Red Rock Canyon

Las Vegas’s Healthy Side

There's more to Sin City than casinos and clubs.

Whether it's for a bachelor party or a convention, it's safe to say most people visiting Vegas aren't going for a detox. But you can still take a trip to the iconic city without derailing your fitness goals. Here's your guide to a healthier Vegas.

What to Do

For a morning workout:

Experience the High Roller—the world's tallest observation wheel—with a yoga class. You'll complete two full revolutions with sweeping views of The Strip and the Las Vegas Valley while holding strong warrior poses and testing your balance with handstands.

Alternatively, spend time in nature at Red Rock Canyon, which offers 26 trails traversing the grey limestone and red sandstone bluffs; Calico Tanks and Ice Box Canyon are local favorites. You'll likely stumble upon plentiful wildlife and if you come later in the day, sunsets here are especially beautiful.

For an adrenaline rush:

Fly a plane from Henderson Executive Airport over the Hoover Dam to the Grand Canyon. Even first-time pilots will feel confident taking off and landing a luxurious Cirrus aircraft and cruising through Nevada's famous blue skies with the instructors at All in Aviation boutique flight school. Bonus: you can count the hours towards your pilot's license.

For peace and quiet:

Spend a day unwinding at the spa with hydrotherapy, hammams, and laconiums. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental is a favorite among insiders because it never gets loud or crowded like many other ones in the area do. The East Meets West massage is the most popular treatment, a combination of Thai stretching, acupressure, and deep tissue techniques with mandarin and ginger massage oils.

Where to Eat

For breakfast:

The Juice Standard at The Cosmopolitan offers a healthy cold-pressed start to the day. For a more substantial meal, weekend brunch at Brasserie Bardot is not to be missed. Order the omelet and seasonal fruit plate. 

For lunch:

Head to Jaleo by José Andrés for Spanish tapas such as fire-roasted bell peppers and eggplant, garlic-tomato gazpacho, and salmon tartare. Or book a table in advance at Kabuto, which offers sushi flown in fresh from Tokyo Bay in Japan. Each piece is given special attention by the chef, meaning you won't find any pre-made rolls.

For dinner:

Don't miss Harvest by Roy Ellamar; the upscale farm-to-table restaurant offers an array of fresh salads, roast chicken with market veggies, and diver scallops. And if you're looking for a truly luxe meal, visit French chef Joël Robuchon’s three Michelin-starred namesake restaurant and enjoy the tasting menu.


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