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The Cynic’s Guide to Las Vegas

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HOW TO ENJOY LAS VAGAS AND STEER CLEAR OF THE STRIP

Not being up-to-date on industry trends can be lethal to a specialty retailer. Interbike and H+FB is a retailers’ biggest opportunity of the year to see all the new products, equipment and technology in one place, to maintain and build relationships, and to see existing suppliers and compare the company teams competing for their business. Yet some retailers forgo this experience because they don’t like Las Vegas.

Yet ask a fitness enthusiast who lives in Vegas and they will tell you it’s a great place to live. We did some investigating and discovered a whole new Las Vegas that’s family friendly and smoke and casino free. So if you’re hesitant to attend Interbike and H+FB because you don’t think you like Las Vegas, think again. You can enjoy the show and plan a great family vacation using the information below.

 

WHERE TO STAY
The following hotels are smoke & casino free, plus some offer great perks:

Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas – Strip South
7830 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 453-7830
PERK: Complimentary shuttle to/from McCarran International Airport (LAS) and Mandalay Bay. Check out the Great American Grill® cooked-to-order breakfast.

Las Vegas Marriott
325 Convention Center Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 650-2000
PERK: Complimentary parking, high-speed Internet access and on-site laundry, plus heated outdoor pool and fitness center. A jogging trail is one mile away.

Fairfield Inn & Suites – Las Vegas South
5775 Dean Martin Drive Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 895-9810
PERK: Complimentary breakfast and high speed internet.

Courtyard Marriott
3275 Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 791-3600
PERK: Complimentary parking plus fitness center and pool.

DoubleTree Club
7250 Pollock Drive Las Vegas, NV 89119
(855) 277-4931
PERK: Complimentary cookies. Don’t laugh – after a long journey their cookies can keep even the most cantankerous travelers quiet during check in. Fitness room and pool (to burn off the cookies!)

Renaissance Las Vegas
3400 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 98169-2770
(800) 750-0980
PERK: Largest smoke-free, non-gaming hotel featuring award winning restaurants.

Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center
370 Hughes Center Dr. Las vegas, NV 89169
(702) 650-0040
PERK: Complimentary breakfast, pet friendly, Kitchen/kitchenette, tons of amenities.

 

WHERE TO EAT
Bringing the family and need some kid family eateries? Or just looking for something different? Try these highly rated spots:

Bachi Burger
470 E Windmill Ln. Ste 100 Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 242-2244
Popular burger place in Vegas. Affordable, away from the strip and traffic. A local favorite.

Buldogis Gourmet Hot Dogs
2291 S Fort Apache Rd. Ste 102 Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 570-7560
Huge selection and reasonably priced hot dog place. But not just your average hot dog.

Rollin Smokes Barbecue
3185 S Highland Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 836-3621
Ranked as one of the best barbecue places in Las Vegas!

Gameworks Las Vegas
Town Square 6605 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 978-4263
A family-friendly restaurant with a modern twist of a classic arcade.

 

JUST FOR KIDS
We know what it’s like trying to keep our kids entertained during the show! Here are a few fun places to keep the babies busy while you get business done:

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
360 Promenade Place Las Vegas, NV 89106
(702) 382-KIDS
www.discoverykidslv.org
Museum features award-winning exhibits and programs to keep the kids engaged and entertained for hours.

Las Vegas Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 822-7700
www.springspreserve.org
The premier place in Las Vegas to explore the valley’s vibrant history through interactive science and nature exhibits, botanical gardens, hiking, trails, and live animal shows.

Shark Reef Las Vegas – Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 632-4555
www.sharkreef.com
Located within the Mandalay Bay you don’t even need to leave the convention center to discover a breath taking underwater world featuring sharks, rays and exotic fish in 1.3 million gallon tank.

M&M’s World
3785 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 736-7611
A four story building dedicated exclusively to chocolate. Need we say more?

 

WHAT TO DO – A world of adventure and breathtaking views awaits you just outside the doors of Interbike and H+FB. Come to the show a little early, or stay a day or two after and experience the original Las Vegas. For more travel ideas check out: www.lasvegasoutdooradventure.com

Red Rock Canyon – Calico Hills
3205 Red Rock Canyon Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89161
(702) 515-5350
The beautiful red and white sandstone hills and canyons offer something for everyone – from easy to challenging hiking trails, to Indian artwork, to hidden canyons.

Red Rock Canyon – La Madre Springs
An easy to follow family and pet friendly 4 mile trail featuring a natural spring that flows through the La Madre Mountains. Make it to the end and you will be rewarded with a desert oasis including several waterfalls, 10 foot high reeds, and bighorn sheep.

Lake Mead – Arizona Hot Springs
The hike winds through White Rock Canyon down to the Colorado River and along the river for about .25 miles before you get to the hot springs.

Black Canyon River Rafting Tour
PO Box 60130 Boulder City Nevada 89006
Reservations: (800) 455-3490
www.blackcanyonadventures.com/rafttours/

 

>> Download the original article from the 2014 Health+Fitness Business Preview.

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