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Forget socks or a tie -- Vegas is a much better Father's Day gift!

Golf in Las VegasLet's face it -- your dad has socks. And probably a tie. 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, to make up for all those times he helped chaperon you.

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.

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.

Charlie Palmer Photo for Blog

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, American Fish by Michael Mina at ARIA Resort has dishes ranging from Copper River salmon to Great Lakes walleye, or treat him 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.

From the hardwood to fairways, you'll find great sports in Vegas

Whether you're ready to hoop it up and catch all the excitement of college basketball tournament action, or see A-listers show off their skills on the links for charity, there's plenty of great sports to see in Las Vegas.

Get your brackets out and follow every buzzer-beater throughout the men's and women's college basketball tournaments (Pac-12 at MGM Grand, WAC at Orleans, Mountain West at Thomas & Mack Center). Catch every shot in any of Las Vegas luxurious sports books, or venues such as The Ainsworth at the Hard Rock Hotel or Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo.

Michael Jordan Celebrity InvitationalWatch the stars come out and take their swings for charity from April 4-7 at the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational. The event features incredible parties, A-list entertainment and competitive golf and is recognized as one of the best of its kind. Sports legends such as Wayne Gretzky, Charles Barkley, Mario Lemieux and Julius "Dr. J" Erving and entertainment personalities such as Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Don Cheadle have participated in the MJCI since its inception in 2001.

See your favorite celebrities tee it up at the exclusive Shadow Creek in the only event where the club opens its doors to the public!

Action sports take over Las Vegas from two wheels to four wheelers! The Geico Endurocross tournament rolls into town May 3, while the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World Finals rumbles into Sam Boyd Stadium, March 22-23. And for the real sports aficionado, check out the hard-hitting action of the Lingerie Football League later this summer

From the hardwood to the fairways, you'll always find great sports in Vegas!

Catch every big play in Vegas

Playoff football, college and pro basketball, hockey, golf, tennis and more. There's always great sports action to see and with luxurious sports books and lounges and restaurants with arena-style seating, Las Vegas has plenty of venues that are perfect for watching every big game.

Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo.

The new Ainsworth Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel features HD flat screens for sports viewing and mouthwatering food and cocktail options for those who prefer the upscale bar and lounge atmosphere. You can also enjoy the action from luxury boxes, plush seating and an outdoor patio steps from the Strip while you dine on signature cuisine at Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo.

Want to be at the center of the action? Las Vegas' luxurious sports books, including the split-level VIP booths at the MGM Grand or theater-style atmosphere of Football Central at LVH, are the next best thing to being at the game.

Las Vegas is also home to the best live sporting events, including MMA, NASCAR, and four college hoops conference tournaments. Game on -- catch every big play in Vegas!


If you like sports, you'll love them even more in Vegas!

Football season is under way and there's no better place to catch every big play than Las Vegas. Whether it's college or pro, you'll always find the best seat in the house at any of Las Vegas' luxurious sports books, including the split-level VIP booths at the MGM Grand or theater-style atmosphere of Football Central at LVH.

Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo.The new Ainsworth Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel features HD flat screens for sports viewing and mouthwatering food and cocktail options for those who prefer the upscale bar and lounge atmosphere. You can also enjoy the action from luxury boxes, plush seating and an outdoor patio steps from the Strip while you dine on signature cuisine at Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo

Do you prefer watching live? Las Vegas also hosts plenty of exciting sporting events throughout the year, including UFC and major boxing events, college football's MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, multiple NCAA conference championship tournaments, Big League Weekend, NHL and NBA exhibition games, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and PBR World Finals, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children golf tournament, motocross and more!

If you like sports, you'll love sports in Las Vegas!

UFC International Fight Week heats up


UFC International Fight WeekThings are about to get extreme in Las Vegas this Fourth of July weekend for UFC 148 as Anderson "The Spider" Silva is pitted up against Chael "Gangster from West Linn" Sonnen! Can you handle it?

During the UFC International Fight Week July 4 - 7, get ready to rough it up with four days of exclusive UFC events like free concerts, cool pool parties, open workouts, pub crawls, weigh-ins and access to UFC fighters throughout the city, plus, follow @Vegas for your chance to win UFC 148 tickets and prize giveaways.

The UFC Octagon Nation Tour takes over Fremont Street daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. July 4 through July 7 for a free, public event. Meet UFC athletes, play the latest UFC video games, check out cool memorabilia and more!

Be sure to join us for the kick-off party and free 3 Doors Down concert on Fremont Street at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.

On Thursday, July 5, pop in to check out the UFC 148 open workouts at XS at Encore from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. then hit up the pool party at Palms Casino Resort to mingle with Octagon girls and UFC fighters from 1 until 6 p.m. Afterward, head downtown for the pub crawl at Golden Nugget, El Cortez, The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Hotel and Casino.

Get an autograph from your favorite UFC fighter, ask your burning questions during the Q&A session, and mingle with thousands of UFC enthusiasts at the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7. Tickets are $40 on Friday, $45 on Saturday, or get a two-day package for $60.

On Friday, July 6, get up close and personal with UFC fighters during the UFC weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Doors open at 3 p.m. with the weigh-in beginning at 4 p.m. Also plan on stopping by the fan beach party at Mandalay Bay Beach beginning at 8 p.m.

Also on Friday, check out the tamer side of UFC in Downtown Las Vegas with First Friday Art Night. View pieces from the sport's past, present and future while rubbing elbows with UFC stars. First Friday is a monthly art celebration featuring artwork, free music and street side entertainment from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. the first Friday of every month.

All of the festivities come to a culmination when Sonnen goes head-to-head with Silva in the main event on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at 3 p.m. with the first bout beginning at 4 p.m. See you there!

For more information, check out the UFC International Fight Week page.

Muhammad Ali Celebrates 70th Birthday in Las Vegas


Muhammad Ali Celebrates 70th Birthday in Las VegasOn February 18, Muhammad Ali is celebrating his 70th birthday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The room will be filled with A-list actors, GRAMMY Award-winning musicians, all-star athletes and more. Ali's remarkable career has filled with victories and defeats but he will always be known as one of the greatest boxers of all time. 

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, Jr., was inspired to fight at the age of 12 years old, after his bike was stolen. He told police officer Joe Martin that he wanted to beat up the thief. Martin, who also trained young boxers at a local gym, encouraged him to learn how to fight and started working with Clay. At the age of 14, Clay won the Golden Gloves Championship for light heavyweight novices and three years later won the Golden Gloves Tournament and the Amateur Athletic Union's light heavyweight national title. In 1960, the 18-year-old earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team and returned home with the gold medal. This was just the beginning of Clay's historic career. "The Champ" went on to win his first 19 bouts and knocked out Sonny Liston in 1964 to become the heavyweight champion of the world at age 22.

In 1964, Clay decided to change his name to Muhammad Ali as part of a spiritual search. That same year, Ali refused to acknowledge his military service after being drafted, so the boxing association took away his title and suspended him from the sport for three and a half years.

Ali returned to the ring in 1970, winning his first bout against Jerry Quarry. The following year, Ali fought Joe Frazier in what was called the "Fight of the Century." The fight went all 15 rounds and by unanimous decision Frazier retained the title. After a 1973 loss to Ken Norton, Ali claimed victory in a high profile rematch by split decision, which set the stage for Ali-Frazier II, in which Ali won a unanimous 12-round decision.

The historic "Rumble in the Jungle" bout of 1974 put World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman and former world champion and challenger Ali face-to-face. Ali won by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round, regaining his title.

In the early part of 1975, Ali faced boxer Chuck Wepner in a bout that inspired the original motion picture Rocky. Over the next couple of months, Ali fought formidable opponents, but none as exciting and electrifying as Joe Frazier.  On October 1, 1975, Ali fought Joe Frazier for the third time in the historic fight known as "The Thrilla in Manila" in the Philippines. The highly anticipated fight lasted 14 grueling rounds. At the start of the 15th round, Frazier's trainer threw in the towel and refused to allow him to continue due to his unstable condition.

Regarded as the greatest upset of all time, boxer Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas in 1978 for the heavyweight championship - becoming the only person to take the belt from Ali in the ring.  Ali's other losses were non-title contests.  In a rematch with Spinks just 7 months later, Ali won a unanimous decision becoming the first ever three-time heavyweight champion.  Ali fought eight more times before his final defeat against Trevor Berbick in 1981.

Ali's power, speed and grace led him to achieve great success in all facets of his life. In 1984, he announced that he had Parkinson's disease. Despite the disability, Ali devoted much of his time to world travel and humanitarian work. In 2005, the Muhammad Ali Center opened in downtown Louisville. The center focuses on core themes of peace, social responsibility, respect and personal growth. This is just one of his many charitable initiatives.

The "Only Vegas" event on February 18 celebrating Ali's 70th birthday will benefit the Muhammad Ali Center as well as the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which is close to Ali's heart. Tune in to ABC at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST on February 25 to catch all the action inside the celebrity filled event. In the meantime, send Muhammad Ali a personal birthday message by using #Ali70 @Vegas. All wishes are streaming on LasVegas.com.


Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- A weekend filled with knockdowns and touchdowns


     This weekend is traditionally one of the busiest of the year, thanks to a certain pro football championship game that people love to watch in Vegas. This year, however, there's also a live UFC event, so there's a full slate of "kickoff parties" to choose from all weekend long!

     It starts on Friday, Feb. 3, with pre-fight parties. Forest Griffin hosts at Lavo inside the Palazzo and RYU premium performance apparel is hosting a bash at Wynn Las Vegas' Tryst. OTM Fight Shops is holding its pre-fight event at Luxor's LAX.

     There are plenty of football-related pre-game events, too, including the Super Party at Rain inside the Palms, the Big Game Weekend Kick-Off with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models at 1OAK at The Mirage, the Big Game's Biggest Party at Planet Hollywood's Gallery Nightclub and the Big Game Weekend Celebration at Chateau inside Paris Las Vegas.

 The 4th Annual Cheer Bowl takes place this weekend at The Bank inside Bellagio.    Other huge Friday night events include Apl.De.Ap performing at TAO inside The Venetian, Alesso spinning at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas' XS Nightclub and Gabriel & Dresden at Marquee at the Cosmopolitan.

     On Saturday night, the UFC 143 After Party with Georges St. Pierre is at Tryst and RPM Nightclub hosts its Fight After Party with DJ Benji and Joel Madden. LL Cool J and Z-Trip host the closing party for Studio 54 at the MGM Grand.

     The 4th Annual Cheer Bowl takes place at The Bank at Bellagio, while Kelly Rowland performs at PURE inside Caesars Palace and Vanilla Ice takes the stage at LAX.

     Tiesto spins at XS Nightclub, Zen Freeman and Mark Stylz provide the beats at the Palms' Ghostbar, Richard Durand spins at Rain and Kaskade is on the 1s and 2s at Marquee.

     Close out the weekend on Sunday with the continuation of the Cheer Bowl at The Bank and Ghostbar Sundays with PJ Produkt.

     Knockdowns, touchdowns and nightlife you won't find anywhere else - only in Vegas!

Start your engines

     This kind of raw energy only comes to town once a year, so shift into high gear and get revved up for the fast-paced excitement of 2012 NASCAR Weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from March 9 - 11.

NASCAR Weekend is March 9-11 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.      Life in the fast lane, Vegas-style, includes the Stratosphere Pole Day, the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

     Special weekend packages are available where you'll enjoy the finest view of the competition as it unfolds on the 20-degree banking. The Dale Earnhardt Terrace and Richard Petty Terrace feature wide, flip-down seats with cup holders and a private concourse with restrooms, concessions and elevator access.

     The main grandstand offers seating along the front stretch with terrific views of all the pit road and racing action. Seats in sections 1, 2 and 3 are benches with back support, and they provide easy access to concessions and restrooms.

     No trip to the speedway would be complete without checking out the Neon Garage. You'll have unprecedented access to NASCAR's stars and teams, enjoy specialty concessions and be part of the winner's circle celebration.  Neon Garage access also allows you in the pit area on Friday, Saturday and during prerace on Sunday.

      In Vegas, you can do more than just watch the action - you can be a part of it. At the speedway complex, you can drive or ride along in a 600-horsepower NASCAR-style stock car at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. You and your heart will be racing like never before.

     Make Las Vegas the ultimate pit stop when NASCAR comes to town March 9 - 11!


There’s Vegas excitement at every turn with NASCAR, hoops


    Nascar Weekend 2012 The best stock-car drivers on the planet converge on Las Vegas March 9 - 11 for NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway!

     NASCAR Weekend 2012 features the Stratosphere Pole Day, the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Enjoy the finest view of the competition as it unfolds on the 20-degree banks with a special weekend ticket package. The basic package features a seating area located along and high above the front stretch, and offers a terrific view of the racing and pit action. The Dale Earnhardt Terrace and Richard Petty Terrace provide a private concourse with restrooms, concessions and elevator access. Upgrade to a clubhouse package and enjoy all-you-can-eat food and drink coupons for beer or wine while you watch the race with an unobstructed view!

     Then, it's time to get out your brackets and get ready for the excitement of college basketball's annual championship tournament. The tournament always has plenty of surprises, but here's one pick you can feel good about - watch all of the games in the comfort and luxury of a Las Vegas sports book.

     It's an adrenaline rush for every sports fan, so make your plans to catch the high-intensity excitement of NASCAR and college hoops.

Don’t break your New Year’s resolutions – just delay them a bit

 Everyone makes New Year's resolutions, and most of the time, they don't last. This year, try a different approach: Enjoy a little Las Vegas indulgence first, and then you'll be ready to stick to your New Year's pledges.

The Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas has something for every sweet tooth. For example, if you have a sweet tooth and are committed to cutting back on treats, hey, that's commendable. But before you do, enjoy one last round of delicious desserts at the Sugar Factory inside Paris Las Vegas or Ghirardelli's at Carnaval Court, the outdoor promenade at Harrah's Las Vegas.

Suppose you vow to save money by eating out less this year. Again, that's admirable - but that's no reason to give up your culinary cravings completely, so take a January trip to Vegas and enjoy a few more award-winning restaurants, then start your resolutions in February. We won't tell.

Perhaps you're a sports fan whose significant other claims you are spending too much time in front of the TV so you've promised to cut back on your sports viewing? Well, get one last screen-fest in with football playoffs, college and pro basketball, and hockey all going on simultaneously on huge screens throughout luxurious Vegas sports books.

Your resolutions can wait. After all, you can't break one if you haven't started it yet. So enjoy a little Vegas and then your New Year's commitments will be easier to keep!

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