Casino, Outdoor Pool, and Entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip
Carnival Court at Harrah’s Las Vegas seems more like a street fair than a bar. No matter the time of day, bands play party tunes on the stage as bartenders deftly juggle, flip, and catch bottles, all beneath a colorful circus tent. The nonstop entertainment continues inside the hotel. The 87,000-square-foot casino—open 24 hours a day—is equipped with more than 1,200 slots and video-poker machines, a keno parlor, a sports pit, and 80 table games including blackjack, craps, and baccarat. Centrally located on the Strip, Harrah’s Las Vegas is an ideal base for a Sin City getaway.
There’s no shortage of dining options. Seven onsite restaurants offer a variety of eats, including steaks and prime rib at The Range Steakhouse, contemporary Asian fare at Ming’s Table, and seafood at Oyster Bar. For entertainment, swing by country-music crooner Toby Keith’s venue, I Love This Bar & Grill—named after his hit single of the same title. The bar’s stage is often rocking with live music performances. Several other onsite bars, including a piano bar and a handful of casino lounges, offer late-night entertainment. At Bill’s Bar, you can sip margaritas ($5) and domestic beers ($4), or toss back shooters of Wild Shot mescal ($5).
If you need a break from the commotion, Harrah’s spa administers a full menu of treatments, including Swedish massages, aromatherapy, facials, and body wraps. Within the spa, you’ll also find a beauty salon and a health club. Head to the outdoor swimming pool to relax in a lounge chair.
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 Mafiosos 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.
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