Kick your Sin City vacay with the boys into high gear from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to next-level Las Vegas golf courses. (Photo: Mitchell Funk / GettyImages)
The “Hangover” fantasy just won’t die. And why should it? Vegas has been the capital of getting crazy since Wayne Newton’s hair was really that dark. But who needs to do shots of Jägermeister on the roof of Caesars Palace when you’ve got an array of insane — yet still legal! — Sin City adventures calling your name? Here are some of the coolest ways to amp up the excitement on your next guys trip to Las Vegas.
Get (Really, Really) High
Holy adrenaline rush! At Sky Combat Ace, you can unleash your inner Maverick as wingman to a pro pilot or by taking the controls yourself. Engage in a heart-in-your-throat aerobatic airshow routine with nonstop spins, rolls, loops and tumbles. Or go the combat route, taking the plane through dog-fighting maneuvers and bombing runs. Whatever you choose, the views will hit you almost as hard as the G-forces. And while it’s not the cheapest thrill in Vegas, let’s face it, rocking your aviators with a legit flight suit is pretty priceless.
For another aerial outing — this one including liquid pleasure — take in some of the best views of Las Vegas from a cabin in the LINQ’s High Roller observation wheel at a High Roller Happy Half Hour. You’ll soar 550 feet above the Strip in a glass pod, with an open bar and as many beers and mixed drinks as you can down in 30 minutes. Cheers!
A Sky Combat Ace maneuvering sequence. (Photo: Courtesy Sky Combat Ace)
Burn Some Rubber
Get behind the wheel of some of the world’s sickest race cars — from the 700-horsepower Lamborghini Aventador to Ferraris, Porsches and more — on a 1.2-mile, nine-turn track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Or strap into the passenger seat and let a pro driver terrorize you with drifting — a driving technique that will have your car tearing into turns and precision skidding, with tires smoking and 295 foot-pounds of torque whipping you and your driver through two laps’ worth of adrenaline gold. For manly kicks at a slower pace, head to the big boys’ sandbox at Dig This, where you can rip through some earth on Caterpillar bulldozers and hydraulic excavators. Talk about getting down and dirty!
Is your No. 1 thrill landing a dimpled white ball on a manicured green? Then head to the par-71 course at Bali Hai Golf Club — a golfer’s paradise and perennial entry on Golf Digest’s places to play list. With its stands of towering palms, black volcanic rock outcroppings and food-and-beverage servers voted Las Vegas’ best cart girls, you might be too distracted to play your best round. No worries: The 18th green is a stone’s throw from the Strip and its sorrow-drowning, yard-long margaritas.
Down the street, Topgolf Las Vegas is getting ready for a late-spring launch of its state-of-the-art, four-level golf mecca. It’s a driving range on steroids: Each climate-controlled bay is equipped with high-definition TVs so you and up to five of your buddies can keep track of all the games between whaling microchipped balls into the high-tech outfield, competing for points for accuracy, distance and more. Once your game is finished, cool off at Topgolf’s numerous bars, water features with cabanas and its live music venue. This is Vegas, people!
Let the Zombies Know Who’s Boss
No, we’re not talking video games. Adventure Combat Ops immerses you in a 70,000-square-foot terrorscape of ruined homes and cars, blinding fog, blasting sirens, body-shaking air strikes and undead threats galore. Actual special-ops veterans, from SEALs to Green Berets, teach you the finer points of shooting replica Masada assault rifles, kicking in doors and moving as a unit. Then it gets very dark and very real. Save the world in your street clothes, or drop a little more cash for special gear and mementos — in addition to the righteous helmet hair that will live on in your post-apocalyptic selfies.
Where to stay in Sin City? The hip Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is right on the Strip — jackpot!