GET­TING THERE

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Cae­sar’s Palace and (right) The High Roller — look be­yond the casi­nos and there’s more to Ve­gas there’s noth­ing re­ally new. But the fast­paced mix of per­cus­sion and in­ge­nious slap­stick goes down a treat.

TAKE A BITE

Ve­gas din­ing is about more than buf­fets, al­though some of these rep­re­sent the best in mass cater­ing. As a rough guide, prices rise through the day, with break­fast gen­er­ally end­ing at 11, and lunch be­com­ing din­ner at around five.

If you like a drink (or sev­eral) with your meal, the best deal is the week­end cham­pagne brunch, where in ad­di­tion to your em­bar­rass­ingly fre­quent food sta­tion top-ups, you en­joy two hours of un­lim­ited bub­bly. The se­lec­tion and qual­ity at Bac­cha­nal at Caesars Palace is ex­cep­tional and the brunch at the Bel­la­gio is an en­dur­ing favourite.

The fa­mous names in this city ex­tend to the chefs too — Mr Chow in Caesars is the lat­est ad­di­tion to his culi­nary em­pire started in Knights­bridge in 1968. Here the scenery is al­most as in­ter­est­ing as the food, with a huge ki­netic ceil­ing pod which comes alive at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals and nightly noodle­mak­ing demo.

Two new ad­di­tions to the city’s din­ing scene which opened in late 2016: Mo­mo­fuku at the Cos­mopoli­tan Re­turn flights with Vir­gin Atlantic cost from around £820 in May. www. vir­ginat­lantic.com

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. lasve­gas.com/UK for stylish sushi and noo­dles, and Mo­ri­moto Las Ve­gas at MGM Grand, with spec­tac­u­lar cock­tails com­ple­ment­ing its sig­na­ture twist on sushi.

TAKE IN THE VIEW

It’s com­fort­ing that some of the best things in Ve­gas are free — the view down The Strip for starters, as well as the danc­ing foun­tain dis­plays set to mu­sic out­side the Bel­la­gio. If you’re feel­ing over­whelmed by bright lights, The Park dis­trict has more than eight acres of green, dot­ted with restau­rants EDITED BY CATHY WIN­STON cwin­ston@thejc.com and bars, in­clud­ing the Beer­haus, and en­ter­tain­ment at the T-Mo­bile Arena. This is a park, Ve­gas-style.

For the paid va­ri­ety, the High Roller is one not to miss. The Ne­vada ver­sion of the Lon­don Eye, it of­fers a bird’s eye view of the main sights, mov­ing im­per­cep­ti­bly through a 30-minute-ish ro­ta­tion, dur­ing which you’ll take end­less self­ies and ban­ter like old friends with the strangers in your pod. You can do it sober, or as a happy half-hour, down­ing as many drinks as you can get dur­ing the ride from the in-pod barper­son, plus a choco­late-themed High Roller trip with the Ethel M gourmet brand. A friendly choco­latier gives a brief ex­pla­na­tion of the pro­duc­tion process be­fore a six-choc tast­ing (and more if you are lucky), plus a take­away box.

The Seven Magic Moun­tains art in­stal­la­tion, a few miles south of Ve­gas, took five years to com­plete. With 33 boul­ders, each painted in neon colours, it’s one of the largest land in­stal­la­tions of the last few decades.

TAKE A BREATH

If you’re look­ing to get your heart rac­ing, you needn’t bet every­thing on black. Speed­ve­gas has turned 100 acres of Las Ve­gas Boule­vard into an adren­a­line-fu­elled su­per­car ex­pe­ri­ence.

Or let some­one else drive with one of the many roller­coast­ers and rides, in­clud­ing Big Shot which launches you 160 feet up in 2.5 sec­onds, let­ting you taste just what 4Gs feels like. For some­thing unique but less ter­ri­fy­ing, the New York-New York roller­coaster goes through the New York-New York ho­tel dur­ing the ride at up to 67mph.

And sim­ply watch­ing the SkyJump from the Strato­sphere Tower will have most peo­ple’s hearts in their mouths: jumpers are at­tached to a cable for the 108 storey freefall but it’s still the high­est in the world.

Don’t miss: With work due to start this spring, Ve­gas Ex­treme is set to be a huge draw for thrill-seek­ers; 90 acres in­clud­ing in­door sky­div­ing, wake­board­ing and surf­ing lakes, moun­tain bik­ing, rock climb­ing and zip lines, all pow­ered by so­lar and wind en­ergy.

PHOTO: DAVE BURK/CAE­SAR’S PALACE

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PHOTO: ERIK KABIK/CAE­SAR’S PALACE

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