The four-star Hard Rock Hotel & Casino exudes entertainment with 17 floors of rooms, on-site attractions, and a central location two miles from the Strip. The moodily lit, modernly decorated standard double-queen and king rooms come preinstalled with plasma TVs, a view of either the pool or the mountains, and a bed that must be defeated in a game of seven-sheet stud before allowing guests to enter. Two miles from McCarran International Airport, the hotel can be the first hop or last stop of a day or night spent traversing the closely packed attractions, including the ever-glowing Strip, the Liberace Museum, and the vibrant downtown area. Guests can call boredom’s bluff with on-site attractions that include a casino, live music, restaurants, a nightclub, a full-service spa, a fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool.
In her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert recounts her soul-searching journey after a divorce. She learns about pleasure while dining across Italy and explores devotion while meditating in India, but she learns how to balance these two qualities in Bali, where she ends up falling in love. An island with steep mountain slopes and rich, sanctified culture, Bali is the focus of Spirit Quest Tours‘ seven-day themed excursion inspired by Gilbert's journeys. Along the way, sojourners will stay at Pertiwi Resort—which is located right down the street from where Gilbert stayed—and they’ll meet her Balinese healers, Ketut and Wayan. Spirit Quests Tours' co-founder and experienced Bali traveler, American-born Halle Eavelyn, leads travelers accompanied by a local guide to all destinations in Bali.Days 1–2: After arriving in Ubud—one of Bali's major art and culture centers—visitors can unwind and dine at the resort's garden restaurant, which serves macrobiotic Pan-Asian fare. In the morning, everyone will get a chance to meet fellow travelers and discuss what they love about Gilbert's book in a post-breakfast orientation. Then it's off to learn Balinese praying rituals and enjoy a spa day, in which skilled specialists perform massages and facials using locally blended aromatherapy oils.Days 3–4: Early meditation and yoga sessions begin each day of the trip, which will also be interspersed with excerpt readings from Eat, Pray, Love and optional debates about Gilbert’s favorite pronoun. On this leg, the trek bounds from Ubud's outdoor markets into Ubud Monkey Forest, a sanctuary where humans coexist with nearly 350 Balinese long-tailed macaques. Temples surround the forest, but even the trees are considered sacred here—some of them are used exclusively for making ritual masks or building shrines. Along the way, groups will join shaman Wayan for a vitamin lunch and later enjoy a private buffet amid rice paddies in the small Gulgingan village.Days 5–6: During the last leg of the journey, visitors can barter with local artisans for handcrafted jewelry, art, and wood carvings. Everyone has the option of getting their palm read by Ketut Liyer, the friendly healer who spent many days with Gilbert during her travels. Later, Balinese guides lead the group to Tirta Empul, a sacred site more than 1,000 years old. It’s said that the 13 holy springs here have curative powers. To celebrate the last night in Bali and the invention of Gutenberg's printing press, guests will then join a torch-lit, farewell dinner of fresh seafood with a backdrop of live music and dancing.Day 7: Visitors are free to spend the last day shopping in Ubud or relaxing in the resort's spa before a private transfer whisks them to the airport with plenty of time to catch their flights.Please check the itinerary and details pages for more information about the tour.
The friendly staff at Power Sports Packages shuttles sports fiends to games and special events with all-inclusive sports travel packages. Departing from a base in Las Vegas, motorcoaches rumble through southern California, Arizona, and the surrounding areas to drop off passengers at horse races, ski resorts, and live mascot births for one-day trips or weekend getaways. Soon, Power Sports Packages plans to offer trips to other events such as baseball, football, and basketball games, as well as car races and hockey matches. Great for incentivizing employee behavior, bonding with friends, or proving to a skeptical child that Santa played quarterback in college, these upscale sporting experiences allow fans to relax and enjoy the game as Power Sports Packages handles the rest.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Eli Roth's Goretorium didn't start out as a $10 million project. "I kept adding stuff," he said. Roth's Hostel and Cabin Fever movie franchises, among others, have earned him a spot in the notoriously gruesome "Splat Pack" of filmmakers. He meticulously designed each detail of the fictional Delmont Hotel—a rundown establishment rumored to be run by murderous proprietors—to keep visitors screaming 365 days a year, and he continues to add frightening new elements.
Actor-victims scream as they fall to a giant meat grinder and other atrocities, prompting guests to hasten their self-guided journey through winding, dungeon-like hallways lined with mangled body parts. From the film-worthy costumes and sound effects to the carefully chosen slot machines in the lobby's casino, the site is "a stew of horror tropes mixed with an eye for decade-crossing design," according to CNN. The place, says EW.com, "may just be the kind of gruesome, bloody year-round destination horror fans have been salivating for."
Visitors emerging from their frightful tour stumble toward the outdoor, '60s-themed Baby Dolls Lounge overlooking The Strip. There, they can soothe their nerves with spooky cocktails, be entertained by go-go dancers dressed like zombies, and possibly catch a glimpse of celebrities such as Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber or Marilyn Manson. Hardcore gore enthusiasts even get married on the premises by a vampire or zombie minister, conveniently satisfying the "something borrowed" requirements with a plate of fresh brains.
Taking in the Grand Canyon’s depths, jetting down the Las Vegas Strip in a limousine, and visiting a tiny town in search of its resident poltergeist—guests of Bindlestiff Tours can have these experiences and more. The company’s expert guides create the wide array of southwestern tours themselves, tailoring the itineraries to their personal expertise and their insider knowledge of camera-shy cacti. Their carefully curated trips can last from a single day to three weeks, with longer trips stopping at far-flung landmarks such as Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon in a single week. Bindlestiff Tours also aims to protect the natural wonders it celebrates, encouraging tour groups to minimize their environmental impact as they travel by keeping to trails and recycling.
The race begins at 6:30 p.m., and a portion of the proceeds go toward the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The extravaganza incorporates challenges that are mental, such as solving puzzles or unscrambling words, and physical, such as building a tower with blocks or jumping rope. Some destinations must be found using sophisticated strategy, and at some you must take a photo to prove you've made it. Adding to the fun is the option of donning a costume during the race. Each costumed or street-clothed team must have a cell phone, digital camera, flashlight, whistle, cash, and IDs (see FAQs for more information). Challenge your physical limits with today’s side deal and enjoy a workout that’s good for you, and even better for your furry friends.
The model for Las Vegas Club Crawl has been tested before, in international destinations such as Ibiza, Spain, and Whistler, Canada. The Crawl was so successful that it expanded to Vegas, and isn't stopping. Soon people can crawl through Miami and Playa del Carmen, enjoying VIP access to their favorite clubs while forging lasting memories. During the crawls, outgoing party guides lead groups along the Vegas Strip, where they bypass lines and down-on-their-luck sports-team mascots to gain entrance to clubs and ultra lounges, with drink specials and games at each location. Though venues change weekly, past clubs include the infamous Coyote Ugly, LAX, Tabu, and Chateau.