Las Vegas may not be the first city to come to mind when thinking of romantic destinations. Cities such as Venice or Paris are certainly on the short list of passionate populaces. What is it that makes these destinations so romantic? The fact that generation after generation of couples flocked to the serene canals and quaint cafes adds to the allure. The nearly overwhelming amount of intimate moments to savor, sharing a gondola, glass of wine or scenic vista, compound the fairy tale-ness of visiting the world’s most romantic cities. So why not Las Vegas? Glitter Gulch is brimming with romance. The following Vegas attractions are ideal for couples traveling in the name of love.
Ooh La LaSure a fake Eiffel Tower may sound cheesy, but it’s hard to deny the romantic atmosphere given off by this diminutive version of the iconic structure. Treat your love to a bottle of wine, vanilla bean crème brulée and views of the Bellagio fountains on the Strip-side patio of Mon Ami Gabi, the classic French bistro and culinary crown jewel of Paris Las Vegas. A half-scale replica of the original, Las Vegas’ Eiffel Tower offers splendid views of the Las Vegas Strip thanks to its central location. A gentle hand hold is the only thing that could make a romantic moment like this even more memorable.
Ciao, Bella!No Las Vegas attraction evokes the warm and fuzzies like The Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes. The plush resort boasts a unique shopping experience in its faux-outdoor marketplace littered with classically trained singers, actors and musicians, which all adds up to what the resort calls “Streetmosphere.” The luxury stores line the pristine canal that flows through the mall’s center. After stopping into LAVO for a slice of tiramisu, take a picture-perfect gondola ride through the vibrant Venetian streetscape. Couples can reserve a private gondola complete with a singing gondolier. It’s the perfect activity to add some Old World charm and elegance to your romantic evening in Las Vegas.
Love BirdsMaverick Helicopters’ Wind Dancer Sunset tour is a truly romantic experience you and your partner will never forget. The two of you will be whisked away past the Hoover Dam to the Grand Canyon where you’ll land atop Maverick’s exclusive landing spot, a scenic bluff above the Colorado River and nearly 4,000 feet below the canyon rim. You can toast to your love with complimentary champagne. The return flight takes passengers over Downtown Las Vegas and the world famous Strip as the sun sets and the neon flickers to life. You can even purchase a digital recording of your tour as a keepsake.
In the Eye of the BeholderHighlight the beauty of your love by spending time among some of the most beautiful and revered works of art ever produced. Organized in partnership with museums and foundations from around the world, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is Las Vegas’ premier exhibition space. Past exhibitions have included “Picasso: Creatures and Creativity,” “Fabergé Revealed,” “Painting Women: Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” “Warhol Out West,” “Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form” and “Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol and Friends.” After your sojourn through Bellagio’s borrowed master works, split a sweet treat with your sweetheart at Café Gelato next door to the gallery.
Just Add WaterCouples with an appreciation for the outdoors would do well to pay Lake Las Vegas a visit. The secluded Mediterranean-inspired community on the outskirts of town surrounds a picturesque man-made lake and boasts its own hotels, casinos, bars, restaurants and boutiques. Numerous live concerts and celebrations pepper the community events calendar. For a truly romantic outing not soon forgotten, order a bottle of fine French wine and a charcuterie board to go from Mimi’ & Coco’ Bistro, and load up one of the pedal boats for rent. Pedal out at sunrise and find a secluded cove to enjoy your breakfast and the beautiful scenery. Who says you can’t have wine for breakfast?
Sure, Las Vegas is most definitely not the French Riviera or a remote Swiss chalet, but there is plenty of romance to find in Sin City. You just need to know where to look. Do you have a favorite Las Vegas date spot or romantic outing? Share it in the comments section below. Like us on Facebook for even more insider tips, recommendations and travel advice.