In bygone days, men escaped the realities of life and bonded with their gender at frat parties, hunting expeditions or over tales of heroic war efforts next to a blazing campfire. A typical guys' night out included meeting the fellas for some beers, playing some billiards or poker, or watching sports. Today, when men really need to escape, they call up their buddies, leave the women and children at home, and take a "mancation." The "mancation," or man's vacation, is the latest trend in the travel industry involving a group of guys who just need to get away. And, nobody caters to a man's getaway quite like Las Vegas, the quintessential guys-weekend destination.
A mancation to Las Vegas is not just for bachelor parties anymore. With plenty of entertainment, action and adventure, there is something for every taste, style and budget. If it's relaxation you're after, you'll enjoy spending mornings on the golf course, afternoons at the spa - indulging in exclusive men's treatment packages - and evenings experiencing some of the best nightlife outlets in the world. If you're escaping to do some serious partying, your days might be best spent at the race and sports book, on an off-roading ATV adventure or recovering from the night before at the pool. Your nights will be filled with endless nightclub, bar and lounge choices, in addition to some hot entertainment options. Whatever you and the guys are looking for, Las Vegas has what it takes to make the guys' trip a success.
So, how do you plan the ultimate guys' getaway? First, start by choosing your hotel. You can have fun at any of the many hotels that cater to the male guest including Hooters, Palms and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. At Hooters, you'll enjoy a casual setting where, at any one time, you'll find yourself in the company of up to 200 Hooters Girls. When you're ready to get your game on, you'll have no problem finding action at the sports book or a poker table. Take the party to the Palms where you'll discover the destination's first day club at Ghost Bar. Then, stay in the Hardwood Suite, the only suite in the world with an indoor half-court basketball court and 10,000 square feet of party space. Turn up the testosterone at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and catch a concert at The Joint, party at Body English Nightclub or enjoy an evening at Nobu with world-famous modern Japanese cuisine.
With more than 50 top-notch golf courses a short drive away, the guys can spend the sun-drenched days on the links. After a round, it may be time to hit one of Las Vegas' acclaimed spas for a relaxing sports massage. For total indulgence, choose the Gentleman's Escape package at MGM Grand which includes a Swedish massage, Eucalyptus scalp treatment, Energizing facial and Calm Aroma pedicure. At THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, get THE Gentleman's Facial at The Bathhouse or even drop by Art of Shaving at Mandalay Place or Fashion Show Mall for an old-fashioned, soothing, straight-razor shave.
For the adventurous groups, skip the massage and instead drive stock cars at the Richard Petty Driving Experience, follow up your "scratch" golf round with some lessons at the Butch Harmon School of Golf, take an off-road 4x4 adventure tour of the desert or even take on your buddies in the Fighter Pilot For-A-Day program through Air Combat USA.
After the day's through, dinner and drinks are a must, and Las Vegas has some of the finest restaurants and nightclubs around. Start out your night at Le Burger Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas and enjoy a lively meat-and-potatoes sports grill featuring the world's most creative burgers. Head downtown to Gold Diggers, the nightclub experience at the Golden Nugget, or Marquee at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Whatever you and your pals are looking for, Las Vegas is the place to find it for a guaranteed good time!