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13 things you absolutely must do in Las Vegas this Summer

Published On 06/17/2014 Published On 06/17/2014
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1. Las Vegas Motor Speedway 7000 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89115 (Off Strip)

Only 15mi from The Strip, the LV Motor Speedway hosts events the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as racing classes and demos like Exotics, Dream, and the American Muscle Car Challenge.

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2. Drai’s 3595 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

You're in for tons of R&B and hip-hop at swanky nightclub Drai's, which has hosted both residencies and special appearances from the likes of The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, and Kendrick Lamar. In between those big acts, DJs will mix things up between EDM and top-40 hits. One half of the club is indoors, where you'll find plenty of luxurious leather decor, and the other is out by the pool, surrounded by towering palm trees and the many neon marquees on the Strip. Not to mention, Drai's boasts the most sweeping views of Las Vegas that make for a perfect dancing backdrop.

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3. The LINQ 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

It's full of shopping, making it one of the busiest alleyways in Vegas. Oh, of course, it's got the High Roller too.

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4. Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino 3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Plasma TVs, marble spa tubs, and a 12,000-seat event center with concerts like Iron Maiden and more make this a can't-miss Vegas hot spot. Hit the green on four different golf courses or if you're feeling lucky, try the Toptional™ Moorea Beach Club, which is exactly what it sounds like.

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5. Cowabunga Bay 900 Galleria Dr, Henderson, NV 89011

Get ready for Summer fun at this exciting, new and all-out-awesome water park coming to Henderson. They've got more than 25 splashing, sliding, twisting and turning attractions.

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6. Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135 (Off Strip)

This high-end resort, casino, and spa houses top-notch dining like T-Bones Chophouse, plus a bowling alley, and hosts a slew of concerts, and more.

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7. Palms Casino & Resort 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103 (Strip)

This luxury casino sports gorgeous accommodations, high-end restos (N9ne Steakhouse, Alize, Nove Italiano), and a spa/salon.

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8. Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino 3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103 (Strip)

Just a block off the main drag, Rio is one of the better resorts for those traveling in larger groups. The Brazilian-themed hotel's signature "chic suites" sleep six people and features various amenities, live entertainment (Penn and Teller are on retainer, along with the Chippendales), a pool area with an actual white sand beach, and a 490ft high zip-line that connects the hotel's two towers.

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9. VooDoo Zip Line 3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103 (Strip)

These guys are actually crazy enough to allow you (who must also be crazy) to zip line from tower to tower at the Rio Hotel at around 33mph... and 400ft in the air.

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10. Cox Pavilion 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119

The 78,300sqft multi-purpose indoor arena on the University of Nevada campus is connected to the Thomas & Mack Center, which serves as the home court for UNLV.

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11. Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower 2000 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89104

The iconic Vegas hotel has a 1149ft-tall Tower, casino, live events, and, of course, a 64ft-tall roller coaster on the roof -- just in case all the other standard Vegas entertainment isn't enough for you to get your thrills.

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12. Callville Bay 100 Callville Bay Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89040

With miles and miles of shoreline, it's the perfect place to escape from the Strip and relax in a cool Summer breeze.

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13. Monte Carlo Resort and Casino 3770 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

There are stuffy, uncomfortable, and exclusive luxury hotels everywhere in Vegas... then there's the Monte Carlo, which is just as luxurious -- where you'llfeel rich, even if you’re not. This is unpretentious luxury at its best.

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14. Double Barrel Roadhouse 3770 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Keep it casual at this eatery in front of the Monte Carlo, where they're serving up down-home, Southern-inspired bites like chicken fried steak, cheddar cheese grits, and chicken pot pie.

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15. Sambalatte Torrefazione 750 S Rampart Blvd, #9, Las Vegas, NV 89145 (Strip)

This Brazilian-influenced coffeeshop is renowned for the quality of their coffee, sourced from around the globe and roasted locally, and for the unique latte art that graces the top of every espresso drink. The mini-chain has several locations around Vegas, but each one is devoted to serving the best espresso possible. With warm, coffee-inspired tones, comfy couches, and free wifi, this is a cozy place that encourages patrons to linger, make friends with other locals, and learn more about the coffeemaking process. The cafes are also active in the community, regularly hosting live music, poetry readings, and other events.

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16. Yusho 3770 S Las Vegas BLVD, Paradise, NV 89109 (Strip)

Chef Matthias Merges brings Yusho to the Monte Carlo, where you can score Japanese bites inspired by street food, like steamed buns, various types of noodles, and assorted kimchi.

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17. Eldorado Canyon Mine NV 165, Nelson, NV 89046

Papillon offers a package that takes you by helicopter over Hoover Dam and into the historic Eldorado Canyon where you’ll tour the spooky caverns of what was once the largest gold mine in Southern Nevada.

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