There are many reasons for coming to Vegas. Some people are looking for something; some people are running from something. If you’re one of those looking for something, I suggest you start with a great view of the Strip.
First stop is the Top of the World restaurant, located 800 feet high at the Stratosphere. This is a good place for a romantic dinner or just drinks, thanks to both the view and the live piano music at the adjacent Romance Lounge. What’s more, the restaurant revolves slowly, giving you a 360-degree view of the city in just over an hour.
Heading south on the Strip, there’s Mon Ami Gabi at Paris, a fine French restaurant with an excellent view of pedestrian traffic on the Strip. Also at Paris is the Eiffel Tower restaurant, with sweeping views of the Bellagio fountains show.
At Maggiano’s Little Italy, on the second floor of the Fashion Show Mall, you can look over the Strip while munching on Italian fare.
At the southern tip of the Strip is The Mix Lounge, located on the 64th floor of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. It has one of the best views of Vegas (even from the bathroom stalls). Since you have to pay a cover charge to get in after 10 p.m., you might as well stay and party.
As far as stunning views, you can kill three birds with one stone by heading over to the Palms Hotel and Casino, just a few blocks west off the Strip on Flamingo Road. The resort has two towers. On the 55th floor of the main tower there’s ghostbar, a nightclub with a 180-degree view of Vegas and a large deck. A few floors below you’ll find Alizé, a French restaurant with views that are almost as good. On the 52nd floor of the second tower, called Fantasy Tower, is the Playboy Club. Need I say more?
If you have a car, head over to the city’s east side where the Eastside Cannery Casino boasts the One Six Lounge, with panoramic views of the valley thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows (even in the bathrooms) and large decks where you can lounge on a sofa.