Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Celebrate Your Independence in Vegas This Fourth of July

The Las Vegas Strip resorts know how to put on a show, and Independence Day is no different. No city does Fourth of July fireworks quite like Las Vegas. There will be plenty of options around town to celebrate our nation’s 240th birthday all weekend long. So throw on your finest American flag swimwear, grab a red, white and blue daiquiri and head to one of these patriotic parties! It’s your civic duty!

Caesars Palace is putting on its biggest Fourth of July fireworks display ever this weekend. As part of the property's 50th anniversary "Summer of Caesars" celebrations, the fireworks begin Sunday, July 3, at approximately 9 p.m. The casino and resort always puts on an impressive fireworks display, but this one just might top them all.

You’ll have a good view of the show from just about anywhere on the Strip, but the LINQ Promenade in front of the High Roller is sure to be a good time. Beginning Friday, the outdoor entertainment and shopping district will offer daily parades, balloon artists, face painters, stilt walkers, carnival games and more. Directly across Las Vegas Boulevard from Caesars Palace, the LINQ Promenade will be a great place to watch the fireworks.

Nothing says “Happy b-day, Uncle Sam!” like a pool party with rock group 311 at Mandalay Bay Beach July 2 and 3. Both performances will be followed up by a fireworks display. Amber will most likely be the color of the fireworks.

Station Casinos' Palace Station will wow the city with their always impressive fireworks spectacular July 1 at 9 p.m. The celebration will coincide with the casino's 40th anniversary. The display will be synchronized to music that will be broadcast across the valley by local FM station 96.3 KKLZ.

There may be no better way to celebrate Independence Day than by attending a 51s game. This weekend, our local chapter of America’s pastime will set off the annual post-game fireworks “extravaganza” at approximately 9:45 p.m. The Las Vegas 51s are set to host the Salt Lake Bees Monday night with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets start at $16.

Less than a 40-minute drive from the Strip, Lake Las Vegas—Wait, wait! Hear us out. This is going to be a cool event.—Lake Las Vegas will celebrate our independence on July 3 with beautiful fireworks set to live music from the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, which will of course be positioned on a floating stage on the lake. The public is invited to come early and enjoy live music in MonteLago Village. A variety of watercraft and water sport rentals and lessons are available, including electric Duffy boats, Flyboard, gondolas, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The free event begins at 2 p.m. and culminates with fireworks at 8:40 p.m.

If you’re looking for more of a “Green Acres” feel this Fourth of July, travel out to historic Boulder City for the “Damboree Celebration.” The nearly 70-year-old event begins at Bicentennial Park, 1100 Colorado Street, at 7 a.m. Monday with the Rotary Pancake Breakfast. There will be a parade that starts at 9 a.m. It begins at Colorado Street, down Nevada Highway to Fifth Street, to Broadbent Memorial Park at Avenue B and Sixth Street. The two parks in town will be hosting revelers all afternoon, offering food, music and games. The fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. In true small town, there-must-be-a-great-story-behind-this fashion, water balloons are expressly prohibited at this year’s festivities.

For more Vegas news and travel tips, follow VegasDaze on social media. Join in on the conversation! Share your favorite Independence Day memories and traditions.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Beginners Guide to Maui Surfing

So your tour of Maui’s north shore has you all kinds of excited to try your hand at surfing. The big time wave riders at Jaws surf break stirred that sense of adventure in your loins. You’re committed to ripping up the modest breaks just outside your hotel room on a foam-top longboard rental. We completely support your decision and would like to help you on your quest to become a modern day Moondoggy with this beginners guide to surfing Maui.

Know Before You Go

Before you go full-on “Endless Summer,” there are a few things to make note of like the weather conditions. Maui is known as the windy island for good reason. Side-onshore winds, meaning wind that blows from offshore onto the beach at an angle, typically picks up around 9 a.m. This is the time when kite- and windsurfers take to the water. Novice surfers will want to avoid these aquatic bullet trains.

The crowds can also be a problem. The best surf spots will be the most crowded, and it is really easy for beginners to get in the way of the more experienced locals, causing tension. Always be aware of your surroundings and wait your turn. Surfing early in the morning means less wind and less crowds.

Many of the surf breaks you’ll want to ride are caused by reefs. This signals two important things: you’ll be in shallow waters filled with dangerously jagged coral and potentially dangerous sea life. Hey! Nobody said this was easy. When you fall off the board, go completely starfish and roll face up. Throwing your body as flat and wide as possible will help you stay close to the surface and above the reef. Also, be mindful of your surroundings. If you see a school of jellies, take a break.

What You’ll Need

If you plan on renting a board from one of the myriad surf shops on the island, they’ll outfit you with everything you need. However, there are a couple additional items you might want to consider buying. During the winter months, you’ll most likely sport a wetsuit. Don’t paddle out in the summer without a rash guard. Basically a shirt meant to get wet, it prevents the rash that occurs from rubbing your torso against a waxed board all morning and keeps the sun off your back. Another item worth the investment is a pair of reef booties. These life savers keep your feet warm, provide extra traction and prevent cuts from sharp coral.

Where to Surf

Known as The Cove, this surf spot at Kalama Beach Park in Kihei is ideal for first-timers. The waves are consistent and tiny, and the break is only a short paddle away from the shore. A handful of shops across the street offer rentals, and nearby Taqueria Cruz offers some of the island’s best Mexican food. Guardrails is a fun spot to surf for the slightly less-novice novice. It’s just off an unmarked stretch of the Honoapiilani Highway about five minutes south of Lahaina between mile markers 18 and 19. There is seldom a crowd, and you’ll find left- and right-hand breaks that offer long rides. Be warned; getting in and out of the water can be difficult thanks to the rocky shore and occasionally rough surf. Reef booties would be a good idea.

Surfing certainly isn’t the easiest hobby to pick up, but it will offer a lifetime of enjoyment, and Maui is the perfect place to learn! Consider paddling out in the early morning hours to avoid crowds, know your limits and take the proper safety precautions. You’ll be doing your best Johnny Utah impression in no time! For more Maui travel tips, follow VegasDaze on social media!

Friday, June 24, 2016

A Guide to Over Tipping in Vegas

Las Vegans don’t believe in tipping. They believe in over tipping. It can be a touchy subject however. Obviously, the amount of a tip is determined by a handful of factors: the interaction, service, bill, etc. It comes down to a personal decision, but what if you’re dealing with a dealer. How much should you tip the guy handing you dice? Should you tip him after every big roll? If you want a good table at that hot restaurant or excellent bottle service in the nightclub, you’re going to have to tip generously.

The folks who actually run Las Vegas, the valets, bartenders and other casino employees, are the people who can take your trip to Sin City from average to extraordinary. And all it takes is a little extra generosity. We breakdown who and how much to tip in Las Vegas.

The Valet
Unless you have a show to get to soon after dinner or really just want to show off your $70,000 luxury sedan, you don’t need to tip the valet when you drop off your car. The general consensus is about $5 once your car is returned to you, $7 if the kid hustles.

The Bellman
It’s a 110 degrees outside. There’s no way in hell you’re schlepping the family’s luggage all the way to the room. Lucky for you the bellman has to do all the heavy lifting! Tip him $2 for the first bag and $1 for each additional bag.

The Bartender
Most bars on the Las Vegas Strip are crazy busy. There’s only one surefire way to guarantee speedy service: pay in cash and tip the bartender. You’re already shelling out 20 bucks for a mojito. What’s another $2?

The Dealer
If you hit a couple blackjacks in a row, maybe throw the dealer a chip for the lucky hands. If the dealer is helping you learn a new game, be a little more generous. If you’re losing, tip the dealers by making a side bet for them during the next hand or roll. You don’t need to tip a dealer for every successful bet, but $5 here and there is better than waiting until the end of your time at the table because you likely won’t have any chips left.

The Driver
For taxi drivers, 15 percent of the fare or less is acceptable. If you’re chauffeured around in a limousine, $20 is a nice gesture. Have you seen the traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard?

The Tour Guide
Myriad tours bound for Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire and the Grand Canyon depart from Las Vegas daily by bus, shuttle, airplane, boat and helicopter. If the tour features a guide whose commentary you enjoyed, the consensus is a $10 to $20 tip. Tip less for a trip to the dam and more for a canyon excursion. You should know that if the tour is manned by a guide and a driver, they will split the tips.

The Street Performers
Do not feed the birds!

The Nightclub Host
Unless you enjoy standing in a line for hours wearing uncomfortable dress shoes or high-heels, come to the club prepared to tip. Just because some greasy haired guy in a nice tie told you your name will be on “the list,” doesn’t mean you’re suddenly A-list. A modest $20 to $50 dollar tip to the host at the door will go a long way toward getting your party to its table.

The Server
Cocktail waitresses, the model pouring your drinks in the club and cabana runners should all be tipped, especially if they’ve been wearing high-heels all night. The standard tip of 20 percent of the bill is recommended for quality service. The more you tip, the stronger the drinks!

The Housekeeping
You can’t imagine the things Vegas hotel housekeeping has seen. They deal with a lot with little to no thanks. There’s no need to tip the housekeeper if you’re staying for only a couple of nights and spend little time in the room. If you’ll be at the hotel for three days to a week or longer, consider leaving the staff $2 to $5 a night.

You’re not obligated to tip anyone while you are visiting Las Vegas, but consider for a moment all of the different people working hard to make sure you have the best vacation, tour or lap dance. A $10 bill might not mean that much to you in the grand scheme of things, but it might just make the bellboy’s day. Be sure to follow VegasDaze on all our social media platforms for more Vegas travel tips!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What the Future Holds for the Las Vegas Strip

There has been quite a number of shakeups on the Las Vegas Strip in the first half of 2016. We got a park! The 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena opened back in April and already has a new NHL franchise awarded to it. A large portion of Riviera was recently imploded. All of this upheaval really has us thinking. Come along with us as we stare into the VegasDaze Crystal Ball™ and imagine the Strip of the not too distant future.

What good are shiny new toys if there’s no one here to play with them? Interstate 15 is a serviceable option when traveling to Las Vegas from Los Angeles (well … really the only option), but imagine a world in which traffic-weary Angelenos can get to their Sin City fix in less than two hours via high-speed train. They’ll be able to get from the West Hollywood vegan fro-gurt shack to a Strip sports book and bet on the Dodgers to choke in the postseason in about as much time as a Leonardo DiCaprio Oscar acceptance speech. All while leaving the Prius in that choice spot on the side of Sunset that’s never open!

Speaking of public transportation, Clark County should seriously consider expanding the Las Vegas Monorail. It’s not exactly useful considering tourists have to walk a mile to get to the nearest station to travel 2 miles down Koval Lane only to walk another mile back to the Strip. Extensions running to McCarran International Airport and Downtown Las Vegas seem feasible enough. How about some love for the suburbanites? A terminal at Downtown Summerlin that connects to the main station at the convention center would help Strip properties better tap into the local market while providing easier access to the airport. It’s a win-win-win!

With approximately 14,000 deposits for season tickets to Las Vegas’ inaugural season in the NHL already put down, it seems pretty clear that the largest metropolitan area without a professional sports franchise is aching to support a team or two of its own. A casino mogul and avid supporter of bringing an NFL franchise to the city, Sheldon Adelson has already committed to pitching in for the proposed $1.3 billion project that would see a domed stadium built on the Strip for Oakland’s Raiders, but let’s not punish the folks paying our bills, the tourists, by hiking up the room tax. The Raiders’ Mark Davis has agreed to pony up $500 million. If Adelson wants to reap the benefits of an NFL franchise in his front yard, he should be fronting at least $500 million of his own.

Pedestrian safety has long been a major concern in Las Vegas. There is already a handful of pedestrian bridges that safely carry Strip revelers over some of the busiest intersections, but the piecemeal approach to building these walkways has left it difficult to navigate the entirety of the Strip on foot. Let’s take a page out of Calgary’s playbook and build a Strip-encompassing and enclosed elevated walkway connecting every major property. Imagine walking the Strip with a yard-long frozen margarita in the safety and comfort of an air-conditioned bridge high above the bumper-to-bumper traffic.

We’re seeing one last premonition here: Elvis holograms. If Tupac Shakur can get his own hologram, why not The King? Not many names are as synonymous with Glitter Gulch as Mr. Presley's. The man performed more than 700 sold-out shows at the International Hotel, now Westgate, between 1969 and 1976. In the immortal words of John Lennon, “Imagine there’re no impersonators. It’s easy if you try.”

Of course, the VegasDaze Crystal Ball™ has been known to deliver fuzzy signals from time to time. We hope these portents will come to fruition, but you never know with a city like Las Vegas. For all your present-day Las Vegas bookings, browse VegasDaze for tickets to the city’s hottest shows, attractions and tours!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Why So Many Couples Choose a Destination Wedding

You love the idea of a destination wedding, but it seems so out of reach, a pie-in-the-sky fantasy of a dream wedding. We’re here to tell you, you’re wrong. Planning a destination wedding is much simpler than a hometown ceremony. It’s certainly an attractive option for many couples for many reasons. You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger! We can help.

Destination wedding packages make the entire experience simple. Any ceremony can be a logistical nightmare, but with the help of an experienced wedding planner, whose services are typically included in the price of all inclusive wedding packages, the ceremony will go off without a hitch. You and your spouse-to-be will arrive at the destination, go over some of the finer points with the wedding specialist and you’re good to go. This route takes the headache out of the whole process. The bride and groom can relax and do some sightseeing in the lead up to the big day without having to worry about things like procuring a cake.

Don’t think because the process has been streamlined that you’ll be left with a run of the mill, cookie cutter wedding ceremony. When you choose to have, let’s say, a Hawaii wedding, the venue alone is so gorgeous that no one will dare say, “Well, this is overplayed.” This is not some hotel reception hall ceremony. This is your ceremony in a tropical paradise or seaside village.

An important key to ensuring your wedding feels like your wedding is to add personal touches here and there. Maybe the two of you met while jogging in your favorite park. Include some framed photos of that park around the venue. Perhaps you both love baseball. Leave a couple of baseballs on the tables at the reception. Destination wedding packages help alleviate the stress of ordering flowers, setting up tables and menial annoyances like making sure the beach is raked and candles are lit.

Another aspect of destination weddings that couples find appealing is the ability to trim the guest list. Such ceremonies do require a certain level of commitment (pun intended) from attendees. Friends and family will need to take time off from work and book travel and lodging arrangements. Your third cousin twice removed just looking for an open bar is less likely to travel outside the county limits. You’re left with your core, intimate group of family and close friends, which makes for a more enjoyable experience and smaller price tag.

Many couples are dealing with far-flung relatives. The grandparents live in the Midwest. Siblings reside on the West Coast. Aunts and uncles have retired to Florida. Finding a location that suits everyone is a major hassle, so why not book a destination wedding? If guests will be traveling anyway, they probably won’t mind traveling to a premier vacation destination like Las Vegas or Maui.

One of our preferred vendors offers Hawaii wedding packages such as the Hawaiian Rainforest Wedding. This all inclusive wedding package includes a helicopter flight for the bride, groom and two guests over the Hana Rain Forest. You’ll land at their private landing site in Wailua Valley to enjoy incredible waterfalls and panoramic vistas of the valley and coastline. They also have an in-house wedding guru to help arrange everything!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Which EDC Artist Is Right for You? Use Our Flowchart to Find Out!

This year marks Electric Daisy Carnival's 20th anniversary. There's more dudes with laptops than you can shake a stick at. This year's Las Vegas lineup is more than star-studded. EDM gold standards such as Armin van Buuren, Tiesto and Flux Pavilion are obvious choices, but what about the other hundred plus artists?

We here at VegasDaze want to lend a hand. By answering a few simple questions about yourself, our handy DJ flowchart (which would totally be our stage name) will help you decide which acts to prioritize this weekend. Take care of each other and stay hydrated. We'll see you out there, under the Electric Sky!

If you're looking for some Las Vegas Strip activities to enjoy while in town, check out our show recommendations for EDC attendees!

Which EDC Artist Is Right for You? Use Our Handy Flowchart to Find Out

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Celebrating Father's Day in Vegas

Dad hardly even wears ties and has enough tools at his disposal to build a replica of the Taj Mahal. So where does that leave you in the Father’s Day gift giving department? VegasDaze has you covered. Bring dear ol’ dad to Las Vegas and enjoy some of these great Father’s Day in Vegas outings.

Let the Brass Fly

How often does one get the chance to fire off 1,250 rounds in a minute? Unless you’re Rambo, rarely is the answer. Strip Gun Club gives your dad the chance to fire a Browning M3 belt-fed .50 machine gun. Not many things make a man feel as manly as firing machine guns.

Leave the Road Behind

Tear up the Mojave Desert with dad during a fast-paced off-road adventure. Don’t let the size of these dune buggies fool you; they pack a punch. This day-long excursion through the Valley of Fire is more “Mad Max” than a traditional Father’s Day. All tours are guided and offer door-to-door transportation for guests of Strip hotels.

Really Leave the Road Behind

Take dad on a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon! The Canyon Air, Land and Water Tour pairs two of our preferred vendors’ most popular excursions into one unforgettable journey. You and dad will take a helicopter flight to Grand Canyon West and Hoover Dam. Then, float down the Colorado River through Black Canyon, just south of the dam. The exciting rafting trip also includes lunch.

Strap on the Feedbag

Since 1958, The Golden Steer Steakhouse has served Las Vegas some of its best cuts of meat. Follow in the footsteps of Elvis Presley, Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra and Mario Andretti by making The Golden Steer your go-to Vegas steakhouse this Father’s Day. You’ll know exactly where that $48 went when you take your first bite of the 12-ounce filet mignon.

Tie One On

The traditional Father’s Day gift of a tie is hackneyed. Instead, take dad to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. There you’ll find Andrew’s Ties, an Italian company that has perfected the art of cravats. Dad will have an entire room of ties, bow ties and ascots to choose from. He might just find a tie he’ll actually wear, and you get to spend some time together. Cap off the outing with a hefty lunch at celebrity chef Mario Batali’s CARNEVINO nearby.

You can't go wrong with spending Father's Day 2016 in Las Vegas. Share some of your Father's Day in Vegas memories in the comment section. Follow VegasDaze on social media for more great Vegas-centric content. Happy Father's Day!

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Top Maui Snorkel Spots

There’s a myriad of options when it comes to recreational activities on Maui: parasailing, helicopter tours, hiking and surfing. For this week’s Maui Monday post, however, we’re taking a trip under the sea and diving into some of the Valley Isle’s best snorkeling spots!

1. Molokini Crater

This ancient volcano crater half submerged off the southern coast of the island offers an intimate glimpse into the majestic ocean ecosystem. The islet offers a large area to explore with a dense population of fish, sea turtles and coral at depths of 40 feet. Unless you’re an Olympic athlete, you’ll need a boat to make the 2.5 mile trip out to the crater.

2. Turtle Town

Conservation efforts in the region have caused the green sea turtle population in this patch of ocean to balloon. Between nine and a dozen nesting females are found on the island each season. About a half mile off the southern shore, toward Molokini, you’ll find Turtle Town. It is a relatively small area for snorkeling with depths down to 30 feet.

3. Honolua Bay

Rocky Honolua Bay just off the northwest coast of Maui boasts a large population of tropical fish. The surrounding scenery is also worth the trip north of Lahaina Town. It’s a large, popular spot with depths of 30 feet.

4. Coral Gardens

Head to the sandy shores of West Maui to do some snorkeling at Coral Gardens. Fans of the underwater flora should prioritize this location. The shallow depths of 12 feet or less make it a perfect spot for novice snorkelers.

5. Black Rock

One of the more easily accessed spots in this list, Black Rock sits on the sandy shores of West Maui’s resort corridor. You’ll find as many tourists as fish, but the plethora of nearby human watering holes make this a fun place for some snorkeling and afternoon Mai Tais.

6. Five Caves

More than 2 miles off the shoreline, just north of Turtle Town, Five Caves is a spot for the more experienced snorkelers due largely to the variable ocean conditions. The extra effort, however, is more than worth it. Intrepid sea goers will be rewarded with countless marine life, including sea turtles and reef sharks.

7. Kapalua Bay

Kapalua Bay is perfect for the family on vacation on Maui. It’s a large area with depths down to only about 20 feet. Peaceful waters and sandy beach make it a popular spot for picnics and sunny beach lazing.

8. Napili Bay

One of Maui’s best kept secrets, this beautiful location is the crown jewel of the sleepy seaside town nestled on its shores. Some coral and a large number of fish make these peaceful waters a deceptively exciting spot for novice snorkeling.

9. Ahihi Kinau

Believed to be one of the most delicate and youngest eco-reef zones, this nature reserve is brimming with aquatic life. Frolic with sea turtles and tropical fish aplenty. The shoreline is rocky, but the shallow waters make for easy-going snorkeling.

10. Ulua Beach

Avoid the crowded tourism districts and head to this peaceful reprieve just to the south of the resorts. The area features ample parking and restrooms, a convenient bonus. When the water is clear and calm, you’ll get plenty of opportunity to spy the state fish of Hawaii, the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa.

Be sure to come prepared when embarking on any snorkeling excursion. Never snorkel alone and double check local regulations regarding beach and ocean use. You wouldn’t want to disturb sea turtle nests. Did we miss any snorkeling spots? Add your favorites to the list in the comments section, and follow us on social media for more travel tips and Maui highlights.

Friday, June 10, 2016

No Boat? No Problem! Lake Activities for the Boatless

With all those fancy fountains, bright lights and exciting shows, it’s easy to forget that one of the world’s largest man-made lakes sits in Las Vegas’ backyard. Thanks to Hoover Dam, millions of visitors to the valley can enjoy recreational activities aplenty. Check out these Lake Mead activity suggestions for the boatless for some summer fun in Las Vegas.

 Click here to SAVE BIGLake Mead National Recreational Area is home to more than a dozen lakeside campsites and RV parks. Run by the National Parks Service, the sites vary in price and amenities. If you’re really roughin’ it, Echo Bay Campground is a no-frills site offering splendid views of the northern tip of the lake for $20 a night. Campers in this area of the lake will enjoy easy access to Valley of Fire, St. Thomas ghost town and numerous hiking trails. Check the National Park Service’s webpage for more information on camping at Lake Mead.

When the sun is really shining, you want to be on the water. Businesses such as Lake Mead Marina offer kayak and paddle board rentals for the entire day starting at $90. The Black Canyon Water Trail, which launches at Hoover Dam and meanders through Black Canyon to the south, is officially designated as a National Water Trail by the Department of the Interior. One of our preferred vendors offers a rafting tour of this stretch of the Colorado River as part of a Grand Canyon excursion.

Fishing has long been a favorite pastime among Lake Mead visitors. Home to largemouth bass, striped bass, channel catfish, crappie and bluegill, an exciting day of angling on the lake awaits. Go buy a $20 rod and bait at one of the many bait and tackle shops around the area, pack a lunch and make a day out of it. There are also a number of local businesses that provide guided kayak fishing excursions on the lake and river.

 Your Mojave Desert Adventure Awaits! Just off the northern shore of Lake Mead sits Valley of Fire, the oldest state park in Nevada. In addition to the full-size visitors’ center with extensive interpretive displays, guests to the park can marvel at ancient areas of petrified wood and 3,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs. You’ll certainly want to bring along your camera. Take a tour of this treasure by dune buggy to enjoy all the natural splendor on a fast-paced off-road adventure.

Early Mormon settlers led by Thomas Smith founded the town of St. Thomas in 1865. The construction of Hoover Dam caused the city to be enveloped by resulting Lake Mead. However, in recent years, drought has caused lake water to subside, exposing the ghostly ruins of St. Thomas. It sits along the edge of the lake’s Overton Arm. A 3-mile dirt road leading to the site should be manageable for most vehicles. The population reached as high as 500 people by the 1880s. The foundations of the town’s post office and school are easily spotted along with some still-standing walls and stone staircases. The last resident to leave the town, Hugh Lord, paddled away from his home when water began lapping at his front door in 1938.

 Enjoy an Enchanted Evening on the Lake!If you’d rather not paddle yourself and prefer someone else catch your dinner, a Lake Mead dinner cruise is the perfect way to beat the heat in style. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Mead aboard a classic paddle wheel boat, capture photographs of the myriad wildlife in the area and savor a three-course meal all on the calm waters of the lake.

While exploring the desert surrounding Las Vegas, always be sure to apply sunscreen regularly, wear a hat and sunglasses and drink plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty. There’s plenty of excitement to be found just outside the city limits. This is what summer is for, so get out there! Happy trails, desert explorers!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Most Notorious Celebrity Visits to Las Vegas

Celebrities love Las Vegas, and Las Vegas loves celebrities. The large resort properties with small armies of security guards offer a haven for paparazzi-dogged celebs. Casinos prefer to keep celebrity party antics out of the press in order to avoid bad publicity, but that doesn’t always happen. Instances like David Hasselhoff’s drunken fast food binge and Paris Hilton’s fateful traffic stop definitely didn’t stay in Las Vegas. We take a look at some of the most notorious celebrity visits to Sin City.

Prince Harry parties at a Las Vegas pool in 2012
Prince Harry’s Crown Jewels

The Prince of Wales maybe partied a little too hard during his 2012 visit to Las Vegas. The third in line to the throne spent an August afternoon at Encore Beach Club, one of the Strip’s wildest pool parties. An Apache pilot for the British Army, Harry decided
to cut loose before being deployed to Afghanistan. He brought nine ladies from the pool up to his $7,000-a-night suite on the 63rd floor of Wynn Las Vegas for some naked billiards. Photos of his crown jewels taken in the suite that night ended up on the Internet and reservations for the resort skyrocketed 123 percent.

Kim Kardashian’s Quickie Marriage

Years before “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” became an institution, the still relatively unknown Kim Kardashian ran away to Las Vegas to elope at one of the city’s numerous wedding chapels with her then boyfriend, music producer Damon Thomas. She was only 19, and the marriage ended in divorce just three years later. Considered the wedding capital of the world, Las Vegas issues more than 80,000 marriage licenses a year thanks to the lack of waiting periods and blood tests.

Bruno Mars was arrested in Las Vegas in 2010.
Bruno Mars’ Extracurricular Activities

The sexy crooner was arrested back in 2010 on a felony narcotics possession charge, following raucous party at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. A hotel bathroom attendant informed security of some nefarious activities happening in one of the stalls, and Mars was quickly arrested. The charge was later dismissed after the then 26-year-old completed more than 200 hours of community service, paid a $2,000 fine and completed eight hours of drug counseling. Mars and Las Vegas go way back. The pop sensation and Grammy award-winner starred as a miniature Elvis impersonator in "Honeymoon in Vegas" at the age of 4. He continues to perform to sold-out crowds on the Las Vegas Strip.

The British Invasion

Paul, John, Ringo and George’s 1964 arrival in Las Vegas whipped up absolute pandemonium. The group was escorted to their suite on the top floor of Sahara Hotel and Casino past a horde of screaming Vegas teenagers. Aside from the two shows performed at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Beatles spent the majority of their time in the hotel suite. The legend goes that four young women booked a room just below the suite in hopes of meeting the Fab Four. They tried knocking, camping in the elevator and even calling the room directly, but nothing worked. The teenagers got so desperate they decided to climb the exterior of Sahara from their balcony four floors up to the Beatles’ balcony. They never met the boys and had to spend a night in jail.

Johnny Manziel partied in Vegas under a false name.“Billy Football” Goes Clubbin’

The embattled former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel donned a blonde wig and fake moustache and headed to Las Vegas for some Saturday night shenanigans. Manziel’s team, the Cleveland Browns, played their season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers the following night. Manziel was declared out of the game with a concussion, yet he partied and gambled at Planet Hollywood casino under the name “Billy” and asked management to comp his expenses so he would not have to pay with his credit card. The Browns parted ways with Johnny Football shortly after the incident.

We get it. Vegas is the place to let loose, get a little crazy before returning to your desk job. The casino moguls may shy away from the negative publicity, but it adds to the legend of Vegas. You too can party like a rock star in Las Vegas! Follow VegasDaze on social media for all the latest news and hottest attractions.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Don't Let Jet Lag Spoil Your Maui Vacation

There is nothing worse than planning an amazing vacation to Maui complete with surfing, luaus and exciting sightseeing excursions only to spend days in bed struggling to overcome the dreaded jet lag. We want you to enjoy your island getaway as much as you do. Here are some tips to help combat jet lag.

So What Is Jet Lag?

Those all too common symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, nausea and headaches are the result of a traveler’s circadian rhythm being thrown out of whack. Travel across two to three time zones or more can cause a disruption in your circadian rhythm. The more time zones you travel across, the more severe the symptoms are likely to be. Sufferers of jet lag can require up to a day of recovery for each time zone crossed. Symptoms are often worse when losing time by traveling east.

How Can I Prevent Jet Lag?

Because the symptoms of jet lag are caused by the disruption of the circadian rhythm, the best way to prevent the temporary sleeping disorder is to ease yourself into a new rhythm. Try going to sleep 15 to 30 minutes later every day for three to four days if you’re traveling west. Do the opposite, moving bedtime up 15 to 30 minutes for three to four days, if you’re traveling east. Make sure to get at least seven hours of sleep for at least two nights prior to your flight.

Continue to adjust your circadian rhythm before the trip by simulating other aspects of the destination. Exposure to natural light is a big factor in a person’s sleep cycle. If you’re traveling west, get plenty of bright morning sunshine and avoid afternoon and evening light in the run up to your trip. The inverse is recommended when traveling east. Mealtimes are another cue that dictates the circadian rhythm, so try to have your meals closer to the destination’s mealtimes. Your friends will think you’re European.

Is There Anything I Can Do En Route?

Factors such as pressurized cabins and a lack of movement during travel can cause oxygen levels in the blood to drop, resulting in dehydration and discomfort. While it’s not always possible to move around during your flight, try stretching in your seat. Neck rolls, straight-ahead arm circles and lower back stretches will get the blood flowing. Get in as many shuttle runs up and down the aisle as you can before the flight attendant shuts you down.

Sleeping during the flight might not be such a good idea. If it will be nighttime at your destination upon arrival, take a mile-high nap, but try to stay awake if you’ll be arriving during the day.

I’m Still Lagging. What Can I Do?

While preparing for the circadian rhythm adjustment will help to mitigate the symptoms of jet lag, it may not completely prevent them. If you land in Maui and still feel awful, use natural light to reset your internal clock. Go for a walk in the sunshine first thing in the morning. This will help to shut off your body’s production of melatonin. Speaking of melatonin, when all else fails, melatonin supplements taken at sunset will help you to fall asleep.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Las Vegas Events for the EDC Lover in You

Devoted fans will head to Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2016, taking place June 17 to 19 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Headliners have just been announced and the official lineup is out in full. If you’re a devotee of electronic music and the creativity, individuality and imagination it entails, has some entertainment suggestions you’ll also enjoy. Click the links for tickets and more details.


Ready for a walk on the wild side? Hailed as the most inventive and daring show on the Strip, this intoxicating mix of burlesque, vaudeville and circus features heavenly bodies and outrageous comedy. When you attend a performance of Absinthe at Caesars Place, you enter a world of acrobatics and sultry escapades – a true spectacle like no other. The New York Times calls it "Cirque du Soleil channeled through the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show.'" For those who love the outrageous nature of EDC 2016, it's sure to please your expectations.

Recycled Percussion

One of the most interactive shows in Las Vegas, Recycled Percussion hands out drumsticks and instruments to guests as they enter the theater. Though there's no obligation to participate, all are encouraged to join in and play along with the junk rock fun. It's a one-of-a-kind show that's been rocking the Vegas Strip for over two years. It's the perfect combination of extreme percussion, innovative lighting, gravity-defying athleticism and humor. With its ground-shaking sound system, you’re guaranteed to be blown away!


Cirque du Soleil's resident cabaret-style show, Zumanity, is a seductive twist on reality promising a night you'll never forget. EDC fans will love the Zumanity Orchestra, an interactive house band that provides the live soundtrack for the show. The show foregoes a formal story line, offering instead true cabaret-style acts. The extravagant performance both explores and celebrates human sexual instincts expressed throughout the world. It's definitely one of the hottest tickets on the Vegas Strip!


Think you know what a Las Vegas stage show is all about? Think again! Jabbawockeez is a one-of-a-kind experience putting to rest all your preconceptions of what a Vegas show should be. Perfectly synchronized dance moves combined with generation-spanning music equal a show the entire family can enjoy. Once inside, you quickly realize you're as much a part of the show as the cast. When it's over, you'll find it difficult to name another show that has such a perfect mashup of comedy, drama and dance.

To learn more and book tickets, chat with a member of our team today.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

10 Greatest Vegas Acts of All Time

Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, so it stands to reason that the Strip has produced some of the greatest stage shows of all time. Follow along as we count down the best of the best.

Mystère character Moha-Samedi

Debuting on Christmas Day in 1993, Mystère was the first Cirque du Soleil show on the Las Vegas Strip. It was also the first Cirque production with its own dedicated theater. Previous iterations of the French-Canadian import toured the country with a circus tent. Dozens of graceful acrobats take the stage at Treasure Island to celebrate the artistry of the human body by performing a number of aerial stunts and feats of strength.

Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson made his Vegas headlining debut in 1996 at MGM Grand. He appeared regularly at the hotel until 2003. A year later, he signed a lucrative contract with Luxor and continues to sell out the nearly 400-seat showroom. The man is an icon who created his own genre of comedy, blending straight-ahead stand-up with inventive props (he’s way beyond smashing watermelons).

8. Paul Oakenfold

The DJ booth journeyman left an indelible mark on the Las Vegas Strip nearly 10 years ago when he brought electronic dance music to the Palms’ short-lived nightclub, Rain. The show, on a Saturday nonetheless, became the gold standard. Dudes with laptops began commanding hefty paychecks for Las Vegas residencies and forever changed the club scene.

Showgirls performing in Bally's Jubilee!
7. Jubilee!

The traditional show girl revue capped off a 35-year run at Bally’s back in February. The longest running production show on the Strip, Jubilee! was a Las Vegas icon. It featured a nightly cast of 66 singers and dancers. A weekly matinee version of Jubilee! was put on every Sunday, during which the women would keep their tops on.

6. David Copperfield

Widely considered the greatest illusionist of all time and certainly the most successful, David Copperfield has astounded Las Vegas audiences for 16 years. He is constantly reinventing his act, adding new illusions every year. Despite the overall waning interest magic shows, Copperfield sells out the 650-seat theater dedicated to his act, sometimes performing as many as four shows a day.

5. Siegfried & Roy

For more than three decades, Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn performed six nights a week, two shows a day to sold-out theaters up and down the Strip. The two became synonymous with the Las Vegas Strip. The magic show, which prominently featured the duo’s beloved tigers, came to a tragic end when one of the tigers mauled Roy on stage in October of 2003.

4. Wayne Newton

“Mr. Las Vegas” performed more than 30,000 shows on the Strip since 1958. His timeless classics, such as “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast,” “Danke Schoen” and “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” had audiences swooning during residencies at Flamingo, Tropicana, Stardust and Bally’s. He most recently reclaimed his throne, helping to christen the newly opened T-Mobile Arena, the first venue of its kind on the Strip. The brief performance included the city’s theme song, “Viva Las Vegas.” The Killers also performed alongside Newton during the arena's grand opening.

3. Liberace

The archetypal, rhinestone-clad pianist began performing shows in Las Vegas as early as 1944. By 1955, the now shuttered Riviera Hotel and Casino paid the superstar $50,000 a week to perform. His opening act during those days was none other than Barbra Streisand.

2. Elvis Presley

The memory of Elvis will forever live on in Sin City thanks to the innumerable amount of middle-aged men with affinities for leather, rhinestones and Cadillacs. The Elvis impersonator is a ubiquitous hallmark of Las Vegas, like buffets, drive-thru weddings and Midwesterners willing to wait in line for hours to visit a pawn shop. But The King and the Strip didn’t always get along.

During his first Vegas residency at the New Frontier Hotel and Casino in 1956, Presley was booed off the stage. Newsweek likened his performance to “a jug of corn liquor at a champagne party.” More than a decade later in 1969, Elvis made his triumphant return to Las Vegas, starring as a headliner at the newly opened International Hotel. He went on to sell out more than 700 shows at the hotel and casino through 1976.

1. Rat Pack

Nothing says Las Vegas like the Rat Pack. Frank, Dean, Sammy, Joey and Peter epitomized the Strip of the 1960s. It started in 1960 when the gang was in town filming “Ocean’s 11.” When not on set the boys could be found cavorting around the Sands and performing at the casino’s legendary Copa Room. Later referred to as the “Summit at the Sands,” the watershed moment marked the city’s rebranding from a dusty Wild West town to a sophisticated and swingin’ city with international appeal.

The elder statesman, Sinatra was a Las Vegas fixture for 43 years, from his early days at the Desert Inn in 1951 to his final MGM Grand performance in 1994. The meteoric rise of Sinatra and the Strip are inseparable. Sinatra and the boys helped shape Las Vegas, be it the entertainment or political and social issues, and Las Vegas helped shape them.

Who makes your Top 10 Vegas Acts list? Let us know in the comments! Browse our listings to book tickets to today's hottest acts on the Strip!


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