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The end of the dark, hellish tunnel of the pandemic is getting closer and closer each day. So, when you’re ready to book your next vacation, we have a suggestion: Las Vegas. Not just for high rollers, the Neon Capital of the World is open for anyone looking to relax and recharge. Here, seven reasons why Vegas should be your next destination.

1. It’s Fun and Smart

You’re finally ready to get back to fun, but you’re still hesitant about heading back to a nightclub. Have no fear: Las Vegas is following the “Vegas Smart” health and wellness measures (i.e. mandatory masks, social distancing, capacity caps, etc.) so you can celebrate wisely. And celebrate you will, because the attractions are as endless as the free casino drinks.

2. You Can Get Some Fresh Air (and Amazing Views)

But who needs free drinks when you’re 900 feet up surrounded by nothing but fresh air? When you’re ready to expand your horizons, Las Vegas has some of the best options. From Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam (above) to ziplines, helicopter tours and golf, there’s no shortage of wide open spaces. You can also rent a car or take a coach bus from The Strip to the Grand Canyon Skywalk (2.5 hours) or to the popular South Rim (about 5 hours).

3. Dine at Award-Winning Restaurants

Whether it’s that blackjack pot burning a hole in your wallet or you haven’t tasted anything but takeout for 12 months, you deserve to splurge on something delicious. From celebrity chefs like José Andrés at Bazaar Meat, to a modern twist on the classic steakhouse like the Cosmopolitan’s STK (pictured above), to outdoor dining under the twinkling patio lights at Carson Kitchen, you could easily plan your trip around the food alone. (In fact, we highly encourage it.)

4. Check Out the Museums

Need to walk off some of the fantastic fare? Head to the Neon Museum, a nonprofit dedicated to collecting and preserving iconic Las Vegas signs from some of the most famed landmarks. Tickets are limited due to social distancing, so book your spot a day ahead (or up to a month in advance) and wander through the neon boneyard to pose in front of a piece of kitschy history. There's also the Mob Museum, which explores the history of organized crime and is a rainy-day dream come true for fans of Boardwalk Empire or Peaky Blinders.

5. Relax at the Pools and Spas

Spas, pools and lounges are all open and following Vegas Smart procedures—so now’s the time to lounge in a daybed with a frosty glass in your hand while the weather’s perfect. We mean, we know it’s not the real deal, but sipping a piña colada while gazing at the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas does sound like just the cure for our 2020 blues. There's also the Spa at Wynn, a 45,000-square-foot retreat with an upgraded, elegant interior and an extensive treatment menu so you can unwind in style.

6. Soar to New Heights

If you’re in need of a bit of a thrill (who isn’t?) that doesn’t come in the form of choosing black or red, take a sunset ride on the High Roller—the highest observation wheel in the world (yes, it’s over 100 feet taller than the London Eye). And because it’s Vegas, some pods even have a bar and bartender at night, so you can do happy hour 550 feet up. There’s also the Fly LINQ zipline if you need to really get some air, where you’ll launch from a 12-story tower and soar over the promenade at up to 35 mph.

7. Stay in Style

Let’s be honest: Staying anywhere that’s not our house—full of dirty dishes, laundry and the explosion of kids’ toys on the living room floor—is a godsend. But Vegas’s offerings are unmatched, whether it’s the replica of Florence’s Ponte Vecchio Bridge at Hilton Lake Las Vegas, the swanky Bellagio on The Strip or the brand-new Circa, with its five floors of amenities like the sportsbook, rooftop cocktail lounge and pool amphitheater.

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