Whether you’ve got work stress, love trouble or something else, Vegas is the cure for whatever ails you.
Let’s face it, sometimes doing this thing called life can be difficult. Maybe you just broke up with your longtime bae and are suddenly single. Maybe your work/life balance is so out of whack, you’re working more than you’re living. Or, maybe you’re in a romantic rut with your significant other. and looking to reconnect, stat. Whatever your emotional sitch, one thing is certain, you’re clinically in need of a vacay.
Getting out of dodge in a dramatic sense doesn’t have to mean a month away on a remote island, or even require using a Euro. A weekend in Las Vegas can be exactly what you need to reset, recharge, and come back to reality as the best version of yourself. In fact, visiting the Entertainment Capital of the World is the ultimate “Choose Your Own Adventure” escape, because there is So. Much. To. Do. And, the best part is, you can dream up an itinerary designed to ease whatever’s been bothering you IRL—while getting all the celeb treatment along the way.
Whether the perfect getaway for you includes soaring over Fremont Street via zipline like Superwoman, rocking your heart out to your fave classic tracks at “Raiding the Rock Vault” at The Hard Rock Hotel or seeking some major retail therapy by werking your credit card at one of the many high-end shopping areas like the Grand Canal Shoppes, a trip to Vegas means you can just do you. Here, three itineraries to obliterate your worries like a boss.
The Sitch: Work is CRAY
Stay at the Park MGM
With a vibe that’s equal parts hipster hideaway and boutique hotel, the new Park MGM is the epitome of cool. It has a speakeasy, On The Record, hidden behind a record store entrance, spacious rooms and suites, and loads of artisanal eats. The hotel is also home to some of the biggest music residencies on the Strip.
Eat Your Way Through Block 16 Food Hall
From fried chicken to craft donuts, there’s a mouthwatering morsel to curb any (or every) craving at Block 16 Urban Food Hall, located on the second level of The Cosmopolitan. It’s filled with bites from restaurants around the country to delight from morning until late night.
Veg out at The Beach at Mandalay Bay
Laze your worries away at Mandalay Bay Beach, where you can sunbathe by simulated oceanside, frozen cocktail in hand. The exclusive 11-acre oasis includes a sandy shoreline, wave pool, lazy river, lagoon, and food and drinks served to your lounge chair—as only an it-girl would do it. A day pass for non-hotel guests is just $20.
Find your Zen at Red Rock Spa
Melt your cares away at The Red Rock Spa by Well & Being. Blissing out comes second nature at this 25,000-square-foot den of Zen with a fitness center, salon, and every kind of treatment imaginable where worries magically melt away.
Hike Valley of Fire
Just an hour from the Strip, at Valley of Fire state park you can recapture your Zen while hiking with a view of red Aztec sandstone outcrops, limestone mountains, petrified trees and ancient petroglyphs. You’ll feel a million miles from home.
Experience the Neon Museum
Fill up your Instagram feed at this non-profit dedicated to preserving iconic Las Vegas signs. It houses over 200 gems on its lot dubbed the “Neon Boneyard”. Don’t miss “Brilliant”, a visual extravaganza exploring the history of Vegas through light and music.
The Sitch: You Just Broke Up with Bae
Laze by the Palms Pool
The just-opened resort pool, the venue for KAOS Dayclub, boasts a 73,000-square-foot space with two main pools and 39 cabanas, each with its own mini pool. At the center of it all is the 60-foot sculpture “Demon With Bowl” by Damien Hirst.
See the Shark Reef & Touch Pool at Mandalay Bay
Here’s the thing about watching razor-toothed predators up close: They give you perspective. Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is a window into the depths, where fierce water creatures—including 11 shark species, rays, crocodiles and komodo dragons—wade.
Shop Downtown Container Park
About 10 minutes from the Strip is an artsy enclave dubbed Container Park. This quirky shopping area crafted entirely from shipping containers features retail boutiques, specialty stores, and restaurants as well as live entertainment in an open-air pavilion and The Dome, which shows immersive audio visual experiences in 4K.
Go Zip Lining Over Fremont Street
Before the Strip was the Strip, there was Fremont Street: A seven-block stretch of hotels, gaming, and nightlife alight in neon in Downtown Las Vegas. It’s still a draw today, thanks in part to Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen, which spans 1,500 feet and flanks the walkway. Fly through it superhero style via the SlotZilla Las Vegas Zip Line 11 stories up.
Go straight to Hell’s Kitchen
If the 12,000 reservations made before it even opened are any indication, Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen at Caesar’s Palace is one of the hottest eateries on the Strip. Designed to feel like you’re a part of the television show for which it’s named, the fiery foodie destination serves up Ramsay signatures like beef wellington and sticky toffee pudding.
Have a Nightcap at Unknown
Cap off an incredible night out with a cocktail at one of the swankiest new bars in town: Unknown. In the lobby of The Palms Hotel & Casino, this chic little lounge showcases one major piece of art: Damien Hirst’s sculpture “The Unknown (Explored, Explained, Exploded),” a 13-foot tiger shark cut into three pieces, which looms large over the bar.
The Sitch: You’re in a Romance Rut
Stay at The Venetian
Saunter with your S.O. along the frescoed corridors and cobbled streets of St. Mark’s Square, over charming foot bridges that cross the Grand Canal—all under the perfect blue sky at The Venetian Resort. The all-suite-style hotel gives you the all-star treatment you deserve.
Wander Around Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Brimming with blooms and blossoms and soaring sculptures crafted from flowers, Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens offers a seasonally changing display perfect for strolling hand-in-hand.
Admire the Fountains of the Bellagio
Easily one of the most romantic activities in all of Vegas, the nighttime fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel is a must-see. Every 15 minutes from 8pm to midnight, the fountains light up the night and dance to music, making hearts flutter everywhere—including yours.
Have Happy Hour atop the High Roller Observation Wheel
Take your relationship to new heights as you sip a cocktail in the sky aboard High Roller Observation Wheel. At 550 feet above the street, it’s the tallest observation wheel in the world. Nothing like killer 360-degree views to perfect your selfie game.
Eat at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Fine dine among the Vegas skyline at the top of the glass-enclosed Eiffel Tower Restaurant, which overlooks the Bellagio Fountains. The French cuisine, the shimmering lights, the vino—the perf scenario for reigniting the romantic sparks.