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Redescubre Las Vegas …Guía para que disfrutes los muchos placeres que hay por descubrir

Las Vegas, Estados Unidos.- Para muchos, éste es un destino que se aborda como un viejo conocido: las luces nocturnas resplandecen en el cielo del desierto, el sonido de las máquinas tragamonedas crea toda una incesante orquesta, los espectáculos invitan a entrar a mundos de fantasía…

No importa cuántas veces se hayan recorrido sus hoteles, casinos y restaurantes, siempre hay una novedad, un rostro nunca antes visto, así que aquí te ofrecemos una guía para que disfrutes los muchos placeres que hay por descubrir.

Hoteles con personalidad

– El consentido del momento: The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, situado en el corazón de la Avenida del Strip, da la bienvenida con un lobby que presume seis decoraciones diferentes.

Los ambientes tan diversos se van creando con pantallas de cristal líquido que proyectan escenarios que van desde libreros hasta flores en movimiento.

Tiene 2 mil 995 habitaciones y los diseñadores a cargo de este concepto son los arquitectos David Rockwell, Jeffrey Beers y Adam D.Tihany (www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com).

– A orillas del lago: Ravella at Lake Las Vegas, de la cadena Dolce Hotels and Resorts, ofrece 349 habitaciones de estilo mediterráneo con vista al lago artificial que se construyó para el hotel. Como todo en Las Vegas, el hotel cuenta con instalaciones espectaculares: 2 mil 800 metros cuadrados de spa y la única capilla sobre el agua de Las Vegas (www.ravellavegas.com).

– El bueno por conocido: El Encore, hotel miembro de la colección Wynn, ofrece 2 mil suites diseñadas en estilo contemporáneo, una amplia plaza con boutiques de firmas como Chanel y Hermès, y restaurantes a cargo de estrellas en el arte de la gastronomía, como los chefs Theo Schoenegger y Marc Poidevin (www.encorelasvegas.com).

Experiencia gourmet

– De estreno: Allegro es el restaurante del Wynn que se especializa en platillos italoamericanos. Inspirado en el significado de Allegro (ritmo alegre y fresco), el chef Enzo Febbraro creó un menú que fusiona la comida italiana con la americana (www.wynnlasvegas.com).

– De alta cocina: L’Atelier. El chef Joël Robuchon está a cargo de este restaurante que presume una estrella Michelin. El menú incluye gazpacho de tomate con crutones, langostino con pesto, un clásico filete John Dory con pulpo, o un salmón con el afamado puré de papa (www.joel-robuchon.net).

– El extravagante: Le Burger Braserie, el sitio que sirve una hamburguesa gourmet elaborada con langosta de Maine, 8 onzas de carne Kobe, prosciutto y queso brie. Todo va aderezado con aceite balsámico de 100 años de añejamiento. Para acompañar, Dom Perignon Rose. ¿El precio de la hamburguesa con todo y champaña?: 777 dólares (www.parislasvegas.com).

Algo para todos los gustos

– Un museo: Las Vegas Mob Experience exhibe objetos de célebres criminales y permite al visitante interactuar con actores disfrazados de mafiosos o policías (www.lvme.com).

– Un caramelo: Sugar Factory, donde una paleta puede llegar a costar un millón de dólares, siempre y cuando la base y el estuche tengan incrustados diamantes de 125 quilates (www.parislasvegas.com).

– Hoyo en uno: los más de 60 campos de golf que se extienden en la Ciudad vencen la aridez del desierto. Shadow Creek Course es uno de los campos de golf más caros del mundo, según el blog Top 100 Golf.

Ahí tienen casilleros George Bush, Wilt Chamberlain y Michael Jordan. Más de 21 mil árboles de 200 diferentes especies adornan sus extensos drives, diseñados por el arquitecto Tom Fazio (www.shadowcreek.com).

– Un respiro: la capital mundial del entretenimiento está muy cerca de convertirse también en la capital de la relajación. Tras las puertas de los casi 50 spas de lujo, la estrambótica energía de la ciudad hace una pausa e invita a dejarse consentir en manos de expertos masajistas (www.vegas.com/spas/).

Puro derroche

Si crees que algo es demasiado grande y ostentoso en Las Vegas, basta cruzar la calle para encontrar algo aún más exótico.

– Vegas Vic, el gigantesco vaquero de neón de la calle Fremont es el escaparate mecánico de neón más grande del mundo.

– El Hotel MGM Grand es de los hoteles casino más grandes del mundo, con más de 5 mil habitaciones; llevaría 13 años y 8 meses dormir en cada una.

– Howard Hughes se hospedó en el Desert Inn por tanto tiempo que los dueños le pidieron que se marchara y, como no quería, le ofreció a los dueños comprar el hotel y ellos accedieron. Así inició el capricho de Howard Hughes de comprar casinos en Las Vegas.

– El león de 14 metros que está en la entrada el MGM Grand está montado en una base de 8 metros y es la escultura de bronce más grande de Estados Unidos.

– En la cultura China, el número cuatro es considerado de mala suerte, por ello en hoteles como Rio Hotel & Casino y Wynn Las Vegas no hay ningún piso con el número cuatro.

Las Vegas: The offbeat and the outrageous
Thinking of spending a few days in Las Vegas? You won’t be alone: In 2012, a record 39.7 million conventioneers and visitors spent time there. Beyond the casinos and the Cirque du Soleil extravaganzas, we think some of these cheap and/or offbeat attractions may be adding to Sin City’s allure.

1. Pinball Hall of Fame
Part museum, part arcade, the nonprofit Pinball Hall of Fame began when “a group of guys who each had some machines decided to put their ‘babies’ together in one place,” says museum co-director Charlotte Owens. Today, 250 vintage, classic and modern-day pinball machines are onsite, and each can be played for between 25 cents and $1.
“So unless you’re a really bad pinball player, $20 should last you for several hours,” Owens says.
Tip: The Pinball Hall of Fame doesn’t charge to host birthday parties and other events and has served as the backdrop for several weddings.

2. Machine Gun Las Vegas
Fun with firearms? That seems to be premise at Machine Gun Las Vegas, where packages with themes such as World War II ($199.95/person) and Femme Fatale ($109.95/person) are not cheap, but are definitely offbeat and a safe and supervised way to try firearms ranging from pistols and automatic machine guns to historical guns and one-of-a-kind weapons.
Tip: Family fun with guns? The add-on kids’ package at MGV lets the little ones fire a .22 rifle and a .22 laser-sighted pistol.

3. Score! Sports Museum
Described as “the Smithsonian meets Disneyland — for sports fans,” Score is a multisport hall-of-fame attraction at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. In addition to more than 200 pieces of sports memorabilia, including a Babe Ruth jersey, there are interactive sports-themed activities such as the Dangle Zone stick-handling exercise. “Guest stick-handle through a maze of sensors and see how they compare to their favorite NHL players,” says Adam Suissa, Score’s chief operating officer.
Tip: Suissa says the best time to visit Score is between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, when sports celebrities may be onsite for one of the live radio broadcasts.

4. National Atomic Testing Museum
No need to wear lead-lined clothing to the National Atomic Testing Museum, which documents the history of the development and testing of the nuclear bomb. Visitors can watch a simulated bomb blast at the Ground Zero Theater and view food, comic books, cookbooks, games and other items sporting nuclear-related imagery from the Atomic Age of the 1950s and ’60s.
Tip: One popular exhibit explores the myths and realities of Area 51, a restricted area of Edwards Air Force Base in southern Nevada where some believe the government studied aliens and alien spacecraft said to have landed near Roswell, N.M., in 1947.

5. Dig This
Don’t those workers running bulldozer cabs and excavators on construction sites make it look fun — and really easy? Dig This, billed as a “heavy-equipment playground’ gives you a chance to climb up in the cab and find out. The individual 90-minute, Big Dig programs — $249, with instructions and hard hats included — are the most popular, but there are also Group Digs for up to 10 people ($1,100).
Tip: Participants who complete the course receive a certificate, but no digging is allowed — and no refunds are made — for anyone who fails the required, pre-dig, blood-alcohol breath test.

6. Bellagio Gardens
The daily choreographed performances put on by the 1,200 dancing fountains on the lake in front of the Bellagio hotel are a fun — and free — treat. But inside the hotel’s conservatory and botanical gardens is another, highly orchestrated, theatrical and free offering. Each year, 140 horticulturists put together a series of lush, over-the-top floral arrangements and installations tied to Chinese New Year, the winter holidays and the cycle of the seasons.
Tip: “Mr. & Mrs. Green Thumb” are in the garden each morning offering tips and answering gardening questions. Each afternoon, there’s live music in the Victorian Gazebo.

7. The Auto Collections
It seems appropriate that visitors must take the parking garage elevators to the fifth floor of the Quad Resort & Casino in order to reach The Auto Collections. The giant showroom of more than 250 vintage, world-class and collectible automobiles has some models for sale, but many others, including a baby-blue 1971 Volkswagen Beetle with 500,000 miles and a 1962 Lincoln Continental Towne Limousine used by President John F. Kennedy and many other dignitaries, are there strictly for show.
Tip: The posted admission price is $11.95 for adults, but free-admission passes are available for download from The Auto Collections website.

8. First Friday — Downtown Las Vegas
In downtown Las Vegas, the animated light and music show projected on a canopy stretching the length of five football fields over the Fremont Street Experience is always free. So are almost all activities during the First Friday festivals that take place in the city’s growing downtown arts district. The monthly family-friendly event takes place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes gallery openings, performances, a KidZone, three stages of music, food vendors and other entertainment.
Tip: Don’t miss a thing: A shuttle runs on two routes throughout the evening.

9. Springs Preserve
Located three miles outside of downtown Las Vegas — but in many ways a world away — the Las Vegas Springs Preserve is a 180-acre, family-friendly attraction with natural and display gardens, science and nature exhibits, hiking and biking trails, live animals and a full schedule of workshops and events.
Tip: An all-day general-admission ticket is $18.95 for adults and $10.95 for kids and includes all attractions, including the on-site Nevada State Museum, where exhibits tell how this area of southern Nevada was transformed from lonely desert into the glitzy, glamorous world attraction it is today.

10. The Wedding Wagon
Why go to the chapel when the chapel can come to you? Lovebirds in Las Vegas can arrange to have a mobile wedding chapel — the Wedding Wagon — show up at a location of their choice. “We’ve performed 900 weddings in less than one year,” says the Rev. James Cass, co-owner of the Wedding Wagon, “at from the ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign to Hoover Dam, the Bellagio Fountains, the Pinball Hall of Fame and other locations on and off the Strip.”
Tip: A Wedding Wagon ceremony costs $129 and includes a witness, five candid photos, paperwork and two ministers: one to officiate, the other to take the photos.

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