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Not many marriages make it to their china anniversary, but “Marriage Can Be Murder” has always been unique. The murder-mystery dinner show just celebrated its 20th anniversary in June, and it’s easy to see why audiences keep saying “I do” to the interactive comedy production. Featuring two hilarious stars (creators Eric and Jayne Post), an ever-changing cast of actors performing among the audience and a mouthwatering “last meal,” the show is one of Las Vegas’ best bets for an entertaining evening off-Strip. Audiences will practically die from laughter as they try to figure out whodunit and why! The production is one of five funny tickets currently featured at the D Las Vegas, with performances running nightly. marriagecanbemurder.com
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Welcome aboard and thank you for choosing Allegiant. Summer is in full swing, and we hope you’re on your way to a wonderful vacation. Whether it’s to hit the beaches of Southern California, explore our national parks or try your luck in Las Vegas, we appreciate playing a role in your plans. Regardless if you’re traveling to a wellneeded vacation or visiting family and friends, it’s our goal to get you where you need to go safely, on time and with the most affordable fares in the industry. Even as we evolve into a full-fledged travel company delivering more diverse experiences, that will remain our number one priority. Let Sunseeker be your guide to the latest in local deals and tips on the hottest spots to visit in our destinations. Cool off this summer by lounging at one of these downtown Las Vegas pools on page 44. Learn about family-friendly Las Vegas attractions on page 29. Discover these fantastic Bay-area parks and trails on page 54. Finally, a new minor league ballpark just opened in Las Vegas that’s worthy of a visit. Check it out on page 56. As always, we hope you take advantage of the convenience and great deals we offer on our nonstop flights, hotels, car rentals and more to make your trip a great one. Thanks again for choosing Allegiant and have a great vacation.
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HAMMER’S HOUSE PARTY
Hammer’s House Party, featuring performances by MC Hammer, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Biz Markie, 2 Live Crew and other hip-hop and R&B artists, comes to The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort July 12 at 8 p.m. palms.com
Performing hit songs from “The Greatest Showman,” “Les Misérables” and more, Hugh Jackman brings his first world tour, “The Man. The Music. The Show.,” to MGM Grand Garden Arena July 13 at 7 p.m. mgmgrand.com
Broadway’s romantic and adventure-filled musical “Anastasia” journeys to The Smith Center Aug. 20-25 for eight performances. Show times are Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. thesmithcenter.com
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jackson Browne (2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 2007 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee) performs a limited engagement inside The Venetian Theatre Aug. 21, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. venetian.com
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The main dining room at Mott 32
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NEW AND NOTEWORTHY new foodie favorites in las vegas By Heather Turk
Photo of dining room by Erik Kabik; escargot courtesy of Favorite Bistro
Las Vegas’ dining scene continues to thrive thanks to several recent restaurant additions that are making a name for themselves because of their flavorful fare and eyecatching desserts. FAVORITE BISTRO AT THE LINQ PROMENADE Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday, and brunch and dinner Friday through Sunday, this charming bistro serves French fare with an American twist in a sophisticated yet unpretentious setting. Guests can dine indoors or on the patio while feasting upon such delightful dishes as the exquisite Escargot de Bourgogne in an herb garlic butter (dinner only) and the mouthwatering Mussels marinière (available for lunch and dinner). When it’s time for dessert, cool off with the refreshing, teardrop-shaped Ice Sculpture filled with various fruits and sorbets in an exotic mint sauce. thefavoritebistro.com
The exquisite Escargot de Bourgogne at Favorite Bistro
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GREENE ST. KITCHEN AT PALMS CASINO RESORT Offering a real feast for the senses, this vibrant restaurant is creating as much of a buzz for its art as its Asian-influenced shareable plates. Guests enter the restaurant through a secret vintage video arcade “speakeasy” and pass by several striking pieces — including an authentic Banksy street painting — before being seated. Just like how many of the curated art pieces burst with color, many of the restaurant’s dinner dishes explode with flavor, particularly the Wagyu Beef Tataki made with chili oil, ponzu sauce and crispy garlic and the Blistered Shishito Peppers topped with lime mayo and a barbeque crunch. For a dish that’s a work of art itself, end your meal with the ice cream “Space Invader,” which arrives to your table on an illuminated, steaming “spaceship.” palms.com/eat-and-drink/greene-st-kitchen MOTT 32 AT THE PALAZZO The first U.S. location of one of Hong Kong’s most lauded restaurants is equally worthy of all the critical acclaim. Serving authentic Chinese cuisine in an elegant setting, this fine-dining restaurant boasts an extensive dinner menu that includes everything from delicious dim sum like the sweet and savory Crispy Sugar Coated BBQ Iberico Pork Buns to its signature Apple Wood Roasted 42 Days Peking Duck. While the menu can be a bit overwhelming for first-time guests, diners can rest assured that every dish is truly a treat for taste buds. That being said, no visit is complete without ordering the Bamboo Green Forest (matcha sponge cake with yuzu cream, lime sorbet, crispy yogurt and white chocolate “bamboo”) for dessert. venetian. com/restaurants/mott-32.html dining ▪ 7
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The Chopped Beef Brisket at Smoked Burgers & BBQ
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A TASTE OF SUMMER LUSCIOUS BARBECUE JOINTS IN LAS VEGAS By Heather Turk
Photo of brisket courtesy of Smoked Burgers & BBQ; turkey by Jeff Green; Virgil’s Fried Chicken & Waffle courtesy of Virgil’s Real Barbecue
There’s no better time to savor some lipsmackin’ barbecue than during the summer. While Las Vegas may not be famous for its barbecue cuisine like Kansas City, St. Louis or Memphis, the city is home to several restaurants known for their tasty barbecue fare. MABEL’S BBQ INSIDE PALMS CASINO RESORT Foodies no longer have to travel to Ohio to treat their taste buds to some of Food Network Iron Chef Michael Symon’s beloved barbecue. Showcasing classic barbecue staples smoked over cherry wood, this Cleveland favorite serves a variety of antibiotic- and hormone-free meats for lunch and dinner, including a succulent Memphis dry rub Turkey Breast that will put mom’s Thanksgiving turkey to shame. Guests can pair their entrée selection with an assortment of à
The Memphis dry rub Turkey Breast at Mabel’s BBQ
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la carte sides, like the scrumptious Spiced Mac and Cheese made with mascarpone cheddar. Although diners aren’t in any danger of leaving their table hungry, especially considering several of the meats are served by the half pound, Sunseeker recommends starting the meal with the Pork Belly Tacos as an appetizer — they’re phenomenal! mabelsbbqlv.com SMOKED BURGERS & BBQ INSIDE THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS PALACE Offering a menu of barbecue classics with a West Coast twist for lunch and dinner, this mouthwatering restaurant not only specializes in smoked meats — including a smoked burger — but also smoked cocktails. Guests can order dishes like the Chopped Beef Brisket or Salmon and enjoy their meal inside or out on the restaurant’s 1,500-square-foot patio. Whatever the entrée, no visit to the eatery is complete without ordering the World Famous Pig Candy for the table, smoked applewood bacon dusted with brown sugar, smoked paprika, Spanish paprika and cayenne pepper. hospitalityblvd. com/portfolio/smoked-burgers-and-bbq VIRGIL’S REAL BARBECUE AT THE LINQ PROMENADE This Southern-style smokehouse cooks all of its meats at a low temperature over a unique mix of hickory, oak and fruit woods for up to 10 hours, resulting in some of the best barbecue in town. Guests can relish almost every type of barbecue meat imaginable for lunch and dinner, including Carolina Pulled Pork and Memphis Smoked Pork Spare Ribs, and listen to complimentary live music at night. Breakfast is available Monday through Friday as well, and brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon featuring such must-try signature dishes as the Fried Chicken & Waffle with sage country gravy. virgilsbbq.com dining ▪ 9
The Buffalo Chicken Wontons at Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar
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DINE LIKE A LOCAL NEW RESTAURANTS TO RELISH IN LAS VEGAS By Heather Turk
BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN RESTAURANT & BAR Already a favorite in the Midwest, this familyfriendly sports bar opened its first West Coast location at Town Square Las Vegas in February.
Savor mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine at Bok Bok Chicken
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Offering something for everyone, its extensive menu features everything from sandwiches and wraps to enticing entrées like the Bourbon Glazed Salmon and flame-grilled Caribbean Jerk Chops topped with fresh pineapple salsa. Whatever you decide on for lunch or dinner, be sure to get an order of the tasty Buffalo Chicken Wontons for the table, and if you’re of legal drinking age, Big Whiskey’s Frozen Sour Swirls make the perfect summer cocktail. bigwhiskeys.com BOK BOK CHICKEN One of The Landing’s newest eateries, this fastcasual Mediterranean restaurant serves some of the city’s most luscious Lebanese cuisine. Nothing on the menu disappoints, from the juicy rotisserie chicken and freshly carved beef shawerma to the refreshing rose-flavored iced tea. While the lunch/dinner plates are pretty filling by themselves, be sure to start your meal with the scrumptious Cheese Boreg (fried dough filled with cheeses, green onion, parsley and spices) and save some room for the Ashta, a shredded filo dough with sweet cream and pistachios for dessert. bokbokchicken.com BROKEN YOLK CAFÉ A San Diego staple, this breakfast and brunch spot was one of the first restaurants to open at The Landing in April. Worth getting up early for, its menu boasts an array of perfectly prepared dishes ranging from Benedicts, pancakes and omelets to burgers, salads and traditional south-of-the-border fare. The Waffle Sandwich filled with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and applewood-smoked bacon is especially delicious, as is the Monte Cristo: grilled ham and Swiss cheese sandwiched between two extra thick slices of French toast. If you order the latter, be sure to ask for a side of strawberry sauce to dip it in. thebrokenyolkcafe.com d e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s
Photo of wontons courtesy of Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar; Mediterranean cuisine courtesy of Bok Bok Chicken; sandwich courtesy of Broken Yolk Café
Located on Las Vegas Boulevard approximately two miles from Mandalay Bay, Town Square Las Vegas is that rare destination frequented by locals and tourists alike. The shopping, dining and entertainment center is particularly popular with locals thanks to its delectable dining scene, which boasts such flavorful favorites as BRIO Tuscan Grille and Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. Taste buds will discover there’s even more to relish in the area now thanks to several restaurants that not only recently opened at the open-air complex, but also at the new development, The Landing, next to it.
A selection of dinner dishes from Palace Station’s Feast Buffet
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A FEAST FOR ALMOST EVERY HOUR NEW OFF-STRIP BUFFET IS SO M E T H I N G TO R E L I S H By Heather Turk
Las Vegas’ newest smorgasbord is unlike any other in town. Part of the resort’s $192 million modernization, the new Feast Buffet inside Palace Station is redefining the all-you-can-eat experience in Las Vegas. Not only is the state-of-the-art buffet open Monday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch, daily for dinner and Sunday for brunch, but it also serves an assortment of breakfast and dinner favorites nightly from midnight until 8 a.m., making it the only late-night buffet in town. “No one else was doing an overnight buffet so we saw an opportunity,” said Keith Cawthern, Palace Station’s food and beverage director. “We didn’t know if it would work until we tried it, but so far we’ve been having great success.”
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Additionally, Palace Station’s Feast Buffet is the only buffet at a Station Casinos property that offers a selection of boba teas for guests to enjoy with their lunch or dinner. Diners can choose from a variety of aguas frescas during lunch and dinner as well, and guests age 21 and older receive complimentary mimosas and champagne during brunch. “We take pride in our value, quality and stellar service,” Cawthern said. “There’s truly something for everyone — not just meat lovers.” For more information, visit palacestation.sclv. com/dining/feast-buffet.
Inside Palace Stations' all-new Feast Buffet
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Located just off of the casino floor in Palace Station’s new expansion area, the all-new buffet is a drastic departure from the Feast Buffet that opened on the second floor of the property back in 1988. Not only is it easily accessible, but it also has a more modern look, seats more guests and offers a variety of delectable new dishes at seven themed stations. Menu highlights throughout the day include the shiitake scrambled eggs and breakfast pizzas available for breakfast, brunch and late-night dining; the build-your-own pasta station open for lunch and dinner, and the sushi, BBQ ribs and fresh-carved brisket served during dinner.
relish. In fact, Cawthern noted that the sesame cauliflower available for dinner is actually one of the buffet’s most popular dishes. For those with a sweet tooth, the made-to-order donut ice cream sandwiches available during lunch and dinner are another big hit. Guests can make their own tasty treat from five different gelato flavors and several types of donuts.
Enjoy poutine, BBQ, cocktails and more during Blue Ribbon’s social hour
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COME ON, GET HAPPY DIVERSE HAPPY HOURS FOR EVERY TYPE OF VEGAS VISITOR By H. Wadowski
Photo of poutine by Louiie Victa; Alaskan Crab Cakes courtesy of MB Steak; Turkey Corn Dogs courtesy of Rock & Reilly’s
The happy hour scene in Las Vegas has something for everyone. From early evening social hours to a reverse happy hour that’s sure to satisfy any late-night craving, visitors will find happy hour in Las Vegas runs at various times of day! BLUE RIBBON AT THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS This famed New York City brasserie revamped its social hour menu in April, offering guests a variety of new dishes to savor. Available Monday through Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the bar or in the front part of the restaurant, the menu not only features 10 delectable dishes priced from $8 to $18, but also a trio of drink specials — including all specialty cocktails for
The Alaskan Crab Cakes, part of MB Steak’s social hour
The Turkey Corn Dogs at Rock & Reilly’s
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only $13 each! Social hour standouts include a Mushroom & Cheddar Poutine that would make Canadians proud and arguably the best salmon, tuna and yellowtail Poke you’ll ever taste. Since no one has ever had too much poutine, be sure to also try the Sweet Potato Poutine topped with powdered sugar, chocolate and butterscotch sauce, candied pecans and crispy white chocolate for dessert. cosmopolitanlasvegas. com/restaurants/blue-ribbon MB STEAK AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO Typically, you can’t get much at a steakhouse for $5 — unless you’re visiting this sophisticated steakhouse during social hour. Available at the bar and lounge daily from 5 to 6 p.m., social hour options include an assortment of “MB Bites” like the Alaskan Crab Cakes and the Truffle Arancini as well as select martinis, cocktails, wines and domestic and imported beers for just $5 each. Make sure to order the succulent MB Sliders: brisket burgers topped with butterkäse cheese. mbsteaklv.com ROCK & REILLY’S AT HAWAIIAN MARKETPLACE Perfect for those enjoying a late night on the town, this Irish rock pub offers a Reverse Happy Hour at its bar Monday through Thursday from 2 to 6 a.m. that features an assortment of Shared Bites ranging from $4 to $7. Guests can select from such scrumptious items as the herb-marinated Chicken Skewers in a honey mustard or peanut sauce, the Turkey Corn Dogs made with a homemade ale batter and the Tater Tots served with an Irish cheddar sauce. Well cocktails are available for $5 each, too, and visitors can choose from more than 25 draft beers, including Kilkenny and Murphy’s Irish Stout, priced from $3.50 to $6. rockandreillys.com dining ▪ 15
The finale of “The Beatles LOVE” by Cirque du Soleil
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NOW THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! HOT TICKETS ON THE LAS VEGAS STRIP By Heather Turk
Photo of finale by Matt Beard, © Cirque du Soleil; "Zombie Burlesque" courtesy of “Zombie Burlesque”
Las Vegas isn’t the Entertainment Capital of the World merely because of the sheer number of productions it has — it’s the Entertainment Capital of the World because of how many mustsee shows are constantly playing. It doesn’t matter how many people you ask, almost everyone has a different show they would say no trip to the Strip is complete without watching. “THE BEATLES LOVE” BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AT THE MIRAGE Having just celebrated its 13th anniversary in June, this immersive production only continues to get better with age. Featuring breathtaking acrobatics, dynamic dance numbers and some of the most colorful costumes on the Strip, the production showcases some of The Beatles’ greatest hits as remixed by Giles Martin, son of The Beatles’ legendary producer, Sir George Martin. Even if you’ve seen the show since new acts, costumes, choreography and technology were added for its 10th anniversary, it’s such a visual feast that there’s always something new for audiences to love that previously went unnoticed! cirquedusoleil.com/beatles-love DONNY & MARIE AT FLAMINGO LAS VEGAS Time is running out to see one of the Strip’s most beloved productions, as America’s favorite brother-sister duo recently announced that they would be ending their Las Vegas residency in November. A show that’s not to be missed, the acclaimed production features Donny and Marie performing both together and separately, singing the songs that not only made them famous, like “Puppy Love” and “Paper Roses,” but also hits from other artists. While their signature brother-sister banter is as witty as ever, the show shines brightest whenever Donny and Marie show off their vocal versatility. Whether D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s
Donny’s rocking out to “Crazy Horses” or Marie’s performing a show-stopping opera duet to “Duo Des Fleurs” with herself, it’s easy to see how these two turned a six-week engagement into an 11-year residency. caesars.com/flamingolas-vegas/shows/donny-and-marie “ZOMBIE BURLESQUE” INSIDE MIRACLE MILE SHOPS AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO One of the Strip’s most entertaining productions, this hidden gem is far from being dead on arrival. Starring talented dancers and acrobats (as well as one charismatic host) backed by a live band, the adults-only comedy musical will leave audiences gasping for air with its astonishing — and oftentimes hilarious — acts, which include a hauntingly beautiful ballet number. Don’t be deceived by the name. This show has more heart than you’d expect given its “undead” cast and will leave audiences feeling more alive than ever. zombieburlesqueshow.com
“Zombie Burlesque” is funny, sexy and surprisingly heartwarming
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Enjoy dueling pianos nightly at Encore’s Eastside Lounge
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MUSIC TO GUESTS’ EARS COMPLIMENTARY LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ON THE STRIP By H. Wadowski
Las Vegas’ many showrooms aren’t the only places to see some quality entertainment during a Vegas vacation. The city also boasts several restaurants, bars and lounges that feature complimentary live entertainment for guests to enjoy, especially on the Strip!
Rose. Rabbit. Lie. features spontaneous performances throughout the night
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RÍ RÁ LAS VEGAS INSIDE THE SHOPPES AT MANDALAY PLACE This authentic Irish pub features live Irish music nightly that can be heard throughout the bar and restaurant. Many of the acts showcased are actually from Ireland! Upcoming acts scheduled to perform include local Irish pub staple John Windsor, who will sing and play guitar and harmonica every Monday in July and August; The Black Donnellys, who will perform a selection of folk and traditional Irish songs Tuesday through Sunday July 2 through 28; and the pioneers of “Shamrockabilly,” Craic Haus, who will perform a high-energy mix of Irish, hillbilly and swing music Aug. 6 through 11 and 13 through 18. To feel like you’re really enjoying a night out in Ireland, order the Bangers and Mash. rira.com/las-vegas ROSE. RABBIT. LIE. AT THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS This modern supper club features nightly entertainment by a house band for guests to enjoy, whether they’re dining on reinvented American classics inside the restaurant like the Caviar Taco made with hackleback caviar, a Yukon Gold potato shell and hamachi, or drinking a cocktail at the bar. On the weekend, an electric guitar player, tap dancer, breakdancer and robo-pop lock dancer are added to the entertainment mix. Performances happen throughout the night, with breaks in between each performance. For those watching the action from the bar, be sure to try the Femme Fatale, a mix of Belvedere Mango Passion vodka, lychee, strawberry-rhubarb-rose syrup, citrus and sparkling rosé. cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ restaurants/rose-rabbit-lie d e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s
Photo of Eastside Lounge by Barbara Kraft; performer courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
EASTSIDE LOUNGE AT ENCORE Overlooking the resort’s sparkling pool, this luxurious lounge features dueling pianos every Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Guests can enjoy the lively pianists while sipping one of the lounge’s innovative cocktails, like the Sinatra Smash made with Jack Daniel’s single barrel whiskey, cassis, a house-made vanilla infusion and muddled blackberries. Other signature sips include the Lychee Blossom Martini, the Hibiscus-Berry Limeade and the Gin & Tonic made with a tonic created specifically for
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“Marriage Can Be Murder” is one of Las Vegas’ longest-running shows
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Married comedy team Eric and Jayne Post may have created one of Las Vegas’ longest-running shows, the interactive murder-mystery dinner production “Marriage Can Be Murder,” but that doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. “The show is called ‘Marriage Can Be Murder,’ not ‘Marriage is Murder,’” Jayne told Sunseeker with a laugh. “We will have been married for 30 years in October and we’ve definitely had our ups and downs, but we think marriage is worth fighting for. Laughter is just very important to us.” “I remember our daughter calling us one day at 7:30 a.m., and we were laughing when I answered the phone,” Eric added. “She asked me, ‘Do you guys wake up laughing?’ Most couples in show business fight for the microphone, but we share it. I used to always be the clown when I
performed, but when I met Jayne I realized I had to be the straight man because she’s funnier.” Starring as the show’s ditzy hostess, DD, and the overeager, short-short wearing police officer, Lt. Post, called to the scene after someone’s killed during dinner, Jayne and Eric opened “Marriage Can Be Murder” 20 years ago this past June at the former Showboat Hotel and Casino. It was then staged inside of a local restaurant, The Egg & I, for seven years before moving downtown to the D Las Vegas (formerly Fitzgeralds Hotel and Casino), where it’s been entertaining audiences for the past decade. Featuring actors in the audience posing as paying guests, the show seats ticket holders at custom-designed tables that are only 24 inches wide so guests interact with each other during their meal to try to decide who the murderer is among them. “Sometimes people ask if they can attend the show without ordering a meal, but we’ve discovered it’s easier for people to break down their barriers when they’re sitting closely together and eating,” Eric said. The show changes approximately every three months, hiring new actors to sit among the guests to keep things fresh. Every time new actors join the show, the story changes slightly, too, as the new cast members will rework plot points to fit their own backgrounds.
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Allen performing her favorite number in the show, “Million Reasons”
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they can’t answer if they end up sitting next to someone who is from Hawaii,” Eric explained. “We try to keep the lies to a minimum.”
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Jayne also prides the show on keeping the comedic moments relatively clean. “We’re not going to insult someone or pick on someone and be hurtful,” she said. “If I comment on someone looking like someone else, I’ll say something like, ‘Hey, Edna Mode (from ‘The Incredibles’) is here!’ We have good-natured fun with each other.” As far as the food goes, Eric, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Las Vegas, commented that it’s “improved tremendously” over the years, as expected since it now comes from the D Grill located next to the showroom. “It’s not a celebrity-chef meal, but it’s good comfort food like your mom would make,” Jayne said of the dishes, which change approximately every six months. Overall, guests are treated to one killer evening complete with plenty of laughs and a tasty three-course meal. “I hear people say every night that it’s the best show they’ve seen in Las Vegas,” Eric stated. “‘Marriage Can Be Murder’ isn’t just a show, though — it’s an experience where people leave feeling like they’ve made new friends.” “Marriage Can Be Murder” runs nightly at 6:30 p.m. inside the Showroom at the D. Be sure to get a souvenir shirt designed by acclaimed caricaturist Neal Portnoy to commemorate the show’s 20th anniversary, available for purchase or with VIP and R.I.P. tickets. marriagecanbemurder.com D e s t i n at i o n ▪ d ow n tow n L a s V e g a s
“Marriage Can Be Murder” isn’t the only show at the D Las Vegas that will having people practically dying from laughter. Its showroom is home to several sidesplitting productions, including “FRIENDS! The Musical Parody.” Performing Wednesday through Monday at 8:38 p.m., “FRIENDS! The Musical Parody” premiered last October and features a talented cast recreating the sitcom’s 10-season run in just 90 minutes. Audiences will be laughing nonstop as the cast not only sings such clever songs as “We Were On a Break” and “Pivot!,” but also reinterprets such unforgettable moments as Ross and Joey’s nap and Fat Monica. Even Janice makes several appearances! Additionally, “FRIENDS! The Musical Parody” shares the Showroom at the D with the family-friendly comedy magic show “Adam London’s Laughternoon” and the hilarious one-man show on relationships “Defending the Caveman.” Then, late at night, the showroom transforms into the adults-only Jokesters Comedy Club, featuring performances by local and nationally touring comics. That means no matter what time you visit, you can get your laugh on at almost any hour of the day! thed.com/entertainment/ showroom-at-the-d
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“Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” will have audiences on their feet
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A CONCERT EXPERIENCE UNLIKE ANY OTHER
GO ON A MUSICAL JOURNEY WITH ‘ ELVIS PRESLEY ’ S HEARTBREAK HOTEL IN CONCERT ’ By Heather Turk
The story behind “Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” is almost as interesting as The King himself. The production, which tells the story of Presley’s meteoric rise to fame through nearly two dozen hit songs as well as never-before-seen photographs and videos, was originally part of a much longer script by Floyd Mutrux that became two separate musicals: “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Million Dollar Quartet.” After premiering in Ogunquit, Maine, in 2017 and playing in Chicago the following year, “Heartbreak Hotel” was adapted for the Las Vegas stage by Ivan Menchell and turned into a 90-minute concert experience.
Photos by Denise Truscello
“We stripped the show down to its bare story,” said Eddie Clendening, who has played Presley not only since “Heartbreak Hotel’s” premiere, but also originated the role of Presley in the Broadway production of “Million Dollar Quartet.” “This is the same story concept, but instead of playing Elvis proper, I’m Eddie onstage, which is freeing in a lot of ways. We (the cast) get to talk to the audience about Elvis’ story and why he was so important to us as musicians. There’s only one Elvis, and I feel the show is more impactful talking about why he’s so important versus me just pretending to be him.” Clendening praises the show for doing something that’s not being done by others, which includes the songs the six-piece band plays. Although the production features such timeless tracks as “It’s Now or Never,” sung by the cast in 23 languages to show Presley’s global appeal, D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s
and a beautiful, more modern arrangement of “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” sung by one of the show’s three female singers, Jackie Wiatrowski, Clendening noted that “there are some great Elvis songs not in the show.” While part of that is because Presley had so many hits, the numbers featured in the production were ultimately chosen because they helped best tell the story. This includes Clendening’s favorite number, “Baby Let’s Play House,” which was Presley’s mom’s favorite song. Clendening also loves how the show touches upon some of the “cutesy stuff” from Presley’s life, like how he took time out of his busy schedule to take his girlfriend to prom. “It shows the human side of an icon,” he said. “Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert” runs select nights at 8 p.m. inside Harrah’s Las Vegas with an additional 3 p.m. performance on Sundays (dark July 10 through 16). heartbreakhotelconcert.com
Eddie Clendening performing in “Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert”
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Def Leppard kicks off their second Vegas residency in August
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BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER D E F L E P PA R D R E T U R N S TO L A S V E G A S FO R T H E I R S ECO N D R E S I D E N C Y By Heather Turk
When Def Leppard returns to Las Vegas in August to perform their first-ever Strip residency, “Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency” at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, they likely won’t be joined by the world’s greatest Def Leppard cover band, Ded Flatbird. Anyone who saw Def Leppard’s first Las Vegas residency, “Viva! Hysteria,” in 2013 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino might recall that the legendary rock ‘n’ roll band performed as their own opening act, Ded Flatbird, before returning to the stage to play their best-selling 1987 album Hysteria in its entirety. With “Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency,” Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen said that the name of the show not only announces the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ return to the Entertainment Capital of the World, but also tells fans what to expect from the set list.
“Just like the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale, we know we can’t please everyone, but this will be a hits show,” he told Sunseeker just days before the band, which also includes Joe Elliott on vocals, Rick Savage on bass, Rick Allen on drums and Vivian Campbell on guitar, embarked on their summer European and Canadian tours. “There will be a few curveballs that we’ll change every night, but mainly, this show will feature our hits with a few deep cuts.” In addition to hearing such classic tracks as “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak,” “Rock of Ages,” “Photograph” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” fans will likely be treated to more of a theatrical experience, as Collen noted that it can be “a drag just watching a band stand there in their T-shirts performing.” “Las Vegas is the Entertainment Capital, so we have to respect that spirit,” Collen said. “What
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Photos of Def Leppard by Kevin Nixon; Janet Jackson by Farrenton Grigsby; Lady Antebellum by Denise Truscello
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was surprising to me with our first Las Vegas residency was that it felt more like a theatrical event. We came out as Ded Flatbird, played for 45 minutes, took a shower and then performed the Hysteria album. We’ve done everything from play in front of a million people to play in a cave in Morocco, but that just felt different to us. The presentation was something we had never done before. We want to do something different that feels more theatrical again so it’s not just us playing a concert in Las Vegas.” Whatever the band comes up with, Collen promised fans that the “best live rock band in the world” will continue to raise their game with the 12-show residency. “We’ve never split up,” Collen noted. “Even when things weren’t looking good, we believed in ourselves and still did our thing. We kept pushing ourselves to become better. [These past few years] haven’t been a resurgence, they’ve been our trajectory. We have as much passion now, if not more, than we did coming out of the starting gate, and we try real hard to make each performance amazing. Whether we’re performing in a stadium, in an arena or at our own residency, we want our shows to have the same effect on audiences. We want them to be magical, and I love the fact that all these years later — in the Indian summer of our career — we’re still out there performing because that’s all I have ever wanted to do.” “Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency” runs Aug. 14, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 29 and 31 as well as Sept. 1, 4, 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at just $69, plus taxes and fees, with VIP Meet & Greet add-on tickets also available. ticketmaster.com/defleppard
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Phil Collen noted that the entertainment scene in Las Vegas has “really changed in favor of anything entertainment related” over the years. Case in point: its diverse music residency scene. Before Def Leppard takes the stage at Zappos Theater, pop/rock superstar Gwen Stefani will return with her hit residency, “Gwen Stefani – Just a Girl,” Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, July 5 through 26 at 9 p.m. caesars.com/planet-hollywood/ shows/gwen-stefani Over at Park Theater inside Park MGM, “AEROSMITH: DEUCES ARE WILD” runs July 2, 4, 7 and 9 at 8 p.m. “Janet Jackson: Metamorphosis” then performs Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, July 24 through Aug. 17 at 8 p.m., before “Classic Cher” returns Aug. 21, 23, 24, 28 and 31 at 8 p.m. parktheaterlv.com Boyz II Men, meanwhile, will bring their “Cooleyhighharmony” back to The Mirage July 12 through 14, and Aug. 2 through 4 at 7:30 p.m. themirage.com Not to forget country music fans, “REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas” performs at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace July 3, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. (thecolosseum.com), and “Lady Antebellum: OUR KIND OF VEGAS” returns to the Pearl Theater inside Palms Casino Resort Aug. 23, 24, 28, 30 and 31 at 9 p.m. palms.com/see-and-do/ event-calendar/lady-antebellum
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Moreno puts on one of Vegas’ most euphoric concert experiences
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MARCHING TO HIS OWN BEAT FRANKIE MORENO DOES THINGS HIS WAY IN TWO ONGOING SHOWS IN LAS VEGAS By Heather Turk
Most acts dream of one day headlining a showroom in Las Vegas. But, Frankie Moreno has never been like most acts. The acclaimed singer-songwriter, piano prodigy and multi-instrumentalist can currently be seen performing at not one, but two Las Vegas venues: The Showroom at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa and Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center. While that’s impressive, Moreno, who made history in April by having four albums reach the Top 10 on the Billboard charts in less than a year, has made a career out of doing things his way. “I’ve always been a hard pitch,” Moreno told Sunseeker. “I play the piano like Mozart, I’m showy like Jerry Lee Lewis and I dress like Elvis Presley. I’ve always been a gamble in Las Vegas because I don’t have a lot of global hits people recognize. Maybe they heard one song of mine on TV (Moreno played his song ‘Tangerine Honey’ on ‘Dancing with the Stars’), but odds are usually low that people are familiar with my stuff. My show is unique because I’m showcasing new music.”
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Ultimately, the man who has been named Las Vegas Headliner of the Year four separate times just wants audiences to have a good time. “I don’t want people to leave saying, ‘That guy was great,’” he said. “I want them to leave saying, ‘God, I feel great.’” Frankie Moreno returns to South Point Hotel July 18 and Aug. 15 and 29, and The Smith Center July 23 and Aug. 6 and 20. Shows start at 8 p.m. frankiemoreno.com
Moreno performed a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall in 2018
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Regardless of whether ticket holders are checking out Moreno’s flashier show at South Point Hotel, complete with video screens, confetti cannons and dancing by “Dancing with the Stars” pro Lacey Schwimmer, or his more intimate, artsy show at The Smith Center, chances are they’re going to leave as fans. Moreno and his 10-piece band are known for putting on one of Las Vegas’ best concert experiences, as they tailor each performance to the audience.
“We never do the same show twice,” Moreno said. “I always play ‘Tangerine Honey’ and “Eleanor Rigby’ (Moreno’s No. 1 hit with violinist Joshua Bell) because people would be mad if I took them out, but everything else we alter. There’s no script we follow, I just always play a song from each of my Top 10 albums because I never know which albums people have bought.”
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The Quiddlers, one of “V’s” rotating variety acts
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KEEPING THE KIDS ENTERTAINED FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOWS IN SIN CITY
Photo of The Quiddlers courtesy of “V – The Ultimate Variety Show”; opening number courtesy of “WOW – The Vegas Spectacular”
By Heather Turk
Despite being known as a Disneyland for adults, Las Vegas is actually a great place to spend summer vacation with the kids. Not only are there plenty of family-friendly attractions in town, but there are also several shows sure to entertain audience members young and old.
“THE MAGIC OF JEN KRAMER” AT WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO Showcasing the head-scratching talents of Las Vegas’ only female headlining magician, this charming production just celebrated its first anniversary in May. Audiences of all ages will be amazed by the “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Masters of Illusion” star, who performs an assortment of impressive illusions with a feminine twist. Whether she’s making a signed $100 bill magically appear inside a tube of lipstick or predicting what ticket holders will say when asked to help create a Facebook page for someone in the audience, Kramer puts on a show that’s unlike any other in town. westgatelasvegas.com
Kellie, performing a brilliant, music-themed quick change act that features her transforming into everyone from Beyoncé to Bruno Mars! vtheshow.com
“WOW – THE VEGAS SPECTACULAR” AT RIO ALL-SUITE HOTEL & CASINO Featuring a wide range of skilled performers, including dancers, acrobats and even a plate spinner, this water-themed variety show lives up to its name by wowing every member of the family with its astounding acts. Whether audiences are gasping for air during the breathtaking aerial numbers or holding their breath during “America’s Got Talent” quarterfinalist Silvia Silvia’s death-defying crossbow archery act, ticket holders’ hearts will be racing numerous times during the production. The immersive show also features dazzling 3D multimedia projections that surround guests 180 degrees, further adding to the eye-popping experience. caesars.com/rio-las-vegas/shows/wow
“V – THE ULTIMATE VARIETY SHOW” INSIDE MIRACLE MILE SHOPS AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO Variety is the spice of life, and the key to this longrunning show’s success, as audiences never know which rotating cast members will grace the stage each night. Many of the show’s crowdpleasing performers have actually been featured in some of the Strip’s most beloved productions over the years, including “Jubilee!” and “Crazy Horse Paris.” Standout performances include the jaw-dropping roller-skating duo The Skating Aratas, the unique physical comedy act The Quiddlers and the show’s energetic host, comedy juggler Wally Eastwood. On select evenings, audiences can even see Eastwood’s daughter, D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s
The stunning opening number of “WOW – The Vegas Spectacular”
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The permanent exhibition features nearly 30 original costumes on display
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AN ENTERTAINING EXHIBITION EXPLORE THE WORLD OF PANEM AT ‘ THE HUNGER GAMES: THE EXHIBITION ’ By Heather Turk
The fictional nation of Panem comes to the Las Vegas Strip with “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition,” now open at its permanent home inside MGM Grand.
Photos courtesy of “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition”
The newly reimagined exhibition not only features authentic props and detailed set recreations from Lionsgate’s blockbuster franchise, which grossed more than $3 billion worldwide, but also hands-on interactive experiences that invite visitors to engage with behind-the-scenes content and explore the technology that brought the beloved books by Suzanne Collins to life. Guests can learn stuntman choreography, create their own propaganda commercial to recruit others to join the rebellion and even hear how the filmmakers developed the genetically modified animals created by the Capitol, like the tracker jackers. There’s also a motion-sensor trivia game that tests guests’ knowledge of the films during five multiple-choice rounds, asking such challenging questions as “What district provides power reserves for the Capitol?”
“The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” brings Panem to life
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In addition to interactive experiences that are both interesting and entertaining, the exhibition boasts dozens of Instagrammable moments fans are sure to love. Not only will visitors get to walk past President Snow’s (Donald Sutherland) office and step aboard the Tribute Train, but they’ll also see nearly 30 original costumes worn by the cast, including pieces from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” that weren’t on display during the exhibition’s previous tour stops. Among the costumes featured are Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) Girl on Fire dress, Mockingjay dress and wedding dress. Effie Trinket’s (Elizabeth Banks) reaping costume is on display, too, and naturally, visitors will get to see Katniss’ Mockingjay pin up close. Arguably the highlight of the exhibition, however, is its finale: an all-new, fully immersive archery training experience set within a 60-foot wide interactive digital training lab. Guests will receive their own bow and arrows and, after a quick training session where they’ll learn how to load and shoot the plastic arrows, shoot at digital targets on a giant projection screen in front of them. Visitors will get to play three timed rounds and be judged on the accuracy of their shots to see if they’re worthy of fighting by Katniss’ side. The experience is so fun, guests will want to return to do it again! “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the last admission at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $35 ($25 for children ages 4 through 11) plus fees and include a commemorative ticket. thehungergamesexhibition.com At t r ac t i o n s ▪ 3 1
Tape Face began a three-year residency at Harrah’s in 2018
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TAPE FACE BREAKS HIS SILENCE MODERN MIME SHARES HIS 10 FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT LAS VEGAS By Tape Face
OSAKA JAPANESE BISTRO Great Japanese food. The staff is beyond welcoming, and the teppanyaki dishes are fantastic. There is also a Statue of Liberty out front of the Sahara location to confuse others about your holiday destination.
THE GOLDEN TIKI Hands down the best cocktails in Las Vegas! There are stars on the ceiling, and they recently installed some talking birds. Talking birds and stars, people! What more does a night need?
FREMONT STREET Wandering down Fremont Street eating a slice of pizza and soaking in the atmosphere is the best. There’s also a fantastic comedy-magic act, Mike Hammer, inside Four Queens Hotel & Casino that’s worth the trip downtown alone.
IKEA Need a bed? Want a wardrobe? IKEA has you covered. It has everything a household needs and serves meatballs, too!
MYSTIC FALLS PARK AT SAM’S TOWN HOTEL & GAMBLING HALL One of Las Vegas’ most surreal experiences. Even though the drive to get there from the Strip will take about 20 minutes, the images of the park’s animatronic animals during its laser show will stay with you forever.
TOPGOLF LAS VEGAS A fun time for everyone, especially if you like golf. You get to hit golf balls repeatedly without having to walk anywhere. Fun with balls!
PALERMO’S PIZZA You’ll probably want food delivered to your hotel room at some point during your stay. This pizza is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and sliced bread can only be made better by adding this pizza to it!
TAPE FACE AT HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS The funniest show in Las Vegas! Actions speak louder than words for this one, so just come along, and you won’t be disappointed.
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Tape Face performs inside the House of Tape theater Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m., with an additional 4 p.m. performance on select Saturdays (dark Aug. 12 through 19). tapeface.tv d e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s
Photo of Tape Face residency by Mat Ricardo; Tape Face finalist by Matt Crockett
ZAK BAGANS’ THE HAUNTED MUSEUM A collection of the macabre and haunted makes for an amazing experience. I highly recommend the circus sideshow act John Shaw, who performs five days a week. He does things to his body that you wouldn’t.
PUBLICUS It’s hard to find a decent cup of coffee in Las Vegas. When I found this restaurant and coffeehouse downtown, I was over the moon. A great place for brunch or a caffeine fix to keep you going.
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Fly yourself over the Grand Canyon with All in Aviation
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SKY-HIGH THRILLS AIRBORNE ADVENTURES VEGAS VISITORS WON ’ T WANT TO MISS By Heather Turk
Photo of plane courtesy of All in Aviation; skydivers courtesy of Skydive Las Vegas; balloon by Jacque Payne
The sky’s the limit when it comes to having a good time in Las Vegas — literally. Visitors will find several awesome airborne attractions in the area guaranteed to make their trip to Las Vegas their most unforgettable vacation yet! ALL IN AVIATION Fly over Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon with this local flight school, which puts patrons in the pilot’s seat of a luxurious Cirrus aircraft. Guests take off from either Henderson Executive Airport or the North Las Vegas Airport with an experienced pilot by their side who guide them not only during the flight, but also during takeoff and landing. Not only pilots-in-training communicate with air traffic controllers, but they also earn flight time toward getting their private pilot certificate. No experience is required, and pilots-in-training can bring a certain number of people along for the ride depending on the aircraft. Although a Vision Jet is available for extreme high rollers, Sunseeker recommends first-time fliers book the lavish four-seat SR22, which comes equipped with its own parachute! allinaviation.com SKYDIVE LAS VEGAS This Boulder City skydiving company has the only skydiving facility in the Las Vegas vicinity with a landing area next to it. Specializing in first-time tandem skydives, the company lets jumpers experience the thrill of skydiving without any of the worry, as participants are securely attached to a licensed instructor. Guests free-fall at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour while enjoying incredible views of such major nearby attractions as Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, Mt. Charleston, Red Rock Canyon and the Strip. Jumpers even get to learn how to fly their parachute! skydivelasvegas.com D e s t i n at i o n ▪ L a s V e g a s
VEGAS BALLOON RIDES See Red Rock Canyon like never before with this off-Strip excursion company’s spectacular morning hot air balloon flights. Although passengers have to meet 30 minutes before sunrise to be taken to the launch site, it’s hard to think of a better eye-opening experience than gently soaring above the valley’s majestic mountains in a hot air balloon. Passengers reach heights of up to 2,000 feet during the near hour-long experience, so they’ll even be able to see the Strip in the distance. Once the balloon safely lands, passengers disembark and enjoy a celebratory mimosa or orange juice toast in the desert. vegasballoonrides.com
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If the sky-high temperatures getting you down, don’t sweat it! There are great places in and around downtown Las Vegas to chill during the scorching hot summer months.
Photo of Ice Bar courtesy of Golden Nugget; Luv-it building and The Luv-it Special courtesy of Luv-it Frozen Custard
D BAR Quench your thirst with one or a combination of 18 frozen libations at this chic bar right outside
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The Luv-it Special at Luv-it Frozen Custard
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the D Las Vegas. Served up by gorgeous gogo dancers and talented flair bartenders, the beverages come in several slushy flavors ranging from Piña Colada to Sour Green Apple and Purple Haze. thed.com/party-scene/d-bar ICE BAR AT THE GOLDEN NUGGET The Golden Nugget’s tundra-themed lobby bar overlooking The Tank pool deck is a great place to escape the desert heat. Along with friendly bartenders, enjoy an array of cooler-than-cool specialty drinks like martinis. Also available on weekends is the build-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar. Simply select your vodka preference from Ice Bar’s large collection, and then choose mixers and garnishes from a list that includes wasabi, smoked bacon, atomic horseradish and much more. goldennugget.com/las-vegas/ nightlife/ice-bar LUV-IT FROZEN CUSTARD Treat yourself to a frosty delight at this Las Vegas landmark located near The STRAT at 505 E. Oakey Blvd. Opened in 1973, the familyowned business churns out the city’s most loved frozen custard. Choose from Vanilla, Chocolate and two daily specialty flavors such as Cherry Pie, Chocolate Pretzel, SinA-Buns or Birthday Cake. Whether you get a cup, a cone or one of the yummy sundaes like the Luv-it Special, your body will shiver with pleasure. luvitfrozencustard.com SOBE ICE ARENA Located at Fiesta Rancho, this is the spot to spend a few hours out of the sun. Boasting an NHL regulation-sized ice rink, SoBe Ice Arena has public skating sessions and is home to the Knights Skating Academy, which offers lessons for all ages. fiestarancho.sclv.com/ Entertainment/SoBe-Ice-Arena Dining ▪ 37
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SUMMER IN THE CITY E X P E R I E N C E D OW N TOW N L A S V E G A S By Yvonne Newman
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Summertime is playtime in downtown Las Vegas, which has a whole heap of fantastic activities for visitors to take part in. Backyard At Gold Spike A large outdoor courtyard packed with lawn furnishings and firepits, this is one of downtown’s funnest places to kick back as well as let loose. The Backyard not only has a small stage for live bands and DJs, but you can get drinks at the Recess Bar, which is built from a shipping container. Enjoy interactive, oversized games like chess, Jenga, LEGOs and beer pong. Plus, don’t miss the Backyard’s monthly Down & Derby roller skating parties for a funky time. goldspike.com/backyard Cashman Field Come cheer for the Las Vegas Lights on their home turf. Sin City’s only professional soccer team made its debut last year as part of the United Soccer League. Coached by Eric Wynalda, the Lights, and Elvis-inspired mascot Cash the Socker Rocker, will deliver a fun day out for all ages. Games are scheduled for July 4 against LA Galaxy II, July 27 against Rio Grande Valley FC and August 24 against Portland Timbers 2 at Cashman Field at 850 Las Vegas Blvd N. lasvegaslightsfc.com Fremont Street Experience It’s not summer without live outdoor music. The annual Downtown Rocks free concert series is in full swing with 10 huge shows scheduled from May through October, all underneath the world’s largest video screen. You can hear Fuel, Toadies and Sponge on July 20. Have a throwback blast when the Pop 2000 Tour hosted by Lance Bass rolls in with O-Town, Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera and Tyler Hilton on July 27. Plus, catch rock icons Cheap Trick on August 24 and indie legends The Wallflowers on 30 August. vegasexperience.com D e s t i n at i o n ▪ D ow n tow n L a s V e g a s
The Smith Center While temperatures are soaring, go indoors for some refreshing cultural entertainment at this spectacular arts center that houses three unique performance spaces. See “The Book of Mormon,” a nine-time Tony Award-winning musical by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, from July 30 to August 4, followed by the romantic and adventure-filled musical “Anastasia” on August 20-25. And, that’s not all! Take in a variety of musical performances such as the Happy Together 10th anniversary tour on July 12, or parody artist “Weird Al” "Yankovic’s Strings Attached" tour on August 7, which features a full symphony orchestra. Find the full schedule of events online. thesmithcenter.com The Gold Spike’s Backyard
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Photo of Gluttonous courtesy of Therapy; The Burrata Burger courtesy of Pizza Rock; Pub Burger courtesy of The Smashed Pig
Calling all burger lovers! Downtown Las Vegas is serving bliss on a bun with delicious hamburgers featuring artisanal ingredients. CARSON KITCHEN Head to this stylish urban eatery at 124 S. 6th St. in the former John E. Carson Hotel for the Butter Burger. One of late chef Kerry Simon’s playful interpretations on American comfort food, the juicy hamburger comes topped with Boursin, cheddar, lettuce and tomato, and is complemented by tater tots, which aren’t just for kids. carsonkitchen.com PIZZA ROCK A truly amazing hamburger isn’t what you’d expect to find at a revered pizzeria, but that’s what the Burrata Burger is! Made with a half pound of certified Angus beef and served on a fresh homemade roll, it not only boasts Burrata cheese, but also crispy bacon, caramelized onions, arugula and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. The burger even comes accompanied by rosemary and sea salt garlic fries. pizzarock.com THE SMASHED PIG This British-rooted spot with a haute pub vibe at 509 Fremont St. uses unusual ingredients to give the classic American hamburger a twist. Try the Pub Burger, which combines loads of interesting flavors. Served on a pretzel bun, it’s made with a traditional beef patty and white cheddar. With toppings that include a potato haystack and homemade sauce as well as the popular European addition of a fried egg, this is a strong contender for one of the most unabashedly yummy creations around. thesmashedpig.com D e s t i n at i o n ▪ D ow n tow n L a s V e g a s
THERAPY This gastro-style restaurant at 518 E. Fremont St. is sure to be your happy place because it offers not one, but two heavenly burgers. Taking a bite of out of the beauty that is The “Big Sexy” is a transcendent experience. This Wagyu beef burger is dressed with brie, Boston bib lettuce, roasted tomato and a scrumptious scallion mayo. Also sinfully delicious is the Gluttonous. Its Angus beef patty is topped with gloriously melted white cheddar, fried macaroni, pulled pork, bacon, fried onion strings and smoked jalapeño aioli, all on a toasted brioche bun. Deciding which is best will be an impossible task! therapylv.com
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The Tank at Golden Nugget
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For those looking to soak up the sun and make a splash this summer, it doesn’t get any better than lounging by the pool in Downtown Las Vegas.
GOLDEN NUGGET With two unique pool areas, there’s a lot to impress you at this hotel. The Tank is the main complex and biggest draw with a 200,000-gallon shark aquarium sitting front and center. Not only can you swim alongside the fearsome sea
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PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO Dive into fun with a touch of whimsy at The Pool at the Plaza. Keep cool in the rooftop lap pool, where you can look up at a massive comic book-themed mural created by D*Fac, then catch some rays by snagging a lounge chair or lily pad. You can order a refreshing frozen or fruity cocktail at the bar while taking in some stunning downtown skyline views. For simpler pleasures, challenge your friends to foosball and cornhole, or pick up some paddles and try out the pickleball courts. plazahotelcasino.com/ hotel/the-pool-at-the-plaza
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DOWNTOWN GRAND Head to the casino’s rooftop where you’ll discover the Citrus Grand Pool Deck. In addition to an incredible view of downtown, this sweeping space is packed with colorful lounge chairs, sectionals and daybeds in shades of bright yellow, lime green and orange. Cool yourself in the sparkling infinity pool, sip a signature cocktail (like the Citrus Tango or Frosé) in the grassy area or enjoy a game of cornhole, foosball or table tennis. If you want a break from the sun, dig in to Hell’s Kitchen winner chef Scott Commings’ tasty fare — Street Tacos and Brick Fired Lavosh Flatbreads — on the shaded terrace. downtowngrand.com/pool
creatures, but you can also climb up about 30 feet and ride down a chute that will take you through the middle of their tank. Afterward, bronze yourself by one of the waterfalls or laze upon a partially submerged lounge chair. If you find you want a break from this buzzy scene, head up to The Hideout, a secluded, adults-only oasis accessible from the top of The Tank. Ringed by cushioned loungers and plush daybeds as well as the Hideout Bar bar, this is an oasis for chilling out. goldennugget.com/las-vegas/ amenities/h2o-pool
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Celebrate Independence Day at the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival. Held at Tempe Beach Park, the family-friendly event will feature fireworks, live entertainment, an inflatable village and more. Gates open at 5 p.m. tempe4th.com
Showcasing world-class gymnasts, acrobats and figure skaters, “Ice Fantasy” performs at Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater July 26-28. Show times are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 7 p.m. mesaartscenter.com
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Broadway’s acclaimed musical “The Book of Mormon” returns to ASU Gammage in Tempe Aug. 6-11. Performances run Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. asugammage.com
Spend the evening with music royalty on Aug. 26 when Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band bring their 30th anniversary tour to Phoenix’s historic Celebrity Theatre. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. celebritytheatre.com
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Take the family to the lakeshore beaches that surround Mesa, Arizona
SPLASHIN’ AROUND IN MESA K E E P CO O L T H I S S U M M E R I N N E A R BY LAKES & RIVERS By Kate Wallace
Photo of kids jumping and paddle boarding by Sarah Robinson; tubing courtesy of Visit Mesa
Even though Mesa is in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, visitors can take advantage of the city’s proximity to a water recreation paradise. A linked collection of four lakes and two rivers allows for every water sport imaginable, from jet ski fun and water skiing to hitting the river in a kayak or on top of a paddle board. Visitors that want to soak in the sun and be lazy will want to experience the ever-popular activity of tubing. Known as an ‘Arizona floating picnic’ by the locals, this leisurely float along the cool waters of the Salt River on an inner tube is a great option for families and friends that want to share in the desert water experience together. Tubing down the Salt River is available through Salt River Recreation, which operates rentals and transportation every weekend through Labor Day. Watch for themed weekend events all summer long, including pirate parties, superhero hangouts and even a Hawaiian-inspired luau on the water. Mesa’s lakes are a great place to hit the lakeshore sandy beaches and plan for a full day of water fun. On the banks of Saguaro Lake, early birds
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may even get the chance to see the admired wild horses that frequent the area. Their enigmatic presence is a common sight when visitors are wading in the water, as the horses emerge from the surrounding desert forest to cool off and graze on the underwater foliage. The wild horses are watched over by the tireless efforts of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, a non-profit dedicated to the freedom of the wild horses, which has allowed them to live and wander peacefully over the years. Those who are lucky enough to spot a horse or herd when they visit Mesa should remember to be respectful of their space and natural habitat. Before they go, visitors are advised to pick up a Tonto Day Pass before hitting the water. As the fifth largest forest in the United States, the Tonto National Forest is one of the most-visited “urban” forests in the country. The Tonto National Forest Service oversees all the Mesa-area lakes and both the lower Salt and Verde rivers as well as many streams in the area. The 24-hour recreation passes are available at 200 locations in the Mesa area, including nearby convenience stores and select kiosks at each site. visitmesa.com
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When Frank Lloyd Wright wasn’t at Taliesin, his Wisconsin home, studio and school of architecture, he was wintering at Taliesin West, its Arizona counterpart. As a result, Wright made a lasting architectural impact in the Phoenix area, and local tours are inviting visitors to some of his most influential works.
Photo of Taliesin West by Andrew Pielage; Aztec Room by Teresa Bitler
TALIESIN WEST The architect’s winter home offers several tour options, including the Behind the Scenes Tour and Night Lights Tour, but by far, the most popular is the Insights Tour ($30). Highlights include visiting Wright’s private quarters, his drafting studio and the Music Pavilion, where his architectural students performed in the evenings. On the 90-minute tour, guides encourage you to take photos, sit in the furniture and even play the piano. Need a little more time to immerse yourself in Wright’s genius? The Details Tour stretches the Insights Tour to two hours, allowing for a few more photo ops. franklloydwright.org/taliesin-west ARIZONA BILTMORE Wright served as a consultant on the Arizona Biltmore, and his influence is evident throughout the historic property. To truly appreciate his contribution, take the resort’s 90-minute History Tour, offered every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10 a.m. The tours are complimentary for resort guests; $10 for non-guests. Or, book the extremely popular Happy Hour History Tour ($25). The 45-minute, Friday night tour begins with sparkling wine and ends with a Tequila Sunrise cocktail, which was invented onsite. Along the way, you’ll see “Biltmore Block,” the Biltmore Sprites and other Wright D e s t i n at i o n ▪ p h o e n i x / M e s a
designs. Complete the evening with dinner at Wright’s at the Biltmore or Frank & Albert’s. arizonabiltmore.com INSIDER MID-CENTURY TOUR OF SCOTTSDALE Hotel Valley Ho’s new Insider Mid-Century Tour explores mid-century Scottsdale architecture, including one of eight homes designed by Wright in Arizona, the Price House. The sixhour tour begins with an overview of the Hotel Valley Ho. Although not designed by Wright, the hotel incorporates Wright-esque elements and has a fascinating history. Other sites on the tour include a mid-century modern townhome, the Triangle Building by prolific Valley architect Ralph Haver and the dendriform-column bank by Frank Henry, but the highlight for Wright fans is the Price House. A hidden gem, it features the home’s original furniture, a unique-for-Wright turquoise interior and incredible views. The Insider Mid-Century Tour is offered by advance appointment only. Cost is $1,400 for a group of two to 10 people. hotelvalleyho.com
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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS AT ORACLE PARK With Baseball season in full swing, there’s never been a better time to catch a game in the Bay Area. The San Francisco Giants play in Oracle Park against Chicago Cubs July 22-24, and on August 13-14, they’ll be squaring off against neighboring Oakland Athletics. mlb.com/giants
JULY 4TH CELEBRATION AT THE PIER PIER 39 in San Francisco is celebrating Independence Day in style with the July 4th Celebration at the Pier. The event features live music from 3-6p.m. with fireworks starting at 9:30. pier39.com/event/july-4th-celebration-pier
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Backstreet is back and better than ever! The Backstreet Boys bring their "DNA World Tour" to the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Aug 3, before heading to the Honda Center in Anaheim on Aug 5. rcarecords.com/artist/ backstreet-boys
August is the last month to see the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. The outdoor exhibit features 30 different butterfly species lilting and landing on plants or patrons! nhm.org/experience-nhm/exhibitionsnatural-history-museum/butterfly-pavilion
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Redwood Regional Park
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California is known for its lush green scenery and abundance of parks and trails, and the East Bay Area is no different. There are a multitude of parks and trails perfect for a summer exploration.
REDWOOD REGIONAL PARK Just over the hill from Oakland lies a park renowned for its splendor. Redwood Regional Park, once home to an extensive logging industry, is now a 1,830-acre park home to a forest of coast redwoods as well as evergreens,
A bobcat in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
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TILDEN REGIONAL PARK As one of the oldest parks in the area, Tilden has become a popular retreat for East Bay residents for its natural beauty and entertaining amenities. Not only does the park include wide open spaces filled with wildlife and natural beauty, it’s also home to botanic gardens, a merry-go-round, a steam train and Lake Anza, where visitors can swim, fish, picnic or relax. The nearby Tilden Nature Area has over 10 miles of hiking trails in addition to the 39 miles of trails available in the main park. There’s even an 18-hole public golf course with a driving range, pro shop, practice green and the Tee Club restaurant, making it easier than ever to spend a whole day among the beautiful natural landscape of California’s Bay Area. ebparks.org
Tilden Regional Park
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Photo of Redwood Regional Park by Jerry Ting; bobcat by Jen Joynt; Tilden Regional Park by Cali Godley
WILDCAT CANYON REGIONAL PARK With easy access from the bustling cities, Wildcat Canyon may be the easiest park to stop at for those short on time or unfamiliar with the area. The 2,427-acre park sprawls along the Wildcat Creek watershed and stretches from the Berkeley Hills to the north end of Richmond. It’s ideal for hikers, bikers and even horseback riders looking for gorgeous views and quiet, natural splendor. Twenty-five miles of trails cross the park, as well as 2.5 miles of paved trails for visitors who would rather have a leisurely stroll than a challenging hike.
chaparral and grasslands. Observant visitors may be able to spot golden eagles soaring overhead or raccoons and deer foraging for food. Redwood Creek is home to rainbow trout who swim upstream to spawn. Picnic tables and campsites can be reserved ahead of time, and nearly 40 miles of trails allow for hiking, backpacking and horseback riding.
The Goodwich Mac ‘n Cheese at Las Vegas Ballpark elevates the childhood classic using specialty toppings
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Move over, peanuts and popcorn! Minor League Baseball (MiLB) parks across the country are turning to unconventional ballpark fare and unique beverages to highlight local specialties and give fans a memorable food experience.
Chef and owner of The Goodwich, Josh Clark, has created the ultimate experience with his best-selling, seasonally-inspired gourmet Mac n’ Cheese featured at a “build your own Mac” counter, where guests can put their own flavorful spin on the signature dish. With refreshing beverages and aviationthemed drinks such as Turbulence (a craft cocktail made by master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim) and Aviators Ale (a custommade golden session ale) to the Summerlin Swizzle and Sunsplash, there’s something for every palate. dell diamond in round rock, texas At Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas, home of the Round Rock Express, the Wholly Cow burger is a gourmet take on a traditional ballpark favorite. Made of half a pound of Nolan Ryan Beef, flame-grilled and infused
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If the burger wasn’t mouth watering enough, check out their trio of colorful drinks. The Summer Sippers, including the Watermelon Gimlet, Blackberry Bourbon and the Cucumber Surprise are sure to quench guests’ thirst. omaha storm chasers in omaha, nebraska In Nebraska, the Omaha Storm Chasers are putting a modern twist on an old party favorite: gelatin shots. Using the Jevo, a machine dubbed the "Keurig of JELL-O Shots," the team created a specialty shot made with Jack Daniel’s whiskey and strawberry lemonade gelatin. For something a little milder, each month, the Jack Daniel’s Club features a different craft brewery and four of the team’s more popular beers. MiLB.com/tickets
The Summer Sippers are a favorite of Round Rock Express fans
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Las Vegas ballpark in Las vegas, Nevada Las Vegas Ballpark, the new Summerlin home of the Las Vegas Aviators, is taking ballpark eats to new heights with an elevated collection of food and beverage experiences. The Aviators have a “show kitchen” that brings Las Vegas celebrity chefs to games during the season.
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There aren’t too many cities in the world, let alone the country, where almost every type of outdoor activity, food and entertainment are within driving distance and where the landscape is as diverse as its people. From picturesque beaches on one side, to the high desert on the other and mountain peaks over 10,000 feet high somewhere in the middle, LA is truly unlike any other city. All that without mentioning the cinema, cultural and entertainment spectacles that LA is known for. Depending on what type of experience you crave, there's a Hyatt Regency resort offering an experience as unique as the city itself. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa Surfs up! The Spanish-styled resort has a pedestrian bridge over Pacific Coast Highway to one of the most renowned beaches in all of Southern California. Take a surf lesson, rent a beach cruiser or lounge under the sun. On site, you’ll find ocean views from select rooms, five dining options and three pool areas with cabanas. The resort is also within walking distance to Pacific City, an outdoor mall with shopping, dining and entertainment for the whole family. In the evening, enjoy a beach bonfire at one of their fire pits and watch the sunset. Packages include beach chairs, blankets, hot chocolate and s’mores. Hyatt Regency Long Beach There was a time when you visited Long Beach to only board a cruise ship in San Pedro or take a tour of the Queen Mary. A lot has changed over the past few decades. Today, it’s home to hundreds of kitschy, retro shops and top restaurants. The resort is the only 4 Diamond
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No blackout dates. No destination restrictions. No minimum points redemption. Earn 17,500 Bonus Points — 15,000 plus 2,500 when you apply today and make $1,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of your account opening. That’s equal to $175 off your next Allegiant trip. Buy one, get one free airfare — anytime you use your card to purchase a vacation package from Allegiant with 4 or more hotel nights or 7 or more rental car days on the same itinerary. Keep your Points — No limit to the points you can earn and your points don’t expire. Complimentary priority boarding every time you fly Allegiant when you show your Allegiant credit card. One free beverage every time you fly Allegiant when you show your Allegiant credit card.
Apply today! Ask your flight attendant how to apply now. For more information about the rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of the card, refer to the disclosures accompanying the application. This credit card program is issued and administered by Bank of America, N.A. Mastercard and World Mastercard are registered trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated, and are used by the issuer pursuant to license. ©2019 Bank of America Corporation ARLNX3WN-12062018 AD-11-18-0599.B
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WINGZ KIDS SNACK PACKS b u y o n b oa r d
Allegiant sponsors elementary and middle school robotics teams
INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF YOUNG AVIATORS By Andrew Porrello
Aviation is facing a pilot and maintenance technician shortage over the next 20 years. As many in the industry’s workforce reach mandatory retirement age and more aircraft take to the skies, there will be a demand for more than 200,000 pilots and 189,000 maintenance technicians in North America alone.
parts to ensure that students interested in an aircraft maintenance career have the opportunity to learn and practice their skills in an immersive, hands-on environment. And we also funded two Allegiant Careers in Aviation scholarships that were awarded to graduating seniors pursuing an education in aeronautical sciences.
That’s why Allegiant has actively embarked on initiatives to create pilot pipelines, establish mentorship programs and offer scholarships to the next generation of aviation professionals around the country. We also support programs and activities that encourage youth to pursue careers in STEM fields.
Allegiant’s pipeline program grants prospective pilots the chance to train at a smaller carrier while also being mentored by some of our top pilots. These student pilots have exclusive access to our training courses and, many times, can experience valuable training time in our state-of-the-art Airbus simulators. Those who complete the program are guaranteed an interview and given preference for hiring as positions become available.
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Our goal in promoting STEM education across the country is to ensure that today’s youth are inspired to pursue a career in the aeronautical sciences. We have also established scholarship funds in Fargo, N.D., and sponsored elementary and middle school robotics teams so they could compete in the world championships in Louisville, Ky.
Do you know of an aviation program in your community that could benefit from Allegiant’s support? If so, reach out to us at corporate. firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Allegiant’s hometown of Las Vegas, we partner with Rancho High School’s aviation magnet program in an effort to help students continue their aviation studies after graduation, whether they want to be pilots or work in maintenance. To inspire students, Allegiant hosted an “Aviation Day” at the high school where regional chief pilots, maintenance technicians and experts in other airline careers met with students to answer questions about aviation careers. We also donated over $400,000 worth of aircraft
Allegiant’s Chris Toro instructs students at Las Vegas’ Rancho High School
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We Always Guarantee the Best Vacation Package Price! If you find a lower price on a vacation package elsewhere, we will credit you 100% of the difference.
Qualifying Packages Allegiant will match packages that include identical hotel and room type(s) and/or same rental car company, vehicle type and pick-up and drop-off times and location(s).
If you find a lower total price on your vacation package (air/hotel, air/car or air/hotel/car) and contact Allegiant within 48 hours of your initial Allegiant booking, Allegiant will issue you a dollar-off voucher for 100% of the difference. The lower total price must be an exact match to the itinerary booked with Allegiant. For full details see Allegiantâ€™s terms and conditions at allegiantair.com/terms-and-conditions.
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Tito’s Handmade Vodka & Seagram’s Tonic Water
Traditional Chex Mix
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O R C H O OS E YO U R OW N CO C K TA I L CO M B O FO R J U S T $ 1 0 Easy as 1,2,3! #1 Choose your beverage. #2 Choose your mixer. #3 Choose your snack. ENJOY! BEVERAGE
Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Minute Maid - Cranapple Juice - Orange Juice
Dasani Bottled Water
SNACK Mr. & Mrs. T Bloody Mary Mix Seagram's Ginger Ale Seagram's Sparkling Seltzer Water
Kings Premium Nut Blend Chex Mix
Seagram's Tonic Water
FOR M O R E DE LI CI OU S SN ACK S AND BEV ERAGES, TAK E A LO O K AT OU R FU LL ME N U ON PAGES 70-71
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$5 D E L I S N AC K PAC K Pennysticks Brand Pretzels, White Cheddar Cheese Dip, Slim Jim Meat Stick, Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies 4-pack (Includes all items shown)
$5 W I N G Z K I D S S N AC K PAC K Allegiant Wings, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers, Oreo 2-pack, Welch’s Fruit Snacks (Includes all items shown)
$1 from every Wingz pack purchase will benefit Make-A-Wish.® For more info, visit wish.org.
$10 F e at u r e d co m b o Choice of Mixed Drink Choice of Selected Snacks See page 69 for more details (Includes all items shown)
$4 h u m m u s s n ac k pac k Dipin Classic Hummus accompanied by Baked in Brooklyn Pita Chips (Includes all items shown)
I n d i v i d ua l s n ac ks
I n d i v i d ua l s n ac ks
Traditional Chex Mix, 3.75 oz.
M&M's Peanut, 3.1 oz.
King's Premium Nut Blend, 2oz.
Pringles, 2.36 oz.
The finest almonds and cashews gently roasted and lightly salted.
Size of items shown are not actual size and may have been enlarged or reduced.
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$7 m i x e d d r i n ks Bacardi Rum Tanqueray Gin Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Tito’s Handmade Vodka
$2 B e v e r ag e s Coke Diet Coke Sprite Dasani Bottled Water Minute Maid Cranapple Juice Minute Maid Orange Juice Mr. & Mrs. T Bloody Mary Mix Seagram’s Ginger Ale Seagram’s Sparkling Seltzer Water Seagram’s Tonic Water
Allegiant gladly accepts most major credit and debit cards. Allegiant does not accept cash, check or money orders in-flight or at any airport location. We are pleased to serve alcoholic beverages to customers over the age of 21 and encourage responsible consumption. Only alcohol provided by flight attendants may be consumed onboard. Brand selection and products may vary based upon availability.
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ALLEGIANT AIRCRAFT AIRBUS A319
Number of Aircraft: 37 Cruising Speed: 514 mph Range: 4,315 miles Maximum Take-Off Weight: 166,000 pounds Maximum Passengers: 156 Total Length: 111 feet Wingspan: 112 feet Pilots: 2 Flight Attendants: 4
Number of Aircraft: 52 Cruising Speed: 561 mph Range: 3,797 miles Maximum Take-Off Weight: 172,000 pounds Maximum Passengers: 186 Total Length: 123 feet Wingspan: 112 feet Pilots: 2 Flight Attendants: 4
TRAVELER INFORMATION SAFETY FIRST
Customer safety is Allegiant ®’s first concern. Please be advised that interference with the duties of crew members, including flight attendants, is a violation of federal laws. Our crews are thoroughly trained in all safety procedures. To ensure your own safety, we hope you take a moment to review the safety information card located in the seat pocket in front of you. Be aware of the following:
• Location of the nearest emergency exit • Location of your emergency oxygen mask, if needed • Correct procedure for exiting the cabin in an emergency SEAT BELTS
Seat belts must be fastened ANY TIME the seat belt sign is on, during taxi, takeoff and landing. Once the seat belt sign is turned off, you may walk around the cabin. Due to unexpected turbulence, it is strongly recommended that you keep your seat belt fastened any time while in your seat. Allegiant’s exit seating policy does not allow the use of seat belt extensions in the exit seats due to tripping hazards.
Unlabeled seats or seats manufactured before Jan. 1, 1981, are not acceptable. Child restraint seats are to be placed into a window seat and secured with an aircraft seat belt.
PHOTOS & VIDEOS ONBOARD
The use of small cameras or mobile devices for photography and video is permitted onboard provided you keep the purpose of your photography and video to capturing personal events. Photographing or recording other customers or airline personnel without their express consent is prohibited. Airline personnel reserve the right to prohibit photos and videos onboard the aircraft if it becomes a disturbance to them or other passengers.
Allegiant is forbidden to serve alcoholic beverages to anyone who appears to be intoxicated or who has not yet reached the age of 21. It is a violation of federal regulations to drink alcoholic beverages during a flight unless they have been served by Allegiant personnel.
CHILD RESTRAINT SEATS
Federal Aviation Administration requires that all child restraint seats used on planes meet federal safety standards. Acceptable seats bear proper labeling
“THIS RESTRAINT IS CERTIFIED FOR USE IN MOTOR VEHICLES AND AIRCRAFT" from the manufacturer.
Smoking, the use of other tobacco products, e-cigarettes and other similar smoking devices are not permitted on any Allegiant flight. Federal law imposes fines of $1,000 for smoking and up to $2,000 for any attempt to disable an aircraft smoke detector.
PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES ALWAYS PERMITTED*
Smartphone (in Airplane Mode)
Wireless Mouse, Keyboard or Other Accessory
*Restrictions may apply when operating outside of U.S. Airspace. NOTE: Portable electronic device use on the ground, during takeoff and during landing should be limited to small, lightweight devices less than 2 lbs. These devices should be able to be easily secured in a seat back and not impede emergency access to the aisle.
PERMITTED AT GATE & IN FLIGHT
Using cellular network services (voice or data) to make or receive calls during the flight is not permitted by U.S. and International regulatory authorities. If you have other questions about the use of other portable electronic devices not shown here, ask your flight attendant.
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