Zory Mory’s Las Vegas Guide

One scroll through Zory Mory’s wanderlust-inducing Instagram feed or website will have you craving your next vacation day and reaching for your carry-on. Not only does the designer and content creator chronicle her around-the-world jetsetting, but she also highlights her personal style and the shopping finds she discovers along the way. So when Zory mentioned that she was heading to Las Vegas for an extended weekend, we asked her to compile her list of must-see and must-shop destinations in Sin City. It just happens that, in addition to having an impeccable eye and a smashing sense of style, Zory loves the experience of shopping itself, so it wasn’t long before she stumbled upon the wonders of The Shops at Crystals, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, and Las Vegas North Premium Outlets — all Simon shopping centers within a few miles of each other and the Vegas strip. So without further ado, here is the definitive guide to all things Las Vegas:

Zory’s Las Vegas Must-Dos

1. Shop, Shop, Shop
Las Vegas is the ultimate shopping destination with a variety and density of shops that can’t be beat. Here are some of my favorite places to indulge in a little retail therapy…

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

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Zory’s Tip: The fountain in front of The Forum Shops is the perfect Instagram pic in the making.

Prepare to be amazed! The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is so much more than a shopping center — it’s an experience. Start by taking a picture at the grand replica of the Trevi Fountain! After that, proceed to the main entrance, which is just a few steps down from the fountain. I recommend this entrance because of its wow factor — you are greeted by a grand vista of shops that are three levels high, gold and glass Italian-style domes, painted ceilings, and restaurants. If you didn’t know you were in Vegas, you’d probably think you were somewhere in Italy! Take your time to stroll the promenades to soak in the Italian vibe. Pop in to MCM to get your fix of the latest and greatest luxury fashion, and then walk across to Sephora for a make-up touch up.

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A step into The Forum Shops can feel like escaping the desert heat and setting foot into an Italian villa.

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Some of Zory’s favorite finds during her stay were the sneakers and bag she found at MCM.

The Shops at Crystals

Are you a lover of modern minimalism? If so, then definitely plan a visit to The Shops at Crystals. The architecture of this shopping center is reminiscent of a beautiful modern art museum, while the retailer mix boasts the crème de la crème of luxury fashion. Pick up a fabulous pair of shoes at Aquazzura, relax while getting a hydrating facial at the high-end cosmetics brand Sisley, or indulge your craving for surf ‘n turf at Mastro’s Ocean Club restaurant.

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The sleek interiors of The Shops at Crystals feel more like a modern art museum than like a traditional shopping center.

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The Aquazzura boutique at The Shops at Crystals is just as fabulous as the shoes you’ll find there.

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Zory’s Tip: The Louis Vuitton store at The Shops at Crystals is the permanent home to Akhob, the largest privately owned light installation by artist James Turrell. To see the outstanding art piece, you’ll need to contact the store and make an appointment. If you want to be sure to secure a spot — they only allow 6 people at a time inside the light installation — call one or two months ahead of time. It’s definitely worth it! The best way to describe it would be sensory deprivation by way of light manipulation!

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The flood of natural light throughout The Shops at Crystals means it’s always the perfect time for a selfie!

Las Vegas North Premium Outlets

Who doesn’t love a good bargain? Visit Las Vegas North Premium Outlets and shop at 180 stores offering amazing deals from the likes of Coach, Kate Spade New York, 7 For All Mankind, Adidas, Armani Exchange, Dolce and Gabbana, and so many more! The outlet stores offer savings of up to 65 percent every day! The mall is designed as an outdoor walking street, letting you enjoy sunshine and fresh air between stores. If you get hungry, there are plenty of food options to choose from, but I’d recommend going over to Shake Shack to get a yummy burger and milkshake!

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Zory’s first stop at Las Vegas North Premium Outlets? Why, Kate Spade New York, of course!

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The center’s layout makes the most of both the crisp desert sunshine and the occasional fresh breeze.

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Another successful shopping trip with Simon!

2. Neon Museum

The Neon Museum is a fun, non-profit attraction dedicated to preserving vintage neon art signs, and is also a fantastic exhibition of old school typography and sign craftsmanship. Take a walk through “the boneyard” and experience a bit of classic old-fashioned Vegas. Also, the Neon Museum limits the number of visits per hour, which makes the experience feel way more personal than most museums. You are always paired with a guide that will tell you the stories behind all the signs and will help you find the best photo opportunities on site.

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A visit to the Neon Museum brings the history of Las Vegas to life in an open-air setting.

3. Seven Magic Mountains

Ever seen modern art in the middle of the desert? This is your chance! Created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains is a colorful, playful, and fun expression of human presence in the desert. The art sculptures are located off a paved road just a couple of miles outside of Las Vegas. It’s great for photography, but due to its popularity it often gets quite busy as the day goes on. Plan to come early morning if you want to avoid crowds.

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Seven Magic Mountains, by Ugo Rondinone.

4. See A Show

You should see at least one show while you are in town. Since Las Vegas really knows how to entertain and offers something for everybody — you can choose from an endless variety of comedy, music, magic, or dance. Let your soul be filled with color, sparkle, and rhythm!

5. The High Roller

Europe may have the London Eye, but Las Vegas has The High Roller. Do you want to see a spectacular sunset above the Vegas strip? Hop aboard this giant 550-foot tall ferris wheel — each cabin holds up to 40 people and can be equipped with an open bar. The rides take about 30 minutes and provides stunning 360° views of Sin City.

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At 550 feet tall, The High Roller is the largest observation wheel in the world.

6. Experience Nature

Las Vegas is surrounded by a lot of natural beauty, so make sure to get out of town for a gorgeous hike at least once. Right outside town you’ll find Red Rock Canyon, a popular local spot. There you can choose your adventure: hike, mountain bike, or climb. Another favorite day trip is the Valley of Fire, which is about an hour away and gets its name from the gorgeous red and orange sandstone rock formations that are a feast for the eyes. For either of the parks, plan to start early in the morning to avoid the crowds and beat the afternoon desert heat. Also, don’t forget to bring your camera to capture all the beautiful and unique views!

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