Las Vegas has always had one eye focused on its swinging history.
And with stars like Elvis Presley and the Rat Pack as regular fixtures, it's not hard to see why the retro vibe remains popular here. But that doesn't mean the Strip is stuck in the past. Sure, you'll still find favorites like David Copperfield and Penn & Teller (with better tricks than ever before), but Sin City is a place that's constantly reinventing itself. In fact, you might say 2013 is the year Vegas goes pop! At Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, CeeLo Green unveils his Loberace alter ego, in a musical revue that will slide through the history of music from the Rolling Stones to disco to Prince.
The Strip's newest Broadway transfers will offer a similar primer in pop, from the rockabilly hits of Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah's to the hair metal power ballads of Rock of Ages at the Venetian. And even the late great King of Pop himself is getting in on the act, with a new Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show at Mandalay Bay.
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Outside, the Strip may be a bustling concrete jungle. But you'd never know it from inside the peaceful Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The hotel employs a whopping 140 horticulturists to create its themed seasonal flower shows. During the Spring Celebration, learn gardening tips from Mr. and Mrs. Green Thumb or listen to live music at the Victorian Gazebo in the South Garden every evening.
One of the best places to cool off during those sweltering Vegas summers is the SkyJump Las Vegas, a controlled free fall from the 108th floor of the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. All that wind rushing past you on your way down? Think of it as natural air conditioning!
The 1912 sinking of the Titanic resulted in the deaths of over 1,500 passengers. Each October, some of those lost souls come out to play during Haunted Tours at Luxor's Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. You'll meet apparitions like the Lady in Black and Frederick Fleet among the recreated set pieces and authentic memorabilia.
With hits like "All You Need is Love", "Love Me Do", and "All My Loving", the Beatles cornered the market on romance a long time ago. So there may be no better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with the aerialists, acrobats, and dancers at The Beatles LOVE, a Cirque du Soleil show at The Mirage.