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jul 25 2014

5 Kid-Friendly Activities in Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
(Courtesy Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Bureau)

This article was written by Sarah Vernetti, a freelance writer who loves exploring the American Southwest. Follow her adventures at sarahvernetti.wordpress.com or @SarahVernetti on Twitter.

dec 05 2013

Is Las Vegas America's REAL Christmas City?

(Caramaria/Dreamstime.com)

Yup, cheap airfares and hotel rates make Las Vegas a perennially attainable indulgence. Once on the ground, the city rolls out entertainment, food, and drink 24/7 any day of the year. But in December, the desert oasis may shine brighter than ever, with a merry mix of grown-up, kid-friendly, and downright quirky holiday traditions. Here, some of our favorites.

oct 14 2013

10 Essential Vacations for Every Bucket List

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

When in Paris, visit the Arc de Triomphe, a monument honoring all who fought and died for France during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

(Courtesy newyorkgirl/myBudgetTravel)

Article by Jennifer Gilligan.

LAS VEGAS

The Run Down: Dubbed the city of sin, Las Vegas is an adult's playground. Between the drinking and the gambling, though, you may find yourself with a few hours to burn. During your downtime, check out the Bodies exhibit, Madame Tussauds, the Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, and CSI: The Experience. You should check out the Miracle Mile shops as well. There's plenty of fun to be had in Las Vegas without drinking or gambling.

apr 10 2013

Nevada Launches New Tourism Site

The Keystone Cliffs are just one of the many wild and beautiful spots waiting for adventure-minded travelers in Nevada.

(Courtesy Buqo/myBudgetTravel)

Sure, when you think Nevada, you think Las Vegas. After all, it's one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. But of course you know there's more to Nevada than casinos, cocktails, and kick lines, right?

The Nevada Commission on Tourism launched a new campaign (Nevada: A World Within. A State Apart.) to raise awareness of the state's natural beauty and culture. With a new website, travel app, and advertising campaign, the state is targeting two demographics you don't typically associate with glitz and glam: families with young children and people for whom the word vacation means outdoor activities and adventures.

feb 27 2013

Is Las Vegas Safe?

One of the reasons people like to visit Las Vegas—and 40 million of them do each year—is that the city has the aura of recklessness, even mild danger, that seems to come with casinos. But a recent spate of violent crimes may cause some to have second thoughts about visiting Sin City.

oct 26 2012

A Hotel Inspired by a Restaurant?

(Courtesy Nobu Hotel)

According to Madonna, "you can tell how much fun a city is going to be if Nobu is in it." Inspired by this kind of culinary success, chef Nobu Matsuhisa is branching out into the hotel space, the Wall Street Journal reported.

mar 29 2012

America's Newest Airport Terminals to Speed Up Travel

LAX's new Terminal 3 (Courtesy Alaska Air)

Last week at Los Angeles International, Alaska Air moved to a fully renovated Terminal 6 The new airport is a big improvement over Terminal 3, and it's the first of several fresh designs in terminals being unveiled this year, including a new terminal in Atlanta in May and a new one in Las Vegas in June.

mar 27 2012

Revealed: The Most Searched for Destinations for Summer 2012

Surfing in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii (Courtesy Knoal/Flickr)

Americans will continue to travel this summer, despite the dire predictions of some overheated "experts" on cable TV news.

After all, we've been through this before: In July 2008, America faced record high gas prices of $4.11 a gallon. Official surveys after-the-fact found that Americans still hit the road and took to the skies throughout that summer.

dec 09 2011

Do You Prefer Vintage Vegas Or Vegas 2.0?

The Las Vegas Strip (Courtesy Las Vegas News Bureau)

Las Vegas is so many different things to so many different people. It can be a gambler's Eden, the ultimate family getaway, or a party-goer's paradise. Whatever Vegas is to its hoards of visitors, it's nothing if not constantly reinventing itself.

And now, one of its original hotels is reinventing itself too. The Flamingo Las Vegas is working on refurbishing 2,307 hotel rooms into what the hotel is calling "stylish and contemporary accommodations."

dec 09 2010

New trend: Touring destinations in 3-D

(Courtesy laffy4k/Flickr)

Film critic Roger Ebert has called 3-D "a waste of a perfectly good dimension." But the success of Avatar has spawned renewed interest in technology that can show places in all of their glory. Now even travel companies are getting in on the act.

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