Best Place to Take First-Time Visitors

Neon Museum



The massive pieces of glass-and-metal art at the Neon Museum are very nearly as impressive in retirement as they were in life, and they are presented with the full reverence due such pop masterworks. The docents leading the tour groups know the full history of the signs—the hotels they represented, the artists who designed them and the time period that they existed in—but they don’t have a set script. As a result, you could take the Neon Museum tour a dozen times and learn something new each time you do it, which helps make up for all those times you have to play Vegas host.

770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 387-6366,

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The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.