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Mancation Series: An Offbeat Man Guide to Las Vegas

Editor’s Note: With March Madness, Spring Training and music festivals in high gear, spring may just be the manliest season of the year. Please join us in welcoming IgoUgo lead editor and man’s man Alex Basek as we salute man stuff for The Window Seat’s Mancation Series.

As a dude, I’ve been asked to comment on mancations (non-Charlie Sheen related edition). What’s a mancation? Ultimately, it comes down to activities that appeal to male sensibilities. That’s why I recommend Las Vegas as the ultimate mancation destination, not least of all because Vegas has something that appeals to just about everyone of any gender.

Take a Self-Guided Tour of CityCenter’s Fine Art

Editor’s Note: Think you know all there is to know about Las Vegas? Read our Vegas series this week as we celebrate a city that continues to reinvent itself year after year.

After four full days in Las Vegas and an entire day to go, I needed sunlight, fresh air and some down time. (Yes, there is a such thing as down time in Vegas!) Some may choose to hike at Red Rocks, shop ’til they drop or indulge in a spa day, but I found intrigue in CityCenter’s $40 million fine art collection. Unlike your typical art museum, these masterpieces are scattered about the massive CityCenter complex — inside and out; just grab a guide from a concierge’s desk, and start your own tour.

Here are just a few of the pieces that left an impression on me, but the entire collection includes works of 15 internationally renowned artists and is Las Vegas’s first major collection of contemporary art. It’s certainly worth your perusal, and it’s sure to be a side of Vegas that you weren’t ever expecting.

Feature photo of Frank Stella’s Damascus Gate Variation I located in the Vdara lobby.

Secrets of Sin City

Editor’s Note: Think you know all there is to know about Las Vegas? Read our Vegas series this week as we celebrate a city that continues to reinvent itself year after year.

Last month, I made my very first trip to Las Vegas. I was there for work, so it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be since I spent all day, every day in a conference room. I had imagined, instead, spending my days poolside, working on my tan and sipping a cocktail. Doesn’t that sound lovely?