Four-Star Luxury Resort near the Las Vegas Strip
Palms Casino Resort entertains its guests in relentless Vegas fashion—it has several top-notch restaurants, a 24-hour casino, expansive pools, and thumping nightclubs. The raw numbers give an idea of how huge the place is: the casino alone sprawls across 95,000 square feet and houses more than 70 gaming tables and more than 1,000 slot machines. An adjacent race and sports-book area holds eight poker tables and a 1,250-square-foot LED television wall displaying domestic and international competitions.
The resort is also a well-known nightlife hot spot. Celebrities have been known to drop by Ghostbar, an exclusive, 21-or-older club perched atop the property's Palms Tower. Revelers crowd both a neon-lit dance floor and an outdoor sky deck with panoramic views of the Vegas Strip. There's also a wide array of onsite dining options. The casual Bistro Buffet has an extensive breakfast spread, and renowned chef Andre Rochat helms Alizé, a gourmet French eatery nestled in the Palms Tower penthouse.
The superior guest rooms provide posh spots to unwind from the action while taking in dazzling views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Las Vegas: The Strip Past and Present
Mentioning Las Vegas usually conjures up images of spinning roulette wheels and stone-faced poker players. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll want to make a beeline for the casinos lining the neon-lit Strip. But for lower-stakes gambling in a throwback Vegas atmosphere, head downtown to Fremont Street. Vintage signs and showgirls crowned with headdresses recall the days of Sinatra and Martin, but this Glitter Gulch burns much brighter today than it did in the Rat Pack era: beginning at dusk, a canopy of more than 12 million LED lights erupts in a psychedelic light-and-music show every hour.
Educational attractions have never been Sin City's strong suit, but the Mob Museum boasts a winning formula: bank robberies, prostitution, and money laundering. Exhibits profile legendary Mafiosi from Capone to Gotti, and mob artifacts include the bloodstained, bullet-pocked brick wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Within the former federal courthouse, you can fire a Tommy gun simulator, participate in a police lineup, or enter witness protection for the rest of your life.