Stray Boots is an interactive tour that sets friends and family members loose on an exhilarating, knowledge-fueled undertaking guided by clues, trivia, and riddles. They operate in cities across the country, dividing them into special themed tours that contain the historical sites, local areas of interest, or eccentric child mayors unique to each city. During the explorations, clues point the way to cultural hot spots, which Stray Boots communicates via their official mobile app. At least one player on the team will need an iPhone or Android phone to receive clues, and none of the self-guided tours require previous knowledge of the city. Adventurers play at their own pace—most tours take two to three hours to finish—which allows them to spend more time learning about the city and photographing vibrant fire hydrants for aquacentric scrapbooks.
As the glitzy and glamorous show travels through time to re-tell of the story of the city's most colorful characters, including Elvis, the Rat Pack, Tina Turner, and Elton John (to name a few), a heralded cast reanimates vintage Vegas scenes to the robust rhythms of a live, big-band orchestra—singing, twirling, and dancing their way through a fast-paced Sin City spectacle of lights, glitter, butter, and bravado. Relive the decadence of the '70s TV era with a Sonny and Cher number, or delight a stalwart Elvis believer by dangling an undead version of the King before his or her very eyes. As your eyes fill with flashbacks to the Technicolor glory days of desert-based hedonism, bask in a nostalgic wonderland of leggy kick lines, dapper tuxedos, clinking cocktails, and a rat pack that's far more elegant than the one currently infesting the crawlspace back home.
From its inception in the 1980s performance-art scene in New York, the Blue Man Group’s shows have evolved from impromptu sets in Central Park to stages across the world. The eponymous blue-skinned trio, described by the Chicago Tribune as “ever-curious, ever-hopeful, ever-restless,” remains unchanged by its more than two-decade tenure, still bewildered by the telescoping tubes of PVC piping it uses as instruments and the appreciative applause of the audience. But the group's shows are nothing if not timely, deftly posing questions about technology and stardom.
The spectacle is equal parts aural and visual, with live rock bands accompanying the men as they tap out rhythms on tangled snarls of pipe and flail wobbly poles covered in neon lights. Videos provide context for the speechless drummers, as well as a constant stream of wry humor. Evenings with the Blue Man Group build to a festive conclusion, bathing the audience in brilliant bursts of light and cheery floods of color-changing balloons.
Some know him as Dr. Funkenstein. Some call him Mr. Wiggles the Worm. Others hail him as the commander of The Mothership. Yet apart his many monikers and stage names, George Clinton has established himself as the father of funk. He has spent a lifetime bringing righteous beats to the dance-starved masses and now continues on into his eighth decade. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his bass-thumping bandmates set bodies in motion without installing conveyor belts into the floors as they infiltrate the airwaves with hits such as "Flashlight," "Atomic Dog," and "Do Fries Go With That Shake?"
The Trump International Hotel Las Vegas is only a stone’s throw from the strip and considering its location, it’s hard to believe how sedate and soothing The Trump can be. The level of service and sumptuousness should not surprise, and the rooms are truly among the most elegant and amenity-rich in the city. The pool deck offers private cabanas and daybeds to while away hours, while the adjacent spa offers unmatched restorative treatments. The lobby bar is an excellent spot for a serious meeting, and should the shopping bug bite, Fashion Show Mall's impressive array of names – including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy's and Forever 21 – live directly across from the front entrance. Strip resorts including Wynn/Encore and Venetian/Palazzo are within reasonable walking distance.
Embassy Suites Hotel Las Vegas may be the perfect place for weary travelers to exhale. Known for well considered amenities, Embassy Suites provides complimentary breakfast and evening cocktail reception, business center with free printing, heated outdoor pool, spa, fitness center and many more creature comforts. The hotel's grand atrium, with palm trees, koi pond and swans, provides great communal space for socializing, work or just personal reflection. Three Palms Cafe offers continental cuisine on property, or there are many options including Italian, Asian, steakhouses and even a German beer garden only a few blocks away. Suites include 42-inch flatscreen televisions with premium channels, ample workspace, WiFi, microwaves and refrigerators. The hotel is also convenient to UNLV, the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavillion, and still not far from the McCarran International Airport.