Everyone says what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. At Mobilize 2021, The Transportation Alliance’s (TTA) annual convention and expo, that definitely won’t be the case.
The TTA team is so excited to see everyone from Oct. 14-17. With countless networking opportunities, a chance to connect with familiar faces and fantastic speakers and presentations, Mobilize 2021 will be the hottest event in Sin City.
Although the two days will be jam packed, we’ve got you covered with the best recommendations to make the most of your trip to Vegas. Take a quick 45-minute drive to see the historic Hoover Dam or step away from the strip to dive into some of Vegas’ classic restaurants like Lotus of Siam. And, as always, we encourage you to buy, shop, eat and ride local!
For the adventure seeker, get outside!
While Vegas’ main attraction is the Strip, Nevada is renowned for its large, vast national parks and arid climate. While in the area for Mobilize 2021, it is the perfect excuse to take in some historic sights and breathtaking views.
Situated right on the Colorado River, the Hoover Dam is the highest concrete arch dam in the United States at 726 feet high, impounding the largest artificial lake in the world. At only 45 minutes from the Paris Hotel, it’s a short drive to see a true feat of engineering. Book a 90-minute boat tour for $35 and while onboard, you can purchase a quick snack or meal from the café onboard or a special commemorative photo. Hoover Dam Sightseeing Cruise, Boulder City, NV, www.lakemeadcruises.com
Care for a hike? Just a quick drive from Vegas’ main attractions is Red Rock Canyon, where there are over 20 trails all ranging in difficulty. On the Moenkopi trail, a 1.5 hour hike with the lowest difficulty, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the Calico Trails and the Spring Mountains. For the more adventurous, the Keystone Thrust or Calico Tanks trails offer access to some of the canyon’s geological features. You can also opt for a guided hike as well as scenic drives. Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, NV, www.redrockcanyonlv.org
Hungry? Hit these spots:
The question is always the same: What’s the best place to eat?
In a place like Vegas with thousands of restaurants, that question itself can be quite daunting. We’ve got you covered with options from a food hall that offers specialties from around the country, a tried-and-true local eatery or fine dining options because you deserve to treat yourself.
Located in The Cosmopolitan, Block 16 Urban Food Hall brings renowned eateries from around the nation into one cool, sleek destination and dining experience. You can’t miss Hattie B’s Hot Chicken from Nashville, Tennessee — the fiery fried chicken is perfectly crispy and dripping in spicy, red-hot oil that’s ladled on top, all complemented with pieces of white bread and pickles to cool off the spice. Prefer something on the sweeter side? New Orleans-based District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. makes its West Coast debut, serving up fantastic lunch and dinner options as well as over 100 donut flavors that rotate daily. Block 16 Urban Food Hall, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.
For a Las Vegas classic, check out Lotus of Siam, a beloved Thai restaurant. Chef Saipin Chutima has been at the helm since 1999 and was awarded the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southwest in 2011. While you’ll see some familiar dishes, Lotus of Siam serves up Northern Thai food, where the flavor profile is a bit more sour and earthier. Beware — the food is spicy, but it’s delicious. Grab an order of larb, a meat salad with green chili, onion and lime, or khao soi, a featured dish served with crispy duck, noodles and a yellow curry sauce. Lotus of Siam, 620 E Flamingo Rd., www.lotusofsiamlv.com.
Along the strip, there are numerous fine dining options if you’re willing to splurge. Head over to Rao’s in Caesars Palace for upscale Italian fare all the way from New York City. Don’t miss the meatballs, chicken parmesan or any of the pasta selections — it definitely won’t disappoint. Also in Caesars Palace, check out Restaurant Guy Savoy from Paris for a unique gastronomic experience from one of the world’s best restaurants. Other fine dining options include sushi and izakaya-style restaurant Zuma in the Cosmopolitan or BLT Steak in Bally’s, famous for the warm popovers.
For more guides, we love these food recommendations from Eater and Thrillist.
Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best entertainment
Vegas is known as the entertainment capital of the world, so when you have some down time, book a ticket for one of the many shows or performances.
Cirque du Soleil is known for its over-the-top and acrobatic performances. With four different shows in Vegas, any option is guaranteed to be a good time. For something more romantic yet wildly unexpected, go see “O” at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. It’s a romance with lots of aquatic elements including high dives, underwater acrobatics and more. If you’ve missed the feeling of concerts or live music, buy tickets to see “The Beatles: LOVE,” a 360º theater-in-the-round experience set to the soundtrack of The Beatles at the Mirage. For a full list of shows and to purchase tickets, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.
What’s better than a magic show? Two-time winner of “America’s Got Talent” Shin Lim puts on a magic show like none other. Known for his close-up card tricks, his magic is sure to blow your mind. Tickets for his show at the Mirage sell out quickly, so reserve your spot now — you won’t want to miss this. Tickets are available at www.shinlimmagic.com.
Dazzling costumes, acrobatics and large dance numbers are things you’ll find at “EXTRAVAGANZA” in Bally’s Hotel. It’s a performance that’s quintessentially Las Vegas and includes 30 of Vegas’ best performers. Directed by Hanoch Rosènn, he says the show is an homage to this city, so definitely mark it on your list. Tickets are available here.
TTA is hard at work gearing up for Mobilize 2021. For the most recent convention-related information, visit our website. We’ll see you in Vegas!
By Matt Yan