Best Place to Feel Like You’re in a Big City

The tower, 17 stories tall and magnificent. The marble-accented lobby with its art-deco chandeliers, strikingly beautiful. And the performance hall itself: vast, splendorous and breathtaking. The Smith Center was always intended to be a “Wow!” from the first sketch to the last laid brick—and it certainly is that. In fact, the new 2,050-seat symphony hall is too impressive; walking through The Smith Center, you almost forget which big city you’re in. Fortunately, two things tether you to Las Vegas, one good and one less so. Tim Bavington’s terrific, multicolored sculpture on the property’s northeast side evokes both the city’s colorful past and limitless future. And the dusty, undeveloped acres surrounding the Smith are purely a Vegas thing.