It comes down to a basic numbers game: hundreds of restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip alone. Half of those are run by celebrity chefs or have certain accolades that warrant a specific, but passionate, following. A quarter of those will be expensive beyond consideration. Another quarter will be reserved for brunch, or a setting for small plates and aperitifs, so, while important destinations, not all that important by comparison to the biggies. The biggies: how many? So many. And the cost of dining at at all these destinations? Maddening. Luckily, with carefully redirected funds to certain tour companies, visitors to the Las Vegas food arena can embark on a diverse and delicious epicurean adventure, eat at four to five restaurants a day, and maybe hit some places they had never really considered. The guides are helpful and informative, the food is carefully chosen by people who (unlike the average tourist) know their way around, and the price? Deliciously reasonable.
Yes, Las Vegas is known for its abundant nightlife, gaming rooms and scandalous clubs, but it’s no longer the hotbed of hedonism that it used to be. With hotels opening up more family friendly attractions and tour companies tapping into the natural beauty of the Nevada terrain beyond Las Vegas Boulevard, the former City of Sin is now a fun, adventurous and even educational vacation getaway for the whole family – bored, iPhone-addicted teenagers included. Roller coasters, thrill rides, unique museums, breathtaking shows and delicious restaurants. And, anyway, you can always leave the real delinquents inside the room with the HBO on.
No chance of cabin fever here! Located a mere 15 minutes north of the sprawling city lights of the illustrious Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is a perfect snowy stop-over for any ski fanatic on their holiday. Grouse, one of the largest and oldest ski areas in B.C., offers all the mountainous fixings of any top-ranked resort, and then some. The largest aerial tramway in North America, Snow-Limos, mountain-top ice rink, a wildlife refuge and high definition cinema, and a massive wind turbine with a viewing station up top that allows breathtaking panoramic views are all located on the premises.
Families in Western New York and surrounding areas aren’t a far drive from a place that ensures a happy holiday indeed – Holiday Valley Resort has been a reliable destination for ski-strapped parents and the wee ones. Located just beside the cozy city of Ellicottville, New York, just an hour south of Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Holiday Valley has been hopping since 1957 and continues to thrive, each year getting bigger and better.
Jay Peak has carved a name for itself in the deep snowdrifts of the Northeast Kingdom. Known for its stellar glade skiing, Jay Peak has the largest snowfall in eastern North America, and is also the fifth largest ski resort in Vermont. That’s pretty good for a state with so much skiing! A recent expansion of the resort has seen a huge boon for families. Their ski school now includes The Zone Beginner Area, a specially designed terrain for newbies, and their skating rink is an NHL-sized complex with a huge spectator area and a heavy-hitting cafe serving up burgers and beer. The idea is simple: every professional once started out as a beginner, and if Jay Peak can make it easier for the beginners, then the passion will come out. That’s why families keep returning to Jay Peak.
When you think of Las Vegas, it often conjures up images of trendy clubs, amazing shows, fast cars and an endless supply of gambling tables, so you wouldn’t be entirely mistaken if you think you need deep pockets to enjoy your time here in the city of high rollers. However, the good news is you don’t need to have wads of cash to enjoy Las Vegas. The city caters to people on all sorts of different budgets. Downtown Las Vegas in particular offers better prices than the main strip. Here we round up the best cheap Las Vegas attractions that are fun and awesome (and don’t cost three months rent).
People who go to Brighton Ski Resort don’t go there for the shopping, or the dining, or the maxed out luxury lodging, simply because those areas are not Brighton’s main concern. People who go to Brighton Ski Resort go because they care about the terrain and providing classic, no-frills skiing for their kids close to home. And people who go to Brighton Ski Resort go year after year. It opened in 1936, proving to the rest of the country that Utah is a great ski destination and throughout the years, Brighton has built a name for itself as one of the most underrated ski resorts in the area – visited by a select few, but loved by all. It’s most popular with families due to its extensive beginner and intermediate trails, family-style lodging and affordable prices.
Breckenridge is not your average ski town in the same way that Breckenridge Ski Resort is not your average ski resort. It’s actually a legit town with a vast and colorful historic district nestled among the snowy mountains. According to the 2010 census, the town has a population of about 4,540. People live there, and thrive there. But it’s also one of the largest and most popular ski areas in the United States; the main economic driver of this former gold-mining town is their seasonally reliable tourism industry, and of course, the tourism industry is reliable for a reason, and that reason is: the skiing here is freaking awesome. With over 2000 acres of ski terrain in the resort, a top elevation of 12,998 feet and a vertical of 3,398 feet, it’s no surprise that Breck is a mega hit with Colorado natives.
Tormented by unfulfilled childhood – and adolescent – fantasies? Then Las Vegas is of course the place to go. Whatever obsessions lie scattered and abandoned on your path through life, in Las Vegas you can resurrect and finally experience them in their full, bizarre glory. Here we’ve gathered a small selection of the most curious and unexpected, but there are plenty more if none chime with your tastes: pray for luck by dropping casino chips into collection cups in a Catholic Cathedral; learn about the development of atomic energy at the Atomic Testing Museum; and so on, and so on….
Conveniently located just one hour from the cosmopolitan city of Montreal, the Ski Bromont resort in Quebec, Canada has been a longtime favorite for its ease of accessibility and extended opening hours. As the largest illuminated ski resort in North America, the resort attracts a lot of professional-level skiers and snowboarders who want to log some time on the slopes after dark. With 155 trails and glades, ski and snowboard enthusiasts will love the variety of the terrain, the simple layout of the resort and the convenient nighttime skiing options.