LAS VEGAS DAY
2: Fremont Street, Green Valley, Lake Las Vegas and Hoover Dam
Besides gambling and lounging by the pool, there's plenty to do on your second day. After breakfast at the hotel, head towards Downtown to take a guided tour of the Neon Museum and Boneyard, a destination attraction that preserves Las Vegas' history of iconic neon signs of the past. Or head to Stewart Avenue to visit the Mob Museum to learn about the history of organized crime and law enforcement in the early days of Las Vegas.
Then go east of Las Vegas Boulevard on Fremont Street to check out the Fremont East Entertainment District, an eclectic mixture of bars, clubs and cafés with retro-styled iconic vintage neon signs lining the storefronts and street median. Better still: glean some culture from within the surrounding 18b Las Vegas Arts District, a collection of art galleries, street art murals and 18 independent antique and vintage stores spanning 18 blocks.
There are a myriad of spots for lunch in the area, such as the late Kerry Simon's Carson Kitchen. Just be sure to save your hearty appetite for a sumptuous dinner tonight at one of the city's many top eateries created by celebrity chefs, such as Giada at The Cromwell; Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak at Mirage; Daniel Boulud's DB Brasserie at The Venetian; Michael Mina's BARDOT Brasserie and Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria; Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris; Guy Savoy and Nobu Matsuhisa's Nobu at Caesars Palace; or L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand.
After dinner, catch a show. Some favorites include Cirque du Soleil's "O" at Bellagio, "Love" at The Mirage, "Mystere" at TI and “Zarkana” at Aria. Or, enjoy the hit musicals “Jersey Boys” at Paris or "ShowStoppers" at Encore. Celine Dion; Mariah Carey; Reba, Brooks & Dunn; Rod Stewart and Elton John each rotate performing schedules at Caesars Palace, should an evening of song better suit your mood.
Another option for your evening out on the town is the Fremont Street Experience, with its light shows under a vaulted laser-studded canopy. The latter has re-energized downtown Las Vegas, where The D, Downtown Grand, El Cortez and the Plaza have all undergone extensive remodeling and upgrading.
Alternately, you could head out of the busy city early in the day to experience soothing Lake Las Vegas, about 20 miles southeast of the Strip in Henderson. It's a tranquil destination for boating, hiking and golfing on championship-quality courses on the shores of a crystal blue lake. The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa has appealing amenities, including its signature restaurant, Marssa, and the Aston MonteLago Village Resort features 15th-century Tuscan winery-themed architecture.
Lake Las Vegas is also well on the way to Southern Nevada's most famous tour destination, Hoover Dam, southeast on U.S. Highway 93. There's also Lake Mead for the house boating, cruising and water-skiing set.
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