Vegas Attractions & Distractions

After a day at the show, plenty of ways to wind down in Sin City

Erik J. Martin, CSP Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Are you a glitter heavy hitter? Want to destress to excess? Feeling hot to slot? Then it’s time to punch your ticket to Sin City, better known as Las Vegas—the entertainment capital of the world and site of the 2012 NACS Show.

New York is often called the city that never sleeps, but Vegas can easily contend for that title. That’s because there’s never a shortage of things to do, see or experience.

Consider that 17 of the top 20 hotels in the world are located here, with 150,000 total rooms available—more than any other place on earth. Nearly 39 million people visited Vegas last year, and a record-breaking 40 million are expected to visit in 2012. And for the 18th straight year, the city has been the top trade show destination in the country, hosting 4.9 million convention attendees in 2011.

From high-kicking showgirls to America’s fifth-tallest building (The Stratosphere) to the world’s largest mechanical neon sign (Vegas Vic) and Celine Dion exclusive concerts (she’ll probably never break Elvis’ record of 837 consecutive sold out shows at theLas Vegas Hilton Hotel), this is a place that has it all. You could even choose to get hitched—more than 100,000 couples tie the knot every year on and off The Strip—because a marriage license here sets you back only $60 and 10 minutes.

But with so many entertainment choices and so little time to indulge, planning a party-hearty itinerary can be hard. That’s why we’ve created this handy hotspot guide, which highlights some of the best of the new, time-tested, on-the-house, and edge-of-your-seat attractions in and around town, happening before, after and evenings of the NACS Show.

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