Regardless of age, Las Vegas is a city sure to bring fun and excitement. That being said, certain activities and adventures cater more to certain age groups. To ensure you’re not missing anything your peers rave about, we’ve come up with a series on the Vegas experience for different age groups. Here, we’ve compiled a list of how to do Vegas in your 60s.
You remember the way Vegas used to be in the ’70s and ’80s. The Wayne Newton-era Vegas, when the hotel guests were family and all-you-can-eat buffets cost less than $5, will always be ensconced in your memory, dripping in sepia-toned nostalgia. The well-heeled Wild West atmosphere of Vegas past can still be found. You just have to know where to look. Recapture the glamorous adventure of the Vegas you remember with these activities and accommodations perfect for sexagenarians in Sin City.
One of the most thrilling facets of the Las Vegas of old, long before the population boom, was its remote location in the empty desert, a small town with luxury amenities to rival any metropolis in the middle of nowhere. The vast wilderness of the Southwest came right to the casino’s doorstep, offering seemingly endless opportunities for adventure. Maverick Helicopters brings that feeling back to Vegas vacationers with its Skywalk Odyssey. After a complimentary shuttle ride from your Strip hotel to Maverick’s plush Las Vegas Boulevard terminal, you’ll take off aboard a comfortable ECO-Star helicopter toward Grand Canyon’s West Rim, passing by iconic Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Once you arrive at the West Rim, you’ll receive expedited admission to Skywalk. This massive, glass-bottom observation deck is suspended 70 feet from the rim and more than 4,000 feet above the canyon floor. All guests will receive a souvenir photo of their group at this one-of-a-kind attraction. The return flight includes spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip and historic Downtown Vegas.
Mr. Las Vegas himself still resides in the valley. His palatial estate, known as Casa de Shenandoah, is located less than a 20-minutes’ drive from the Strip. The 52-acre estate consists of a spring-fed lake, eight homes, two barns and three horse arenas where visitors can enjoy an equestrian performance demonstration. Guests can also explore the crooner’s private jet and vast collections of luxury automobiles and memorabilia. Animal lovers can marvel at the 60 purebred Arabian horses and countless other exotic creatures roaming the grounds. Tours are offered daily, and transportation from Treasure Island and Tropicana is provided. Billed as the No. 1 celebrity estate tour in Las Vegas, Casa de Shenandoah is a must-see sight.
Million Dollar Piano
Las Vegas has a long, storied history of casino showroom headliners. Just like the legendary Liberace before him, Elton John continues to entertain throngs of Vegas visitors with his exuberant brand of musicianship. Since 2011, Caesars Palace has played host to “The Million Dollar Piano,” a career spanning retrospection that includes favorites such as “Bennie and the Jets” and “Crocodile Rock.” The show is held within The Colosseum, the property’s state-of-the-art, 4,000-seat concert venue praised for its acoustics. Elton John shares the performance space with fellow Caesars Palace headliners Rod Stewart and Celine Dion, so be sure to check the resort’s calendar of events beforehand.
Spanish for “The Cortez”
Thanks to an old school approach to service, swanky lounge and beautiful Spanish colonial façade, no other Las Vegas hotel can transport you back to the good ol’ days of Sin City quite like El Cortez. When the Downtown Las Vegas mainstay first opened in 1941, most establishments in the general vicinity still had saw dust on the floors and horses corralled in the “parking lots.” This 59-room resort changed the game. In 1945, none other than Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel purchased El Cortez on behalf of infamous gangster Meyer Lansky. You can still reserve a handful of the hotel’s original rooms located a floor above the casino. The other amenities on the property continue the old Vegas theme, such as The Parlour, a slick lounge that hearkens back to the mob days of old.
Who doesn’t love Italian food? If you’re looking for an upscale Las Vegas restaurant for that fancy vacation dinner, look no further than Piero’s. Since 1982, this father and son-owned establishment has served up unfathomably delectable dishes to the likes of politicians, celebrities and professional athletes. Be sure to try the saltimbocca alla Romana, featuring delicate cuts of veal and prosciutto. The osso buco, cross-cut veal shanks and vegetables braised in white wine and broth, is another standout on this classic menu. The meat is surprisingly tender, but the marrow might just steal the show. The Vegas staple’s warm atmosphere and superb service has most diners ordering a digestivo and lingering long after the plates are cleared for a second helping of good conversation.
The Vegas you knew and loved still exists. It’s easily found in the welcoming smile of your tour guide. It’s there when the maître d’ takes your coat. You can see it in the excited expression of the stick man witnessing a long roll. Sure Las Vegas Boulevard may have gotten a little louder and a little more hurried over the years, but that same old Sin City hospitality remains at the heart of it all. Be sure to share photos from your Vegas vacation on our Facebook page!