New York Times lists Las Vegas as visitor hot spot

Las Vegas recently earned a place on The New York Times list of “52 Places to Go in 2019” in its Jan. 10 issue. The city ranked 13th on the list, placing it in the top 25 percent of recommended locations to visit throughout the world, and ahead of sites in Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, Italy, Russia, Canada, Scotland, Germany, Australia, Denmark, China, Switzerland, Spain and France. Las Vegas also placed ahead of U.S. locales including New York City and Los Angeles.

Here’s how The Times recommended Las Vegas as a top destination:

“Sure, there are still slot machines, strip clubs and steaks aplenty, but other options for culture in America’s playground abound. The new Park MGM hosts residencies from two music legends through 2019: (newly minted Oscar nominee) Lady Gaga, doing one show of her pop hits and another riffing on American classics, and starting in April, Aerosmith. Also at the Park: a rollicking iteration of the Italian emporium Eataly and Best Friend, a Korean restaurant by Roy Choi, the Los Angeles food truck pioneer, that becomes a hip-hop club after the tables are cleared.

“The Wynn recently added live, Dixieland-style jazz to its (manmade) lakeside brunch; it also offers “master classes” on subjects like dumpling-making. Nearby, the Venetian debuted a trio of craft cocktail bars, the Dorsey, Rosina and Electra, where guests can actually sit down and hear one another talk. Downtown, the Life is Beautiful festival, which corrals an array of musicians and artists each fall, enters its seventh year.”

With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms and more than 11.5 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space, Las Vegas keeps adding to its reputation as a tourist mecca. And in addition to its world-renowned Strip bustling with entertainment, dining and shopping options, the city’s sports evolution has added to its luster, with the history-making debut of it first major league team, the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League, as well as the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces and the Las Vegas Lights FC of the United Soccer League.

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