The key to a successful Vegas vacation? Fun! (CC Flickr photo credit: Steve Depolo)

Pack your bags! Your flight to Las Vegas leaves today!

 

Las Vegas … the oasis in the Southern Nevada desert. It’s a chance where anything can happen (due in large part to the fact that, yes, anything can happen). In Las Vegas, you can be anyone you want. You run the chance of meeting celebs at the dinner table next to you (or dancing on the banquette at the nightclub). And, with a never-ending supply of cheap flights into town, it’s easy to head to Las Vegas. Now.

 

Just in case you’re teetering on the brink of booking that ticket, here are 10 reasons you should get to Sin City. Today.

 

1. History. Vegas is filled with history, from the first Mormon settlement down on N. Las Vegas Blvd. to Peppermill and Flamingo where mobsters used to hang out. There is the Neon Museum which offers a chance to wander through a graveyard of old neon signs from Las Vegas earlier days. And then, there’s the places that pay homage to the city’s colorful history, like the Mob Experience and the soon-to-be-opened Mob Museum near Fremont Street.

 

2. World-Class Shopping. The Forum Shoppes, Wynn’s Esplanade, The Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian, Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood … and the list goes on and on. The Las Vegas shopping experience is approaching legendary status. There are plenty of designer stores and other boutiques with only a few locations in the US, one of which is right here.

 

3. World-Class Dining. Las Vegas is home to heaps of award-winning restaurants such as Joel Rubochon, the recipient of Michelin’s three stars, Forbes’ Five Star, AAA Five Diamond and Wine Spectators “Grand” Award. Celeb chefs include numerous outlets from Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali, Tom Collichio, Charlie Palmer, Michael Mina and more. Lots, lots more. If you’re more into characters than caviar, there are also plenty of Las Vegas restaurants that are great for people-watching.

 

4. Entertainment. Celine Dion, Elton John, Garth Brooks, a rotating door of comics at Mirage, magicians galore, the adults-only Strip darling “Absinthe,” the opening of The Smith Center downtown, “Jersey Boys,” and more. Plus, a large selection of Cirque du Soliel shows pretty much guarantee non-stop nighttime excitement.

 

5. Clubs. After the world-class dining and catching a show, there are the megaclubs to check out. These huge venues bring in the fabulous nightly, along with celeb hosts and thumping music.

 

6. No Last Call. While the clubs and restaurants do close their doors, most casino bars and neighborhood watering holes keep their doors open 24-7!

 

7. Gaming. Sidle up to the bar, throw a 20 in video poker and max bet it (for the free drinks and sometimes food). If slots aren’t your thing, there are table games galore, ranging from cheap buy-ins downtown to high rollers at the resorts. Many casinos now also house themed party pits making the gambling in Vegas more appealing than ever.

 

8. The resorts. No where in the world can you visit New York, France and Italy in a span of a mile. In Las Vegas, you can. Well, at least the town’s interpretation of these places. Want the Grand Canal? Head to the Venetian. The New York skyline? High-kick your way over to New York – New York. The ambiance of a Parisan street? Stroll on over to “Paris.”

 

9. Weather. It’s sunny in Las Vegas around 290 days of the year. Pool season starts in early Spring and carries on until late autumn. Sure, the summer is blistering hot most of the time, but that’s what air-conditioning and misters are for.

 

10. Free stuff. Vegas doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. There are plenty of free attractions, like Mirage’s exploding volcano, the famous Bellagio fountains and the Flamingo Habitat at Flamingo.

 

CC Flickr photo credit: Steve Depolo

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