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The It List: 10 New Game Changers For Your Las Vegas Vacation

Last updated: June 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Restaurants, Las Vegas Shows, Nightlife, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on The It List: 10 New Game Changers For Your Las Vegas Vacation.

Ready to hit the Strip? Even if you’re in the center of the Las Vegas vacation action sporadically as a local or fly in every few months as a tourist, there are always new things to do. We’ve come up with a go-to checklist to hit all the coolest offerings, from checking out the High Roller’s view from the top to splashing around at LINQ Pool. Some just debuted, some are still as sizzling as ever, but all are Vegas musts.

1. Mariah Carey’s “#1 to Infinity”
Dazzling, divalicious songbird Mariah Carey finally hits The Colosseum on May 6 for her long-awaited residency, “#1 to Infinity.” Carey is heralded for her record-breaking 18 No. 1 hits (only The Beatles beat her), so she created an over-the-top spectacle to showcase all of them in one show for the first time. Known for her high-glamour ensembles, glitzy diamond jewelry and multi-octave voice, Carey is definitely a new high note at Caesars Palace, the highlight of any Vegas vacation.

2. OMNIA Nightclub
Talk to anyone in Las Vegas and they’ll tell you: OMNIA at Caesars Palace is the hottest nightclub to see and be seen. The hot spot opened in March with Justin Bieber’s blowout 21st birthday party and Calvin Harris at the turntables. (The British hottie is OMNIA’s headlining resident DJ.) Since then, everyone from Miley Cyrus to Scott Eastwood and Chris Evans has partied there. Since it’s tough to pick between booking a table in the center of the dance floor or out on the upper level terrace, we recommend going two nights in a row and experiencing both vibes.

3. High Roller
The most striking new addition to the Strip skyline is the High Roller observation wheel, which received several Best of Las Vegas awards and was recently named “the must see attraction of 2015 in Vegas” by Huffington Post. It’s located at the The LINQ Promenade, a fun Vegas vacation spot, with outdoor shopping and dining area at the center of the Strip. Eat amazing fried chicken at Brooklyn Bowl, take a ride on the wheel (rides are 25 minutes long,) shop at stores like Kitson and grab a famous Sprinkles cupcake. We love the Happy Half Hour special, where cabins are outfitted with bartenders and guests drink while they spin. Bonus: locals receive 50% off tickets on Tuesdays.

4. The Cromwell
The Cromwell is a new Las Vegas boutique hotel nestled on the scenic intersection of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. Grab a suite with a Bellagio fountain view and make sure to book reservations at Giada De Laurentiis’ first restaurant, Giada. (We suggest going back a few times, as it’s open for breakfast and lunch too.) Don’t leave without experiencing a mixology cocktail at The Cromwell’s swanky lobby bar Bound by Salvatore. Free champagne in the lobby every night is just one great perk.

5. LINQ Pool
The sprawling pool at The LINQ Hotel & Casino has drawn a hip crowd since opening at the re-designed resort in March. Amenities at the 21-and-over pool include daybeds, a shady Recover Zone and center bar. Our favorite feature? The Cabana Rooms—guest rooms that feature an adjoining cabana area directly on the pool deck. Like most Las Vegas pool cabanas, they come complete with your own television, seating and umbrellas.

6. Britney Spears
There’s no stopping the Queen of Pop. Spears’ show, “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood, has only gotten stronger since its premiere in December 2013. Spears commands the stage in the 90-minute production (fire, rain and snow included), showcasing her biggest smash hits from “…Baby One More Time” to “Work Bitch.” Just this morning, Spears announced 20 additional show dates through the end of 2015 due to explosive ticket demand. Her contribution to the Vegas entertainment scene earned her a key to the Strip and official proclamation crowning November 5 “Britney Day.”

7. Drai’s
Want to go all out in true Vegas party style? Try to keep up with Drai’s. With three sexy venues at The Cromwell, guests can arrive at the pool club, dance under the stars at the nightclub and head downstairs to the After Hours lounge for a late night scene. The three stylish venues pair perfectly well in the luxurious, contemporary boutique resort. Nab one of the private villas for your own pool party during the day, and book a table by the DJ booth for night. If you can hang until the sun comes up, an alluring underground scene beckons at Drai’s After Hours.

8. Searsucker
“Top Chef” alum Brian Malarkey opened his third Searsucker location next to OMNIA Nightclub, drawing a trendy crowd of both beautiful people and foodies. (There’s even a secret connecting door to OMNIA!) Sip Malarkey’s famous Peter Rabbit cocktail while checking out the rustic chic décor and scoping the menu. Order some of his signatures: the mushrooms and burrata, tuna albacore, Ribeye tomahawk and egg and bacon pork belly.

9. Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn Bowl came to Vegas by way of its original, hip Brooklyn, NY location, plus another in uber-cool London. So it’s no wonder that this stylish bowling alley-meets-concert hall-meets-restaurant at The LINQ Promenade has become a hub for fun day and night. Grab a game and lunch during the day, go for drinks before a concert or hang out late-night. It draws acts such as Jane’s Addiction and Chromeo, and food by famed Blue Ribbon Sushi chefs doesn’t hurt either.

10. The Anthology Collection
Luxury suites are no longer just for high rollers. The Anthology Las Vegas Suites & Villas, a collection of nearly 2,000 posh rooms kept for private reservations, are now available for direct online booking for the ultimate Las Vegas vacation. Bask in the zen vibe of Nobu Hotel’s suites, enjoy the center Strip views at a Bally’s penthouse or splurge on a 9,000-square-foot Laurel Collection Villa at Caesars Palace. Anthology guests receive VIP check-in and limo transportation, while some rooms come with butler service and waived resort fees.

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A 15-year Las Vegas resident, Emma Trotter has worked in the media industry since 2006, with a focus on entertainment journalism and celebrity news. Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism & Media Studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she has worked as a copywriter, editor, writer, reporter, blogger and produced several photo shoots for local lifestyle magazines. A true advocate of the city's diverse offerings and glitzy lifestyle, Emma has promoted Las Vegas extensively, whether writing about its top hidden gems, to exploring its rich, fascinating history or covering Las Vegas’s social scene and real estate, fashion, beauty, nightlife, dining and profiling the top influential executives.

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