Planning your trip to Las Vegas this year? Here are 15 things ideas to help you get the ultimate experience, and take in some of the big sights that make Vegas like no other city.

  1. Catch a headliner – Kick off the New Year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with the moves and grooves of some of pop’s finest: Justin Timberlake will perform his final 20/20 World Tour shows January 1 and 2, while Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull will bring their high-energy tracks to the stage January 31. If you appreciate the classics more than modern beats, Barry Manilow and Bette Midler will grace the stage April 10 and May 22, respectively.
  2. Attend a music festival – Not to be missed in 2015 is the USA debut of the Rock in Rio festival in May with headliners Metallica, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, No Doubt, John Legend and many more. Other festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival and Life is Beautiful also will return in the summer and fall.
  3. Worship the sun – Whether it’s a new, chic pool such as Delano Beach Club, a massive pool complex such as MGM Grand’s five acres of water heaven, or an LGBT pool party such as Temptation Sundays at Luxor, take advantage of Vegas’ warm weather, hot bods and cool drinks. Pool season kicks off in March!
  4. Dine by a lake – Be among the first to enjoy Italian small plates while taking in prime views of The Fountains of Bellagio at Lago by Julian Serrano, which will open at the resort this spring.
  5. Get active – Venture off the beaten path and try a unique fitness class. Increase your heart rate while doing Yoga Among the Dolphins at The Mirage or take in fine art during ARIA’s Indoor Hike.
  6. Dine like a foodie – A bucket list item for anyone who enjoys good food is indulging in Chef of the Century Joël Robuchon’s unbelievable 16-course menu at his namesake MGM Grand restaurant, featuring countless delicacies including “Le Foie Gras,” a carpaccio of foie gras and potatoes, adorned with white truffle shavings.
  7. Choose your groove – Become an M life member and select the song from The Fountains of Bellagio’s repertoire to play while you watch center stage from the balcony at Hyde Bellagio. The Fountains recently debuted a new show produced by Tiësto which joins the attraction’s diverse song roster including the music of Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Andrea Bocelli.
  8. Catch a fight at MGM Grand – Boxing and UFC nights on the Las Vegas Strip are not to be missed and this is the year to get in on the action. While millions around the world watch on TV, be one of only 15,000 fans experiencing the energy of fight day at MGM Grand and sitting a few feet away throw after throw until one fighter is named the winner.
  9. Open your eyes and taste buds – Heed the sage advice, “you don’t know until you try,” and experiment with unusual delicacies like TENDER’s Basil-Fed Escargot Rockefeller (snails fed with basil) at Luxor or Yusho’s Quacky Mountain Oysters (also known as duck testicles) at Monte Carlo.
  10. Learn from the best – You’ll be the master of your kitchen after An Executive Chef’s Culinary Classroom session. Bellagio Executive Chef Edmund Wong will guide you through the process of creating an exceptional three-course meal while sharing some of his delicious culinary secrets.
  11. See the beats drop – Whether it’s Tiësto or Calvin Harris at Hakkasan at MGM Grand or Krewella or Alesso at LIGHT at Mandalay Bay, there’s no shortage of the world’s top DJs who make Las Vegas home throughout the year.
  12. Experience a French brasserie Vegas StyleBARDOT Brasserie by Michael Mina at ARIA will open in late January, bringing decadent Parisian cuisine, amazing wines and a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere.
  13. Feed your soul – Las Vegas is now home to many art galleries and fine art collections. Not to be missed are the Fabergé exhibit at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (on display through 5/25/15) and the public ARIA Fine Art Collection. In Las Vegas, you can feed yourself while feeding your soul at Bellagio’s Prime Steakhouse which features commissioned paintings by Carlo Maria Mariani, George Deem and Michael Gregory; and Picasso, which features a collection of Picasso masterworks including ceramic pieces.
  14. Take a stroll outdoors – Visit BLVD Plaza at Monte Carlo with new restaurants Yusho Japanese Grill & Noodle House, Double Barrel, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, Sambalatte and BLVD Creamery. Next door at New York-New York, enjoy the new Tom’s Urban and the first Shake Shack on the West Coast.
  15. Experience the suite life – Make 2015 the year of luxury and book a new Skyline Terrace Suite at MGM Grand, the new Executive Parlor Suite at Bellagio, or a LOFT at HOTEL32 at Monte Carlo.

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