Tour the South RimMaybe you spent a few too many hours at the poker table the last time you visited Las Vegas. This trip, you want an experience truly worthy of your time, a memory you’ll look back on decades later and still think it was worth it. Maverick Helicopters’ has you covered with its Canyon Dream tour, a more than seven-hour excursion to Grand Canyon National Park. This tour has it all. After a brief complimentary shuttle ride, you’ll depart from our Henderson terminal aboard a luxurious Beechcraft 1900D en route to the majestic South Rim. Upon arrival at Grand Canyon National Park Airport, you’ll board a helicopter for a 25-minute overview of this natural wonder that includes awe-inspiring views of the Tower of Ra and Dragon Corridor. Once back on the ground, you’ll be transported into the national park where you can visit the historical buildings, hike to some of the scenic overlooks and purchase souvenirs at the gift shops. You won’t soon forget this day.
Become a Made ManWe’ve all been there, that insightful, thought-provoking museum that could not be more boring if it tried. The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement is not one of those. Better known as The Mob Museum, this often overlooked vacation resource offers visitors engaging exhibits on fascinating subjects in a provocative, contemporary fashion. Test your skills and judgement in a virtual environment modeled after law enforcement training techniques. Listen to actual surveillance recordings of mob bosses in the wiretapping exhibit. Sit in the very courtroom that hosted the Kefauver Hearings “that put businessmen, politicians and mobsters on the hot seat.” In addition to the educational fare, the museum also boasts fun activities such as a police lineup where visitors can have a souvenir photo taken. If you’re the type that has to read every informational placard, expect to spend about three hours touring the museum’s three floors. Time your visit just right and you’ll finish in time to catch happy hour at Triple George nearby on Third Street.
Diet ClubbingYou can spend a day marveling at the beauty of nature. You can take an afternoon to learn something new. But this is Vegas, so at least one night of drinking and dancing is in order. The trick to enjoying Vegas’ vibrant nightlife in your 40s is finding the right balance between edgy excitement and comfortable environment. That is, you want to dip your toes in the debauchery while avoiding the throngs of over-served revelers seemingly young enough to be your children. Less-over-the-top Las Vegas nightclubs such as Mandalay Bay’s Foundation Room and Gold Diggers at Golden Nugget offer that balance between Vegas excess and stuffy luxury. Splurge on bottle service to ensure you have cocktails and your own seating area all night. You can enjoy the party atmosphere without having to constantly fight your way through it.
Sophisticated AccommodationsFirst-timers to Las Vegas are guided by an uncontrollable yet understandable urge to see every casino, play all the games and check out every hip bar. By your third or fourth visit, you tend to pick a favorite hotel that offers all the amenities you want and spend most of your time here. You don’t need to walk the miles between Strip properties, yard-long margarita in tow. If you don’t have a favorite resort, consider Mandalay Bay. Room rates are just high-enough to keep the spring break crowd away, and the south Strip location offers just enough distance from the eye of the storm. Alternatively, Paris Las Vegas is one center-Strip property that caters to a more adult crowd. Its straightforward pool is a nice reprieve from the hustle and bustle that doesn’t crowd the senses with overbearing electronic music. The higher limits at Paris’ casino mean fewer crowds at the tables. Paris is also home to a variety of inviting, low-key establishments such as its fun dueling pianos bar, Napoleon’s Lounge, that make for a less involved night out.
Swing It Easy
The day after a night of revelry hurts a little more every year. To expedite the recovery, spend the morning at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. Spread across two floors, the spa offers a serene atmosphere and over-the-top opulence reminiscent of “1930s Shanghai.” Take advantage of its 16 plush treatment rooms, including seven private couple’s suites, Chinese foot spa, and relaxation lounges boasting Strip views. For some, the best hangover cure is plenty of fresh air. Take to the links and enjoy some of that Southern Nevada sunshine. A Tom Fazio design, Wynn Golf Club feels more like a secluded oasis cut off from civilization than its Strip-side location would lead you to believe. The 18-hole, par-70 course was conceived with the rolling hills of South Carolina or Georgia in mind. It is the only course on the Strip attached to a resort, meaning you can go from room to tee box without leaving the Wynn property. Topgolf is also conveniently located just east of the Strip. More than just a driving range, this four-story facility features its own sports book, restaurants, bars and a pool. It may just be the perfect option for golf enthusiasts who subscribe to the “a hair of the dog that bit you” method.
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