Vegas. I Did It All: Dig, Race, Ice.
by Rima Suqi
Head to Dig This — an off-the-strip site where you can learn to operate real construction equipment, namely a bulldozer and/or excavator. (From $210.)
Then off to Exotics Racing where you get five laps in the exotic car of your choice (Lamborghini, Ferrari, Mercedes AMG SLS, Audi R8...) with a professional driver in the car to instruct you. It's paddle shifting, and these are factory-direct racecars. I've only driven stick twice in my life, so decide to be a passenger.
I get in, the driver says, "How fast do you want to go?"
I say, "How fast are you comfortable going?"
He says, "Ma'am, that's not a question you want to ask me."
I survived without closing my eyes or peeing my pants. We lapped the Corvette. (From $199.)
Back at the Cosmopolitan, grab a slice at the not-so-secret pizza place on the third floor. (No phone.)
Buy Coola sunscreen at the spa store. It's my favorite, it's all natural, and impossible to find in New York City.
Have a pre-dinner drink at The Chandelier, a three-level bar swagged in two million beaded crystals — with a bar on every floor, each offering a different style of cocktail. Tried Campfire Delight, a s'more in a glass, complete with toasted marshmallows on top.
Do a quick drive-by at Minus 5, one of those bars where everything is made of ice: the structure, the furniture, the glass that holds your drink. Don a fake fur (provided by them), which sets the tone, and actually had a great time (and great drink — the bartender rocked). (Entry starts at $15; pricier packages include an outfit of faux fur coat and Ugg-style boots. Two locations: Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo.)