Las Vegas is the perfect place to set the tone for romance. Whether you’re looking for the perfect view, a romantic restaurant, ways to get closer or a means for finding someone special, Sin City has it all.
1 Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Is there a more romantic place in the world than Paris? In Las Vegas, you can climb to the top of a replica of the Eiffel Tower for romantic views of the city at sunset. Afterward, dine at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, featuring French fare from Chef Jean Joho overlooking the Strip and the Fountains at the Bellagio from the 11th floor of the Eiffel Tower. You can find French bistro fare at haute prices with a wine list selected by the chef himself. Expect to pay about $300 for dinner for two that includes appetizers, entrees, dessert and a modest bottle of wine.
2 Top of the World
At 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere Tower is the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Take the climb to the outdoor observation tower at 869 feet for a 360-view of the city at sunset. Afterward, head to Top of the World restaurant, which features a moving floor that rotates a full 360 degrees in one hour. Chef Claude Gaty and Rick Giffen serve up French-accented Asian fare. For a less expensive alternative, drop by the lounge on the 107th floor for Champagne and strawberries. Whichever you choose, be sure to get there before sunset so you can watch the lights twinkle on across the valley.
Elevate yourself to the 64th floor of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay for cuisine from world-renowned French chef Alain Ducasse. His restaurant, Mix, received one Michelin star in 2008 and 2009, and a Mobil Four Star rating in 2008, and AAA Four Diamond Award two years in a row. If that doesn’t sell you on the classic American and French cuisine, consider the views of the Strip and the decor of the restaurant, bathed in white and silver. Sweeping staircases, mid-century futuristic furniture and a 24-foot chandelier made from 15,000 hand-blown glass spheres create an ephemeral setting for romance.
4 Emporio D'Gondola
Next to Paris, Venice is perhaps one of the most romantic cities in the world. At the Venetian, you can replicate the romance there with gondola rides through the canals. Gondoliers donning black-and-white striped shirts serenade while whisking you through a half-mile ride along the canals in the Grand Canal Shoppes. The 14-minute ride takes you past architecture inspired by the canals of Venice with blue skies above. Ride in gondolas built for four at $16 per person, or get cozy in a private two-person gondola for $64.
5 Fountains at the Bellagio
Free is one of the catchphrases in Las Vegas, and if it’s a free setting you desire, find your spot in front of Lake Como at the Bellagio for prime viewing of the dancing fountains. The waters follow the beats of opera, classical and Broadway tunes while shooting as high as 460 feet above. Each show is different no matter what time you stop by. The Fountains at the Bellagio make their choreographed appearances every half hour from 3 to 8 p.m., and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight.