Las Vegas

By Larry Olmsted Guided culinary tours are the best way for the traveling foodie to experience pretty much any city in the world. You get to try more different things and learn more than you could by choosing a single place to eat on your own, no matter how good

By Larry Olmsted Every few years Las Vegas reinvents itself in some way to broaden its tourism appeal – this time it is through sports. Some of these pushes have worked better than others, and while the city pretty much gave up on its years ago to compete with places

  By Larry Olmsted Las Vegas tourism has been slow to recover during the coronavirus pandemic and threat of COVID-19, but as vaccines are rolled out, the city is hopeful travelers will begin to return in the not-too-distant future. When they do, they will find yet another new mega-resort waiting

By Larry Olmsted The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, aka The Cosmo, was never intended to be a typical Vegas casino hotel. That may be the best thing about it. The project originally had a lot of condos, and by the time that fell through, construction was too far along to

By Larry Olmsted When the Palms opened in 2001 it was a game changer for the Vegas resort landscape, off the Strip but still packed with A-list Hollywood, pro athlete and celebrity appeal. The casino hotel was invention of the Maloof family, who have owned two NBA teams, the Houston

By Larry Olmsted For tourists, Las Vegas is the best dining city in the United States, with an abundance of choices for every taste and budget, from stunning Michelin-starred fine dining to mind boggling buffets, and it boasts the greatest number of eateries by standout world-class chefs. As a result,

Story and photos by Neil Wolkodoff Years ago, walking the Las Vegas Strip was much easier, and cabs and shuttles were convenient forms of transportation. What appears to have changed is all the strip properties have maxed out shopping, dining, and attractions in their respective areas in the hunt for

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