Las Vegas

By Larry Olmsted Las Vegas is full of mega-resorts, and over the years each has added flashy one of a kind signature elements to set itself apart: volcanoes, jousting, gondoliers, dancing fountains, etc. But when Caesars Entertainment redid its Quad hotel (formerly the Imperial Place) into the LINQ Casino Resort,

By Larry Olmsted When I stared in travel writing almost 25 years ago, the world seemed a much bigger place, and editors constantly turned down pitches by saying “that’s too exotic” or “no one will ever go there” – about places like Bali and Patagonia. Far off destinations like Australia

  By Larry Olmsted 30 years after their breakout blockbuster Appetite For Destruction became the bestselling debut album in history, the featured trio from Guns N’ Roses’ original lineup is back – after a two decade absence. Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan have reunited, and they are headed to

By Larry Olmsted Las Vegas now attracts more than 40 million annual visitors, and has already broken monthly tourism records thrice this year. Travelers just love the place, and for good reason – it is chock full of unrivaled options for entertainment, food, culture, nightlife, lodging and an array of

By Larry Olmsted A record 40,000,000+ people visited Las Vegas in 2014, and by most accounts Sin City is the third or fourth most popular tourist attraction in the world, dwarfing icons such as Walt Disney World and Niagara Falls. The city’s appeals are obvious, and while the vast majority

by Larry Olmsted “Boutique” is a word that’s thrown around a lot in the world of Las Vegas hotels, but in reality the concept barely exists. One General Manager told me – in all seriousness – that on the Strip a thousand rooms is a boutique property, and I guess

By Larry Olmsted Las Vegas and steakhouses go together like red meat and excess, and no other city, not New York, Chicago or Omaha, can match the array of protein temples Sin City offers up. Not only does Las Vegas have many excellent places to eat steak, but here they

By Larry Olmsted Mix something old with something new and plenty of slick interior design and you get the Delano Las Vegas. Even by lofty Las Vegas standards, in an ever-changing city on the move where new hotels open all the time, the Delano is something special. It is a

  By Larry Olmsted Las Vegas loves its Happy Hours, and few cities have a bigger selection. Walk around town and it seems like ever bar and restaurant, from dives to pubs to upscale celebrity-chef haunts boasts specials, usually from 3-5PM weekdays. But the best Happy Hour in Vegas isn’t

By Everett Potter Everyone knows that Las Vegas is all about non-stop gambling, risqué shows and partying that goes on night and day. Or is it? From my USA Today column, here are five myths about what may be the most misunderstood city in the United States. Continue reading …