New York Times recommendations for 36 hours in Vegas

Here’s what the New York Times has to say about a 36 hour visit to Sin City. Start with dinner at Burger Bar in Mandalay Place (3930 Las Vegas Boulevard, 702-632-9364). Then it’s time for a show. “Love,” a surrealistic, acrobatic take on the music of the Beatles at the Mirage (3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South).

The next morning, it’s Bouchon at the Venetian (3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 702-414-6200), for a French-themed breakfast in the Venice-themed hotel and resort. After breakfast, visit the Museum of the American Cocktail, a free exhibition that fills a dining room at the Commander’s Palace restaurant in the Desert Passage mall (3663 Las Vegas Boulevard South) next to the Aladdin Casino & Resort.

Take a break in the center of the strip offers at the Eiffel Tower of the Paris Las Vegas hotel (3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South, which has a good view of the periodic ultrafountain show outside the Bellagio. Later in the afternoon, it’s tea time. The Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio (3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South). In addition to tea they have Maine lobster, pico de gallo and caviar served open-faced on a brioche.

In the early evening, they recommend gambling at the new Wynn Las Vegas (3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South). When you’ve you’re your money or gotten bored of watching, the hotel has a luxury car dealership, Penske-Wynn Ferrari/Maserati ($10 to get in). For dinner, The Bootlegger Bistro (7700 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 702-736-4939), is an an old-fashioned Italian restaurant, beyond the southern glut of Strip hotels, a few miles from Mandalay Bay. Time for some Vegas clubbing after dinner. Cherry Nightclub at the new Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa (11011 West Charleston Boulevard, 702-797-7777).

Your last day in Vegas starts with some shopping. They mention the Fashion Show mall (3200 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 702-369-0704) and the Las Vegas Outlet Center (7400 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 702-896-5599), but our article on shopping in Las Vegas has more detailed information. Lastly, a one-hour drive from Las Vegas, at the northern end of Lake Mead, is Valley of Fire State Park (Interstate 15, Exit 75; Overton; 702-397-2088). Watch for trekkies at Silica Dome off Fire Creek Road where James T. Kirk fell to his death in Star Trek: Generations.

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