjoy a great meal and then kick back and watch the games ... Brooklyn Bowl provides a great day for any sports fan.

Touch down at any of these awesome sports-viewing venues in Vegas all season long!

 

Get up close and personal during International UFC Fight Week

Here's your chance to step into the world of UFC, but without actually getting into The Octagon. You'll still get up close and personal with your favorite mixed martial arts stars when UFC International Fight Week returns to Las Vegas July 7-12!

UFC International Fight Week

It's a weeklong celebration filled with meet and greets, autograph signings, the UFC 189 weigh-in and much more! The gloves come off at the UFC Fan Expo at the Sands Convention Center at The Venetian/The Palazzo on July 10-11. It's the ultimate fan experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rub elbows with the top names in the sport. Two-day tickets are available as well as individual day passes.

The Ulti-man 5k race returns July 11, starting on Fremont Street Experience in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The event welcomes runners and walkers of all fitness levels and ages to help raise funds in support of Three Square Food Bank.

UFC International Fight Week concerts

Other events that take place during UFC International Fight Week include the UFC Gym Fitness Challenge, pool parties hosted by the Octagon Girls, free concerts and tournaments. 

Cap the weekend with UFC 189: McGregor vs. Aldo at MGM Grand. Ireland's Conor McGregor gets the opportunity to face the best featherweight of all-time, Jose Aldo, in a fight that fans have been clamoring to see. Plus, Robbie Lawler defends his UFC welterweight crown against Rory MacDonald.

 

This weekend's events really pack a punch

Much like the fight itself, there's a huge buzz all around Las Vegas this weekend. You don't have to sit ringside, or even be in the arena, to be a part of the excitement when when Floyd Mayweather battles Manny Pacquiao.

Of course, there's plenty to do in Las Vegas before and after the main event. Check out this list of concerts, after parties, pre-parties and more, or scroll through our full weekend lineup.

Journey

Friday, May 1

CONCERTS & EVENTS

POOLS / DAYCLUBS

NIGHTCLUBS

Jay Z

Saturday, May 2

CONCERTS & EVENTS

POOLS / DAYCLUBS

NIGHTCLUBS

Moody Blues
Sunday, May 3

CONCERTS & EVENTS

POOLS / DAYCLUBS

NIGHTCLUBS

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Forget socks or a tie. Get Dad what he really wants ... some fun in Las Vegas!

Don't surprise your dad with another dud this Father's Day. Chances are he still hasn't used all the socks you gave him last year. This Father's Day, get him something he really needs. A trip to Las Vegas! And hey, just to make sure he has a good time and all that, maybe you should join him ... you know, to make up for all those times he helped chaperon you. Great idea, isn't it?

Bear's Best

Start with a relaxing round on the links. Las Vegas has more than 55 championship golf courses crafted by some of the game's greats, such as Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Tom Weiskopf and Arnold Palmer.

Now he's ready to get his adrenaline pumping. How about giving him a brand-new race car for Father's Day? OK, so he can't keep it ... but he'll enjoy the thrill of getting behind the wheel at Exotics Racing or the Richard Petty Driving Experience

Downtown Summerlin

Then, help Dad update his wardrobe with some stylish threads. You'll find everything you need to get Dad decked out in Las Vegas' amazing shopping centers, including the open-air Downtown Summerlin shops. Just please, skip the socks this time.

Charlie Palmer Steak

Once he's dressed to kill, it's time to fuel up. First, dinner -- most Dads love to eat, and Las Vegas has some of the most award-winning restaurants anywhere on the globe. Treat him to a memorable steak dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons, or Cut by Wolfgang Puck at The Palazzo. If he's a seafood lover, Rick Moonen's RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay has fine dining accommodations upstairs and a more casual setting on the ground floor to choose from, or treat Dad to fresh steamers, shrimp, lobster, crab, clam chowder and calamari at the Oyster Bar at Harrah's.

Finally, treat Dad to any of Las Vegas' unbeatable shows and you've got the perfect Father's Day gift -- a Las Vegas excursion that he'll think about fondly all year long.

Fore! Great golf is par for the course in Las Vegas

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It’s not surprising that Las Vegas, a vacation destination known for its sunny weather and recreation, would boast more than 50 golf courses — some of them among America’s most praised. But visitors might be more surprised by how easy it can be to access these plush greens. Here’s a look at a few of the many courses to consider, and tips for how to get in on the golf action.

Where to go

Golf in Las Vegas isn’t about dropping greens into the middle of the desert. Courses tend to be carefully crafted to take advantage of their sites. With the top courses setting a high bar for quality, it would be hard to find one that wasn’t worth recommending. Many are open to the public and cater to golfers of varying abilities and goals, and all are open year-round.

Rio Secco

Rio Secco Golf Club takes advantage of its location in the shadows of the Black Mountain Range southeast of town. Its varied terrain of desert, plateau, and canyon keeps the golf interesting and the views ever-changing. Although the Rees Jones design can be a tough course of up to 7,400 yards, it also offers flexibility with lots of teeing options.

Greens at Desert Pines Golf Club, northeast of the Strip and not far from Downtown Las Vegas, is modeled after Augusta, which means you might find yourself forgetting where you really are as you watch your ball soar above pine trees or land on bent grass. The course is also designed to mix fun and competition, with generous fairways, creative bunkers and challenging greens. 

Royal Links gives visitors a taste of golf’s roots from the other side of the Atlantic. Its 18 holes are modeled after British Open courses, including Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. A call box at the ninth tee lets golfers order a mid-round snack delivered to the course. 

According to the folks at Rhodes Ranch, course designer Ted Robinson once said these were the best par-3s he ever designed. The course, nestled at the base of the Spring Mountains, plays off its location with lots of water features and rolling fairways. “No matter how good or bad you are, you’ll have fun there,” one local recently noted.

Bali Hai

With its entrance next to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, Bali Hai Golf Club is the only course with frontage on the Las Vegas Strip. It has a South Pacific vibe with more than 100,000 tropical plants and volcanic rock incorporated into the par-72 design. The course was designed to grow more challenging the further players get into the round, making them comfortable and then offering up new surprises.

For a taste of “old Vegas,” head to the city’s oldest course, Las Vegas Golf Club, established way back in 1938. Right outside Downtown Las Vegas, it’s a forgiving blend of challenging bunkers, traditional greens, and wide fairways. The mature cottonwood and pine trees add to both the forest-like atmosphere and the relaxing vibe. You can imagine the city’s early movers and shakers talking business in this exact spot, which also made a memorable appearance in the movie “Casino.”

Head west

Summerlin, a golf-centric planned community west of Downtown and not far from the foothills of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, is home to some of the valley’s best courses.

TPC Las Vegas

TPC (Tournament Players Club) Las Vegas is widely known as one of the must-do courses in town. That’s partly because of the quality of the play on this par 72, 7,080-yard layout and partly because here, golfers can “play where the pros play.” Views of Red Rock Canyon’s soaring crimson cliffs on one side and the glittering Las Vegas skyline on the other are also hard to beat. Golfers will likely see birds among the trees as TPC is a recognized Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

A 36-hole Arnold Palmer design, Angel Park Golf Club is divided into the tropical-themed par-70 Palm Course and the modern par-71 Mountain Course. Plus, Angel Park throws in the 12-hole Cloud Nine Short Course and a nine-hole putting course just for fun. It’s also got a 3,000-square-foot putting green, a practice chipping area and an event lawn, all lighted in the evening. At 3,000 feet, it sits above the valley with views all around.

The 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed Arroyo Golf Club is part of Red Rock Country Club but open to the public. It’s known for challenging play and rugged scenery as well as great views of Vegas (especially at hole seven). It’s also easy to combine an outing at Siena with its sister course, the 18-hole Siena Golf Club, a serene oasis at the foot of the Spring Mountains. (Siena is also home to Las Vegas’s Foot Golf course — think soccer-golf mash-up.)

Golf Summerlin has three public courses: par-60 Eagle Crest, par-72 Highland Falls, and Palm Valley, each with its own challenges and views. The courses are home to family-friendly tournaments and events like the upcoming GlowBall Night Golf on Oct. 11 benefiting Three Square Food Bank. 

Tee-time tips

One option for satisfying a golf fix: Attend a tournament. Some visitors come to Las Vegas just for tournaments, but it’s also possible to buy tickets at the last minute. TPC Las Vegas’s sister course, TPC Summerlin, will host the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, part of the FedEx Cup series. Tickets start at $26.50. 

The Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge comes to Rio Secco Nov. 11-12, pitting PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour players against each other in a charity tournament raising money for adoption services. The Southern Nevada Golf Association has its own series of amateur tournaments. 

Your hotel or resort can facilitate rounds on regional courses. Check the property’s website for golf packages, or call to ask about help with a tee time. Many of the city’s casinos, resorts, and hotels have connections with golf courses and concierges will often set up tee times for you. Some will also arrange transportation to and from a course.

Cascata

For example, Caesars Entertainment owns Rio Secco and its high-end sister property, Cascata. While anyone can play the courses, Caesars properties offer golf concierge services and transportation for guests. The luxurious Shadow Creek is only for high rollers, the rich and famous and select MGM Resorts guests, who have their own limousines and caddies for the day’s outing. 

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort offers golf packages with TPC Las Vegas. The Venetian offers packages for Greens at Desert Pines Golf Club, and these are just two examples. Golf courses also often team up with other Vegas entities to offer special deals combining golf with, say, a helicopter tour or bachelor party package.

Most courses make it easy to reserve a tee time online. Consider golfing in the evening — some courses, including Angel Park Golf Club and the nine-hole Callaway Golf Center near the Strip — are lighted when the sun starts to go down. Final points: Be sure to stay hydrated, and, of course, always tip the drink attendant. 

The football party you've been waiting for all season is in Las Vegas

It's become a holiday weekend all its own -- centered on pro football's biggest game. But while the gridiron action is the main event, the entire week surrounding it has become a celebration, complete with parties galore, celebrity appearances and more. This year, make Las Vegas your homefield for all of the fun!

Catch every big play in Las Vegas' luxurious sports books and lounges and restaurants - and even lavish nightclubs - with arena-style seating. Here's a list of some of the places to see it all unfold:

Hyde Bellagio

Enjoy a slice of Las Vegas nightlife during the day and watch the title game at Hyde inside the Bellagio. The Big Game Viewing Party (21 and over) begins at 2 p.m. with a hosted bar until 5 p.m., a special game-time food menu, and of course, lots of HD plasma and VIP big screen TVs and plenty of seating.

The House of Blues at Mandalay Bay has gameday parties at both the Foundation Room and Crossroads Restaurant & Bar, each complete with raffles and giveaways and all the revelry you can handle. 

Chateau

Watch the game from high above the Strip as Chateau at Paris Las Vegas converts into big game headquarters, complete with a tailgate-style buffet and bottomless beer from 3-6 p.m. Across the street, you can party on the patio at RHUMBAR. The Mirage club is transforming into Caribbean patio into a gridiron paradise. 

Blondie's

Reserve a table for the championship game at Blondies Sports Bar & Grill inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and enjoy the premium buffet and open bar, including top shelf drink options, starting at 1:30 p.m. Watch the game on the big screens and you'll also be eligible for giveaways and other prizes. For a great view of the Las Vegas Strip, as well as a place to enjoy the game and some good food, check out Twin Peaks

Also inside the Miracle Mile is Cabo Wabo Cantina, where you watch the game in comfort in The Loft, a luxurious new events space with a 184-inch video grid, and all-you-can-drink and all-you-can-eat specials. A similar package is available at Tacos y Tequila at Luxor. If you love chicken wings, quesadillas and taquitos with your football, T&T could be the perfect venue for your big game fun. 

The Pub at Monte Carlo

You can also choose from one of four viewing packages - and sample some amazing microbrews - at The Pub at Monte Carlo. Across the street at CRUSH inside the MGM Grand, nosh on the special gameday menu with butler-style service and tableside snacks all day long.

Sports books. Las Vegas' luxurious sports books, including the comfortable seating at The Mirage or theater-style atmosphere of Football Central at Westgate Las Vegas, are the next best thing to being at the game. At Caesars Palace, groups of eight can request a special "man cave" for a VIP feel.

Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo. BAM! Kick it up a notch when you watch the big game here. You can also indulge in football bites from the specialty tailgate menu at La Cave inside Wynn Las Vegas. The resort's more casual restaurants, including Allegro and Society Cafe, also have special menus and offers just for this football showcase.

Both Hard Rock Cafe locations are offering a variety of viewing packages for fans, each with food and drink specials of their own. And at the new Shake Shack inside New York-New York, go for the Two-Pint Conversion and get a free mini-Shack football. 

Make Las Vegas your home for pro football's biggest weekend!

Tee Off: the Top Golf Courses in Las Vegas

Content via Yahoo.com

It’s not surprising that Las Vegas, a vacation destination known for its sunny weather and recreation, would boast more than 50 golf courses — some of them among America’s most praised. But visitors might be more surprised by how easy it can be to access these plush greens. Here’s a look at a few of the many courses to consider, and tips for how to get in on the golf action.

Where to go

Golf in Las Vegas isn’t about dropping greens into the middle of the desert. Courses tend to be carefully crafted to take advantage of their sites. With the top courses setting a high bar for quality, it would be hard to find one that wasn’t worth recommending. Many are open to the public and cater to golfers of varying abilities and goals, and all are open year-round.

Rio Secco

Rio Secco Golf Club takes advantage of its location in the shadows of the Black Mountain Range southeast of town. Its varied terrain of desert, plateau, and canyon keeps the golf interesting and the views ever-changing. Although the Rees Jones design can be a tough course of up to 7,400 yards, it also offers flexibility with lots of teeing options.

Greens at Desert Pines Golf Club, northeast of the Strip and not far from Downtown Las Vegas, is modeled after Augusta, which means you might find yourself forgetting where you really are as you watch your ball soar above pine trees or land on bent grass. The course is also designed to mix fun and competition, with generous fairways, creative bunkers and challenging greens. 

Royal Links gives visitors a taste of golf’s roots from the other side of the Atlantic. Its 18 holes are modeled after British Open courses, including Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. A call box at the ninth tee lets golfers order a mid-round snack delivered to the course. 

According to the folks at Rhodes Ranch, course designer Ted Robinson once said these were the best par-3s he ever designed. The course, nestled at the base of the Spring Mountains, plays off its location with lots of water features and rolling fairways. “No matter how good or bad you are, you’ll have fun there,” one local recently noted.

Bali Hai

With its entrance next to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, Bali Hai Golf Club is the only course with frontage on the Las Vegas Strip. It has a South Pacific vibe with more than 100,000 tropical plants and volcanic rock incorporated into the par-72 design. The course was designed to grow more challenging the further players get into the round, making them comfortable and then offering up new surprises.

For a taste of “old Vegas,” head to the city’s oldest course, Las Vegas Golf Club, established way back in 1938. Right outside Downtown Las Vegas, it’s a forgiving blend of challenging bunkers, traditional greens, and wide fairways. The mature cottonwood and pine trees add to both the forest-like atmosphere and the relaxing vibe. You can imagine the city’s early movers and shakers talking business in this exact spot, which also made a memorable appearance in the movie “Casino.”

Head west

Summerlin, a golf-centric planned community west of Downtown and not far from the foothills of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, is home to some of the valley’s best courses.

TPC Las Vegas

TPC (Tournament Players Club) Las Vegas is widely known as one of the must-do courses in town. That’s partly because of the quality of the play on this par 72, 7,080-yard layout and partly because here, golfers can “play where the pros play.” Views of Red Rock Canyon’s soaring crimson cliffs on one side and the glittering Las Vegas skyline on the other are also hard to beat. Golfers will likely see birds among the trees as TPC is a recognized Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

A 36-hole Arnold Palmer design, Angel Park Golf Club is divided into the tropical-themed par-70 Palm Course and the modern par-71 Mountain Course. Plus, Angel Park throws in the 12-hole Cloud Nine Short Course and a nine-hole putting course just for fun. It’s also got a 3,000-square-foot putting green, a practice chipping area and an event lawn, all lighted in the evening. At 3,000 feet, it sits above the valley with views all around.

The 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed Arroyo Golf Club is part of Red Rock Country Club but open to the public. It’s known for challenging play and rugged scenery as well as great views of Vegas (especially at hole seven). It’s also easy to combine an outing at Siena with its sister course, the 18-hole Siena Golf Club, a serene oasis at the foot of the Spring Mountains. (Siena is also home to Las Vegas’s Foot Golf course — think soccer-golf mash-up.)

Golf Summerlin has three public courses: par-60 Eagle Crest, par-72 Highland Falls, and Palm Valley, each with its own challenges and views. The courses are home to family-friendly tournaments and events like the upcoming GlowBall Night Golf on Oct. 11 benefiting Three Square Food Bank. 

Tee-time tips

One option for satisfying a golf fix: Attend a tournament. Some visitors come to Las Vegas just for tournaments, but it’s also possible to buy tickets at the last minute. TPC Las Vegas’s sister course, TPC Summerlin, will host the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, part of the FedEx Cup series. Tickets start at $26.50. 

The Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge comes to Rio Secco Nov. 11-12, pitting PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour players against each other in a charity tournament raising money for adoption services. The Southern Nevada Golf Association has its own series of amateur tournaments. 

Your hotel or resort can facilitate rounds on regional courses. Check the property’s website for golf packages, or call to ask about help with a tee time. Many of the city’s casinos, resorts, and hotels have connections with golf courses and concierges will often set up tee times for you. Some will also arrange transportation to and from a course.

Cascata

For example, Caesars Entertainment owns Rio Secco and its high-end sister property, Cascata. While anyone can play the courses, Caesars properties offer golf concierge services and transportation for guests. The luxurious Shadow Creek is only for high rollers, the rich and famous and select MGM Resorts guests, who have their own limousines and caddies for the day’s outing. 

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort offers golf packages with TPC Las Vegas. The Venetian offers packages for Greens at Desert Pines Golf Club, and these are just two examples. Golf courses also often team up with other Vegas entities to offer special deals combining golf with, say, a helicopter tour or bachelor party package.

Most courses make it easy to reserve a tee time online. Consider golfing in the evening — some courses, including Angel Park Golf Club and the nine-hole Callaway Golf Center near the Strip — are lighted when the sun starts to go down. Final points: Be sure to stay hydrated, and, of course, always tip the drink attendant. 

The High-Adrenaline Side of Las Vegas

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Maverick Aviation Group

A helicopter flies above the High Roller observation wheel and other brightly lit landmarks on the Strip. (Photo: Courtesy Maverick Aviation Group). 

Las Vegas is a bucket-list city, where adrenaline junkies can fulfill a half dozen lifelong dreams in a single weekend. Always wanted to soar in a helicopter? Jump out of a plane? Zoom around a NASCAR track? No problem. An ever-growing number of local outfits are springing up to give tourists that “I can’t believe I’m actually doing this” feeling. And most of the fun comes in bite-size chunks that have you back to your hotel in a matter of hours.

Sky’s No Limit

Aside from the workaday world of commercial airlines, few of us spend much time airborne. But the clear, wide-open skies above Nevada’s vast desert are a blank canvas for artists in flight.

Helicopter rides are a Vegas staple; hop aboard a Maverick Helicopter chopper for a short tour of the Strip (especially romantic at night, when the city glitters below) or a bird’s-eye sweep of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. There’s nothing quite like that floating sensation as the craft lifts off like a giant dragonfly—any nervousness quickly turning to exhilaration.

Other helicopter companies include Papillon and Sundance (try a Grand Canyon picnic). A number of successful helicopter operations have been shuttling first-time tourists around for years, so this is the perfect time to cross the whirlybird off your life list.

Another way to see the Strip from high up: the Big Shot, X-Scream, and Insanity thrill rides that undulate along the Stratosphere’s 1,149-foot-tall tower (the country’s tallest freestanding observation tower). The most daring plummet straight down, bungee style, with SkyJump, the world’s highest controlled descent.

Insanity

Stratosphere’s Insanity dangles riders 900 feet above the Strip and spins them at 40 mph.

Perhaps the single most pulse-racing thing I can imagine doing anyplace, ever, is Sky Combat Ace, a one-on-one ride-along with a professional pilot in a fighter plane. Thrill seekers blast through barrel rolls, combat drills, and other aerobatics—or just take a spin (upright) in a vintage plane with an open cockpit. Don’t try this after a few cocktails, folks.

Sky Combat Ace

Sky Combat Ace takes guests along on stunt-plane flights above the Nevada desert. (Photo: Courtesy Sky Combat Ace)

Test the Laws of Physics

You’re in a stock car revving a 600-hp engine, waiting for the flag to drop. And then you’re off, hitting the gas and shifting gears and letting your wheels grab the banked track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Soon you’re flying past the stands at over 100 mph—and you’ve never done anything like this before. Good thing there’s an instructor sitting next to you, telling you exactly what to do.

That’s what happens at the Richard Petty Driving Experience, one of several Vegas companies that let you put the pedal to the metal without worrying about traffic lights. Climb into the driver’s seat yourself or ride with a professional if your goal is to just experience the feeling of screaming around a track at 165 mph (none of the amateurs have gone quite that fast yet). Alternatively, Petty’s American Muscle Car Challenge lets guests drive a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, or Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

Richard Petty Driving Experience

It’s not just for NASCAR: You, too, can drive on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 

Another company, Dream Racing, also lets you drive exotic cars on the same NASCAR speedway. If Lady Luck shines on you, you’ll see fighter pilots training at nearby Nellis Air Force Base. Now that’s speed.

Believe it or not, the g-force in a racecar is nothing compared to what Las Vegas’ most extreme roller coasters feel like. The newest, El Loco, zooms, corkscrews, and reverse-rolls around the Adventuredome indoor amusement park at Circus Circus (also home to the double-loop Canyon Blaster). After rides like these, hit the casino’s midway and big top to take a break while you watch other people do scary-looking things for a change.

Adventuredome

Those with tetchy nerves and/or necks could consider something a little less stressful, maybe a zip-line ride with a gentle stop at the end: the mighty SlotZilla on Fremont Street. A new upper “zoomline” segment—114 feet above the ground and 1,700 feet long—just opened in April. You can book advance tickets online or, for a spur-of-the-moment screamfest above the crowds, just look for the giant slot machine towering in the middle of the sidewalk.

One of the more notable Vegas crazes of late: high-powered gun ranges, where firearm fans (and the merely curious) have the chance to shoot munitions you can't get at home. Each of the half-dozen or so ranges in town has its own focus. Gun Garage’s just-opened 12-lane indoor range is just off the Strip, which means you can wake up late, head over for a quick afternoon ballistics volley and be back in time for happy hour. Other options, like the military-style Battlefield Vegas, are more involved.

Be Surprised

The most intriguing new adrenaline-filled idea in town is Las Vegas: The Game. Basically, imagine a “Hangover”-style bachelor party—with your own friend as the bachelor. Working as an accomplice with Justin Oswald and Chad Hardy, the brains behind this operation, you can plan a night of complete surprises for your unsuspecting victim. Or the company will draw up a behind-the-scenes plan and keep you in the dark, too.

Possibilities range from hiring a stranger to test your friend's flirting resolve to playing along with a series of elaborate charades that build on each other for an entire night. The evening could include anything from a monkey to a showgirl—or both! You’re limited only by your tolerance for shock and how good a friend you are (and whether you still want to be invited to the wedding).

 

This football season, catch every big play in Las Vegas

Football season is back and there's no better place to catch every big play than Las Vegas, where you can enjoy all of the exciting gridiron action just the way you like it. Here's a look at the some of the city's best places to kick off your season:

 

1. SPORTS BOOKS: Huge TVs. Comfortable seats. And lots of fans cheering on their favorite team. Not to mention that Las Vegas' spacious and luxurious sports books offer you the chance to get it on the action.

Palazzo

2. LAGASSE'S STADIUM: This Palazzo venue features Emeril Lagasse's signature cuisine, combined with more than 100 HD TVs including 9ft x 16ft main TV, luxury boxes, plush stadium-style seating, billiard tables, and an outdoor patio just steps from the Strip. Game on!

3. THE AINSWORTH: Head over the Hard Rock and enjoy mouthwatering food and cocktail menu fit for both game-day champions and other enthusiasts who prefer the upscale bar and lounge atmosphere.

4. FOOTBALL CENTRAL at the Westgate Las Vegas: An entire theater devoted to football viewing every weekend, including concessions, giveaways and more. Need we say more?

5. TAP SPORTS BAR: Soak in all the sports action in real time inside the MGM Grand, while reminiscing on the greatest athletes in history with authentic sports memorabilia covering the walls of TAP. And when all that cheering makes you hungry we’ve got a great line-up of apps such as Little Phillys cheese steak sliders, sourdough pretzels with cheese, and a selection of craft burgers and sandwiches.

6. UMAMI BURGER, BEER GARDEN and SPORTS BOOK: The newest place to watch sports is at the SLS Las Vegas. Enjoy Umami Burger’s signature patties with craft beer on an outdoor beer garden.

7. BROOKLYN BOWL: Roll a few games, enjoy a great meal and then kick back and watch the games ... Brooklyn Bowl provides a great day for any sports fan.

Touch down at any of these awesome sports-viewing venues in Vegas all season long!

 

The Cup runneth over in Vegas

It only comes once every four years, so don't let your World Cup fun run dry this time around -- catch all of the exciting soccer action in Las Vegas! Here are four places to get your kicks:

Sports book

1. LUXURIOUS SPORTS BOOKS: Think your team will capture the Cup? There's no better place to back it up than at a spacious Las Vegas sports book, where you'll catch every pass, tackle and penalty kick in style. 

Blondie's

2. SPORTS BARS: From Blondie's inside Planet Hollywood to Twin Peaks on the Strip to the Ainsworth at the Hard Rock, there's no shortage of sports bars in Las Vegas that will have every game on the big screens. 

Sporting House

3. RESTAURANTS: The Sporting House Bar & Grill at New York-New YorkPublic House at Luxor and Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo are just a few of the restaurants in Las Vegas that cater to sports fans.

Triple 7

4. BREW PUBS AND MICROBREWERIES: It's the World Cup, so fill yours with some of the best craft brews you'll find anywhere. Head downtown and check out the Triple 7 brew pub at Main Street Station and the Chicago Brewing Co. and Cigar Lounge at the Four Queens for unique selections of handcrafted beers.

Root your favorite nation on to victory in the Entertainment Capital of the World!

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