TEXT BY: Helen Peters
PHOTOS BY: Sergiy Barchuk
PROP STYLING BY: Kelly Fondry
Vegas is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States: vibrant music, food, and entertainment scenes, natural desert beauty, and the Grand Canyon right on its doorstep. And what heightens great music, food, entertainment, and natural beauty? Cannabis.
So it’s great news that Nevada legalized cannabis for recreational use in 2017. As long as you’re over the age of 21, you can legally buy marijuana on your trip to Vegas—and MedMen will be there to help you, with three stores in the city.
But know before you go: though you can legally buy, possess, and consume cannabis in Las Vegas, it can only be consumed in a private residence—you’ll ﬁnd some marijuana-friendly Airbnbs if you choose to go that route. And cannabis lounges are expected sometime in 2019. Read on for our Vegas highlights.
In the midst of Vegas’s nonstop party for the senses, it’s easy to forget that this city is a desert oasis. That might be why helicopter and hot air balloon rides are so popular: as you rise above the hubbub, you’ll be awestruck by the land stretching in every direction. On a balloon ride, you’ll ﬂoat above the city and take in the otherworldly landscape of Red Rock Canyon. Or hop in a helicopter to a wonder of the world, the Grand Canyon, waiting to wow you just 45 minutes away. Available from several providers; vegasballoonrides.comand sundancehelicopters.com are among the most established.
There’s something hauntingly beautiful about the Neon Museum’s famous Neon Boneyard: more than 200 signs that once beckoned revelers to wild nights, now resting peacefully together. With its visitor center in a converted historic motel lobby and its 15 lovingly restored signs, among hundreds of other rescued relics, the museum is an unmissable monument to a century of glitz. Details at neonmuseum.org
ENJOY A SHOW
Between the big residencies and local favorites like the Bunkhouse Saloon, a downtown bar that hosts live shows, Vegas is heaven for music lovers. If you’re in town to see a show, swing by MedMen ﬁrst for the perfect cannabis pairing—maybe a sativa-dominant ﬂower to heighten the music’s intensity or indica edibles for mellower tunes. Just remember not to consume at the show or elsewhere in public, and, of course, never to drive after consuming.
In Vegas, the party starts at the pool. All around town, hotel pools offer parties at every speed. Hotel guests enter free, while others can buy day passes. But if you plan to boost the party using cannabis (a high-THC sativa would work nicely), remember to consume in a private residence before arriving, since there are strict rules against using cannabis at hotels.
Vegas’s food scene has it all: legendary classics and new celebrity chefs. Pinkbox Doughnuts has become a local staple since opening in 2012—highlights include the Fat Elvis, made with chocolate ganache and banana peanut butter. On the westside, local favorite Honey Salt serves up delicious farm-to-table comfort food: try the burger with tomato jam, or a heavenly lobster roll. And for late night cravings, try the legendary Raku, serving creative Japanese food until 3 a.m. Details at pinkboxdoughnuts.com, honeysalt.com, and raku-grill.com.