There are several reasons Las Vegas is considered the entertainment capital of the world, and emergency physicians at ACEP16 will get a chance to discover a few of them.
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On Oct. 15–18, ACEP will hold its Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. While the conference will offer dynamic courses and skill labs, the city will offer thrilling adventure and the chance to see record-setting architecture.
Don’t let the old adage, “all work and no play,” apply to you. “The emergency medical professionals who attend [ACEP16] have very demanding jobs, and Las Vegas offers many ways to help reduce stress and aid in one’s overall well-being,” said Cheryl Smith, the medical and wellness tourism manager of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Eating and Sightseeing on the Strip
Home to six of the 10 largest hotels in the world, Las Vegas has no shortage of luxurious resorts. Visit renowned locations on the Las Vegas Strip like The Venetian, MGM Grand, or ACEP’s official resort, Mandalay Bay, which is currently undergoing a $100 million remodel that should be completed by spring 2016. Or maybe the 300-room Silverton, with its 117,000-gallon aquarium, considered Las Vegas’ best free attraction, is the sight for you.
No matter where you visit, you’re sure to see the Stratosphere defining the Las Vegas skyline. At 1,149 feet, it is the tallest observation tower in the United States. Still, there are other ways to observe the city from above. One of the newest additions to the Strip, the 550-foot High Roller, the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, is one of them.
At the base of the High Roller is The LINQ Promenade, an open-air attraction featuring fine dining and entertainment.
For an international taste of Vegas, visit the newly opened Giada, which serves Italian cuisine at The Cromwell. Try a dish infused with French flavor at Bardot Brasserie inside Aria or a Japanese yellowtail with jalapeño at Nobu inside Caesars Palace.
The Downtown Districts
Don’t be fooled—there’s more to Vegas than the Strip, which is actually located outside of the city limits. To the north of the scenic Strip is downtown Las Vegas, which houses several equally scenic districts that demand up-close exploration.
Catch a free concert or light show at the Fremont Street Experience. This five-block entertainment district is canopied by the world’s largest video screen suspended above an urban pedestrian mall. If 12.5 million LED lights and a 55,000-watt sound system don’t increase your heart rate, then be sure to ride SlotZilla. As the world’s largest slot machine, this 12-story zipline is another Las Vegas record setter.