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The Perfect Getaway: An ultimate race weekend in Las Vegas

The entertainment capital of the world is set to reach new heights with the Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix. Here’s how to make the most of the thrilling weekend. | By Matt Villano | September 20, 2023

Las Vegas has firmly established itself as the sports and entertainment capital of the world. This November, the city will host one of its biggest sporting events ever, the Formula One Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix. The town will be buzzing — even without 20 race cars zooming around the 3.8-mile (6.1 kilometer) course at top speeds of 212 mph (341 kph). If you’re visiting to witness the excitement, consider this itinerary to put the pedal to the metal of fun.

  • Party hard: Get on the guest list for the best and biggest parties

  • Unwind in style: Relax at the pool and spa to recharge during the day

  • Dine like royalty: Reserve a table at world-class restaurants

Thursday

Afternoon

Explore your Vegas home base.

Arrive in town and drop your bags at Conrad Las Vegas at Resorts World Las Vegas — your home away from home for the long weekend. Prepare yourself for the festivities with a bit of relaxation and lawn games at Bimini pool before exploring the resort’s 70,000 square feet (6,503 square meters) of curated boutiques or trying your luck in the expansive, high-tech casino.

Evening

Dine at world-class restaurants.

Celebrate the start of race weekend with a special evening at one of Resort World’s 40 world-class restaurants and bars. Savor international fare in a fine dining setting at Brezza, Fuhu or Carversteak, or keep things more casual at Dawg House Saloon or Mulberry Street Pizza. Seek out your favorites or try something new before heading up to the 66th floor for expansive views and rare spirits at Allē Lounge on 66.

Late night

Dance the night away. 

Dance past midnight at Zouk, the thumping nightclub at Resorts World, where strobe lighting and LED production combine to make you feel like you’re in a futuristic music video. Any night is a good night to visit Zouk, but for this year’s race weekend, expect the resident artists to put on incredible performances. This is one show you won’t want to miss!

Friday

Morning

Find your flow. 

Recenter yourself for the day ahead with a yoga class from Sin City Yoga in downtown’s Arts District. The mid-morning vinyasa flow classes are open to all levels, including beginners. After class, walk about two minutes down the road to Latin-inspired Makers & Finders for coffee and a house-made chicken tinga omelet, churro waffle or empanadas.

Afternoon

Shop the latest trends.

It isn’t really a vacation without some retail therapy, and Sin City’s popular shopping mall, Fashion Show Las Vegas, is conveniently located within walking distance of Resorts World. When you’re finished, head outside to the southern pedestrian bridge to gaze upon the Grand Prix course up-close — that corner of Spring Mountain and Las Vegas Boulevard is Turn 12 of the racetrack.

Evening

View the race action.

Witness the grandeur of qualifying from the grandstands at the T-Mobile Zone at Sphere near Turns 5-9. This viewing area, sitting next to the mind-boggling, LED-wrapped Sphere performing arts venue, provides Resorts World guests who purchase a room and grandstand package with a bird’s-eye view of one of the most technically challenging sections of the course. Qualifying starts around midnight and ticket holders get access to the fan zone, as well as complimentary food by Wolfgang Puck catering.

Saturday

Morning

Refuel for the day.

Fuel up for race day with breakfast from Siegel’s Bagelmania, just a short walk from your hotel. This circa-1989 restaurant bills itself as the largest Jewish deli and bakery counter in Las Vegas, and their signature bagel sandwiches are nearly the size of an average head. Go hungry and try the Yenta, a bagel of your choice with tuna salad, tomato, sprouts and diced pickles.

Afternoon

Test your skills.

Make your way to the East Harmon Zone by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas to soak up the atmosphere as excitement builds near Turns 1-4. Feel the thrill for yourself on racing simulators that put you in a virtual driver’s seat, test your car maintenance skills at the pit-stop challenge and experience other interactive activations to really make the race weekend come to life.

Evening

Join the celebrations.

Stroll down Harmon Avenue to celebrate the big race at the HGV on-track Hospitality Suite in front of Hilton Grand Vacations Club Elara Center Strip Las Vegas. The 52-story resort has sweeping views of the Las Vegas Strip, which turns into a 1.2-mile (1.9 kilometer) main straightaway during the race, as well as one of the final turns before the finish line. Guests can enjoy all-inclusive chef-curated menus, top-shelf bars and premium food stations throughout the evening. The race starts promptly at 10 p.m.

Sunday

Morning

Enjoy a leisurely brunch.

Nothing beats a hangover like the breakfast at the Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge, a Vegas mainstay. Menu items evoke an elevated greasy spoon and portions are huge. The decor is kitschy in all the best ways, complete with neon plastic trees and other touches that haven’t changed much since the place opened in 1972.

Afternoon

Relax at the spa.

Head back to Resorts World for lunch at Wally’s, a restaurant, marketplace and wine bar known for its deluxe charcuterie boards, then book a massage at the resort’s award-winning Awana Spa. The Balinese Waves treatment is a great way to recover from a thrilling race weekend. This energizing full-body therapy uses a combination of warming spices and Balinese techniques, including skin-rolling, wringing, rocking and pressure-points work, to soothe damaged tissues and relieve strained muscles.

Until next time!

Bid adieu.

It’s time to pack up and head out. After an unforgettable weekend of adrenaline-pumping races, luxurious spa treatments and exquisite food, it’s a safe bet that you’ll be daydreaming of your next Las Vegas trip on the way home.

Freelance writer and editor Matt Villano has covered Las Vegas for more than 20 years — he has authored and co-authored 13 guidebooks about the city.

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