Labor Day marks the end of summer, and if you’ve been thinking about spending the holiday weekend in Vegas, it’s not too late. You will pay a premium for the night of Saturday, September 4, but good rates on the other nights will probably balance out your total bill. Even a week before Labor Day weekend, most Las Vegas hotels have rooms available for the three-day holiday. If you’re looking for rooms, you may want to check with the Mirage, which has been running terrific deals, especially on packages that include shows. Also try one of Harrah’s properties, all of which have been offering package deals and discounts throughout this summer: Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Harrah‘s, Flamingo, Rio, Bally’s, and the Imperial Palace.
Pool parties and clubs have been the hippest thing in Las Vegas this summer, and Labor Day is a good time to suit up and find out what everyone’s been talking about. It’s hard to go wrong with any pool party or pool club in Las Vegas–they’re all fun. Notables to investigate: Wet Republic at the MGM Grand, the Palms Pool (especially Ditch Fridays), and Tao Beach at the Venetian.
Visitors who want something beyond bikinis and cabanas may want to check out the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts, where the current display is “Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form,” featuring artists like Pierre-August Renoir, Pablo Picasso, and Roy Lichtenstein, among others. At CityCenter, just south of the Bellagio, you can stroll through sleek spaces where every public area is an opportunity for art. CityCenter is the Strip’s new mixed-use complex where Aria, Vdara, and the Mandarin Oriental are located, along with the Crystals Retail area. Maya Lin, the artist who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., created a silver cast of the Colorado River for CityCenter.
A visit to Hoover Dam might be the perfect way to observe Labor Day. In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, men came from around the United States to work on the dam (originally named Boulder Dam). The harsh desert around modern-day Boulder City turned into a tent city filled with people hoping for a chance at a job. Today, a new engineering marvel in Black Canyon is almost complete. The Mike O’Callaghan and Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge will be ready for traffic in fall. When the bridge is open, it will have pedestrian access for those who don’t mind standing almost 1,000 feet above the Colorado River.
Photo of Strip courtesy of travel-junkie
Photo of Tao Beach courtesy of leyla.a
Photo of Hoover Dam & Bypass Bridge courtesy of David Herrera